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Old 09-13-2019, 02:01 PM
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Cow Portrait on grey paper

It's going to be hard to enjoy a nice steak after seeing this lovely animal trying to lick my hand. 9 x 12" on Grey Strathmore paper. India ink and white Gellyroll pens.



Here I'm just getting started.


I used Photoshop to desaturate my Puyallup Fair photo to gray scale, and gridded it out into 16 squares with Photoshop guides. I find that I always get some proportion badly wrong with pen and ink, so gridding the photo, and the paper solves that problem. I drew the main shapes in with a 4H pencil in the grid squares, then switched to pen when I felt my inner artist wake up.


Here is a full size crop. I've never drawn rope before and was afraid of it at first. But it turned out to be very fun. Just looking at shapes and drawing.



I recently invested in a light stand from B&H Photo. It allows me to precisely aim my light on my drawing pad, or on my model, without lighting anything else.
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Wonderful! What a beauty.

I like how you did the rope, that worked out very well.
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Re: Cow Portrait on grey paper

Very nice. Rope is fun isn't it? I like your light setup. It looks pretty handy.

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Re: Cow Portrait on grey paper

Beautiful drawing! Love it. I know the feeling. We've had a few orphaned calves through the years. Usually as a result of lighting. My dad usually let them live out their lives on the farm. They became more pet than livestock.
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Very nicely done! That big, soulful eye could cause a body to rethink their diet...
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Lovely work, Mark. Cows really are sweet animals.
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Thanks all. I'm almost done with another one.
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What a superb drawing Mark - and lovely to see stages and set-up too - thank you!
Stay off beef for a while - this face is too cute to conjure up when cooking!
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Re: Cow Portrait on grey paper

Nice. Looks like she's just spotted a particularly juicy-looking clump of grass!
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I really like this! I may have to stay off beef for a bit.

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Re: Cow Portrait on grey paper

soulful, endlessly better than a photo. the softness of the ears is tangible and i know how the rope was. it looks a mechanical chore and ends up being like a hike on an interesting forest path. hoping you share the next one when finished!
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Well done, that cow has character!
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Much better than the photo on your monitor.

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Wonderful!
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Nice work, Mark. I especially liked your treatment of the eye and halter rope.
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