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Old 01-17-2019, 03:06 PM
CetaceanSkeleton CetaceanSkeleton is offline
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A Couple of Cambrian Critters

Hello Pen and Ink forum,

I have with me today a couple of my pieces I've done depicting fauna from the Cambrian period, which is a recurring subject for me. I'd love some critique on these if possible, as I really would like to improve my craft!

Anyway, here they are. The first is based on Anomalocaris, the second is based on Aysheaia.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:37 PM
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Re: A Couple of Cambrian Critters

Welcome to the forum.
Interesting subject matter. Glad they are extinct. Nice cross-hatching for shaded areas.
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:05 PM
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Re: A Couple of Cambrian Critters

Hi & welcome to the P&I forum!
In the top drawing it would look better if the skull were separated from the outline of the body of the main creature & arranged in such a way to complement the overall composition of the drawing. Umm.... perhaps top left & tilted to the same angle as it is in the whole body , just to make things clear & return the power to the outline of the creature.

Talking now about that main whale? thing! picture - you have used three shading techniques - wash, cross hatching & stippling. This practice is dodgy & is very rarely used However you have pulled it off !
The risk with using the three techniques together is that you risk failing to balance the degree of finish in any one of the shading techniques - the drawing wouldn't work at all !
I mean by that, if you had done the wash part with lots of varying degrees of tone & made it much more subtle than the tones of the cross hatching or stippling -the drawing just wouldn't have hung together.The same is true of all the three techniques. But it does work ! because they are all balanced in the degree of finish. Well .... I would have liked the crosshatching part to be done a bit neater & with a finer pen in a perfect world .
The skull at the bottom is fine.
Kind of brave & interesting approach & subject matter too !
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:48 AM
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Re: A Couple of Cambrian Critters

Welcome here!
Very interesting subject matter but I'm unclear as to whether you're attempting to be faithful to their skeletons or putting form and flesh on them!!

In the first I feel you've given a lot of attention to the left end (stippling, well done) but not much to the head, which looks disconnected!
The second has some good hatching describing form/flesh but not sure of the zigzag at the tail!
Overall, they're pretty good in shape and use of the pen, just need to think a little more about what you want to achieve ...... do more and share!
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