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Oh hey. A finished pencil sketch/thing I did on work breaks, no less. (Commissioned work/portfolio pieces are still being resumed, however, have no fear!)

Crows and a bison skull. If you squint, the crows almost form the shape of the bison, were he still alive. I'm not too great at creating anything visually clever (and I wouldn't consider myself clever overall, regardless of the format of expression) so think of this as another tired cliche. At least I got to do more work with a darker lead (5B) for once. I need to do more of it!

And, if you like this and you like Society 6, you can find this as a print and more here: [link] It will not be offered as a print through dA, but if you want to support my work more directly, you can always note me for a print that I will print myself.

Graphite on paper. Art April Schumacher. Please do not utilize or redistribute, thank you.
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More pyrography! Again to sell at my last year participating at the MCAD art sale. A final hurrah, if you will. :lol:

I didn't go the "under-appreciated animal" route with this, as we all know people quite like owls, and they've seen their share of trends. Regardless, I myself like owls and rarely draw them, so I seized the opportunity. (This makes two owls in my gallery. There will be more. ;) )

The branches are meant to be a part of the owl... or is the owl a part of the tree? Either way, doesn't matter... though I could have made the connection between the two a bit stronger.

Hooray for woodburning! :dummy:

(Lots of little errors in this one. My woodburning tool and hands were less than willing to cooperate once some shading was underway.)

Art April Schumacher. Please do not utilize in any way, shape, or form that could be construed as plagiarism. Thank you.

:iconwhyyounoplz: MCAD hipsters, I drew your favorite animal! Why u no love me? OH WAIT. :iconheplz:
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First and foremost, before anyone asks: Please, please please: do not use this for your own tattoo. This was a commissioned piece, and I'm fairly certain she would like to keep the art personal. Thank you for understanding.

Secondly, no, it's not intended to be a pokemon. ._. It's nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence I discovered after the fact. To be honest, I don't find shouting pokemon names at me to be cute, and I would really rather you keep said comments to yourself. (Is that really so much to ask?) If you do insist on emptying your lungs on the name of some poke-beast, please unwatch me and pay visit to the multitudes of artists who specialize in said critters. Please.

Now that that's out of the way, an autumn-themed stag tattoo for ~ash-wolf I'd already posted the inked lines, so here is the final! I have nearly forgotten how to paint (at least with watercolor) so forgive my issues with color, and I can only hope my eyes are correct in that it is not so bad. D: Autumn is my favorite color palette, too!

Watercolor and acrylic ink on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, 9x12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm)

Commissions are still backed the eff up, so they may as well be closed because no one in their right mind would wait so long. Just FYI.

Art April Schumacher. All rights reserved.
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The last of the overdue sketch and line art commissions, this one is for ~Hfoursaur. Given that it was overdue, I turned it into a bit of a drawing to apologize for the wait. (I'd give my nonexistent soul for the gift of speed, seriously!)

This is her darling barn owl/bobcat griffin character, Soliloquy. I was given a bit of free reign with her actual design, though I kept it pretty standard. Her face, however, has added whiskers, a bobcat ruff, and a couple feline face markings. Needless to say, I really loved drawing this character. I would draw more griffins myself, but always wonder where to put their wings. :lol:

In case it doesn't come across (I did my best, but perspective isn't one of my strengths) she is being viewed from above as she is looking up at this tree. Getting a better idea of how these shadows would work was also tough, but it's a far cry better than I used to do. Shadows and tone have been my more recent goals. :)

Graphite on Stonehenge paper, 9x12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm) (2.0 mm graphite leads are the best thing ever, seriously.)

Art April Schumacher (me.) Soliloquy belongs to ~Hfoursaur :)

Critiques and questions welcome.
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The only reason I'm submitting this is because I wanted to keep both this and the original. They're different enough, I think.

So the green was recommended by ~JasonSaastad a couple of years ago, when I first painted the thing. But, I ran out of time before I could see what this crazy green background idea looked like.

Since it didn't sell, I figured, why not experiment a little bit more? Thus this occurred. Not too bad, I don't think. It stands out a bit more now.

Anyway... that's more or less the end of this sale related work. Commissions will be back soon.

Acrylic, sepia ink, mahogany wood stain, and pyropgrahpy (woodburning) underneath it all.

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Original is for sale here: [link]
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(Third time's a charm for uploading today. Server overload!)

Final (is anything ever truly finished?) painting of a California condor for Animus-Panthera's project, Losing Altitude: losingaltitude.deviantart.com/ The end product will be an art book featuring a huge range of endangered and threatened bird species. :D

I myself learned a bit more about this remarkable bird while researching images: They have a less prominent sternum for pectoral attachment, unlike other raptors, which limits them to mostly soaring.

You can check out progress pics on my blog, since I don't quite feel like putting them here yet: aprilillustration.blogspot.com…

Specs: 9 x 12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm) on 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper. Powdered graphite, charcoal, watercolor, india ink, acrylics and white acrylic ink. (The original has a distinctive shimmer due to the graphite)

I'm still catching up with notes and commissions, so bear with me!

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The line art for a tattoo commissioned by ~ash-wolf. The final will be in color, of course. :)

The antlers did get a little squished by my poor layout planning skills, but they actually came out quite alright.

Acrylic sepia ink on watercolor paper. For the commissioner's use only, please!

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A holiday present commissioned by a friend for his mom. :) The necessary elements were a deer, snow, and the color blue. I know I'm not terribly creative (especially not recently!) but I figured this should serve as a simple decorative painting.

I wanted to jump right in as opposed to spending days/weeks? planning out sketches. Which probably explains the oversights I made here: angle of antlers/head (believe me, you'll see it!) and the rather bland composition. I should have more color shifts in the trees, etc, but I think other than the obvious flaws, it turned out alright. (Hurrah! Color!)

This sort of work, especially when the subject is left open to my interpretation, is something I enjoy doing between sketches and larger projects. I hope she enjoys it as well!

Pyrography (woodburning) acrylics, and touches of sepia ink on a basswood panel. 8x10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm).

(Existing commissions will resume once I'm better settled. I'm going through a very rough patch right now with finances and transitions, so thank you for your continued support and patience.) :)
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The final version of I wanted to post them separate, since I liked both versions. Sorry to be clogging your inbox!

:sprint: Now, back to work!

Base layer: non-waterproof Higgins sepia calligraphy ink, with details in Daler Rowney acylic sepia ink, and GOLDEN white acrylic paint. The linework was done using a woodburning tool. (See thumbnail above)

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Barn Owl (My first pastel painting)
Size: A4 format
This was a tryout to see if I can paint with pastel.
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