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Ella in the Cathedral

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A portfolio piece, and an illustration to the novel a friend is writing for her honours. I edit her wonderful story for her, and as she submits a section each week, it provides a good opportunity for me to draw on a set subject, choosing a scene from each section. Some are only sketches, but this is a finished ink piece, of which I'm rather fond. I haven't really worked in black and white for ages.

The story is set in an alternate Regency timeline, the girl's name is Ella, and she is copyright Makenzi Crouch. No stealing!

Size: Roughly 10 x 18cm
Time Taken: Probably around 10 hours, all up.
Materials: Black ink and dip pen, 0.1 UniPin Fine Line Pen, Sepia Tint added in Photoshop.

For all those who like Ginger Rogers, I have a portrait of her half done, and a contrast tutorial to go with it. But commissions and portfolio work must come first, I'm afraid. I hope you all like this piece in the meantime. =)
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BuzzyBuzz's avatar
I like the inking in this and the detail, it's very good!
Alene's avatar
Thankyou, and thanks for the :+fav: too! I'm glad you liked it!
BuzzyBuzz's avatar
No problem, it's a nice technique.
olde-fashioned's avatar
This is really interesting to look at! All those little lines -- I can't imagine how tedious it must have been. :O I also love the windows, and the stones. :clap: :D
Alene's avatar
Thankyou!
I don't mind crosshatching, actually. It's a bit less fun with a nib and ink than with a fineliner, but not all that tedious - it's sort of relaxing. =) I've always admired black and white artists.
How do you like her dress? I had such fun with her hat! =P
olde-fashioned's avatar
The mere thought of crosshatching scares me, ha ha!

Her dress is darling! This is going to sound silly, but it reminds me of those sorts of outfits that I always gravitated towards as a child when playing with my dolls, the "homespun" type that always were worn by a heroine. ;P
Alene's avatar
Heh, after you've done it for a while, it sort of becomes second nature. I must say, I wasn't fond of it in art classes, but it's grown on me. =D

It was quite hard deciding what to dress her in, actually. She's a princess, but she's at a funeral, and she's only 6, and it's winter. Eventually I decided that she should be dressed warmly, and not too noticably, all in black. At the funeral, so to speak, but not actually much of a part of it.
olde-fashioned's avatar
I suppose that's true, knowing what they say about practice and all that. :D

Awww...poor little thing.
Alene's avatar
I think the problem I used to have with all these pen-and-ink techniques was that we'd be in an art class and be told that we're to draw that huge gum tree over there, and only use crosshatching, or stippling, or whatever. No outlines, and you couldn't mix and match the techniques. Once you can do what you want, it's a lot more fun! :giggle:

I must say, she doesn't stay quiet and in the background for much of her life. For Ella, this is rather unusual! =P
olde-fashioned's avatar
I felt the same way about all my piano teachers when I was little, before I gave it up. They always wanted me to play stupid "nonsense" tunes that I hated. I wanted to play real music, and make something pretty, not plunk away at some corny kindergartener song.

Heheh! :D
Alene's avatar
Yes, really early piano pieces are rather annoying, aren't they? I'm lucky, as I'm not doing exams for piano, so my teacher gives me a nice range of music. I can't say I'm particularly good with classical, though. ;)
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RoseDaughter's avatar
Very classical-looking! I like it! I like illustrations.
Everyone needs more hours in a day, believe me. :D
Don't worry; I won't steal. I won't steal it and then not have Degas to make the Van Gogh.
Get it?
Alene's avatar
Thankyou! I love illustrations, especially children's illustrations (although there are people who think I'm mad, since I tend to head for the children's section in bookshops! =P) and since the setting of this story is the regency, I wanted it to look 'classical', as you say. =)
RoseDaughter's avatar
LOL, you're not mad, you're just an artist! And artists are called loony bins anyways; who cares? We do whatever we want to do for our art. Our art should be appreciated!
Very 'classical' is how I describe something that looks like it came from the olden days, as my friends categorize my books as being very 'classical'. They're the old, old books that nowadays no teenager really reads. Pity. Only adults appreciate them. Well, I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's the general idea.
Don't ask me to do illustrations--I'm pretty bad at them. I'd rather do portraits or sketches. I find those very amusing. But I like illustrations, though, and that's a pity.
Alene's avatar
It's all very confusing, as when you're doing children's illustrations, you actually have to try and do something that the parents like, because they are the ones who buy the books, and something that the children like, and on top of all that, you have to do something the publisher likes. Arrg! =P
RoseDaughter's avatar
Ucgh, that sounds like a big conflict there! I think in writing, at least you don't need to worry about that sort of stuff. You just focus on the topic that you're writing on and readers buy the books for themselves and their parents don't buy it for them.
Hmmm... Should my re-writing of "Beauty and the Beast" be an adult or a young adults' novel?
Alene's avatar
True. Happily, by the time you get to novels, people tend to be buying, or at least choosing, their own books. =)
I dunno.... ;)
RoseDaughter's avatar
Yes, no fussy mums to worry about! Novels are usually for older readers, if I recall correctly. =P I can't remember when I've NOT been reading... I read everything in sight, and my grandfather read a lot of books out loud to me. Heh, I think that's how I got started on reading the 4th Harry Potter book in 4th grade. My dad was surprised when I read it in less than a day.
Ah, well, got plenty of time to decide. Now, I have an essay to write!
Alene's avatar
Oh, I love to read. Apparently, when I was three, I cried because I couldn't read. =P And I'm a great believer in reading aloud to children, and in improving child literacy. So in that respect, I'm all for Harry Potter, even though I'm not that fond of the books myself. =D
But I also love audiobooks, because they let me have the story, but do other stuff at the same time. I'm just too darn busy!
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ChatonRose's avatar
I love how you did the windows. And I can't wait for the Ginger Rogers portrait. :)
Alene's avatar
Thankyou! I'm glad you like the windows - I'm not all that sure about them myself, as they're very white, but I didn't really want to shade them in, either.... very tricky! =P And thanks for commenting!
I'll try not to be too long with the portrait, then. I think I need more hours in the day! :giggle:
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