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Shadow Play I
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Shadow Play I

Pencil on Illustration Board 20" x 40"

This work might seem a little different for me but it’s not really, it’s is in line with a series I have been working on called “Earth Currents” an homage to abstract space, nature and celebrating the insignificant. I found this root while taking walk and I knew I had to study and draw it. My concentration was on the shadow and the long negative space. The root itself was interesting and complex but laying the light in from an extreme angle made the piece work. When I do a major drawing like my current wip “Drawing of Clint” it can become so involved and so time consuming that I have to step back and do a non-narrative study of something that just fascinates me.

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Shutter Speed
10/500 second
Focal Length
46 mm
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Nov 11, 2008, 9:25:45 AM
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LexyWright454|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Picture.... LOL This is amazing
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Jokate|Professional General Artist
absolutely stunning! great, great job! :love:
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DeaconStrucktor|Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you have captured the essence of this gnarled root. The shadow play appears like the ghost or spirit of the wood. Set off against the white board, it is truly dramatic in its simplicity. The portrait format works very well with this as you've brought the viewer into an intimate connection with this root as in a traditional portrait study. Well Done!
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armvellous|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks unbelievably beautiful and still has a 3 dimensional look
well done
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Neline-ne|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like it come to you out the paper!
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iordachelivia's avatar
such detail.. it just leaves you speechless. and this is just a tiny part of what you can do. you are an amazing person.. i love your art:x
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O-Faolain| Traditional Artist
Cool drawing. Looks like a figure hanging from a crucifix. Very dramatic shadows.
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HairxOfxThexDog's avatar
This is how a simple root can become a magnificent subject :clap:
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This is a very successful piece. It's a great study of negative space plus the overall balance of the subject as offset with the cast shadow is well presented on the page. The impression of the root with the cast shadow takes on an "insect-like" appearance at first glance and appears alive. This is cool because we are looking at a carefully rendered "dead" root yet it still has life in this representation. Very nice.
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MorgaineA|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the shadows you did along with all that detail!
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Panda-Bare|Hobbyist General Artist
Love the composition of this piece, beautiful contrast! The shadow almost seems to have a life of it's own, I can imagine it blowing away like a wisp of smoke. Well done Armin sir.
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MWIreland001| Traditional Artist
your shadow play pieces are aweome
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my favorite ^^ ..., peace ^^
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its wonderful
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Awesome . nice .
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this is fantastic, you capture the esencia, i love this peace of art...
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cadillacphunque|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your work looks so realistic!
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I've included you in my article [link] :heart:
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Tremendous Job... Congrats. (^^,)
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Glory to the unsignificant, for so are we all!

It might be the most beautiful root I've ever seen. Even it's shadow looks great, but the highlight must be the bend on the top of the main trunk.
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Very Simple Very Artistic yet very eye-catching!!!!
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