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Who Invited Him? (Graphite)

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Due to deadlines unforeseen, I won't be able to start coloring this until the middle of the month.  Seemed a likely candidate to post the graphite version, though I am planning some revisions. 

I also like to remind the unseen audience, every once and a while, that my art is very traditionally-based.  Specifically so that I can turn around and give the traditional elitists--or anyone who speaks ill of digital art--the middle finger. 

There remains a stigma, in some artistic circles, against digital art.  This mindset is rare online and seen more at conferences where an older population is present.  I personally think it's a backlash against the tidal wave of super-clean, super-bright art--think Adventure Time style--that flooded the market a few years ago.  And there is NOTHING wrong with that style.  I just think some people reacted poorly to overexposure. 

Mind you, the vast majority of artists understand that a computer is a tool.  To the point that when I did encounter a true anti-digital mindset (and I mean a true bias, as in the artist told me that my work looked great and assumed it was watercolor, only to change tune once I revealed how I'd colored it and insist that my work was inherently less valuable due to the use of digital tools), my jaw about hit the floor.  No less because this individual is extremely well known, and frankly, old enough to know better. 

But when I do encounter those people, the "you aren't really MAKING something, you don't have originals" people, it is with great relish that I pull out my original graphite drawings.  Because I have something they love (technical skill with a pencil), and I love something they hate (digital tools), and the combination of the two is my OTP. 

Minor edits only, such as contrast adjustment and cleaning up dust specks.  This is what the drawing looks like in real life. 

By the way kiddos, if your confidence as an artist comes from the tools you use--be it general medium or brand--something is wrong.  Take pride in draftsmanship, composition, line quality, value--these elements of your work do not have brand names attached. 

There's my soap box speech of the year. 
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RegnoArt's avatar
Maybe he invited himself? XD
Either way, hopefully he doesn't break any of those eggs he seems to be reckless with!

Brilliant pencilwork here :happybounce: It's really amazing what people are capable of doing with the right know-how and skill with traditional art!
Keep this up! :D
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Great work again. I think I may identify with this character way too much.
R.K.
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He's "that friend" at parties.  :) 
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Yep...   I think I may "that friend" sometimes...
Well...   Better to be the unpopular yet crafty Crow than the popular yet not-so-crafty Eagle.
R.K.
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Love your view on traditional vs digital.  I too confess to a long time bias but got over it when I played shortly with digital tools.  My respect for what they create even if solely created via tablet has been corrected.  Especially those artists who began with traditional and adopted digital as an enhancing tool which in today's market place makes a lot of sense. Nod CURSE YOU! Clap 
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Thanks.  I had the enormous benefit of seeing "perceived ease vs reality" play out in other areas where the ludicrousness of it all is more clear: I am very involved in horseback riding, and equipment is one of those eternal conversations that, once brought up, will give a lot of barn rats excuse to yack on for an hour about their saddle of choice with its engineered this and its flex that and this bridle does this and that bit does that.  And just like in art, a lot of people swear by their discipline of choice (e.g. I own a dressage horse, I do hunter/pace) and throw bricks at the discipline or equipment that they perceive as the opposite (e.g. Western is more useful than English, English is more refined than Western). 

At best, it's people who are super enthusiastic about something trying to find more like-minded people, and that's okay.  But at worst it's people who are so devoted to the with what's and the where's and who's watching that they've neglected basic skills.  Like balance.  Hard truth is that if you can actually ride a horse, you can do so without the saddle or the bridle--you can ride because you've developed the all-coveted "good seat," and that back-and-forth dialogue between yourself and the animal.  There is no saddle or bridle in the world that will keep a human being on the back of 1,000 pounds of animal at a full run.  Only practice (and the occasional spectacular failure) does that. 

Artists who fixate on the medium are still in the barn arguing over saddles.  Artists with a good seat--in our case the key principles of art and design like line, value, shape, form, harmony, etc--can make do, cross-discipline if necessary.  And that's my speech of the year.  :) 
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And and great speech it is. CURSE YOU! Clap 
DRamos97's avatar
I can imagine the jester actively pretending to drop the eggs at times. 
LookOutHereComesTom's avatar
VERY nice!  I love the detail of every feather, and I love the bald eagle's reaction to that raven/crow juggling eggs!

I so hope those eggs are fake!
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I think at this point the eagle assumes that they are very real.  Thank you! 
Lethal-Woman's avatar
This is going to look fabulous in color I can't wait to see how it looks. 
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My great pleasure
Doll-Ladi's avatar
I look forward to seeing this in color. It's beautiful work :clap:
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I look forward to coloring it.  Thanks!  :)
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I await the final touch! :D
kaylenerose's avatar
Terrific details on the feathers!
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JericaWinters's avatar
Lovely details and shading. Great job on it!
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