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In the Heart of Sherwood by giadrosich In the Heart of Sherwood by giadrosich
Original Size: 11x17
Medium: Brush, Quill & Ink
Copyright Notice: 2008 by Bob Giadrosich/Sharayah Press. All Rights Reserved.


    Okay, I've been inking this one forever! Well, at least two years...

    Primarily I would work on this at conventions behind the table, and finally got tired of looking at it half-way and three quarters of the way finished, so a few weeks ago I took the afternoon "off" and inked it in between assignments.
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:iconbrittydj:
brittydj Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING!!!!!!! I can tell this has taken a lot of time and effort so believe me when I say, it shows! You are really really talented. :)
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mjk-art Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
SO cool.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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grobles63 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
That's a lot of work and beautiful results.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Too much! I'm trying to do much simpler things, these days (In the name of time management, of course). Thanks once again for the fave! :D
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tekmeb Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful!
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words and fave on this one, Murat! :D
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:icontekmeb:
tekmeb Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! :D
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
OMG. this is an amazing piece of work. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Once again, it was back to the old classic tale of the Robbin' Hood for inspiration. At one time I was was going to illustrate and re-write the tales in a narrative format. That project is on hold for a little while, but who knows, in the future it may resurface! :D
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DavidGeoffroy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Well, well, well ... I'll put a message:) personally, the light is not well managed, the contrast is not well distributed ... but I think it's voluntary, I like the style, the foliage is interested, excellent composition, the dynamics are good, hatmosphère is delicious ... I could look at your picture for hours, and penetrate me rest at the foot of the ancient tree, I revel in the love filtered through the leaves and wait until the sun goes down ... thank you for sharing your soul in the world.
:) :) : ) :) :) :) :) sorry for my bad english :) :) : ) :) :) :) :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment and the fave on this one, David! And yes, on this piece, I was really working on form and the diffusion of light through the trees canopy. All of the things that you mentioned show up a little better in the original, lol. But, there you have it. The inking of this piece went on forever, and by the time it was finished, I was just glad to get it done.

Oh, no need to apologize for your English. It is a lot better than my French! :XD:
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DavidGeoffroy Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
"The inking of this piece went on forever, and by the time it was finished, I was just glad to get it done."
.... Now I know that your work is a masterpiece and you are a genius, thank you to share it on DA, thank you to exist. :)
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AntoineRozel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Kinda reminds me of The Big Oak, which was not far from where your old bookstore used to be, Bob.

-- Mike Taylor
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PENANDINKDRAWINGS Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Much respect for your work man.Stunning penmanship!
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loverorloser Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
what the fu........
are you god or something?
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:icondiana6echo:
diana6echo Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it's insane oO
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Feantauriel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
That is an amazing tree! It reminds me of the Ormiston Yew.... I love ancient trees, what can I say? :D
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WoodenPress Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
This is probably one of my favorite things of yours. Did you ever read "The once and Future King" I'm not really asking because I'm pretty sure you have.

Do you know the scene where Robin and Miriam are kissing under a ancient tree, she's laying on the earth and his hair is falling so that it brushes her face - I have to say I juxtapose that image for the one you have of the lovers, and prefer it, but my imagination satisfies me.

But I adore this.
Thank you for creating it. :heart:
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Goldenrosechild Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Student Writer
Wow. That is a truly amazing artwork there. You deserve an award for it. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You are very kind. Thank you for the encouragement! :hug:
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Goldenrosechild Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Student Writer
You're welcome. :)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Awesome. We have gorgeous old oaks that look like this in Texas; you captured it perfectly. I can hear the leaves.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Jay (for the fave, also). This was patterned after the oak trees which grow on John's Island in South Carolina. Oaks are some of my favorite trees, and I never pass up the opportunity to draw them.

:D
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Great subject. I love them, too. Oaks and sycamores.
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LustVampire Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Another great job! I'm really amazed!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you!

:D
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LustVampire Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
No problem:)
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Senecal Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hats off man. Another stellar work!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words and the fave!

:D
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primulatook Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! amazing detail!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It really was just another excuse (as if I need one, lol) to draw trees! Thanks so much for the fave on this one!

:D
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Kozakowy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This drawing contains lots of space which is quite difficult to achieve using such strict shading method. The greenery simplification looks very natural. Above all this the plot is subtly smuggled inside. Regards =)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the fave on this one, Filip. I wanted the characters to be secondary in the picture. Really, it was just an excuse to draw a cool looking tree, lol!

:D
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Kozakowy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. The tree rocks indeed =D and the characters are just an extra taste.
Regards =)
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slowtones Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
lineism at its best. amazing work!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Slowtones, for the kind words and the visit!

:D
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh!! :wow: Your ink work intricacies never fail to absolutely amaze me! :heart:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Sometimes, honestly, it drives be batty. I really need to simplify the technique somewhat, lol!

:D
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Newveau Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
You have some pretty crazy patience!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep. It does get a little silly after awhile, lol! Thanks for the visit, Max.

:D
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Newveau Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
My pleasure
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Ravenhaven Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Gorgeous!
I like the positive and negative shapes. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Gus! I guess I'm kind of a tree nut. Um, I don't mean some type of hybrid person/tree thing, that is, but...um...I like trees. Alot. :blushes: I gotta go, now.

:D
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Ravenhaven Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
You are welcome friend! :):)
I love trees too. :)
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philemerson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that is just beautiful. I've actually been to Sherwood and seen that most ancient of oaks (supported with bits of wood). I presume, seeing this, that so have you? :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
When I went to England a few years ago, unfortunately I missed getting by the Nottingham/Barnsdale area, as the people I were with wanted to see the Yorkshire countryside, being more James Harriot fans, lol. But next time...

This is inspired by some of the large oaks growing on the coast of South Carolina around St. John's island, in particular the Angel Oak, one of the largest of it's kind in the Eastern U.S. One of these days, though, I'll get over to Sherwood to pick up some of the local flavor, as it were.

Thanks for the visit and the watch, Phil!

:D
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philemerson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. Ink is one of my favourite mediums to work in (although I only have two submitted pieces here on my other account [link] and [link] Neither of these come close to your level of inkspertise! :)

I just think ink looks far bolder and more energetic than wishy washy graphite drawings although that's probably because many graphite artists don't explore the full tonal range offered by all the pencil gradings.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful drawing!!

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