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Homo Tracheliotos by GregStevens Homo Tracheliotos by GregStevens
Homo Tracheliotos preys on dead things. If you are dead, he might prey on you.

You will find Homo Tracheliotos at bars and strip clubs, and other places where dead things go. His advanced sense of smell allows him to find the dead things who are there: the recently single, the chronically insecure. He circles the dead things to get their attention. He is attractive to the dead things, and knows just how to act. He gives them attention, but not too much attention. He gives them time to come to their own conclusion: "This is the best I can do."

And it is thus that the prey willingly and voluntarily go back to the nest of Homo Tracheliotos, where he feeds on their souls and their spinal fluid.

But it doesn't matter. Because they were already dead, anyway.

Technical Details:

Black, gray, and white compressed charcoal sticks, gray charcoal willow stick and gray charcoal pencils, on oversized (19" x 24") charcoal paper. Used tissues and blending stump for smudging and blending.

I did this piece in stages, helped by applying the workable spray fixative between each stage. First I did the outline in gray charcoal pencil, and the deep shadows. Then I added each different shading value, using tissues and q-tips for blending and spraying with workable fixative between each layer. Then I added the white charcoal highlights (non-blended).

The red tint to the eye was added digitally, after I photographed the piece, using Corel Painter 11. I went back and forth in my mind on whether or not to add this "highlight". I think it is striking, and sort of fun. Does it detract from the "purity" of the piece? Do I now have to refer to this piece as "mixed media" instead of a "charcoal drawing"? I don't know. But I like the effect that this small "accent" brings to the piece.

This is my second charcoal piece since I discovered "workable fixative", and I'm very happy with the result. The first one is here:

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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Ugh, what would someone have to had been through to think that is attractive? DX Nicely done though, and very interesting concept. It's a little precious with it's bird head XD
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truewill Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the head. Quite a frightening look!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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kuykee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
hmm inventive
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol so people who go to bars are dead inside?

strip clubs i totally understand. especially if they have a buffet.

stunning and terrifying concept, visually. i love vultures.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"lol so people who go to bars are dead inside?"

No! But there exist some people who go to bars who are dead inside. ;-)

And thanks!
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arche0 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
;p Original and creative!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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arche0 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
:) No problem; you used a King Vulutre head for the model right? ;p
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually looked at a mixture of few different old-world vultures, and kind of made a head out of the bits that I liked the most from all of them. "Tracheliotos" is the latin species name for the Lappet-faced vulture.
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arche0 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Oh OK, I thought that was a New World vulture. ;p
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't claim any kind of expertise in drawing vultures. It's entirely possible that my rendering looks more like a New World vulture than an Old World Vulture. ;-)
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arche0 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Probably as if you live in America, you're probably more accquainted with New World vultures than the Old World ones [And if you live in the Old World it'll happen the opposite.]
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm not personally acquainted with any Old World or New World vultures. ;-)
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Sub-divisions Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow I like the story behind this one, also great pose :)
Poor dead things
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha thanks! And don't feel too bad about them. They're dead, after all.
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Sub-divisions Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
yeah, dead, and gone literally
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