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In Love With Death by outsidelogic In Love With Death by outsidelogic
"The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place."
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, preface to his poem Adonais

This is my entry for faestock's contest ([link]). If you haven't checked out her gallery, you should. She dresses in amazing costumes and has beautiful pictures taken of herself in a wide variety of poses. She is probably the most drawn woman on dA, and deservedly so.

This was my first attempt at using a dip pen, and after trying several tips, I settled on a crow quill, which seems to give a nice fine line, but also allows one to vary the line width quite a bit. Any comments and criticism are welcome, especially from those of you experienced with using a pen and nib; it is a challenge!
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DeviousGlassworks Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I loved this drawing when I first spotted it in a thumbshare, but I love it even more knowing it was done with quill!  I dabble in calligraphy but have never been able to draw with dip pen or quill.  Outstanding.  :+fav:
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the nice comment.  I'm still wrestling with my pens, but I think I'm improving...

I actually want to learn calligraphy, since I like adding quotes and whatnot to my drawings...and digital text seems very stale.
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DeviousGlassworks Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think you did an excellent job with it. 
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KingOfSoul81 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work. Everything is so perfectly placed and crisp.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm really working on this line stuff. It can be very frustrating and unforgiving.
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Olliefant Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very beautiful, love the amount of detail and clean style!
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I took a look at her gallery and you're right! She seems to go above and beyond with her stock work. For example, she does anywhere from 10-15 different poses with the same outfit, whereas other photographers will only do sets of 3 or so. She really is going out of her way to inspire and give ideas!

But this is about you right now! I've seen the stock you used, and it's a very good likeness of the original photo. How much difficulty, if any, did you have in rendering a real live person into a statue? In fact, I don't think I've seen anyone take a stock photo and draw a statue from it...this might very well be a first! Congrats! :)
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I didn't do too much to make it statue-like. Very simple hair, no eyeballs, sort of an angular approach to hatching. Putting the whole thing on a pedestal really helped create the whole impression.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Kxushka Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is an incredibly beautiful piece! Even though it's mostly line work, reminding me something of a print in an old book, I do like the subtle gray shading that comes in a gradient from the bottom :)
Well done!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind comment. I do draw a lot of inspiration from the classic illustrations in old books. The subtle gray shading, I'm afraid, is just an accident...just a matter of how I photographed the piece, and ended up with a gray shadow. It does work well with the picture...thanks.
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Kxushka Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
classic art is the best art to draw inspiration from :D :D :D
after all, it DID survive the test of time already. WHen you conform with whatever is "in" at the moment, you run the risk of being a part of just a "fad" and nothing more.
And little accidents like those are often times the best :D :D :D
Keep up the wonderful work! :D
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Avogel57 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really nice; I like the style! I've been playing around with this kind of thing, only with architectual pens; I've got dip pens somewhere, but I haven't used them in ages :p
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. The crow quill gives a really nice line once you get it working...although with the picture reduced and put online, I don't know as you can see the difference between it and a technical pen.
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nienkezijlstra Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you...glad you like it
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namtar57 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Nice drawing.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks...for taking time away from fishing to look at it :)
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Wow. I'm stunned. For once I'm speechless.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I guess, in its own way, that's a great compliment.
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Zage56 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Beautiful line work, Glenn! :painter:
The crow quill nib is a favorite nib of many dip pen users. I like the lines and detailing that can be created by that nib pen. Experiment with different papers and nibs. Some nibs are sweet to use, others are a very difficult. From my experience, many pen nibs will act differently on different types of paper, too.
Keep up the great line art! =D
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Yeah, I'm getting the idea that it's a matter of trial and error to a certain extent. Sometimes I get impatient with the learning curve...

Thanks, also, by the way, for running the peninkartists group. Lots of interesting stuff there.
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Zage56 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
There is a "little" learning curve with dip pen nibs. Some people get frustrated with that. Paper, ink and nibs play a BIG factor in the drawing experience. IF you can find some antique pen nibs, experiment with those. Many of the old nibs are great to use, and create wonderful lines like the quill nib. Southworth makes a nice paper the you can experiment on. Get the 24 lb or 60 lb, 25% cotton. Smooth paper is ideal.
Thanks for the comment about the group. There is allot of great ink artists in the group. I hope they will inspire others to create more traditional ink art. :deviation:
There is a little trial and error with dip pen and ink. Less error, the better. I hope my ideas help you out. 8-)
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the "tips" (pun). I just bought a starter set of speedball nibs, but I'm sure there are nicer ones out there. I will keep working on it...
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Zage56 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
No problemo. I found the Speedball pen nibs to be stiff, compared to the older nibs. You might like Speedball pens. IF you do find them difficult to use, seek out the older nibs on Ebay. IF you see an assortment of nibs, that would be a great auction to give you insight into a variety of antique nibs and their lines.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm...stiff doesn't seem to be the issue. I like the crow quill, but some of the others seem too flexible. I try to draw with them and the tines separate and no ink comes out. It's very frustrating.
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LaughtonMcCry Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
such a wonderfull result. You are such a good drawer. [and always so romantic XD ]
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I always thought of myself as a cynic, but maybe I'm romantic at heart :)

Now that this is done, maybe I can get back to your comics!
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LaughtonMcCry Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
cool. grab a strip and go on with it, before someone else his faster XXXD
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