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Wanderlust Preliminary by rodluff Wanderlust Preliminary by rodluff
Based on feedback I received, I'm posting about the progress of "Wanderlust." This is the preliminary drawing and although it takes longer to make a first draft, I need to give myself permission to fail. Before this, I think I did around 20-30 or so really rough pen thumbnails/sketches where I tried to decide on the format, rhythm and composition. I decided on the vertical format. In the case of this drawing, the anchor point is the foot on the ground and I tried to push the energy away from there and sweep in from the left side background through to the right.

I'm also trying to figure out where the negative space should be and how to balance that with detail. In this case I failed and it didn't feel stable enough, mainly because the bottom right corner should be more grounded. I was trying to make it look as though it was disintegrating in a flurry of leaves. I was also deciding where the main horizontal, vertical and diagonals would be. It's also really hard to arrange the owls in nice groups, so I needed to practice that and see how it would turn out- I try to connect them together and think of them as rhythmic additions to the overall feel.
I added a lot of detail because I know that I can always transfer it to the final piece and it's not wasted effort.

I'll post the next step soon which will be the final drawing linework, and talk about the changes. Hope you found this helpful.
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Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Nice !
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Mony-95 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
wow. Nice. 
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catherinechance Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I think it could be interesting to add an owl or two having something to eat in the picture, just IMO
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paulnery Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!! :clap:
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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paulnery Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You´re welcome!
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Hymms Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I love to see works in progress! Glad you posted this. 20-30 rough pen sketches? That reminds me to take more time when I draw, be more patient. Even great artists practice huh? :)
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
haha yeah, with paintings like this that are complex, I need to do a lot of quick sketches like that with pen in order to get the crappy ideas out of the way and let the better ones come through. They can take up to a minute or so each, so it's not a big loss of time.
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namtar57 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
My mind is boggled by the complexity of the composition.
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, this is why I needed a preliminary drawing. I'm going to post the linework of the final drawing of this soon, probably today. Cheers!
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hoanglap Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
PRETTY, THATS ALL I CAN SAY <3
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its great to see the process :)
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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nunopadilha1974 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Very beautiful, very imaginative
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
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Enola-Jay Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. You have such a lovely, distinctive style of working
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I really appreciate that!
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Enola-Jay Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :)
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Abetwabe Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Magnificent.
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rodluff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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