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Braggart by Rowkey Braggart :iconrowkey:Rowkey 480 21 Forty-winks by Rowkey Forty-winks :iconrowkey:Rowkey 373 7 Bottlecaps by Rowkey Bottlecaps :iconrowkey:Rowkey 671 28 Engineer or Somethin by Rowkey Engineer or Somethin :iconrowkey:Rowkey 121 13 And Now For Something Completely Different by Rowkey And Now For Something Completely Different :iconrowkey:Rowkey 81 1 Newt Moot 4: Caravan by Rowkey Newt Moot 4: Caravan :iconrowkey:Rowkey 286 11 Newt Moot 3: Wave by Rowkey Newt Moot 3: Wave :iconrowkey:Rowkey 266 4 Newt Moot 5: Frog and Toad by Rowkey Newt Moot 5: Frog and Toad :iconrowkey:Rowkey 290 8 Newt Moot 2: Beetle by Rowkey Newt Moot 2: Beetle :iconrowkey:Rowkey 358 13 Newt Moot 1: Duo by Rowkey Newt Moot 1: Duo :iconrowkey:Rowkey 262 9 Red Newt Efts by Rowkey Red Newt Efts :iconrowkey:Rowkey 237 14 Nic and Dash by Rowkey Nic and Dash :iconrowkey:Rowkey 152 10 Ice-covered Garg by Rowkey Ice-covered Garg :iconrowkey:Rowkey 103 6 Badges: Roman and Prescott by Rowkey Badges: Roman and Prescott :iconrowkey:Rowkey 139 7 Gargoyle Ballpoints by Rowkey Gargoyle Ballpoints :iconrowkey:Rowkey 152 3 Old Man by Rowkey Old Man :iconrowkey:Rowkey 164 5


Luminous Echo: Vagragora warrior by Wen-M Luminous Echo: Vagragora warrior :iconwen-m:Wen-M 385 12 High-Five! by ALRadeck High-Five! :iconalradeck:ALRadeck 540 16 A Silence Broken by Nambroth A Silence Broken :iconnambroth:Nambroth 757 48 Forest Boundary by witherlings Forest Boundary :iconwitherlings:witherlings 1,045 26 Colours of the Ice Age Horse by oxpecker Colours of the Ice Age Horse :iconoxpecker:oxpecker 600 64 Workin' hard by ALRadeck Workin' hard :iconalradeck:ALRadeck 557 24 M-Az-Mountain-A by Weavrrcat M-Az-Mountain-A :iconweavrrcat:Weavrrcat 10 18 Tundra Swan Portrait by Nambroth Tundra Swan Portrait :iconnambroth:Nambroth 620 26 Hag stones by NatasaIlincic Hag stones :iconnatasailincic:NatasaIlincic 306 38 Male Archer 8 by syccas-stock Male Archer 8 :iconsyccas-stock:syccas-stock 960 129 Ashuk Ash'naur by Hellwolve Ashuk Ash'naur :iconhellwolve:Hellwolve 30 22 Along the Gilded Shore by Nambroth Along the Gilded Shore :iconnambroth:Nambroth 344 10 moon.bath by betteo
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moon.bath :iconbetteo:betteo 428 11
pray.and.spray by betteo pray.and.spray :iconbetteo:betteo 395 15 Lost and Found by HeWhoWalksWithTigers Lost and Found :iconhewhowalkswithtigers:HeWhoWalksWithTigers 77 50 AntlerAgate-M by DonSimpson AntlerAgate-M :icondonsimpson:DonSimpson 84 28
I documented my current workflow and process a bit! Hopefully this displays properly- I don't think I've made a Deviantart journal since Stash was introduced, ha oh god

Newtmootprocess 1 01 by Rowkey Newtmootprocess 1 02 by Rowkey Newtmootprocess 1 03 by Rowkey Newtmootprocess 1 04 by Rowkey
Newtmootprocess 2 01 by Rowkey Newtmootprocess 2 02 by Rowkey Newtmootprocess 2 03 by Rowkey Newtmootprocess 2 04 by Rowkey
  1. I do a ton of ballpoint and graphite sketching, but when planning a complicated traditional piece I prefer to play around with gestures and forms digitally.
  2. The initial digital sketch was refined a little, and then transferred to paper using whichever method you prefer. For these I printed them out and used the good ol’ tape it to the window technique, but I much prefer a projector, printer, or lightbox when they’re available! I put down extremely light graphite lines before jumping right into an application of colored pencil lines and little bit of tone blocking to put my mind at ease.  I’m using 140 # Fabriano hotpress watercolor paper(’natural white’ instead of ‘extra white’, which accounts for the inconsistent yellowish backgrounds oops) and Prismacolor colored pencils.
  3. Blocking in some base colors with watercolor!  Really, you could use a multitude of things for this step; marker, acrylic wash, gouache, brush pen, inks…I’ve just come to enjoy this particular combo of paper, pencil, and paint. For larger projects I’d most definitely have an involved color comp to work off of, but the palettes on these were fairly simple. 
  4. The final step: attacking the painting with alternating layers of pencils, a smidge of white gouache, and more watercolor! …Or whatever gets the job done, really. This is where I appreciate the waxiness of Prisma pencils, as they (usually) layer beautifully on the hotpress paper. I enjoy working greys and blues into warm watercolor bases, as you can probably see. Somethin’ satisfying about it. :]
  • After completion I make any necessary touchups, erase stray graphite lines, remove border tape (if any), and give the whole thing a layer of matte spray fixative for protection. Then comes scanning and digital processing, what fun!

Feel free to comment here with any further questions!  I lived for this kind of thing when I was a kid, so I’d love to share as much as possible.  

This post is also on Tumblr, here and completed artwork is below:
Newt Moot 2: Beetle by Rowkey Newt Moot 1: Duo by Rowkey


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Helsic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Holly molly I just found your art... and I'm addicted!! I totally love your realistic yet fantastic approach to animals with human characteristics. It kind of feel like those old biology illustration books, so it has a nostalgic charm too.
Actually, recently I have been working on a similar topic and I'm glad to find a fellow artist with similar interests.
Do you have any suggestion or advice to improve my art?:

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Nikaleles Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there's nothing i dont love about your art
sukkela Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful gallery! :) <3
BABZOOKA Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
awesome art 
ManiakMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there, your art style is super cool! Have a fantastic day! :D
Bethaleil Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I really dig your art. There's something magical about it I just can't put my finger on :D
Anyways, thanks for watching me! Idk why I hadn't added you to my watch list already
3grrrs Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
thank you for posting your process .. it's always interesting, and inspiring, to see how an artist works.
Gaston3-italia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You have my watch! ✌
makangeni Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017   General Artist
Your work is seriously amazing, I'm so glad I found your gallery!
JadeGL Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
Amazing work!
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