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A Glimpse of Sky - Pencil by windfalcon A Glimpse of Sky - Pencil by windfalcon
Finished pencil drawing for a watercolor painting I'm about to begin.
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Star-Rice Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: When you watercolor, do you ever erase any of your sketch and what kind of pencil do you sketch with?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I try to erase all extra lines before I watercolor, since the paint often creates a layer over the graphite that prevents it from being erased. I can erase to a point once I've painted over, but never completely. All shading I keep in place to help me remember what the value will be.
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Nightowl103 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist
great drawing!!
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Dioptasy Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I love the finished piece <3

I have a question though, how did you paint with the pencil drawing? When I paint over my pencil lines, the watercolors kind of wash it away and blurs everything out and then I can barely see my lines anymore. Is there a special way of keeping the pencil lines intact or is that supposed to happen? Thanks!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What kind of pencil and paper are you using? If your pencil is too waxy (such as colored pencil), the watercolor can't soak through it and thus will wash away from the lines. I painted this on hot press Fabriano 140 lb watercolor paper, and the paint had no trouble soaking in through the pencil. Hope this helps!
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Dioptasy Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips! I use a regular 2B pencil on cold press Strathmore Student 90 lb watercolor paper. Maybe I didn't make the lines dark enough? I tend to draw light lines on the paper so that may be the problem. What kind of pencil would be good, or would any work?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I used an HB and a 6B on this, so it shouldn't be the hardness of the pencil. Light lines shouldn't affect it, either (if anything, a lot of graphite would be more of a problem). It is a mystery, for sure!
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Dioptasy Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks anyways! :] I'll just keep experimenting then, watercolors are still kind of new for me ^^;
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teriathanin Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, wow. Loving the glimpse into your process. :)
What size is this?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
8 X 10 inches. :)
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starwoodarts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
can't wait to see it with color!
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Mmm...! This will be fabulous when you've finished it up with color, because it's lovely as is!
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crushedtulips Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Your level of detail never ceases to amaze me.
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Hawksong76 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Gorgeous, love the way you've drawn the bird's head and face!
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Almalphia Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
amazing!
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queenofairanddarness Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm looking forward to seeing the watercolor on this. It's already so amazing!

Adrien Etienne
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the sketch, this is going to be beautiful in color.
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Very Awesome! May I color it? What kind of bird? Looks kind of like a pigeon to me. Thanks
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, it is quite the opposite of a pigeon. :) This is a falcon. And I'm flattered you like it, but I'm afraid I'm going to color it myself, so I will have to pass on the offer.
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
OK
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MoonlightGuardianOwl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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meihua Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
The detail I admire most about this is how you realistically depicted the "porousness" of the wings - the feathers come apart and the branches can snake through them. Great work!
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This looks amazing ;U; I would love to see a walkthrough from sketch to finished if you ever had time to do that <3
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odwild Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
This is going to be another stunner O_O Waiting for the finished piece!
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PurpleHope Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome sketch! Will you post mor WIP's with color ?
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Waylien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A masterpiece already. I see a lot about the quest for freedom in your drawing.
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skyefeather Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful lines, can't wait to see the final
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xXChubbyBunnyXx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
That's a beautiful sketch :D
I love the branches
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't wait to see the finished product. This drawing is gorgeous. :)
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dear god this is going to look AMAZING when it's done! =D
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I sense symbolism.

Also, just happened to catch an error in something I was working on by seeing the primary feathers here.
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PraiseMoyer Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is going to be beautiful. I see it with subtle, earthy colors. :)
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starfieldlover Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Artist
I like it. Love the wings. Well done!
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scribilitary Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this, very nice :)
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jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: This itself is already captivating.. Hope she'll be able to set herself free...
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fangflower Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So lovely! I can't wait for you to color it.
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Calicolupe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
o.o Awesome idea. He'd look great with some torn feathers, though. -winkwink nudgenudge-
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Calicolupe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
o.o Awesome idea. He'd look great with some torn feathers, though. -winkwink nudgenudge-
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waryfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Guuuh. This is looking gorgeous so far!
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SilverLynxCat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Woooah, can't wait to see it finished!
Do you think it's possible for you to upload your progress? I would LOVE to see the development of this picture!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure! I've been trying to be more active in uploading on my art blog: [link] Though if there's interest in seeing progress, I'll be more apt to upload :3
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SilverLynxCat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
That's great! I can't wait to see it, it's a stunning piece already xD
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could draw like that, really ;)

Awesome, I'm looking forward to see the finished version
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Embrymandre Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful croquis! I like it very much! :)
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Snapdragoon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I'll just....stare at this for awhile.
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Polter6eist Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so good! :love:
My stuff always ends up being really sketchy, I can never just draw a single line :dohtwo:
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DarkGrungeWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Amazing! You're very talented!
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Nowler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply wonderful :) Although I can't help but feel bad for that poor bird T.T
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PerfectSymmetryXx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I love it!!
The watercolor will be beautiful:D
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011   Digital Artist
This is going to be an awesome watercolor painting. :la:
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