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10-30-2011, 08:54 AM
This is a pencil drawing using three layers one for brown, black and white pencil lines. The reference photo was uploaded and I drew from that, and I used an A4 size canvas. The background paper is using cardboard_tile150 and the setting for the pencil is Soft Tip.

D Akey
10-30-2011, 09:37 AM
I like that you saved your highlights for the eyes. It draws the eye to the eyes as it were :D

Very nice.

10-30-2011, 10:17 AM
Cool work....

10-31-2011, 05:51 AM
Thanks guys, I had wrist ache by the time I had finished it, but I enjoyed doing it.

10-31-2011, 06:20 AM
This is great..like it a lot. :)

10-31-2011, 11:28 AM
Beautiful the eyes really feel like they are looking at you:):)

11-01-2011, 12:06 AM
Wow, the sketching may be very very good but I see nothing but those wonderful eyes.:)

11-01-2011, 02:59 AM
very good work... I like the close in crop of his face... it makes the eyes look even more wary and intense... hope your wrist recovers so we get more great work like this one.;);):)

11-01-2011, 07:36 AM
Thanks guys for the encouragement. I was very pleased with it until I printed it out. The old back light problem loomed which is so typical of digital art, making the printout so dark, so I made it into a .png with a transparent background and printed it out on brown paper. I was really pleased with the result and put it on my Gallery wall. However, what surprised me, was that there is no white in the printing ink! I figured that it uses the white from the copy paper to save on ink or something, so I had to draw in the white of the eyes with a white marker pen. I thought that was quite an interesting discovery (for me at any rate). :rolleyes:

Excuse the reflection of me in the glass of my drawing while taking the photo.

11-01-2011, 08:03 AM
I feel like I'm at a family reunion.


Nicely done

P. D. Dinkles
11-01-2011, 11:00 AM
I am always chilled when I come in eye sight of an animal, that is, our eyes truly meet and there is nothing else. So much empathy is exchanged. At times there can be encounters with dogs and horses.

But it is the eyes of our closest relatives (6-7 million years removed) that are most haunting. And you caught that feeling for me.

11-01-2011, 01:45 PM
looks great all matted!

you are right though... white is the absence of any color in lithographic printing so your paper color would show through and ink jet printers are basically a form of lithographic printing with their cyan magenta yellow and black inks. No color equals no ink.

11-02-2011, 05:58 AM
The most pensive and sad in nature ... just perfect!

11-02-2011, 08:51 AM
Thanks Caesar, always a pleasure to hear your praise.
Thanks screenpainter for the confirmation, after I thought about it, it was the obvious answer. Glad I'm not entire loon.
I agree with you there P. D. Dinkles, it is true what they say that the eyes are the windows to the sole (we were talking animals, right? Tee hee). I wonder what this ape was thinking at the time the reference photo was taken?
EB, you made me laugh so much I nearly fell of my chair!