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    So much attention to detail. I can tell you spent a lot of time on these illustrations, not like me - churning one out almost every day! They are so beautiful. You are very talented, have you had artistic training? Thanks for showing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enug View Post
    "... have you had artistic training?
    Well, I suppose yes, though perhaps not in the way you maybe thinking!

    I trained as a stone carver/mason many years ago. But I’ve also been a mosaicist and a stained glass restorer too since then.
    All of which require a degree of visualising 3D & 2D forms in your head, as well as working ideas out in clay or paper and pencil. And of course there is the constant flow of ideas and techniques you pick up from the people you are fortunate enough work with.
    So perhaps inevitably all that then leads one into drawing and painting for it’s own sake.

    And then came along computers and a whole new digital medium to play in that doesn’t require any special dedicated space, consumable items or cleaning up at the end of the day!
    But more importantly with computers came the internet and instant access to the sum of all the worlds art and the knowledge and teaching of many of it’s creators past and present.
    But as you know the learning/training never really stops, every time we pick up a tool, however ambitious the project or simple the doodling around, we learn and grow a little bit more.

    So now, what's your story…?
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    Sorry Mark that I didn't get back to you.

    Not much of a story really. No art training - not even a subject at school in my day. For many years I was a member of a Paintshop Pro forum administered by a woman in Holland. Who became an online friend and I eventually visited. We didn't paint as such but followed tutorials for making tags.

    I eventually bought a Wacom Bamboo One (which I still use) and with it came ArtRage 2. I didn't bother with AR until I joined another forum and then I started using AR. From there I discovered the ArtRage Community where I am today.

    While I don't know the whys and wherefores of painting, I have always been able to copy. Briefly, I was a member of a very small acrylic painting group held in a private home. My uncle could paint tho not professionally and my father could draw, so maybe it's in the genes. I also think my love of animals has inspired me.

    So there it is!
    June.

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    African Crested Stork

    About time I ought to post something here again as I havenít posted anything for a while now

    Still not entirely happy with the feathers on this but I think Iíve probably spent more than long enough fiddling around with this painting now.
    Feathers are definitely harder than painting fur!
    But in my defense, this is only my third ever bird painting!
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    Watercolour Brush, Custom Brush and Knife.
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    Lovely watercolour! I am studying to achieve such closeness but it's so tricky!

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    Just beautiful Mark. Such fine detail - do you work on a large size canvas?
    June.

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    Thank you for the kind comment odemilson

    @ June;
    Large-ish I suppose Typically my canvases are around 3508px x 4961px.
    Much bigger than that and I find I start to get more brush lag than I can live with on my system when using some tools at larger sizes.
    I always setup paintings with the assumption of printing them and this size will give an excellent A3 print but can also be pushed to print somewhat larger too if needed without compromising perceived quality too much, as larger pictures are typically viewed from further away.
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    I usually work on a 3000px square canvas but I don't zoom in very much. I think with your attention to detail you probably do.
    June.

    Oh God of homeless things, look down
    And try to ease the way
    Of all the little weary paws
    That walk the world
    today.
    -
    Unknown.

    http://enug66.deviantart.com/gallery/

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    A lovely water colour Mark it certainly gives the effect of the bird standing in somewhat steamy water.

    Geoff

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    Looks cool, Mark. Interesting take on the viewpoint angle of the tail region which appears to be looking at it from 3/4 behind when it's more of a straight profile in the front. Am I reading that right? Is that a sort of Audubon illustration thing for cataloging the appearance of birds in a scientific way to save having to do several pics of the bird from different angles ? It's very informative. Nice rendering.

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