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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by socar The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by socar
This drawing was going really well, and then a BIRD shat on it. The birdshit left a stain after I scraped it off, and I put too much ink on that area, trying to cover up the stain. I then overworked the whole area AROUND the stain, trying to make it match the area with the stain. Long story short, I ended up overworking the whole picture, to cover up one little bird stain. I said it the other day, and I'll say it again: SCREW YOU, BIRD!
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's an absolutely wonderful illustration of my favorite part of the Wind in the Willows. Your drawing suits the transcendence of that moment.
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ak-attack Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't feel bad about the dumb little bird! This is gorgeous! I wouldn't have noticed any odd patterning if you hadn't mentioned it--I think it looks just fine. :nod: I love the tiny animal characters on the right--is this a scene from Wind in the Willows? (I've never read it, I've just watched the Disney Mr. Toad, so I'm not sure... ^^;)
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taibu Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
oh so detailed and beautiful, how long you draw it?
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gloriously complex, but simple in composition. Love it. Sorry about the bird.
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0fallenstar0 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!! So much trouble yet flawless!! AmAZING work!
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tsheva Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. It rocks. Still.
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That is an insane amount of detail
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!
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Anya-Kee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
amazing detail, as always.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I always wondered what the past tense was.

It may not be what you intended, but it still has considerable promise. I hope someday you can finish it.
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socar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It IS finished--the bird shat on it when it was halfway done, but I kept going, and completed it despite the bird stain.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah. In that case I do rather like the open spaces. It has good balance.

I think one of the things that sets apart the real artist is the knowledge of when to stop.

(I was thinking about that when I reread Charlotte English's "Draykon" series. She knows when the story is done, and stops.)
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socar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's funny you should say that, because I felt that I kept going BEYOND the point where I should've stopped, because of my efforts to compensate for the bird stain. I felt that some areas were much too busy, because I filled them with unplanned details, trying to restore the balance of light and dark, which was ruined when I was adding all that ink to cover the mark. It's encouraging to hear that it doesn't look too overworked!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Give it a month and look at it again. :hug:
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Carles Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
It certainly does not look overworked, Socar. Yet, now that you mention your impression of "over-filling" parts of the drawing, I too feel that this piece does not have the exact same quality as most of yours when it comes to negative space.
Was that a species of bird one can eat, at least ?
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socar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, ha! Sadly, no; it was a sparrow. I don't think those are edible.
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Carles Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Never tried it. I will have to.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
fantastic work! :)
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I hate it when that happens. Beautiful save. I think that scene is my favorite of all the possible ones in the book. Well done.
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KimMantis Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
amazingly detailed, i love it!
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manycomics Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stupid bird! But it's a cool drawing anyway.
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endless-spirit Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lately the cat dragged half alive mice over my watercolor pics. Nice blood stains :)
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little-urchin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A bird? Bird... Waaah...I can't find the damaged area...This is, as everytime, great and precious work...
So many details... Really nice... :)
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