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Raven 3 by TransientArt Raven 3 by TransientArt


Sketch of raven done with charcoal on 6x6" vellum bristol board.



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Hannavos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Amazing:)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011   General Artist
Love the lighs and the shadows here ^^
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Charcoal is amazing for creating depth and contrast =)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   General Artist
Yeah it is ^^
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! Love the contrast. it's hard to do such a dark subject without it all becoming a big black blob.
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Especially with charcoal since it loves to get everyone (my hands, face, and clothes for example lol) Thanks =D
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ain't that the truth! I like charcoal, but don't like the dustiness of it. Same with pastels. Oil pastels are ok. Do you use a fixative when you work with the charcoal? I used it with pencil drawings and found it helpful. But not until I was at a certain point in the work. before that it was just dirty dirty hands.
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I use a workable fixative when I work with any type of pencil or chalk. If it really gets super dusty and I want it all to stick I'll spray a light coat, let it dry then keep working. I always spray several light coats when I'm finished though, to the point where it doesn't smudge anymore, which is nice.

I'm fairly clean in my work station, I was my hands frequently while drawing, maybe once every hour or two. I tend to hold my compressed charcoal with a bit of tissue to help prevent it getting on my fingers as well. I have a main spot for most everything too, so I pick up a piece, use it, and then set it back gently into its place. Keeps me organized, more efficient, and best of all clean lol. When I'm getting really into though and it's totally spur of the moment, I tend to get a lot more messy haha. Having an Art Bin (tuber ware or sorts) is nice to keep my stuff organized. I've heard of some people drawing with cotton gloves actually, I've never really tried it though, I like having more feeling in my finger tips you know?

Another thing is I'll gently draw in layers with charcoal, not pressing it so hard that particles break off everywhere, then I'll blend it into the paper with a stump or tissue, I find this works pretty well to help with 'dust control'
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a lot of what you do is what I wound up doing to. And I agree, cotton gloves would be a problem. Too distracting.
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Mmhmm, but I do manage to keep it all pretty clean I think nowadays. I used to not like working with it too because I felt like I had no control and again the charcoal particles got everywhere lol.
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I pretty much gave up on charcoal. I love the look of pastels, but found oil pastels the way to go for me. And for black and white, graphite, with fixatives to control smearing. But now you've given me the urge to play with the charcoal again. So I may have to revisit it after all!
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hope you fair in your results! =D I've only tried oil pastels once, I think I'll have to try them again in the near future as well ;)
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I'm practicing with charcol, but I always have trouble with the lighting =( Oh well, yours is very cool =)
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
It takes time, you just need to train your eye to see in values and shapes rather than outlines as we tend to do when we sketch out something. A value scale is a really helpful tool to use. They're good practice to make too. =)

[link] This is good example, once you've made one you can compare it to the values of the resource you're drawing from to help differentiate darks and lights really well (I use one all the time)
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Ack! Values! One of my artistic weaknesses! D:
But I took your advice and practicing. It's kinda difficult, but I'm getting the hang of it, little by little =)
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TransientArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hated when I was made to draw drawing with value only, no lines allowed, lol. Drives me nuts sometimes still, but I will grudgingly admit that once I got used to it, I felt my drawing had more depth to them. Bit by bit is always the surest way to go!
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Oh geez. I HATE drawing with no lines. It's like my soul (and by that, I mean my guide); without it, i'm totally lost. Charcol is so messy.
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Crows are awesome and ravens.
I found a baby raven once and managed to rear it...........I thought when he went he would come back but he didn't!!!!!!!!!
Awesome job catching things for him to eat, especially when he got bigger.
His name was Toulouse.
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's an adorable name! I've never gotten the chance to get that, that close to a raven in real life, I tended to see crows more in Colorado. A baby raven though would be neat to see.
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah! But I can't understand why he is still not around?
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Could have moved to a different area or passed away somehow, which would be unfortunate, who knows right? Or maybe he sneaks around when you're simply not there.
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's a nice thought.
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celticwren Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
The eye has the spark of life. :)
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Russockshitha Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Good balance and expression.
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Lynfa Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Great job on the lighting, and wonderful detail on feathers =)
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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AkiakGarm Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. I love the Ravens
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ditto, I love ravens and American crows so much!
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Laurilee222 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
awesome :la:
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DerFluch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
hogy a holló annyira cool
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Köszönöm! Hope I said that right lol ^^
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DerFluch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
üdvözlő el és azt mondtam, hogy jobb
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