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Gallery Pendrake's Art Thread..... (latest wip: Stegadon)

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  1. pendrake
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    Awhile back I wrote a short story titled: The Monument. A setting from the story is an ancient and rather large monument which is situated in a plaza in the middle of a jungle. The plaza has at least two causeways leading away from it although they may be overgrown and disused. I decided to try making an illustration for the story...this suggestion was entirely Bob's fault.
    (6th paragraph from the bottom)

    The first step was to do a sketch on the nearest piece of paper that came to hand...

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    That turned out to be a pad of graph paper. The drawing implements are included for scale and may or may not be the instruments used. The pencil lines were for certain drawn by a pencil like that one.
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    The second step was to take the thumbnail to an OfficeBox store. (Not quite the proper name of the big box type store...but it was a chain.)

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    Some Sharpie's and an implement of scaling... ...included for scale. The image now fits comfortably in an 8.5x11 sheet.
     
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    The third step was to take the enlarged copy, slip it under a sheet of vellum tracing paper, and start drawing it with different Sharpie(tm) markers for different line weights. That looked like this...

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    ...when it was done. Small details added everywhere; tried to draw the steps a bit straighter. Tiny sig hidden in the weeds.
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    The fourth step was to import it to an app called Adobe PS Express. This app can do color corrections, cropping, and so on... ...free version; very basic. Also, it has some effects filters. The very first filter (out of maybe twelve) resulted in the final image entered in the March-April art contest:

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    Well this looks incredible from stage 1 to finished product! Fantastic concept all around!
     
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    Straight lines from the very first draft? How exhausting!

    I'm super impressed that you can get the perspective of a complex item right on the first draft. On the rare occasions where I can't avoid drawing a structure, I need to resort to vanishing points and other barely remembered tools from geometrical drawing class 30 years ago. Second point of awe is you doing irreversible steps with ink - there was no going back on the cracks or the weeds. Did you do a test drawing to get the cracks right?
     
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    I'm impressed at how precise your first draft is. It looks so clean. Whenever I work on anything it is so much more chaotic... very much an exhaustive process of trial and error. Kudos on such great execution.
     
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    Thanks.
    If examined too closely you would find it is only right for a certain value of 'right'.

    Between enlarged first draft (step3) and the ink-on-vellum some (emphasis some) of the perspective lines got their aim corrected; but it is probably best to not follow lines out to a (guessed at) horizon.

    There was not a test drawing. I could have done some sample cracks on stage 3. Pull out the underlay; tryout different masonry patterns. But, as it happened I didn't.

    I liked the way the stonework was looking more Inca and I liked the way it started resembling snake scales as I added more. The join lines are there to sell the idea that the thing is built of stone, but without overpowering the drawing.

    As for the weeds I have been sketching them that way for years...in pencil...pen...crayon...chalk...
     
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    Thank you for your tutorial! Turned out beautifully.

    When I first saw it I immediately thought... BY THE POWER OF LIZARDSKULL!

    (I apologize for the He-man reference but I just couldn't pass it up)
     
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    :cool:
    Maybe "....Loquatzla...." means LizardSkull Serpent in an obscure Sotekian dialect. :p

    (It is called, The Monument of Loquatzla, in the story but the name is not translated [or] explained.)
     
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    The start of Something New...

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    This looks so cool already!
     
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    A little more progress...

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    Very nice!
     
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    Steggy needs a tail...

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    That is some really nice drawing!
     
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    @pendrake, what kind of plans do you have for the stegadon? I kind of took inspiration from what I read in @spawning of Bobs posts and yours for the rough idea of my entry. I'd hate to have accidentally snaffled your idea.
     
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    Draw, draw, draw, ink, ink, ink...

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    ...Sharpie® pen included for scale.
     
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    Details, details, details...

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    Brave to use a sharpie. :artist:
     
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    I agree with @n810 , I wouldn┬┤t risk such awesome drawing with an unerasable marker :p
     

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