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A Glimpse of Afghanistan by rawREN A Glimpse of Afghanistan by rawREN
One of a series of brush and pen nib works for an Advanced Inking class. This ink work was was made stronger by the quality of the reference photo and a good deal of material pre-testing. Tools used ~ a number two Raphael sable brush, a #102 pen nib, various sponges, and Windsor & Newton Waterproof Black India ink on a plate/smooth Series 500 bristol board. 9" x 12" Production time ~ approximately 4 hours. I chose to not digitally alter the blacks/inks because there would be a loss of a certain... oh, I don't know, "richness" maybe, and so I kept it very close to the original. Enjoy!
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Eyth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous piece. The way you've patterned the darks makes an interesting composition. The child animates the piece and adds a nice scale reference element. Reminds me of old master Italian etchings. Great work. Critique . . ? . . . maybe just a bit more value on the bkgrnd mountains, they seem a bit more illustrated than the rest.
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rawREN Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Thank you. Now that I have scanned the image and have a good digital copy... perhaps I will print out a few and tinker with the mountains a little and just see what happens. I appreciate the feedback!
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Eyth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good luck. Tough call though, since the nice light value in the background provides great contrast. I pretty much had the same experience with a set design sketch I did for a Pee Wee Herman film: [link]
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rawREN Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
I see what you mean, but in a way your middle ground is simply being framed by the white in the foreground and background. I like it. Perhaps I will simply see what a light fade looks like, moving from bottom to top, but fading rather quickly. I am not in a hurry to change anything dramatically, and may decide to let it stand. Understanding why it may or may not work, to see it even if I do not change it, would be helpful though. Thanks again.
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Eyth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Looks stunning as is, look forward to seeing if you come up with improvements.
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Angael-Cherise Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
It is quite beautiful and the textures are gorgeous. Though I agree with Eyth, some more value in the mountains would unify the piece.
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rawREN Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
That settles it... time to tinker! LoL. Thanks for the kind comments.
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c-niska Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing. Was it very hard to get those different values with just black?
...I'm not even sure what to say about this xD It's really very beautiful. It has a great composition and I love how you've made things further off (the mountains) a lot less detailed to achieve more depth (which is already very apparent with the perspective of those two stone walls/fences)
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rawREN Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
I should have mentioned it in my Comments, but I used the W&N Ink for my brush, and a Rapidograph Ink for my nibs ~ more for flow than for a different black ~ but, sometimes I will brush with the Rapidograph Ink as well, which comes out lighter, grayer. Also, the mark making gives you a great variety of tones, of course... but more specifically, sponges (of different types), hatching v different line weights, and all that. Thank you for your kind words.
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