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Park Bench v3 Final by keight Park Bench v3 Final by keight
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Originally, this piece was done in technical pen & ink with a Letraset border on illustration board, and is now in a private collection. This version is a continuation of the work in version 2; which I scanned the original print negative into Photoshop at 1200dpi and am editing it there. Because this is still mostly traditional pen-work I have posted it to the traditional gallery.

This is one of four pieces in this series. These were never printed as a set. Inspired by a National Geographic photograph of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I got carried away a bit with the background.

Since my next "usual convention" art show has gotten necessarily hard-line about perceived porn, I've decided to make a few discrete changes by increasing the number of passing denizens in the park. I've also changed the framing border of the image. I still have some lower torso stippling to do as well as finishing the border. I'm trying to decide between having the lines form: a breaking wave form (used as the bench supports); a medallion with something, a coral or an anemone in it; or just make it improbable kelp leaves. When the final cleanup is complete this and the less fishy version will be available as prints. I might even throw color at this some day.

EDIT: Finished. This, the 4th, and final, piece in this series, is the family friendly version. Here is the link to the version without all of the fish. Peels - Park Bench - Final by keight
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CloudedHeu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016   General Artist
Well placed 'family friendly' fish Bombfishe Emote lovely ink work too.
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
:D Thank you very much.
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from-lens-to-pens Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic! the detail in the hair is flawless, your work is amazing, you can really see the movement in the piece. LOVE the title too. Truly wonderful! x
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keight Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Thank you so very much. I see this is still posted in the Traditional Gallery. Oops! By the time I finished this, all of the ladies hair, their fin detailing, and the Art Nouveau border, were done using the pen tool in Photoshop; so it is about 50% digital. :D My hands aren't quite that steady anymore, and my Multiliner tips hadn't been replaced at that time.
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from-lens-to-pens Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly it is a beautiful piece, you should be very proud of it! X
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
:blushes: I am. The whole series which includes, Lullaby and A Good Book, are basically illustrations in want of a story. :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Professional
nice job 
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
Thank you.
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Rimwor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, amazing, all those details and such nice, clean lines! *o* great artwork! 
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
Thank you very, very, much. This piece is now about half digital pen work and half traditional technical pen work. Both techniques give you clean lines; but, the digital pen tool in Photoshop is like working with the very old fashioned flexible French curve tool I was using about 40 years ago.
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Rimwor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I read what You wrote about Your work. I also prefer it without the fishes on their breasts ;-)
Hmm... I see. Actually I am still truly beginner with using digital or traditional pen, so I really admire both (digital and traditional) your skills :)
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
Thank you again. :) Your work is impressive to me.

I will say, micron pens, or Copic Multiliners  are the modern equivalents of those old technical pens, and are much neater and easier to use.
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Rimwor Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome and thank You :) 

At this moment of my art path I feel a need to improve my technical skills (with crayons) and learning new techniques - not exactly new but those which I don't use because I never learned how to do this properly ;-)

Hmm... I see. Did You made some exercises like drawing circles to make your hand more stable?
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
I was an art major in school. One of my graphic design professors insisted we all learn how to render clean, smooth, curved or straight edges with our brushes, in ink or paint, with out masking of any kind. Areas of color were also to be even and streak-less. If those criteria were not met, our grades dropped. We learned. :D My unaided circles are still more oval or elliptical, though.

I have found, after watching friends use various media, and visiting art galleries and museums, that there really isn't just one method to using any art media. Artists try different ways of using them, discover which way of using them gets the artist the results they want or need, and proceed from that. I do recommend learning color theory, and why mixing pigments (pencils, paints or inks) act the way they do. One of the best books discussing this on the market today, in my opinion, is James Gurney's "Color and Light". Other than that, most artists that I know, and know of, will look at a piece of art, and think, "Oh, I want to try that technique, it looks so (insert adjective here)!" So they try to replicate it in their own work; as in using the way an artist placed their colors to depict shadows and reflected light, or how to use stippling or cross-hatching to create volume and mass on that flat surface we work on.
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Rimwor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... I see... I guess I should do this too. My hands aren't stable... And my technics doesn't satisfy me... 

You are right, I think it's like with the interpretation of one book - each person has it's own. Same with technics - in fact each artist has it's own version of specific technic. I think it's really fascinating :-) It also makes me think about the traditional pen that is getting its individuality while using it - it depends on the owner so each one is unique :-)

Thank You so much for giving me so much details. I will try to find that book - it sounds really interesting! :-)

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theanimeaxis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
Lovely drawing! You can really see that the mermaids have different personalities, and I love the fish that happen to swim by at the precise right moment...
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Thank you very much. It was a bit tricky, as I didn't have models or reference photos for their faces, not to draw my default faces on all of them. :D Timing is almost everything ....
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theanimeaxis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
I know what you mean - I definitely have a default face that I draw, especially on a small drawing. You did well! :) 
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agios Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Lovely concept!
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thank you very much.
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VixenandIndigo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Your inking execution is so clean, great job!
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keight Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
Thank you very much.
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VixenandIndigo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome!
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foureyes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
 Love  I love how the lines flow,.....niiiiiice artwork  Katherine
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Thank you so very much, Bernie.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful, Kath :love:
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Thank you, Jas. :hug:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional General Artist

Classically composed, gracefully rendered, and thoroughly engaging; terrifically unified work, generous in both spirit and detail…
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Thank you very, very, much, Sam. Going for the finesse is always tricky.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh.  Better in the original. :nod:
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Not really. :D You should be able to see the current posts; and the emended text.
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gz12wk Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
nice recovery Kate
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Thank you very much, Gary.
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