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Utila Iguana Sketch by Himmapaan Utila Iguana Sketch by Himmapaan
Utila spiny-tailed iguana, Ctenosaura bakeri.

Sketched from life today at London Zoo. The most obliging model one could ask for. I only wish I had more time to draw more of it.

Carbon pencils, sketchbook.
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I like seeing your sketches - it's a nice peek into (for lack of a better, less cliche term) your process. Pretty awesome as is!
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And I wish you had the time as well.
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Beautifully rendered. I love your work.
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SethFitts Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I enjoy sketches from the old masters to new masters very much. There is something about the extra lines and the "unfinished" portion of the subject that appeals to me. You mentioned drawing more of the iguana but I feel this drawing is just right the way it is now. I would not add too much more.
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Himmapaan Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I agree completely. Sketches tend to get overlooked (particularly on dA -- sorry, I couldn't help myself :blush:) out of some absurd notion that it's somehow a lesser piece of work; when often, a sketch can be imbued with so much more spirit -- both of the sketch itself and that of the artist -- than a heavily finished piece. Give me a sensitively rendered sketch over a full-blown, glossy piece of finished froth any day.

Now that I have come away from it, I wouldn't touch this sketch again either, and I'm happy with how it has turned out. :D I meant rather that while I was in the full flow of actually drawing it, I wish I could have had more time to continue. This is actually half a full spread. The cropped left side is an empty page which I had originally hoped to continue the iguana. There is one line of its back extending there. :D
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SethFitts Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be interesting to see the rest of the page with the extended line.
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HappyHenry Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful image. I really like how you captured the scales without over doing it. The shape and volume are wonderfully done. I really get a sense that it has weight and mass, not just a flat line drawing. Great art work!
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PRFury Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a modern Saurian! :D
he looks like a wise old man somehow :3
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Himmapaan Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Birds are the true modern saurians. :D

It does look rather shrewd. :D
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