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WIP: Read description, please by Himmapaan WIP: Read description, please by Himmapaan
Unusual title, yes? It wasn't called that originally, of course, but simply WIP: Perseus and Andromeda; until too many viewers simply favourite without reading the description or seeing the finished piece. :no:

*The final illustration is here:[link] *
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A rough for a sample illustration for Templar Publishing of the Perseus and andromeda myth.

Bellerophon, of course, was the original captor and rider of Pegasus. Thanks to the Renaissance, however, we now have versions in which Perseus, the slayer of Medusa the gorgon, is given the winged horse to aid his rescue of Andromeda.
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pancaker2013 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
This is an amazing drawing, I love Greek mythology and this is amazing!!! La la la la La la la la La la la la 
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dwellicious Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, would you mind me using your "undone" work for creating a tattoo? I LOVE your composition but of course I would change some things...
But it would absolutely be part of my backpiece...? Hm? :)
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allison712 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! :iconcocoloveplz: [link]
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful pencil. It IS the pencil, correct? I was wondering about your process from pencil to watercolor final. Do you ink over the original, or transfer to the WC paper? How often do you mask before laying down washes? I know it's a lot of queries, but I'm astounded by the distinction you retain among areas in your paintings.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It is indeed pencil. I draw the whole thing afresh on watercolour paper rather than transfering it. And I don't use any masking.
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You never worry about erasure or pencil grooves messing with the application of WC later on? That's what gets me. That and suddenly being without a value reference. Might I ask how you track values and lighting? Just from your head, or do you keep a sketch/photos handy?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, my, you must press very hard with your pencil. :giggle: I have a very light hand, so fortunately don't have those issues. And a putty eraser is wonderful for lessening the harm done to the watercolour paper. Also, I meant that having drawn the rough, I then draw the whole thing afresh (rather than transfering or tracing) on watercolour paper, and make any changes then. :) So I of course have the rough as a guide. With values and lighting, it can be all three, depending on what I have to hand; though mostly, it is from my head, based on a kind of 'informed guesswork' and memory (which are by no means always reliable :giggle:).

I should point out that this piece and the resulting final are from a little while ago, and my working methods have changed a little since. With finished colour pieces, I no longer ink in the pencil first, but after all the watercolour work, I do the linework with gouache and a very fine brush. This was an early example in which I put this into concerted practice: [link]
I also rarely make detailed sketches now. Because I'm very slow and my methods are time-consuming; making detailed, more or less complete sketches cost me a considerable deal; not least the frustrations of never quite being able to replicate my rough exactly on the final piece. These days, I make the roughest of thumbnails and draw straight on the watercolour paper.
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm training myself out of it, actually. I start really light and then by the time I'm roughing out more detailed areas, I seem to get tight and heavy. It's bothersome. Thank gods for the putty erasers. I'm glad as well that you don't set the whole thing to memory without a rough reference. I'd think you were making deals of the nefarious kind to attain that skill.

Is there newer of the gouache and brush "inking" in your gallery? That piece I think being early, lacks the sophistication and confidence of your inking hand with a pen. Your work strikes me as the closest homage to Rackham I think I've ever seen in a modern watercolorist, and personally I'm happy you take the extreme time to do that level of work. The world needs this. : )
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Now that I make but the roughest of thumbnails before beginning half blind on a finished piece, perhaps I have made some nefarious deals at some point without being aware of it after all. :giggle:

Funnily enough, I'm actually very fond of that piece for having much softer lines; though perhaps as it was done relatively quickly, it probably isn't as refined as one might wish. That's one aspect of why I enjoy this 'new' method so much more: I don't necessarily have the 'tyranny' of the ink boundaries and can allow the paint to work so much more on their own terms, whilst still having the choice of where I wish to best emphasize the linework, and yet keep it understated and with a measure of delicacy. I think they work together and show their individual strengths better this way. There aren't any other examples of this here yet, as I've only just finished my most important project so far (which is why I'm able to reply to you at all - I have been silent here for many months and have simply been posting work at intervals and fleeing :giggle:), and it isn't yet published. However, here is a peek at one illustration (hoping I don't get into trouble; I've temporarily made this picture public, but will have to set it back to private soon):
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Thank you for your kind words about the homage; I do feel that it isn't just to Rackham to whom I pay tribute, but pretty much as many of the Golden Age greats as one cares to name; though it is true that he and Dulac are two of the strongest influences. :)
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Should be a fun ride, if you're contractually obligated unbeknownst to yourself. It's like agreeing to one of those EULA bits on every corporate web page membership. Ya never know WHAT it says or means, but we all click the little check box.

That's a good point, about more control of the final emphasis with the brushwork more than a rigid ink line. I can't wait to see more. That rider/dragon is a wonderful evolution from the older things. St. George? The knight looks vaguely norse-medieval to me.

Thanks for all the in depth description of your work, by the by.
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