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Somewhere in Africa by dloraas Somewhere in Africa by dloraas
Pencil-drawing :)

Except for the one gorilla- drawing i have in my gallery and some bird-drawings from years back.. this is actually the first animal-drawing(s) i've ever done... i'm actually quite satisfied with how it turned out :D
There is always things that i wish i did better or used more time on to get the details right ( like all the wrinkels/skin-texture on both the elephant and the buffalo and some of the hair on the zebra closeup) .. but all in all and considering i never really done this before, i'm happy with it :D

Ref.: The closeup of the zebra is after a photo from Bandasphoto's gallery - the ref is this one: [link]
(thanks for letting me use your awesome photo :D )

The rest i don't know where they come from, i got them from somebody else... i think they are old postcards or something.. so if somebody recognize the pictures and know where they are from - please let me know :)

Edit: Seems like some of these photos is from a photographer named Nick Brandt - which apparently works exclusively in Africa. Nevertheless his photos is AMAZING. I love 'em :D

size: 48x52 cm
Time: some 6-7 hours + 4 days home sick :D
materials: mostly 2B, F and a little 6B and 3B for the dark areas - 6H for intending
tortillons for subtle details and blending
cotton-pads and brushes for blending
putty-rubber, blu-tack and tuff-stuff eraser stick for erasing
Paper: Mellotex ULTRA WHITE 250 gsm (first time i try this.. very good to work with :D )
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Lahki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
First I thought this were black-white-fotographs. Fantastic painting :)
dloraas Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Thank you :)
N0rks Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning! I love the zebras! The details are great, you can actually see every strand of hair. :aww:
dloraas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Thank you :love:
N0rks Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
UnlimitedXpinkie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just AMAZING!
I can't find enough words to describe this!
Wonderful work.
Also, I stopped blending shades because I'd get frustrated for them not blending in well enough and so on... What's your opinion on blending? I see you use it a lot.
Should I go back to blending shades and such? It would help a lot. Thanks :)
dloraas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Thanks... if you like to blend or not all depend on what kind of drawing you like (style-vice) and what kind of texture you would like to portray... if portrait - i always blend... but that is really just about preferences... i you want to do it... do it (you can google blending and you will get loads of tips how to improve on it)
UnlimitedXpinkie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, I see. Thanks :D
AngelasPortraits Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dloraas Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Thank you :D
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