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Still Life in Pen by DSil Still Life in Pen by DSil
Another still life from drawing class, depicting the same skull, gnarly piece of wood, and glass crystal as my other still lifes (still lives?) leaning against a tree trunk. I used a variety of pen widths on this piece, and tried to display an equally wide variety of pen strokes, to signify different textures.

Pens, 18x24, about 11 hours.
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:iconpalawidja:
Palawidja Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome, your technique with the various of pen are amazing...
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:iconblackbarnabe:
blackbarnabe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconfluplay:
fluplay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Life seen in details! awesome artwork!
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:iconpennyu:
pennyu Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i like this
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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keronarts Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
For an in-class piece, I'm enjoying the many-sided variety of textures going on here that often seems to be missing from classic school-type work. Much to look at here, and loads of appeals throughout the piece.
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! My drawing teacher encouraged many different styles over the course of the semester, some more impressionistic and minimal, so when the pen assignment came along, I unleashed all my obsessive meticulousness. It ended up taking me so long, I missed the deadline and got no credit. Oh well!
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:icondarkshines42:
Darkshines42 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What even.... This is crazy brilliant.
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Aw, thanks. :)
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:icondarkshines42:
Darkshines42 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Not a problem :)
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:iconsapphirebird:
SapphireBird Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
only 11 hours? wow. This is extremely smooth for pen and ink. The textures look great.
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! It was an involved 11 hours. Much coffee involved.
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:iconsapphirebird:
SapphireBird Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
did you sketch it out first in pencil or pen, or did you just go with it and start drawing in pen?
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
God, I... I don't even remember. It was so long ago. I'm gonna go ahead and guess I sketched it first, 'cause that's how I usually work nowadays.
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:iconrschuch:
rschuch Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Definitely some great textures going on here. My only concern is the tree being the same tonal value as the wood piece - the skull stands out being so much lighter, as does the crystal, but the tree and wood kind of merge together.
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, I realized as I was drawing it that they blended together visually. But I thought to myself, "Hey, they're both wood, so it, like, makes sense!" More of a rationalization to justify my laziness than anything else. :) Thanks for the comment!
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:iconensomniac:
Ensomniac Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Excellent work!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkittyducky:
KittyDucky Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Would it be possible to get a higher res image of this for studying the strokes?
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Sadly, this is the highest res pic I took, and I can't find the original. :( I know, I'm pathetic.
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:iconkittyducky:
KittyDucky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
...Words...can't even describe...
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:iconimpact501:
impact501 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
dude , i love this picture. i do, ima oen and inker, great depth!!
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:iconeritwinz:
eritwinz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
wow very detail, good job
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:iconmaggdizzle:
MaGGdiZZle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
This is amazing. So much detail. Mad props !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconartemischick:
ArtemisChick Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
awesome:)
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:iconjanellemckain:
janellemckain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
love it!
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:icongroundedreamer:
groundedreamer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
AMAZING!
That piece of wood would have driven me crazy!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student General Artist
It was a great reference. Sadly, I lost the piece of wood, and can never get lost in its bizarre contours again. Alas!
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:icongroundedreamer:
groundedreamer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
Really? It must have a great piece of wood, it certainly made a great piece.
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:iconcookecakes:
COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
dude, what the frick?...it's not a black and white photo?! you're a crazy good inking master!
absolutly beautiful, i've never seen such a realistic inked piece in my life!

super well done. :D
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! But if you think this is realistic, you ain't seen nothin' yet: [link]
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618753294 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
this pitcure drawing by pen??? very cool
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Well, full disclosure there's a bit of PS editing. But yeah, 95% pen. Thanks for the comment. :)
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:iconmbkkr:
MBKKR Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
really great work!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconntom:
ntom Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
I wonder how You achieved the grey scale...could You tell this ?
Unbelievable study
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Ah, well, to be honest, I cheated a bit in Photoshop. Shhh don't tell!
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:icontriluna:
Triluna Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
That is bloody awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student General Artist
You're too kind. :)
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:iconrahulgabrielle:
rahulgabrielle Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
wowieee! amazing texture!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:icongiorjoe:
giorjoe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow! Amazing work!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Much thanks!
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:iconjrchicken199:
JrChicken199 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
koow! dude i like it[link]
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconmeler-meler:
Meler-Meler Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
OMG!
this is absolutely amazing...can't believe this is done in pen
nice nice nice
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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:icontomkilbane:
TomKilbane Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome work
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Student General Artist
Thanks man!
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:iconwarning-dookie:
WARNING-Dookie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
:wow:
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