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I was drawing trees again by RachelCurtis I was drawing trees again by RachelCurtis
So I had a request to draw a tree as a tattoo for a friend of mine and I said 'why not, I like trees' and so this came about . . . it actually took me way too long. Not to draw it really, just to actually get started. Anyway fun with inks, the leaves drove me a bit nuts I think I tried like five different kinds? Yeah . . .

Ink on bristol with crow quill.
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thelostboy13 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
love the curving shape and perspective on this.  well done.
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RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  Yeah I had a lot of fun with the shapes in this one.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I adore this! The curling shape and the variance in line-thickness is stunning.
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RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Bristol board is kind of fabulous.  I just don't use it very often cause I don't like painting on it, but for the straight black and white stuff it is really great.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've only used it a couple of times. Whenever I get nice art paper I draw nothing but crap on it, and then I end up with fantastic drawings on scrap signage from work. :p
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RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
idk I have sketchbooks and pads of drawing paper, the nice paper is for drawings I've planned to do on them, so I've generally thumbnailed them first on other paper so it is the second time I am drawing them anyway.  I don't know if that helps as a process, but I never try to just be like 'I have good paper I will just have good art on it' as the plan when facing a blank piece of paper.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have some brain-block when copying out my thumbnails a second (or third or whatever) time. I get a nice flow with the thumbnail, but when I try to redraw it to do the proper piece, I lose the natural quality of the original. I keep practising with this transfer process, but it seems all my talent is trapped in ballpoint pen scribbles *laughs*
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RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
My thumbnails are always pretty rough, mostly composition and such, so there is still a lot of stuff to figure out in the drawing.  IDK if that helps at all.  I find if I have to like . . . draw stuff well several times it kind of loses its magic.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yah, mine are really rough too. Recently, I've been doing my thumbnails in ball point pen at about 3 by 4 inches, and then scanning them up much larger and inking them digitally, using the scan as a base - and that's been working nicely. :3 I think really, I just work better on a small scale. I lose scope when I start trying to work larger.
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RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, for my traditional stuff I can't work off the thumbs, I have to just redraw completely which is a whole other thing.  I know people who work that way digitally so that makes total sense.
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