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Wildlife art workshop by Heliocyan Wildlife art workshop by Heliocyan
Recently, I have been to a truly wonderful & inspiring art workshop of the 'Marwell Wildlife Art Society', with five fine tutors of the society. (One of the tutors, pencil artist Clive Meredith, happens to be here on DA as well):
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This is what I worked on, work in progress...

We were free to use any traditional medium we wanted, we just had to bring our own material and reference photographs. I decided to bring this amazing photograph of a peacock-pheasant which cycoze took:


I really enjoyed myself! Every tutor showed us their tricks of the trade and how they like to work, as well the materials they use. I learnt quite a few things and tricks I did not know before. It was truly inspiring and very interesting to see how different everyone works.
Thank you so much, what a great day!!! I absolutely loved it!

Now, I must finish this... :)
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting to see. What's that pointy thing in the bottom middle of the photo?
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
It is my Chinese brush I use for inking the outlines. They are wonderful to draw very fine lines.
I got introduced to this technique by a friend of mine, :iconhimmapaan: who paints all of his works in those. I will still need to practise a lot to achieve his amount of details, he's just amazing with them.
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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting, maybe I'm trying to find such a brush too. Thanks.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, what a lot of work. Thanks for the insight into your process. I'm always curious to see. ;}
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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DupleSnowflake Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a lovely look at your artistic process and materials!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant :heart:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aren't they just the most beautiful birds *ever*?!?!! I absolutely love them! :)
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:iconjeffzz111:
jeffzz111 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, they are :nod: must get a print :D
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
:hug: Aw, I would be so honoured!! :heart:

Do wish me luck please, I hope I can get this finished until the 6th of February, then I can enter it in a competition with the chance to exhibit it in London! I know it is not much time left, but if I hurry I might be able to finish it in time. :)
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing! The workshop sounds really interesting, too. I'm always too shy to go to group things - I worry that I'll look stupid or be worse than everyone else.
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
See, I am normally like this! This was the first time I went to one of those workshops. And I noticed that every one else feels just the same insecurity. In the end, we were all there to learn, no one looked down to another artist. You should give it a go, should you find an opportunity! The experience is definitely worth it. :)
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Pretty frickin' cool. Great to get some insight into the process. Doesn't affect the wonder even a little, though. Your work is still remarkable.

Look forward to seeing the completed project.
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Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you so much!! :) I hope I don't screw it up though, otherwise everyone is waiting to see the result and there won't be one! >.<

I hope I can finish it until the 6th, I have decided this will be my entry to an art competition with the chance to have it exhibited in London! Would be great.
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
So.. I'm sitting here, doing my best to imagine you screwing it up......
Sorry.
Not happening.
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Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
well.... it was meant to be completely in grey and sepia tones, only the blue spots in colour. I had in mind that this would look amazing, only the bright blue on an otherwise black and white/grey illustration. I was even thinking of doing it in pencil.

...then I had a glass of red wine, and what did I do?!?! Colours all over the place! Acrylic ink colours! >.< I was tipsy and just could not help to add colours to it! It doesn't look bad tough (not yet, anyway), but it is *NOT* what I had in mind with this picture.
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Amazing the kind of trouble a glass of red wine can get one into, ain't it..? One of many reasons I drink white wine. Which, of course, is total bullshit. If it were not for the screaming headaches I get whenever I drink more than a sip, I would easily drink as much red as I do white.

Not that any of this has ANY bearing on your present predicament, but what the hell, right? It would be kind of fun to sit down someday and share a glass of something with you, I would think. You could tell me how badly you are doing and I could tell you what a foolish young lady you are. The internet is neat, in that I have more or less met a ton of people I would never have otherwise known, but I often find myself wishing.... *sigh*

Anyway. My foolish young friend. I am not worried. You will pull it out, in the end and it will look great.
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KingJackalope Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great fun to see your work space and in-progress shots! It is a gorgeous picture, looks like you were getting a lot out of that workshop. =3
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Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :) Oh, it was definitely worth going! I am so glad I went, first I wasn't too sure as I don't really like working with people watching me. It was fine though, as everyone was working on something, no one was staring. The group was really nice, someone brought cakes & coffee, and we had tons of fun. I can only recommend to take part in such opportunities, there is always something one can take from it. I will definitely take part again!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, my; that's a huge sheet of paper (for me). :XD:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
It is indeed. I didn't think this properly through, now I am fighting... >.<

Although, to my defence, I had first planned it as a pencil work, but it turned out the paper was/is far too rough for this. It is cold pressed water colour paper.

He he, and then there was Clive, suggesting to start anew, but three times the size, as this was 'too small'!!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, but you don't have anything to worry about. You've worked on massive canvases before!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Bleh, again I start worrying too much. I'm hopeless. >.<

What do you think, should it turn out OK would this be a candidate for the 'David Shepherd Wildlife Art' competition?! I was not planning in taking part, but they have extended the deadline to the 6th of February. I'm tempted...
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Do it!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
True! But not in ink/watercolour though, the size scares me slightly. As well, I have not stretched the paper, I'm really worried it starts waving as soon as I start colouring bigger areas.
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