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Portrait of Nyokirrr Sacrawez, my Gryphon self. I've attempted to draw him a bit more realistic. He's buzzard/wild cat Gryphon, aka a Fen Gryphon, from the bogs in the Wallonian Ardenne.

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MervDeGriff Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
Wow, after reading your discussion in the above comments I can see how some of the texture comes out in this piece. I agree, you should try engraving some! I know at least one person who would love some gryphons on his plates / dinnerware for when guests come over, or just something neat to hang on the wall.

A4 size paper? And what type of scanner you are using that does not loose that much line quality when scanning?

Again, great work. That eye just burbles with life.
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coolart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
very nice work, I like your drawing style it's so clean . I thought it was an ink drawing at first, I had to look real close.
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Thank you, and thanks for the fav! I try to keep my lines clean cuz I am also a comics artist from the French & Belgian comic-strip school, and this is about the style I keep in my comics as well. I scan it dark, so it looks like ink, but it's more supple than ink in my opinion. In the opposite of this piece, my comics are barely shaded, so it'll be possible to colorize them in photoshop.
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Enchantedforest Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Congrats dear!
You've been featured in the Club December Best of Fantasy Art News article!
You can view it here : [link]

Fave this article if you love it like that you'll get more expozure!

:holly: Happy 2008! :holly:

*Enchantedforest
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008

Congrats!!!
I've featured this creation in the December Visual Art Features.

Check it here : [link]
This feature is also in the news so more views for you : [link].
Please check it to view other's art and fave the news article if you like it!
:holly: HAPPY 2008! :holly:

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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Merci pour ton choix, c'est gentil d'exposer mon Griffon parmi autant d'excellents dessins et peinture. Je ne manquerai pas de jeter un coup d'œil attentif au reste du blog.
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Dagane Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Genial!!!
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ArtKitt-Creations Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
That is awsome! I really like it:)
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Thanks, and thanks for the fav!
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the darker eyebrows and how even the ears are covered in what are obviously feathers. That beard is cute, too. :)

Stunning detail, as always.
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Thanks, and thanks for the fav!
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xlagartixax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
This is very beautifully rendered, Nyo...I love the different textures you incorporate.

I like that you have the background at a lower contrast than the foreground, causing it to recede. Next time maybe you could do the same thing to Nyo's wing in the back, and maybe the top of the head as well. That would increase the illusion of roundness of the figure in addition to how it already pops out of the background.

What kind of pen are you using?
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Thanks, Harli. Yes, I wanted to draw the wing lighter, but I came with values for the markings, and I guess I made them too dark (also, I've scanned the drawing a bit too dark). Thus, maybe the top of the head also. Beside, I'll have a style with less shadings for my comics, that'll help to fix such details.

This is only mechanical pencils: H, HB, 2B and 4B. No ink.
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xlagartixax Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Pencils! They seem wonderfully dark for pencils. Is that the scanner settings or maybe contrast levels in Photoshop? (I finally just took graphic design and it has made me ask "how did they do that?" to everything I see now).

Alternately, you could increase the line weight of the outlines/shading in the foreground. But I think you would have a hard time making anything with more contrast than that wonderful eye.

I was thinking of your art this morning and thought it would be fun to try a style like yours in a metal engraving.
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Not only I used 4B pencils, but yes, I scanned very dark. It's a technique I'm planning to use for my comics project, especially if I try to colorize it with Pain Shop Pro or Photoshop.

To have dark lines, you have to scan dark, not to darken with a program. That's faking ink, and pencil gives more supple lines than ink.

Re: line weight: that's actually the technique I use for my comics. Here, I could have added one or two leaves on the foreground, but I thought it was useless: it ain't a big piece.

Re: metal engraving: Yup, my technique is close to engraving finally. When I begun to draw this way, I got much inspired by the Belgian artist Jean-Claude Servais: [link] - [link] - [link] (NSFW)
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xlagartixax Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
I spent a lot of time this semester with Adobe Illustrator. I learned a lot about how computers affect line qualities. I made a vectorized font set by editing curves on the computer from some lettering that I did in ink and scanned.

It's strange to me that art sometimes loses credibility when it's known that someone edited it with a computer program. Not so much with ads or works created for the Internet (like webcomics), but "fine art" especially. It seems like the "fine artists" don't know how to use computers for art and so they dismiss them, but it also seems like computer artists are often lacking in basic drawing/design skills. For people like us to embrace both (that aren't part of the younger Disney/Pixar generation) is still so rare. Eh, I'm rambling.

I think you've shown me the work of Jean-Claude Servais once before. It's really difficult to make drawn lines look like engravings! I think that's what got me into printmaking. I saw many beautiful engraved pictures in children's books (I guess fairy tales and engravings go together or something) when I was growing up, and I always thought they were pen drawings. So I tried to develop a graphic style that looked like those pictures, and I went through about ten different kinds of ink pens before I learned about intaglio engraving, and I learned the real extent to which medium affects line quality (I think I was the last artist on earth to figure this out). Of course this goes for engraving, pen, pencil, and computer as well.

I await the day that "fine artists" recognize computers as just another tool to create art. Until then, I will use computers the same way as I use pens and pencils...and leave them all behind. ;-)
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
There's an artist in the nearest village close to where I live who creates all with computers, with effects and all. That's mostly symbolism, surrealism and whatnot, and it's really awesome. So yes, it begins. With very good printers, it's perfectly possible to make fine art only with computer.

BTW, I often correct certain details with the computer, but I always try it doesn't show. And there are other ones who do so, I don't see why it'd be a lost of credibility. I've seen a comics artist whose drawings were corrected with tipp-ex, so... Scanning and correcting a drawing with a computer to edit small details, I don't see what's degrading. I rather think it's perfectionism, cuz natural media are never perfect, and no human, thus no artist is perfect. It's easy to deviate a bit from a line! With the comp, it's easily corrected.

Re: Jean-Claude Servais: He's inspired by engraving, that's how he describes his artwork himself. But it's pen, and he knows there's a noticeable difference.
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