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Old Tuesday 9th February 2010, 20:35   #151
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as you say on your blog, always room for another beautiful falcon, esp one a lovely and alive as this one. Always a balancing act with the camera, but backed up by real observation is an indispensible tool for this kind of work.
BTW I went to the website and think it really suits your work, and is easy to navigate.
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Old Tuesday 9th February 2010, 21:23   #152
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thanks colleen,i think whether using cameras or pure field sketching it's the act of observing that allows one to capture the gist of the bird,the sketch or camera are just an aide memoire.thanks for your comments on the website,my son(the whizzkid)and myself spent several months refining my ideas and turning them into a reality.there are still a few refinements i'd like to add but i dont want to compromise the uncluttered feel or make the site more complicated to navigate.
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clive love your work, mate...fantastic, not been painting myself, bit of a painters block here, back to my carving instead, going to do a few carvings of african wildlife in natural wood,not painted ....mark
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cheers mark,will you be posting your carvings here? love to see them when complete,is this a departure from your normal subject?
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Old Wednesday 10th February 2010, 18:10   #155
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cheers mark,will you be posting your carvings here? love to see them when complete,is this a departure from your normal subject?
no mate, only a break....I will post them here...mark.
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After another short foray into the african big game ive managed to get back to some bird art.This one is of a saker falcon.i know the portrait style is probably not for the purists but i just loved the plumage so much that i decided to try and draw it in the same fashion and size as my golden eagle study.
gorgeous saker- utterly convincing
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Old Saturday 13th February 2010, 09:42   #157
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clive I have just been sat around my screen with my whole family, looking at your site, its the first time they have all been quiet at the same time... they were all speechless... I dont live too far away from you... so may venture down one day to see your work in the flesh if that is ok... amazing... Paul
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result of my last foray into african art
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excellent! the composition is very effective
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fantastic!!!! clive...Its a shame the paper wasn't long enough, to get the top bit in...mark
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I'm still following the progress of your drawings on the blog Clive, terrific work.

One question for you; If you don't fix the graphite how the heck do you keep any drawing clean?!

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hi mike,its a question i get asked a lot.when i'm drawing i always keep a clean sheet of cheap printer paper under my drawing hand so i'm not touching the paper surface and i change it frequently as it picks up graphite so that it doesnt transfer onto the white of the paper.
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Great stuff Clive - another q...how do you get the effect of the pale flank feathers overlaying the wing as on the Saker piece? Do you just draw in between it or is there such a thing as a 'drawing rubber' ?? Glad Mike asked the above question as I'd been wondering that myself!!
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hi ads,the feather overlay is acheived by scratching some of the individual vanes into the paper before adding any graphite.so in other words at the outset you have to plan exactly where you want the paler feathers to stand out before adding any tone to the piece.i scratch in with an old knitting needle,this leaves a groove that the pencil cannot easily drop into leaving a clean white line when overlayed with graphite.i use the same technique for whiskers etc with animal art.some artists do use a battery powered rubber to erase lines into a drawing and occasionally i use one when adding wafty hairs on the edge of an animal image when it has a toned background but i dont like the effect it has on the paper and you cant draw over an area where its been used effectively.
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Cheers Clive - fascinating insight. Used to do loads of pencil work at school/college..maybe it's time to delve back in. Like the indent tip (makes sense now when reading it on your blog!). What paper do you use out of interest?
Battery-powered rubber brings unwanted images into my head - must be spending too much time online with User....!!
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umm yes perhaps nuff said on that one! as for the paper i use arches hot pressed watercolour paper which i stretch in the same fashion as a watercolourist would.
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Ah cool, I use the same stuff for my plates..300lb I think
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Clive, does that mean you soak the paper before stretching it? ( how I was taught to do it)
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nick thankyou,was trying for something a little designery(for want of a better description)
colleen,sorry been awol working on african stuff.yes i do soak my paper first,i normally pop the cut sheet into the bath for about 5 minutes or so and this gives me just the right amount of tooth once dry that i like.
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hope you'll forgive me the indulgence in posting a non birdy image but ive been sidelined for a while on other stuff and will be for a little while yet.
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it seems like forever since i last posted here.been busy preparing works for the summer show circuit.ive finally managed to find somewhere to show my bird art to a hopefully appreciative audience.i'm going to be exhibiting works at Titchfield Haven from august thru til october this year and i'm really looking forward to getting some valuable feedback.ive managed to get a couple of small sketches done this month in preparation and i'm going to try and alternate between my african animals and the bird art.
more good news is that one of my bird drawings 'The Chase-moorhen and avocet' has made it to the finals of the dswf wildlife artist of the year competition and will be on show at the mall galleries from 24th til 29th may.
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A well deserved win, Clive..and sure that the exhibition will go well... mark
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