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Old Thursday 7th July 2011, 18:48   #26
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the only thing I don't like about this is - I can't do it! Wow. I've never been comfortable with birds close to, I see so much more that it really 'blocks' my flow. This is just simply stunning.

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Old Tuesday 12th July 2011, 16:56   #27
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I'm grateful to all of you for the encouraging replies!
Attached the latest fieldwork-only black& white this time-done today
morning at Munich zoo.
The Puma is my first I've ever sketched from life..not easy at all!

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Old Tuesday 12th July 2011, 19:00   #28
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simply very great work
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Old Wednesday 13th July 2011, 00:03   #29
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simply very great work
indeed - quite marvellous.
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I've never really had much interest in portraying animals other than birds or insects. But between these and other of your sketches and being absolutely stunned by the light movements of a rhinoceros at the Philadelphia Zoo recently I can see that I'll be doing some sketching at the zoo soon. Just need to wait for the weather to cool a bit.

Of course they won't begint to look like this. They're amazing field studies.
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Old Wednesday 13th July 2011, 19:30   #32
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Painted on location today morning in Munich zoo..
Paschalis, that's a gorgeous owl. I like the clever way you've rendered the feathers.

You also gave me a trip down memory lane: I see that you've been working at Munich zoo. I've been there myself a number of times to draw the animals - what a wonderful place! The air is so clear and what a collection of animals they have. I once even saw a wild otter running alongside the stream that runs through it, and you can't get much more magical than that. My favourite memory was of the pack of painted dog puppies. I returned at a later date when they were grown and produced a lino cut of a couple of them. The fact that they were stood in half a foot of snow doesn't appear in my print though. If anyone gets the chance to go, then I'd fully recommend it. Also visit Munich's natural history museum. They have an excellent collection of European mammals (as does the zoo).

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Old Thursday 14th July 2011, 14:55   #33
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Paschalis,

Truly inspiring and very pleasing studies, as usual!
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absolutely sublime....every one a show stopper for me, and shows me how far I've yet to go...you are amazing.
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All are beautiful. Did you use black biro for them? It looks like that... O:-)

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Old Friday 22nd July 2011, 23:42   #36
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Hi Paschalis,

Somehow I missed commenting on this thread before - spectacular work! On your last zoo batch, the puma (called 'cougar' usually here in the US) is very well done. I know from experience how hard they are. We have a small zoo nearby that has an old cougar that was born in captivity, and I found him harder to sketch than I expected. Your birds are simply outstanding as well!
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Old Saturday 23rd July 2011, 10:28   #37
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Thank you John!
I'm glad that you like it!
Ulrike, you've right! Black BIC biro has been the cheapest and the most suitable medium I could find
while working outdoors..
But please the yellow BIC and the not the tranparent one...
It is the one with the fine point which allows me to achieve very fine texture..

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Wow, this is life drawing of the highest order - simply stunning stuff.

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I'm just back from a short visit to Berlin where I 've got the chance to spend a morning in
"Berlin Tierpark", the east Berlin zoo.Beautifully located , extended over a very large area with amazing old oaks and unique collection of animals and birds.
I used my time to study the raptors and here they are what I did this morning...
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Astonishing! What medium are these, Paschalis? Pen?
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Thank you Tim!
They are made using a Black Bic biro this one:
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You should try these!
They can be found everywhere, -I hope! It's a cheap medium ideal for achieving structure provinding fine as well thicker strokes ..

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They are made using a Black Bic biro this one:

Ah..black Bic biro, orange . The best drawing pen ever made. Love the fine ballpoint tip and ink tone. Cannot get them here in Sweden so buy a couple of boxes when I visit Ireland...
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You should try these!
They can be found everywhere, -I hope! It's a cheap medium ideal for achieving structure provinding fine as well thicker strokes ..

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I would never have guessed that the rich light, esp. in the second one was done with this pen. Amazing what it can do...............in the hands of the right, skilled artist.

I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for these and give one a try.
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Wow, jaw-dropping good work here!
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Truly astonishing work Paschalis! These pieces have tremendous prescence. One can feel the immense power of these subjects through your skill in rendering them. Marvellous!
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Quality, quality quality!

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Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments!!
I'm off to Greece for two weeks..

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Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments!!
I'm off to Greece for two weeks..

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I wish I was!!! - Have a great time!
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Wow! I'm stunned that the humble Bic - and the cheapo ones at that - can be used to produce work like this! But then stick Ronnie o'sullivan's cue in my hands and watch me play like him.

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