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08-14-2010, 06:01 PM
Some of you have heard me talk about my artwork being rooted in drawing animals. I am gradually learning my way around deviant art and have finally gotten around to scanning in one of my pieces. I had fun splicing it together, stupid scanner doesn't really allow me to get a pad that big in there....

Anyway, here is a Bluebird (http://jaxilon.deviantart.com/#/d2we4y0) that I did long time back. Thanks for checking it out, hopefully I'll get around to posting a lot more stuff in the future. I'm sort of bitten by the map bug and trying to master that right now though.

Thanks for looking

08-14-2010, 07:40 PM
Dang, dude, that's nice. You're a far better illustrator than I'll ever hope to be.

08-15-2010, 12:43 AM
Thank you for the compliment Ascension. I have a pastel I did more recently of a lighthouse. I will probably get that up at some point although I think I'm still better at animals. I think there is something to my being able to feel the texture of the paper, the scratching of the pencil or chalk that just feels good to me (I've heard some artists call it "soul", I don't know though). I am finding map making to be rather different. And the digital aspects are something I'm still trying to adapt to. Hopefully, one day all my gears will come together and I will feel at home in both. One thing I have noticed doing things digitally is that I can screw around forever making little tweaks to coloring and so on. When I use a pencil or a pastel chalk it's down and done for the most part. Oh, sure, you can change a few things but you can only rework something so much before you wreck it. Not so in the digital media. I can drive myself nuts there. LOL.

And I still look at your maps and hope that I might be able to get to a skill level like that. All the details you put into them are just amazing.

Oh well, back to the drawing board, practice makes perfect, or at least better than you were yesterday.

08-15-2010, 01:04 AM
I know what ya mean about the tactile sensation of pencil on paper...tablets just aren't the same. Something about the smell (wood carbon rubber paper) and sounds (scratching and brushing rubber bits, etc) also get me going. I guess that only leaves taste but I never got much from that part :)

08-15-2010, 01:19 AM
Lol, tried a little of that while attempting watercolor.....wasn't so great. That's the one part of using a tablet I do have some concern over but it's still got to be better than all the drawing with my mouse.

08-15-2010, 06:38 PM
wow! amazing drawing Jax!

edit: my sword-of-rep wont work yet for you :(

08-15-2010, 06:54 PM
Thanks Dj.

I just posted a lighthouse I did in pastels if anyone is interested in seeing that.

08-15-2010, 08:01 PM
Holey moley, that's absolutely fantastic! Jax, that's just amazing. Please, please post more of your artwork.

08-15-2010, 08:10 PM
Thanks Ravells, I might have to start making some more though. Most I have given away or don't care for anymore.

08-16-2010, 11:01 AM
Good stuff - they're really lovely. Definitely interesting to see what people are doing with traditional media.

08-16-2010, 05:03 PM
Just saw this post and your work, nice job, the bird is really nice.

08-18-2010, 10:09 AM
as I posted on DA, cool stuff ... been years since I've painted/drawn anything myself, but I do remember really missing that UNDO button on the canvas - not quite as easy to remove acryllics from canvas as it is to push Ctrl+z ;)
Haven't gotten around to photograph my old paintings and posting them to DA yet - but I have made a digital painting (http://tilt-dk.deviantart.com/#/d2qvf44) a month or two back :) ... I'm slowly working on doing more, but I don't feel the bamboo tablet reacts fast enough to really paint/draw like I want too. It's probably just my machine thats to old :(

08-18-2010, 12:35 PM
See, i was wondering if I would have issues with a tablet being too slow. I'm not a speed guy but I just about flip out when my creative flow gets screwed with. :O

08-18-2010, 02:23 PM
I'm not exactly the speedy gonzales of painting either - but this is slow going. I think I'll have to go to about A4 size to get anything done - I'm guessing I'll have to experiment some more :)

08-20-2010, 03:34 AM
I dig the bird. It's a wonderful illustration. :)

08-20-2010, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. I really should sit down and do some more of those. Maybe I would be better off sticking with pencils.

I have just been trying to get my digital skills up where I'm happy with them and mapping is a lot of fun. I guess for now I'll keep playing with maps and maybe I can pump another illustration out every now and then.

08-26-2010, 09:18 PM
Added a Bobcat I did a long long time ago. Well, actually it's a scan of a photograph I took of the drawing...it came out not so bad actually. If you care to check it out just click my deviantArt clicking in my sig.