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Dwarfed by the Sky by outsidelogic Dwarfed by the Sky by outsidelogic

The Rocky Mountains and alpine lakes get all the attention out here in Colorado, but sometimes it’s the sky and the clouds that take your breath away.  This is a rendering of the view up Squaw Pass, from a spot on a trail about a half mile from my house.  The elevation here is about 7500 feet.  I was walking one day, and snapped a few pictures of these clouds with my iPod.  After many experiments with how to capture this sky in ink, I decided to go with this method of horizontal lines.  Any comments/critique are appreciated, as nature drawings are very new to me.

Done with dip pens (various nibs), and  few markers, on 11x14 board (Borden & Riley 108 lb).
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mawgly79 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job.
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brickarter Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All those straight lines are freehand! You are a virtuoso with ink lines - the rocks on the left, the tree lines on the ridges, the curving slopes on the right, the wood grain, the grass, the leaving them out where they don't belong. If I had to suggest anything, it would be one tiny part of the otherwise wonderful composition, where the dark at the bottom of the clouds takes a second look to know what it is. Maybe the sky below it should be either darker or lighter instead of the same value as the dark parts of the clouds. I'm going on too much. Great work!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the detailed look and the nice comment.  I feel like I'm still trying to find a style, but I'm getting there.  Ans I'm somewhat obsessed with clouds...

Interesting in that several people have commented on the lower part of the clouds and sky.  It was very dark down there (storm coming), but enough people have mentioned it that I think I could have done a better job with it.
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brickarter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To me, it's a peaceful feeling with a sense of wonder in the sky.
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Great job. The line work works. Great ink rendering. And might I add I envy where you live.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha...thanks very much.  Yeah, once we got here, I wondered why it took us so long to move...
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ShootingStarLogBook Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Another beautiful work, and Colorado is a beautiful place to trek and gaze at nature beauty. Thank you for capturing the feeling of it. 
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the compliment.  Yeah, I never get tired of the scenery around here.
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Pitsuca Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice clouds :D
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.  I'm sort of obsessed with them...
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Badusev Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Another fantastic piece form a wonderful graphic artist
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.  I'm actually dying to do this one over.  I feel like I've learned so much since I drew this.
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Revolution2014 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
As a critique I would have added some growth rings to the end of the pole in the tripod.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment, and it's right on target.  I think I did a pretty lame job with the posts.  I'm actually thinking of re-doing this picture, as I think I've learned a lot in the past few months.
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Revolution2014 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I feel a bit ashamed to give you critique since my abilities are nowhere near yours. But I was watching drawings on the internet, and came across one with lots of pretty clouds:

www.ebsqart.com/Art-Shows/Exhi…

What I noticed is that the artist made the clouds fluffy by dotting the lines. Maybe that is something you can try (have tried?). Although I think your clouds are really awesome. They feel heavy like there is as storm coming. I'd be rigging my tarp pretty soon!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the critique, and please don't feel ashamed.  Anyone who is thoughtful can give good advice.  I have done a little with broken lines here and here, although the lines are so fine, you may not be able to see it very well.  Clouds are just darn tricky with pen...plus there are so many shapes and forms.  I plan on experimenting more.  Thanks for the comment and the advice.
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Revolution2014 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
You are a very skilled artist, I envy your abilities! 

I used to live in Lakewood CO, and what I admired most was the lightning storms that would come and make the whole sky a spectacle. Colorado is really divine!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.  Yeah, I love it out here (been here about 8 years).  The sky is BIG, and the weather can be extreme.  It's fun to watch.
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SylviaHearts Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Very good job on this! I love how my eye just bounces all around trying to absorb all the details. My favorite part is the clouds and the sky. All together very balanced.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.  I am pleased with the composition, but now, looking back at it several months later, i think I could do a better job with the lines. Ah well, I appreciate the comment.  And thanks for the watch!
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camera-buff Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What a refreshing drawing, I really like the old woodcut look, and you have done it flawlessly.  Its sad that this style is so seldom seen anymore.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.  I think there is much room for improvement...clouds are tricky and wonderful things.
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artMAKERportrait Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like it's from a comic book. Anyway, nice work.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I *think* that's a compliment....  Thank you :)
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n00tta Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I just keep favouriting your nature themed works. These are awesome! Makes me think of an evolved Van Gogh without the colors. Like this one: smashmaterials.com/wp-content/…
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I've never been compared to Van Gogh before, but actually I can see how swirling lines of paint could be morphed into ink...very interesting.  I actually consider my influences to more along the lines of Gustav Dore', Albrecht Durer, and Franklin Booth...but thank you for the very thoughtful comment.  I've got a few more nature drawings in the queue...
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jorani2194 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome work, great lines and hatching technique :D
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much...glad you like it
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Art3mis-X Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what sort of process you follow? For example, do you lay down rough lines in pencil and then ink, go straight to ink, or...?
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, rough lines in pencil.  But the key to this really was that I spent hours working on different ways to render the clouds.  Different line thicknesses, vertical lines, circular lines, etc.  So by the time I sat down to ink the picture, I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to do, so I didn't need much in the way of pencil lines.

I find that, at least for now, when I'm still learning to use dip pens, I need to do at least two versions of the picture.  During the first, I try different stuff and see what looks good.  Then the second uses the best techniques from the first.
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Art3mis-X Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the response!  I think the cloud turned out wonderfully; they fit the composition very well.
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N-Tessellation Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
I like the way that you've made value by the choices of adding or avoiding cross-hatching.  It is well done and I admire this piece... and the thought that went behind it.  Colorado skies do indeed need more attention!  Excellent job!  I think that the grass you've added to the bottom with the waves plays off the clouds with the straight sky definition lines well.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the detailed comment.  I'm glad you think my technique "worked".  I'm not entirely convinced :).  I will probably try some similar pictures and experiment some more.
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N-Tessellation Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I meant it sincerely, sir.  I saw the thumbnail next to another work and it looked so classic and masterful. But, yes, you are right that everyone likes to make their work better as they go along.  Your own conviction is, indeed, something which matters. :nod: And thank you for sharing your technique as well in the comment after mine. 
After making the comment, I went to your profile page and was inspired; I, too, am in the middle of the chaos of "life" and it is good to see that there is hope for my further "artistic" (if you can call my scribbles such) development further down the road.  Cheers and may you see the progress you desire in your work! 
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is definitely hard to balance the day-to-day necessities of life with giving yourself time to create.  But it is worth it to make the time, if only for your mental health and inner peace.
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boychik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist
The sky's like a Durer woodcut, and the way the lines lead the eye--wow, such excellent work you've created here.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I got a Franklin Booth mention and now Durer...that's gonna swell my head.  But I'm glad you like it.
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
W o w. Beautiful.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much
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Scribe1969 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great stlye, clouds have such depth and power. Fantastic penmanship love it.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  It's always good to get comments from other pen-and-ink folks.
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Lemonstream Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those clouds are amazing. You've captured their form really well and it feels like they were moving.
The composition is great too!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind comments.  I'm glad you like my attempt at clouds.
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jessehbechtold Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
VERY Franklin Booth, great job!  I especially like the grass in the foreground and while the clouds are great, filling the sky in like that takes guts.  Again, great job!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.  I'm still wrestling with rendering the sky and clouds in ink, but I'm glad you like this attempt.  If I get a Franklin Booth mention...well, that just makes my day.
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jessehbechtold Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, you've earned the comparison, nice work!
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favoritepasstime Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, breath taking!
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  Seeing as you are a doodler, you might enjoy this journal post: fav.me/d5yi9gw
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favoritepasstime Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome and thanks for the link. It has some very good collection.
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TheTonyFigueroa Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Excellent work.
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