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Midwinter Raven by PhilipHarvey Midwinter Raven by PhilipHarvey
Well its been about a year now since I started drawing again and one of my first drawings was of a raven (currently used as my avatar :)) So felt it was time to have another go, decided to add a barrow burial mound in the background covered in snow as its chilly at the moment.
The scene looked pretty bleak to me so added a dash of colour from a holly tree just poking into the picture :) There's also an attempt at a weak midwinter sun trying to break through the gloomy snow filled sky :)
Used a slightly larger than A4 Bristol smooth board a 0.5 mechanical and 2b/4b pencils for the drawing plus gimp to add snow, oh yes and picasa to add a border and bump the contrast a bit.

I'd like to wish a very merry Christmas/Yuletide to all viewers, watchers and fine upstanding deviantart members. :D
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:iconsmilinggoatstudio:
This is a lovely piece. The biggest thing that both my husband and I noticed was that the foot looked wrong. Upon further examination we noticed that it appeared to just be "floating" there and looking even closer we saw that the branch is actually appropriately thick to fit the foot and make sense, just that it is covered with snow. I think having a hint of a shadow where that foot meets the snow will go a long way towards making them connect and for it to appear as though it belongs. I love your touch of color with the holly berries and your patience with the proper execution of the feathers is to be commended. The piece has a lovely sense of depth and perspective overall.
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This is a really good work of art right here. I have loved ravens ever since i read "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. I like the scenary, it really compliments to raven itself. I noticed that there is a little pile of snow on its beak there, I especially like that because it gives it realism, and kinda lets the viewer know that he has been there kinda relaxing for a while. And another thing that i like is the berries in the lower right corner, it gives the picture a little color and makes the picture very interesting and unique. On the whole it is a very good picture, and good job!
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Kyle-700 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
So cool!!
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers mate! :)
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:iconevilscarrlett:
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
splendid and perfect!
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh thank you! :)
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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FedersStrich Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great work! Absolutely stunning!:love:
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's most kind of you to say so :)
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Wow, so beautifully detailed and amazing. :heart:
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: :)
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
You're welcome. :D :hug:
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:iconanitaburnevik:
AnitaBurnevik Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the feel of this you capture the essence of the bird. Really beautiful.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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TheLostTargaryen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
A very effective and beautiful work, especially with the sparing use of colour in the corner there. It really makes the piece stand out more, so excellent job! :love:
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job, it's a beautiful drawing.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very good of you to say so Carole, cheers! :D
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
looks nice
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Yaga :)
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
VERY nice work.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of December. Feel free to check out the article here: [link]

There is no need to reply, we just want to show off the great artwork of our group!
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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TsukimeTinuviel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how looks the trees in the background.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:icontrinitierose:
TrinitieRose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Great anadimy.:love:
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ;)
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:iconrickblade34:
rickblade34 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Divine penciling, depth and positioning.
The splash of colour? Ingenious!
Fine detailing and layering of the components, and....ravens are awesome birds.


:) :) :)
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha you're too kind by far ;)
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).

¡Feliz Navidad! :iconxmassantaclausplz:

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).

Merry Christmas! :iconxmasbellplz:
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thank you. A Merry Christmas to you too :)
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:iconcameron-hurd:
Cameron-Hurd Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome shading on the wings, great Job!
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Cameron :D
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Viper-X27 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
That bird has stood still for a while. I can tell with the snow accumulated on its beak.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well spotted my friend :)
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Renard! :D
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
He's very beautifully done , impressive ! :clap:
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
featured your lovley works hear [link] have a lovley christmas
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! thanks a lot curly! Have a great Christmas yourself :hug: :D
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
your very welcome and thanks
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great details!
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Kay-March Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
What's not to love about your piece? The detail of the feathers and the eye, enchants the viewer... I am.
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful, and I especially like the passage tomb. Very appropriate for the winter solstice. The sun will be shining down the passage on the 21st :D
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you,I was going to draw snowy mountains at first (in the background) but then thought about barrows and tombs and the idea was very appealing to me. Might be a bit too cloudy for the sun in my drawing, maybe it'll clear up by the 21st ;)
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   General Artist
Fingers crossed :D
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:iconartsy50:
Artsy50 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :D :clap: I love Ravens.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, yes they are very cool and great fun to draw :)
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jobagjumping Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great.
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:iconphilipharvey:
PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers mate :)
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jobagjumping Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^
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