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December 14, 2012
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CanoScan LiDE 210
Date Taken
Dec 14, 2012, 9:19:07 PM
GIMP 2.6.12
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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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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EvilScarrlett Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
splendid and perfect!
PhilipHarvey Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh thank you! :)
EvilScarrlett Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
FedersStrich Sep 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Great work! Absolutely stunning!:love:
PhilipHarvey Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's most kind of you to say so :)
Wow, so beautifully detailed and amazing. :heart:
PhilipHarvey Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: :)
You're welcome. :D :hug:
AnitaBurnevik Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the feel of this you capture the essence of the bird. Really beautiful.
PhilipHarvey Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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