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Topic: "Harness" - An Elephant Portrait by Danielle Trudeau  (Read 4818 times)
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« on: July 15, 2013 08:35:00 AM »

I love elephants. They are a symbol of strength, wisdom and hope to me.

This piece was done entirely with ink, the elephant itself has been done with your typical black ballpoint Bic pen, and the background with India ink. Pretty large too, 11"x14".





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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013 10:00:56 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013 11:06:03 AM »

Simply incredible. You are extremely gifted.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013 11:21:42 AM »

Wonderful, amazing and I am sure took a tremendous amount of patience to do.  I am wondering if your hands are indelibly black now from all that ink...LOL! My finger tips were blue just from the finger puppets I was working on for my grandson. Had to draw the pattern on felt and they were only 3 and 1/2 inches pcs. I would imagine tho that the bic pen ink would smear all over the place. Did you use a wrist rest? In any case...love your work! Kudos!

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013 11:35:25 AM »

This is so beautiful.  The eye is so expressive, such a sad look to me.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2013 02:16:03 PM »

Stunning!
You have captured my favorite animal so well (in what used to be my favorite drawing technique).
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2013 05:09:48 PM »

LOVE this!
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2013 08:29:23 PM »

 Shocked This is amazing!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2013 10:44:53 PM »

Thank you all! Cheesy

Wonderful, amazing and I am sure took a tremendous amount of patience to do.  I am wondering if you hands are indelibly black now from all that ink...LOL! My finger tips were blue just from the finger puppets I was working on for my grandson. Had to draw the pattern on felt and they were only 3 and 1/2 inches pcs. I would image tho that the bic pen ink would smear all over the place. Did you use a wrist rest? In any case...love your work! Kudos!

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Shockingly my hands are clean! I did the vast majority of this while outdoors and thanks to the hot spell that we are experiencing, I suspect that the ink just dried very quickly! I also have the habit of working on areas in such an order that my hand won't drag along the fresh spots, but that's just practice over the years. Smiley

This is so beautiful.  The eye is so expressive, such a sad look to me.

I'm glad I got that look across, it's all part of the personal message Wink
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2013 12:45:30 AM »

That is so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. You really captured an elephant's spirit. The details are amazing. I love elephant's too.
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2013 10:07:45 AM »

You've captured such a depth of feeling in this piece and I am in awe of your pen and ink skills!  Beautiful piece Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2013 10:21:11 AM »

Wow! You did an amazing job. He does look sad. You are very talented. How long did it take?
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2013 02:14:15 PM »

Wow! You did an amazing job. He does look sad. You are very talented. How long did it take?

Hmm, tough question. I'd say probably around 10 hours, from start to finish.
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2013 12:02:03 PM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2013 01:11:31 PM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2013 04:10:13 AM »

You are seriously talented!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2013 02:31:36 PM »

This is super beautiful! I love all the detail work you put into it. The eye really draws my attention, and it looks great.
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2013 02:11:10 PM »

Oh my. This is absolutely stunning! I can't imagine all the work you put into this.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2013 08:47:33 AM »

Beautiful work! There is so much depth and personality in every line.
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2013 06:19:43 PM »

A-MAY-ZING i am in awe of your talent :O
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2013 11:40:31 AM »

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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2014 06:35:41 PM »

Gorgeous! Wow, I am stunned, all ink?!
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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2014 11:36:14 PM »

Gorgeous! Wow, I am stunned, all ink?!

Indeed, all ink! Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2014 11:44:30 AM »

It's hard to believe you can get this kind of definition with a Bic pen.  Well done.
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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2014 08:25:20 PM »

just jaw-dropping!  I love work like this! I do art....a lot...but I still don't have the patience or the courage to do ink work like this!

Did you lay out a pencil outline first or did you just jump right in with the ink?
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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2014 08:39:04 PM »

just jaw-dropping!  I love work like this! I do art....a lot...but I still don't have the patience or the courage to do ink work like this!

Did you lay out a pencil outline first or did you just jump right in with the ink?


Thank you! Usually I don't have much of an attention span, but when it comes to overwhelming detail I can work on it for hours on end.

I did a very quick sketch with pencil, just capturing the overall shape, then went to town with the ink. Smiley
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