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Siren to the Serpents by 1pen Siren to the Serpents by 1pen
3 days, off and on. Sharpie Markers on Bristol Board. Image much larger but scanner only so big and my camera is terrible. Will post the full shot in scraps soon.

Sharpie markers are horrid. I want my brush pens back.

This one was a pain in the arse, mostly because the pens would not cooperate with the surface. I am never using pen on bristol again. never! never!!! Because they wouldn't work on the paper I had to scratch the ink out which meant I didn't get the clean lines and look I was hoping for. Plus, I didn't sketch this one out...so it's not that great, sorry.

Anyway, mermaid with dragon-like creatures. The dragons do have names. The main one, the one she is touching is "Ekati". Too tired to explain. bleh.
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AllieHartley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008   Traditional Artist
:wow: beautiful work!!!

~allie~
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :hug:
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mani-mas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Desptie whatever pain this might've caused you, this is some very beautiful work, very detailed. I'm quite envious of your talent (but in a well-meaning way, of course.)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hehehe, thank you. That was back when sharpies and I didn't like each other and I was first using bristol. I eventually warmed up to both and learned how to handle both of them and things like "Greetings to the Dragon" and "2000 and eight" came out that ended up smoother, but I think this turned out okay too. Thanks again.
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JazzfisH Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
your art is a thing, very beautiful, so much detail
i luv it :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much, and the same to you...I love your style!
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Pirs4x Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
wow!
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
thank you very much!
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Pirs4x Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
^.^
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laurichg Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I stick with the technical pens for that reason. They seem to do better with more kinds of paper. Since I thrash the refillable ones I use the disposable Microns instead most of the time. The fact that you could do that with Sharpies is very impressive...
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you, but the truth is the microns crapped out on bristol. I've found that pilot precise pens, a few gels, and felt tips (like the sharpies) cope well...if you can tolerate them. :D Sharpie markers are my main medium now. Seriously, I've been reduced to them with my weak little budget, but you know what they say, necessity is the mother of all invention. I've gotten used to them and found they can rock just as nicely as the rapidographs in some circumstances. Thanks for stopping through the gallery and leaving these comments. Your suggestions and praise means a lot. :hug:
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laurichg Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found that for stippling the microns do the best for me. I'd blunt those sharpies in no time flat with all the dots... :lol:
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
When it comes to stippling on bristol I resort to pilot precise pens or the old dip-and-draw pens with the exchangeable nibs. :D And I blunt sharpies with each piece, but nothing can cover a lot of ground and make it look goooood like a sharpie.
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laurichg Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes sense. Ya gotta go with what works...
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008   Digital Artist
i love the swirly composition.lovely details too.
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hey you! Thanks for checking out the gallery and :+fav: this one. I appreciate it very much. Yeah, I was happy how this one turned out considering I don't sketch things out to begin with so when the composition turns out well I'm pretty surprised. :D
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008   Digital Artist
your welcome.its a very nice piece of work.i do like the composition a lot.considering you hadnt sketched out any rough idea for composition i think it turned out very well.
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks again. You're most recently uploaded piece was quite a wonder too. :D
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008   Digital Artist
thank you.thank you for the:+fav: too. :)
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rebekahlynn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Very cool style and composition. I especially love the cascading shapes of the dragons.
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for your comment, I appreciate your thoughts on this one. :D
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Kodukass Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
beautiful line work !
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1pen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks, not easy to do with sharpies. :) Thank you also for the :+fav: greatly appreciated!
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distortified Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Totally worth all of the effort you put into it. I would love to see the full version at some point, and whatever the story behind it is, I hope to hear/read it some day. It's not often that I see those two particular mythological creatures mixed together in one tale.

I really enjoy the way that each dragon seems to have a distinctly separate personality/characteristic. I know that that was for the sake of simplicity, and keeping them separate, but to a casual observer, it's easy to imagine how they would all interact differently. This one looks shy, that one looks mischevious, over there we've got a kind of angry looking one... It's just.. well... uber-cool.

(And for the record, I would never charge a friend royalties for 'Wonky'... ^_~ You may use it freely, without having to pay me a nickel OR plugging my gallery)
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Lionskating Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
I love the mermaid with the dragons-type-creatures...
even though you may not have liked making it, it's awesome :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! I'm super-glad you like it, esp. considering I hated making it...makes it feel worth the effort. :D
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ray72285 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007   Traditional Artist
Just sending you a congratulations for being featured in this week's issue of The Dragons of deviantART - [link] :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature...it is an honor as always to be in such good company. :D I sincerely appreciate the support, encouragement and exposure.
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The-Little-Prince Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Its nice again. I dont like it tho. Just to fulfill my destiny as someone who "gives you a hard time most of the time, but you know I do it because I want you to turn out better stuff."


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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
emphasis on the "MOST" in "most of the time"...a kind word here and there wouldn't hurt. ;) hahaha.
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
I love the different scalings you did on each dragon. Ekati and? the bird like one is neat. I could never do something that detailed with out doing a sketch first. Amazing that you drew this and it all came together so wonderfully.
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Had to do different scaling or one would never be able to tell them apart. The drawing is much bigger so that became more important as it went on...all the coils and stuff that you don't see. Ekati (the one with the feather-like mane) was the last serpent-dragon that I did, which was kind of stupid because he is the only dragon whose coil at some point touches all other bodies...so his scales had to be different enough that they wouldn't blend into anyone else's. So after I finished everybody else I looked at him and was like "Crap! What do I do about HIM?!"

Oh it's no gift that I do this without sketching, it's more likely a stupid habit of mine. Not sketching means things are more disorganized, body parts are all "wonky" (thanks :icondistortified: for use of the word "wonky"...I have to pay him a nickel everytime)...etc., but a lot of times I just want to get some creative energy out and I'm not really interested in creating my magnus opus.
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
Well I think he is great!
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :boogie:
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ckirkillustr8 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Looking good. Nice detailing, and good eye keeping the scales uniform.

Some bristol has a waxy surface that smears ink. At least one bristol pad I have does that with pens. Thats definatley a brush type of paper.
Next time try to find something that isn't so smooth.
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks!

Yeah the scales were a bee-otch to create on the bristol. and yeah, I learned my lesson, but I liked the smooth surface and was interested to see what it would look like....like I said, learned my lesson. :D
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ckirkillustr8 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
YAY! A lesson was learned, now I can use this thing...
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
What thing???
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ckirkillustr8 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
That plz account I made. :iconthemoreyouknowplz: <-----
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
I'm clueless. Whatever for?
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ckirkillustr8 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
Because everytime you learn a lesson, or something new, you use that plz account to point it out.
That plz is based on those PSA campaigns, there not around much anymore, but a celebrity would get in trouble with the law and have to do comuunity service, and the campaign most of them worked for was "The More You Know" campaign.
A 30 second spot on tv and you got off from whatever community service you needed to do.
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
So am I supposed to go and post a comment like "Bristol and Pen cannot and should not be mated under penalty of law??"
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