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Jan: One-For-Silence by TheAntimonyElement Jan: One-For-Silence by TheAntimonyElement
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Oookay, I'm seriously late with this, but you didn't know about it so you can't yell at me! ;P

I've been thinking that I want to do a "themed" gryphon portrait for each month this year, and then be able to do a nice calendar in December out of them. I'll put it on sale here if anybody actually wants to buy it, but mostly I think it'll make an easy gift for my relatives. ;)

So: here is January's pic! The gryphon is a hybrid between a Great Grey owl and a lynx, and her name is One-For-Silence. I'd like to put up a little background for each character and piece when I think of one, so possibly a blurb here later!

This. Pic. Killed. Me.
Dead.
Usually my traditional artworks are finished in around 5-6 hours; this one took me FAR longer. (I actually have been working on it since January). I don't even know how long those trees/rocks/water/snow took me. I *hate* drawing trees/rocks/water/snow; why did I do this to myself???? :faint: And I used up at least half of my white ink; gotta visit DickBlick at some point soon.

So, media stuff: gryphon/trees in Faber Castell pencil, rocks, water, and pine trees with Portfolio pastel, and pretty much everything else in india ink, with a bit of white gel pen on the icicles. I :heart: white ink--it's really amazing. (And probably highly toxic, from the amount of shaking you have to do to get all the separated chemicals mixed back together, but oh well ;P ) I think that's it; I'm really really proud of this piece. I keep wanting to get the snow whiter, but if I keep it up I'm going to wear a hole through my drawing pad. :lol: So this is how it is. Enjoy! (And probably expect another pic sometime during Feb, although it depends on my school-workload) :)

Other months:
Feb: Two-For-Hope
Mar: Three-For-Solitude
Apr: Four-For-Survival
May: Five-For-Secrets
Jun: Six-For-Beauty
July: Seven-For-Joy
Aug: Eight-For-Duty
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DarkAcey Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how creative this gryphon is! I've always loved the idea of birds combined with other animals, but this combination is the best I've seen yet. 
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thank you so much! I really love this guy...it was probably the simplest of the calendar months to do (only one gryphon, hurr hurr) but I just love how quiet and peaceful it seems. :)
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You draw griffs? So do I! (As you already found out ;P)

We are griff-drawing buddies! 8D

Beautiful work btw :3
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Burtonized Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Amazing.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Burtonized Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist
Haha, your welcome ! :D
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Burtonized Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist
And funny animal.
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oOGreenBalloonOo Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
i really like this one, its really cute
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I think this is still my fav of the month gryphons; the others have all surprised me in their own way--which is wonderful of course--but this one came out almost exactly the way it was in my head. That's pretty rare for me, so I think it's sorta special. :)
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Xaliandrea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
This is awesome! I can't believe all the detail in the background and the wings. I would never attempt such a thing in a traditional medium. :no: Too scary.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDD Thank you! Haha, I didn't intend for these to be so detailed and involved when I started the project...it was really just a whim after I had the idea. But I really like traditional media, maybe even moreso than digital. There's a greater chance of mistakes, yes, but I like having full control of the material and space, and I like knowing when it's absolutely, positively *done.* When I do digital art, I have a hard time "pulling the plug" so to speak and declaring it done, because I always feel like I could add more to it or fix something up--and I could because of the almighty CTRL-Z. When you work with something physical, there's only so much abuse the paper can take--so it's much easier to live with mistakes, go with the flow, and experiment a little. :)

...wow, I just wrote you a novel. :| Sorry!
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Aarri2129 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This is truly amazing. The most that I can do with pastels...is scribble. I hope even that. It's a beautiful piece, a definite :+fav: for sure!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much! :hug: I love pastels because they're such a forgiving media--if you mess up, you can almost always fix it. :XD:
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Aarri2129 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
No problem ^^. For some reason they're not very forgiving to me -_-" and I don't know why. Maybe I need better pastels...or the chalk ones, those are always fun because you can erase with them.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...I've never had much luck with chalk pastels, they smear everywhere. :| The only brand of pastels that I use is "Portfolio;" it's just some cheap brand that is way easier to work with than any other pastels I've come across. They smell nice. :D And they're delightfully squishy and smooth to draw with. :nod:
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Aarri2129 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yeah. My pastels are...well, bad. They don't blend right, and all of the colors stick when I try to draw. *Sigh*
Ooh. Squishy pastels you say? I must look for them!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a link to what the Portfolio pastels look like: [link] I use the 24-pack. They're cheap and really nice to work with. I love Dick Blick (the site); they sell all kinds of really great art supplies for low prices! :D

I don't know if this helps, but a trick I used for blending pastel is to color in dots or streaks--take a couple of colors and just go really fast and nick the paper a little with each color, almost like pointillism. You can build up the colors over time and get some really fantastic patterns and textures, and individual mistakes don't matter. :)
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Aarri2129 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ooooh! Thanks! Hmm...I should probably upload my eye...nonono, not that eye. I did one in art this year, and it was all in pastel. Everyone was gaping at it...they were all saying, 'How did you do that?' and I just shrugged.
Gah. Yeah...that one took me around 10 hours to complete with all of the colors; we weren't allowed to use black for the pupil or anything. And the browns and greens had to be mixed from, say, reds and blues.

Thanks again! ^_^
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see it! It sounds awesome! :)
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wowee!! Me lovez it! Here take ze ballonz before I-- :airborne: uh-oh..
This difinitely reminds me of where I used to live. California. Except, it only looks like that around the north. But Colorado is like this too in the winter :)
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks! Whoops, don't float away! :lol:

Really? I was basing it off of Maine, where I used to live. Maine is a gorgeous state. :love: And I did live in California for a few years, but I was little and I don't remember any snow... :confused: That's cool, though, that you can relate to it! I'm glad! :)
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:lol:

Oo! I always wanted to go to Maine!
California only snows around the northern parts :) Wish it would snow in the bay area, but... it was too... polluted there :(
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's why we moved! :lol: Maine is gorgeous; it's actually warmer than Vermont and some of the other New England states (because of the coast), and everything is just really beautiful. :)
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:excited: I wanna go to Maine! :giggle:
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Husky-Foxgryph Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
absolute amazing!you're great artist!=D
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, thank you so much!!! :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Digital Artist
You did this? it's amazing! Yeah you should seriously get to grips with Painter ....'cos that pic is like Professional quality stuff!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you! :hug: I'm honored! :)

I don't know...I'm teaching myself to work with Painter, but I just find traditional art so relaxing and kind of meditative. Also, I have a lot more patience for it, and I also know when to call it quits--there is a limit to how much abuse paper can take, whereas with Painter or Photoshop you could theoretically revise forever. That makes things difficult for me, because I'm always twitching to fix stuff. :shrug: So it's nice to be able to work on a piece that I can hold in my hand and say "It's finished." :nod:
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Digital Artist
A friend told me that the other day...prefers painting traditionally but because it's more sort of personal. I prefer Digi for Painting for the exact reason that I can correct things (I can't do that with normal paint and it goes horribly wrong! :laughing: )

But I do love my sketchpad and drawing in different places, like on the train or at work or outside. It's a great way of inspiring me with ideas. I have a tons of notes by all my sketches too, generally kinda personal thoughts.

therapeutic too, if you get angry or sad, embodying it in a sketch is cool.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes sense. I don't generally draw to let off steam, though...I make up stories instead. I flesh out parts of my novel that I haven't worked with much yet, or I develop my character's personalities and relationships. In my head. And then I forget them. But I know that I *have* done it, so I can go back and re-create things when I need them! :laughing: I'm dumb like that. Sometimes I have several-hour-long "note sessions" in which I get my favorite calligraphy pen and a fun color of ink and cover five pages in my sketchbook with notes and timelines (usually half in English, half in runic). And then I look over stuff that I wrote a few months ago and write sarcastic comments to my past self and cross stuff out. Lather, rinse, repeat. ;P

Yeah, I use my sketchbook as more of a notebook-ish thing. I don't keep a daily journal; I just use it for important concepts that I know I'll forget otherwise. Whenever people see my sketchbook and are like, "Ooh, can I see?" I always have to laugh because they won't be able to understand a word of my ramblings to myself (Even when it's English, I'm always writing stuff like, "Yeah, that works" or "No, that's stupid..." or "Hey this green pen is fun!" :crazy: ) And I doodle strange little things in the margins, generally my gryphons being cute or making faces. I :heart: my gryphons. A certain one that I won't mention by name *cough* has been strutting around for two days because one of my roommates saw a picture of him and said he was "fierce." Ahem. Yah right.

And a whoooole lot of my doodles and drawings are scenes from my books--either a particular moment in time or just a couple of characters interacting. :shrug: It makes them more real for me.
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009   Digital Artist
you develop characters and then forget about them? I sorta have a problem with story writing where I like, write one major story inspired by something, fill it out, and develop the characters and what happens for 3 years afterwards :D and I never seem able to pull away until those characters seem to be a bad reflection of what's going on in my life - then I make a new story ;)

what's runic? that doesn't sound like a language...

Yeah, I often show people my sketchbooks, but occasionally I have my dark opinions or To-do lists in there and they get confused, but mostly they Just look at the drawings!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, not so much with characters--I usually remember personality and relationship developments; they don't get shallower after I've fleshed them out! :lol: Besides, they remind me when I screw something up. What I mean is that I forget my dialogue and the wording of whole scenes that I've "written" in my mind--but the general impression and mood remain, and I can usually reclaim that later.

My novel cycle has been stewing in my mind for at least 10 years now...I did the gryphons around then--they were and remain the most unchanged part of the whole idea--and many of my ideas in the next years kinda snowballed into the project. I call it my "sponge," because it tends to suck up everything in the vicinity--from what color the sky is at the moment to what I learned in class today to where I'm going for summer break. Various vacations have had A LOT of impact--most of the plot of the first book as it is today came together on an interminable (8+ hours) flight to Hawaii. And...yeah. :shrug:

Runic is not a language, but rather a script--the font the ancient vikings used. It's made completely out of straight lines (or at least the version I use is), all the better for carving into rocks, and is really fast and neat to write in (all the letters are the same height, and there's no diff btwn capital and lowercase letters). I love it--it's my own secret code, and it shows up EVERYWHERE. Keep an eye out in fantasy books and movies, and I promise you you'll see it. ;) Here's a link to one version: [link];prev=/images%3Fq%3Drunic%2Balphabet%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1W1GGLL_en%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1 This is hardly a difinitive guide, though--there are a million versions, so it's rather hard to read anyone's notes but your own. ;)
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GoldenTigerDragon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
wow weird animal :D good job that's really cool and i love the back ground! :)
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Yeah, isn't it wierd? I really should force myself to draw owls more...their faces are so strange! :D
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GoldenTigerDragon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
it looks like funny too! :laughing:
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, true! :lol:
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superwormie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
You are truely amazing :wow:
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much! :hug:
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superwormie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
You're quite welcome! =D
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