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Wizened Old Scholar by CrimsonMagpie Wizened Old Scholar by CrimsonMagpie
A quick sample of a fantasy book character I did, meant to look old and frail, with a wispy little beard. I knocked this out quickly on a scrap of paper I had lying around (hence the unusual format), but am more pleased with it than with most images I draw... isn't it always the way? :B

Big blocks of black are fun. :la:



:bulletblack: Ink on paper
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
indeed <3
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Indubitably. :pringles:
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LucasMartinelli Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate when artists are able to make so much with only two colors. It's "simple", but still, it carries many details through it's lines, by just using the black color on the pure, white background. As for the drawing itself, I like it, his expression seems serene, and transmits an interesting feeling of wiseness.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, since starting to draw comic stuff purely in black & white I've learned a lot about shape, form, and all that! :la:
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rawjawbone Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loving this! It's got a nice Mike Mignola vibe to it!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers, the 'Mignola style' is my favourite comic style, and one I try to get right. :la:
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The-Build Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like the thick black lines used to pick out the details of the face.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers, I'm quite fond of using just lines to convey detail. Saves time on hatching too.... :dummy:
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The-Build Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll bet it does.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I just did a big drawing and used a worn-out permanent marker to make shading. So quick! :iconrlyplz:
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The-Build Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish there was more short cuts in my line of work.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Such is the penalty of creating awesome sculptures. =p
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The-Build Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will/invent some if it's the last thing I do!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think 3D printing is seen by many as the ultimate shortcut to sculpting. :p
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3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how it feels almost like a silhouette with the way you've shaded it in and added depth to it there. The contrast is brilliant and the detail is pretty intense as well, even though it may not seem as if you've done much here in terms of the strokes and whatnot.

Really cool side-view! I like how you've portrayed another perspective to the man there.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my, such late replying!

Thanks, working in pure black & white has helped me gain a new appreciation for positive and negative space, and how to try to turn it into interesting shapes. :la:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:

Yeah, I can understand that! It's certainly quite interesting. :D
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FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Ooo, I really like his face! Lovely job!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I've not really drawn old people before, so I'm glad I got it somewhat right! :iconfrenchplz:
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WarthogDemon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Writer
Why isn't he a Wizened Old Scholar? :P
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That does sound better, doesn't it? :p
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WarthogDemon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Writer
Well you mentioned the other guy was Old so I was wondering why not this dude? :bucktooth:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I was originally going to name him as such, but thought it a little cumbersome... but now you say it, it does seem better. =p
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