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Sister Raven by sidneyeileen Sister Raven by sidneyeileen
9"x12", colored pencil on black paper
6 hours of work
Model: an Australian raven [link] courtesy of ~kat013

Continuing the Corvid series. :aww:



Edit: I added a little bit more lighting on the head to help define the shape a bit more. I'm still considering adding some backlighting to fully define the shape of the head.

Edit Again: I attempted adding the bird's left eye, but it just looked odd. I also attempted adding some backlighting, but that entirely destroyed the etherial effect of the drawing, so I erased it. Finally, I added a bit more lighting along the top of the head, to define the tilt and give more sense of scale to the beak. I will not be making further changes to this drawing. I still encourage feedback, as it may help with future pieces, and many thanks to those who provided feedback on this piece.
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:iconbenjiiben:
BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Just lovely! :love:
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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orinoco1973 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Outstanding
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks really mystic....
Ravens are my favourite birds!
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you´re welcome!
Do you know the book "Brother Wolf" by Jim Brandenburg? It has also a chapter about ravens and their relations with wolves!
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope. Not familiar with it.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It´s a very good book illustrated with excellent animal photos!
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:iconcybercorvo:
CyberCorvo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I can't believe this is only pencil
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D :nod:
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RavensHiddenSoul Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
I'm glad you decided to keep the other half of the head in shadow - it really does give it a more mysterious air. :}
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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RavensHiddenSoul Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Welcome again. ^^
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:iconjoe-89:
Joe-89 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Wow, amazing. The light effect is great.
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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:iconwingsforshtuka:
WingsForShtuka Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
wow amazing work
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
"Magic" is right. This is just incredible. You know, my drawing student and I tried drawing white on black once, and it was terribly frustrating for us - we discovered that we had to "think in reverse" about how to place the marks on the paper. After having tried and failed miserably, I have an even greater respect for these. Just amazing.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you. I've been loving working with the black paper. Amusingly enough, the harder thing for me has been creating the same effect of the subject disappearing into white paper.
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RamonaQ Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
I think I'd find that difficult as well - the few times I've tried, it, I find myself wanting to "fix" it. I think the idea would probably work better with the black paper...
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think if I keep working at it, I'll be able to do it. At this point, though, my attempts are rather hit and miss, but that just makes it more interesting.
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blackrose-oz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Beautiful drawing, very nice detail on feathers,you are so clever :).... I'm putting it in my collection of Australian Ravens
thanks for sharing :)
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :aww:
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Carol-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful work! I find it very difficult to draw on black, as I have to think the opposite of how I normally draw. You did a spectacular job on the feathers and detail.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I've been thoroughly enjoying the black paper art. :D
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:iconthe-raven-hunter:
The-Raven-Hunter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Your works on black paper are absolutely stunning! my jaw LITERALLY dropped when I saw this :)
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :D
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:iconmoggies:
moggies Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Really fabulous image my friend:D
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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AltoSephy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
I really like this! It's interesting because I had been working with crows and ravens a lot in my own work lately (though not much of it is actually posted online).
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :nod: I love crows and ravens. Always thought they were beautiful.
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Your black subjects on a black background never cease to amaze me. You are a wonderful artist. :#1:
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you. :hug:
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Wow great work! I think it is fine the way it is, leaving that side in darkness lends a mysterious air to it :)
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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spookowl Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
I love how the eye stands out..very awesome details on the feathers too!
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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:iconaurakiss:
AuraKiss Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice. Very Poe. Its a little scary because of all the black but the first thing I thought of when I saw it was "Nevermore".
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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:iconstarraven:
StarRaven Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Beautiful!! *:+fav:s and runs*
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconpounceglomp: *pounces you before you can quite run far enough away*
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StarRaven Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
:noes: OH NOES! Caught!
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconspinplz:
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StarRaven Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
lol XD
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artfreakguy Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Wow! The lighting makes it really realistic...love the texture on the highlights!:)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :aww:
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SeashoreIsland Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Absolutely beautiful! :) You know, I only realised the other day that crow's eyes are an amazing blue colour.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, until I went looking for reference material online, I had no idea that raven's had eyes any color other than dark brown. Any I have ever met had brown eyes, and the European ravens have brown eyes. I thought the blue eyes were so beautiful and striking, I just couldn't resist.
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wendyf Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Lovely work on the feathers as usual...not too sure about the blue eye though, all the ones around here have white/creamy colored eyes...yep...I just checked my big bird book, apparently we have 3 varieties of corvids here and adults have white eyes and juveniles can have brown eyes. They eat just about anything and sound like a rusty hinge :D.
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