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Derwent China White on black paper
6"x13" drawing on 12"x18" paper
10 hours of work
Reference photo: [link] by *A15-S

There will be no prints of this image. Original will be for sale in the Further Confusion 2008 art auction.

I've never tried to draw wet fur before, but I thought a river otter should be wet. I looked at a lot of photos of wet otters to get the fur and the head right, but I couldn't find a single one that gave me exactly the angle I wanted, and nowhere near the kind of lighting I wanted. The only direct reference was from the male nude that inspired the piece.
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mountain-man-jo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! this is fantastically done, such realism!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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getcarter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009   Photographer
:thumbsup:
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww:
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selvatico3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
sidneyeileen the idea of this ork is simpling amazing! great work!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thanks.
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stormygate Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Highly unusual but so eyecatching interpretation :clap:
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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Spartan021 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
All i can say is i'm completely blown away by this piece. It is just amazing!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I almost hated to sell this one.
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Spartan021 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Welcome ^^ I really dont blame you, I would wanna frame it and hang it up lol
But at least you have a copy of it on here, that way you will never forget it ^^
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I just added it to the flip side of my new business card, too. :XD:
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Spartan021 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
LOL Very nice, Classy too if you really think about it. *you give card to someone* and if you look on the back there is one of my favorite pieces of art, if you wanna buy it is only _____ *hint hint* lol
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: :XD: That would be a fun way to market art, but would do me no good in the case of this piece. It sold at FC08. ;P

Alas, the digital and the business card are the only ways I will get to enjoy this piece from now on....
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Spartan021 Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
lol that it would, should take that into consideration for your next works ^^
LUCKY! i wish i could have gone >.< was it fun?

Make a print out of it and buy it off yourself and have a copy of it to hang on your wall xD Cost yourself a pretty penny but might be worth it >.<
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It was fun, not that I was able to attend very many panels. I had a table in the dealer room, so that kept me busy most of the convention. I tell you though, I will never again wait to mat stuff until I get to the hotel. I hardly slept the first night! If you can ever make it out, the con just gets bigger every year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that in '09 I'll make it to AC as well. Unfortunately that didn't work out this year.

:giggle: That is something I would consider for some pieces. Unfortunately, the black-paper pieces, especially the big ones, can be very difficult to scan accurately. This one looks just fine at screen resolution, but I lost far too many details to be able to make prints. Thus, there will never be any. However, one of the great things about it being my art, is that I can always draw something similar in the future if I really want it, and that new version will probably be more skillfully rendered than this one. ;)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
What a unique and interesting way of drawing anthropomorphic animals. The lighting and contrast effect is wonderful, and you did an excellent job on the wet fur texture. I also really like the pose, and the way in which you've combined human and animal features.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for you kind comments and the :+fav:. :aww:
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harlequinfool Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
creepy. o.o such a human gesture on an animal. makes me curious to what meaning lies behind it.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The meaning is whatever you see in it. The gesture was meant to be human, as the reference photo was of a human. Beyond that, it's whatever you bring to the viewing. :aww:
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Again, it looks like you have really discovered a wonderful technique and approach to your art in this and the other two in the same genre.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I've always admired photography done in this style, and thought it would be nice to see done on animal and fantastic subjects.
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kyubiyasha Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008   Filmographer
That's very well done! I'm impressed.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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hattieblue Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
This is so great !
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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hattieblue Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Welcome ^-^
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spookowl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
wow great work with the fur texture. I love how you used the dark paper and white media
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm particularly fond of this compositional style myself, especially for nudes.
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spookowl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
yea it always adds a great dramatic effect
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Ty-DyQween Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow! That's intense!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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Ahuvah Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's impressive...this fur really does look wet, the spikes...and it definately is obviously otter :clap: or looks it to me... anyway. :hug: It's lovely!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :bow: :aww:
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Ahuvah Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug: :giggle:
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lennan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Wow, that's a neat effect, it looks like a really sophisticated scratchboard, but obviously a china marker would have more subtle variation. Nice!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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lennan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
You're welcome!
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DancesWithHorses Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Wonderful work on the wet fur. I've always tried to think of it as "flat diamonds" and you've done that perfectly.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :hug:
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Loulou13 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Deviant-Rinkusu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
That is a beautiful piece
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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SimplyACat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's gorgeous! :heart:
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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moodyrcf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
wicked!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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AlisterWolf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Whoa, Sid... this is incredible!

We have GOT to print this one.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Al! :D

Unfortunately, I decided not to make prints of the black/white nudes I do for FC08. I'll make it up to you though. I promise. ;)
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