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Hero Gatherer by AllisonStanley Hero Gatherer by AllisonStanley
Title: Hero Gatherer
Media: Pen and Ink on Calf-skin Vellum. Size: 8.5" x 10"
This is a page of a poetry book I'm illustrating.

November 2012

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Hero Gatherer by ~AllisonStanley ( Suggested by AllisonStanley and Featured by STelari )
Wai-Jing Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Reminds me a lot of Harry Clarke, one of my favourite illustrators
And Aubrey Beardsley, of course. You must get that comparison a lot.
AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I get the Beardsley comment frequently. I like some of his artwork but not all of it.
Not many people draw the connection to Harry Clarke. I like his work more, and it is a great compliment to me. :)
Wai-Jing Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you took it as a compliment; I worry when I compare artists (always favourably) to other artists, in case they think I'm implying that they're somehow 'derivative'. I didn't mean it like that at all! ;)

I like Harry Clarke better than Beardsley, too. Both your work and his have the effect of making my wrist hurt just looking at it; there must be a lot of hours in all those details. Those stipled roses... o___o
DaisyRyan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This illustration is breathtaking and very inspiring!
Can I just ask, is this vellum suitable for watercolours too? I'm trying yo
DaisyRyan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry! Glitchy phone is NOT good for leaving comments lol!
What I was trying to say was, i'm teaching myself to use watercolours but I can only find textured paper, which of course affects the art (especially outlines!). Would vellum paper be good to use as a smooth watercolour paper or if not, do you know any good smooth paper to use for it? It's something that has been bugging me for quite a whil since i'm often seeing beautiful watercolour illustrations on here with smooth outlines and amazing control of the paint, which is impossible with bumpy paper. I know this piece isn't watercolour lol but i'm very interested in this new paper you've used.

This art is amazing and you've earned yourself a new watcher ;)
AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You might be looking for hot press watercolor paper. It's less textured than cold-press but would accept the medium.
The vellum I was using in this picture is not paper. It's animal skin. I think it is suitable for watercolor. (but I'd ask an expert really. you would need to make sure the watercolor binds properly and would not flake off.) You would have to work very dry however, wet on wet would buckle the skin. 
Regular vellum 'paper' is not very easy to watercolor on because it's surface feels very waxy so it can't bind to the surface. You could use an ink wash very nicely however, but you can't lift off the color like you can watercolor.

hope that helps
pohjankuu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Wow, this is so full of details, I gotta love this!
She's beautiful and looks so sad... but still she has a look on her face like she would really know what she'd be doing with those roses.
I've also always loved these b&w pics so much. This is just great!
AllisonStanley Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
emg591 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love it
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional
far out
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