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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 )
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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.
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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. :)
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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
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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
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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 ;)
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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
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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!
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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emg591 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love it
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional
far out
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rannveigfunderud Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, very nice!
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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AegonTheCruel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Wooa sooo much detail !!
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pheonix66 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
This is so amazing!! You deserve the DD :)
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Hawkshadow49 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
So, she's basically Nick Fury? (SORRY! I had to! >_<)
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:rofl: ha ha, I got it
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Hawkshadow49 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:D :iconlokiapprovesplz: :iconelvispresleyplz:
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Seditiosus Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Amazing! I'm guessing Aubrey Beardsley is an inspiration for you?

I love how the vellum texture enhances the white areas.
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
It's probably the pre-raphaelite and japanese influence that is showing through.
I might have gotten some second hand inspiration through Kay Nielsen. But I don't look at much of Beardsley's work directly.
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Seditiosus Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
I can definitely see the Japanese influence in your work.
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xX-Rebecctjj-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is so incredibly amazing! the picture is brilliant as a whole, allthough i'd love to see a full picture of that beautiful mandala on the background! Its really awesome :D
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
That's an interesting thought.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
nice job
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Lil-Muse Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
So beautiful! The details are amazing!!
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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renzemian Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very Beardsly
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
:onfire: ... outstanding work!
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
It's been the greatest pleasure Alison, you're most welcome! :salute:
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MarcusThomas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow.... that must have taken forever... :O Fantastic job!!
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
just about, thanks :D
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Bergspot Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Wonderful!
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MartizaPL Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Misterious. Fantastic work... * *
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lolitaAgogo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! I am so in love with your style <3
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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Frambwaz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Awesome job ! Congrats on your DD !
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Rashavarak Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is really beautiful. I like the knotwork within knotwork. Very organic feel, and the girl seems to flow from it. This is brilliant piece. Well done. ^_^
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
So much painstaking work...
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Kryione Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
NO FAKKIN WAY.
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AmaranthMB Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The details in this are incredible...the roses, the knots, everything!

My only irk, and it's not much of one now that I've studied it for a while, is that I honestly didn't see the girl at first. She blends into the intricacy of everything else a little too well.

But I think the DD is well-deserved...excellent job!
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I'll take this into consideration. :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
Have a nice day! : )
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AllisonStanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
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Kiwi009 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
wow great work :love:
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blackdeadivy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
awesome work
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Dristals Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dear god!!! details details details!!! This is breathtaking!
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