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topaz_wGraphite & Charcoal on Illustration Board, 1999

I really like this one.  It was the first full-scale fantasy drawing that I ever used photos on.  I burned a roll of film getting images of the forest and poses.  Luckily, my wife didn't mind posing.  Well, it is her character.  Anyways, it was also my first attempt at a composite piece.  That is, compiling 10+ photos into one work.  The lighting and textures had to be just right.  I also worked very hard on composition, lines, balance, and contrast.  I chose my shapes carefully, even the tree branches, so that they would guide your eyes around the piece.  I'm pleased with this one.

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