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Mangroves at Dusk by graffitica Mangroves at Dusk by graffitica
Pilot G2 extra fine pen, fine Sharpie pen, ultra fine Sharpie on plain 8.5 x 11 paper. 

30 hours.

As always shares, faves, comments sincerely appreciated. :aww: 
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:iconcliff134:
cliff134 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scary yet stunning! i love it! reminds me of my dream... =D
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it! :D A lot of my work is based on dreams that I've had, so it's not too surprising that others do too!
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ArtOrdinaire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
very cool.
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Rutiej Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
stunning love this 
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, that really means a lot! :aww: 
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hardriff Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
siempre impactante
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconigotsomepopsickles:
Igotsomepopsickles Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Very detailed.
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww: I really appreciate the kind words a/d the fave as always my friend. :)
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LeonineCreations Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very fine, detailed work. I appreciate the time and focus it took to draw this :) cheers!
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! :aww: I appreciate you taking the time to give me feedback and for checking out my work!
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nerrinb Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wondered: where do you start? The trunks and branches, then work your way down? the colored shapes come at the end?
as always, the trees are wonderful and haunting, less tortured than usual ( :)  ). This time, there's an implication of hard rock rather than roots. And the red is the setting sun, brilliant touch because you didn't have to draw it!
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, surprisingly no one has ever asked me that before! :) 

I basically ink out the layout, rough sketch the structures first. Then I work on the roots, bottom portions of the trunk, and any connecting pieces of ground. The branches and more detailed structure is added, then I finish off any ground detail. After the inking is done, I have to hand draw each of those little shapes, then decide on a color scheme and individually color them all in. :D 

These are mangrove trees that I was inspired by while watching some nature show on NatGeo. They were stunning and I fell in love with their root systems. Figured I'd take a crack at drawing them my way. Always so pleased when you comment, really means a lot! :hug: 
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nerrinb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful style :)  and the organized steps sound logical. I think when I've tackled trees before I start with the trunk and work upward, leaving the bottom roots or grass and ground to the end; background comes even after that.
:D  
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graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D haha, organized and logical.....most of the time. Starting with the trunk is the easiest usually because you can get a solid stucture to build detail around. :)
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nerrinb Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
right :)  and I leave the bottom to the end because I usually haven't figured out what I want to put there!
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graffitica Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha! Makes sense. I've had those moments too where I haven't quite decided how I want the ground to look or how I want the tree to sit. :D
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nonsensematerial510 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool. nice work!
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Really appreciate you taking the time to check out my work! :aww:
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nonsensematerial510 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ofcourse, especially if u keep making awesome looking stuff like this! :)
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks! :D I am already working on a new piece. Won't be done for a couple weeks most likely. 
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nonsensematerial510 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bet it'll look awesome. cant wait to see :)
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll get to work on it this weekend at work on my breaks. :)
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nonsensematerial510 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha..thats the best time to work on it
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, tell me about it! And I finally got to read my Harley Quinn issues #0 - #2 and the New 52 issue. Pretty sad that I'm too busy to read at home. :XD:
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ThaBleakUgly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
so awesome as always :D
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug: I really enjoyed drawing this one. 
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ThaBleakUgly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
you are welcome homie :)
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive: :) 
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Par excellence once again! Not only Mistress of da Sharpie, but Queen of da Cool Trees :D
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D 

haha, haven't been called that in a while. ;) And I'm digging the new nickname too. 
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014

Welcome :D


Indeed. Awesome :D

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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Always appreciated! :aww: 
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
:D
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kittykitkit102 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
GURL. NOW DIS IS WHAT I CALL ART! why do you have to be so darn good?! Uuugh! *flips table* Seriously, I love love love thiiis!!
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha! :XD: You saw me draw pretty much all of it. I could teach you how to get detail like that, but you are like the anti-shader! 

Here I'll help you. :fliptable: Thank you sweetie! <3 
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kittykitkit102 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
XD heheheh! You're welcome, mumzie! I'm soooooooo lazy to shade but okay. *backflips into a volcano*
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graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mumzie?! Really?! :facepalm: 

Going to have to get off your lazy buns and shade eventually or you will never progress. :e: - Yes... Yes... 

:volcanoes: Backflip Llama 
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kittykitkit102 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I will progress! You just wait and see! Once I learn shading, I'll rule the world!!! Muhahaha! :iconfluttershylaughplz:
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UGNArtWorld Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Another fabulous work!
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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Your support is always very appreciated! :hug:
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Aderes-Devorah Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Photographer
Excellent!  It's easy to see where the time was spent.

So, Sharpie is a brand?  I do use Pilot pens, but they only get to pilot my writing.

Retro video games, eh?  I've just come off Warblade (the little bugger).  Madening but addictive!

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graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! :) 

Yes, Sharpie is a brand of marker. I like using them because they are cheap, come in a ton of colors/sizes, and they have very saturated color. Pilot pens are great for ink work because they are smooth, I always have one handy. I used to write fairly often, but just don't have the time these days. 

Yep, love old NES/SNES, Atari, MS-DOS, Gameboy games. Warblade sound vaguely familiar, will have to look it up to see if I've played it before. 

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Aderes-Devorah Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Photographer
Cool!  I'll keep my eye out for Sharpies -- even though I don't draw... but I suppose I can doddle.

Yes, Warblade is a shoot 'em up for the PC which is kind of like a retro game (as in it doesn't have graphics better than your local IMAX cinema).

I still play my Amstrad CPC 464 emulator on here.  The old classics are still great.  Not the really OLD classics, but when they started to get a bit better doing graphics and sound.  The imagination that those early programmers had was amazing...

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:icongraffitica:
graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe they are fairly easy to find in your neck of the woods. Never hurts to doodle from time to time. :) 

Awesome, I will have to check it out! I have been playing a lot of old PC games lately, guess I'm feeling nostalgic. lol! 

My daughters have a lot of emulators for games on their cell phones, so they can play old games whenever they want. I'm such a geek that I really enjoy the stripped down graphics, text based strategy games, and any game that you have to really put your mind to. :D 
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional
nice job
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graffitica Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Bear! :D
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