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post #11 of 15 Old 12-09-2010, 08:39 PM
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Ohhh I second the Etsy store.
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Islandrea, You are the second person to mention ETSY . I don't know what that is, but darn it all, I am going to find out! Thank you for looking, and it is my wish to move into painting more and trying to get some financial rewards at the same time .
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I use sumi ink. It's the kind of ink that comes in a dry block and you grind it on a stone. It has a softer, more mellow quality than the pure black ink that you might get in a bottle for calligraphy. I use oriental style brushes and some very fine western style brushes. And as you can imagine, it's a NO ERASE proposal. For the Cinder picture I penciled it in lightly first to get the porportion right, and even then, the head is too large. But ink does not allow hesitation. It's just GO! and don't look back. Remind you of anything else?
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I think you could reap financial rewards with these ink drawings. Your talent is gold. Just peruse Etsy - Your place to buy and sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies for a little while. Almost anything goes there. I think you'd fit right in.

In fact, your portrait of a friend's horse makes me think you may do well with commissioned portraits. I think it takes a stomach of steel though, I know it wouldn't be for me however. I would be so worried the customer wouldn't see their horse in my work or that I wouldn't catch their personality just right.

But that is all besides the point. When you move into paintings, be sure to post your work. I'm sure there are a few of us who would love to see it.
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-10-2010, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Islandrea, Do you do artwork?
I agree that it is stressful to try to get the likeness. Cinder's mommy just wanted one of my pieces after she saw some other stuff I posted (namely my Avatar). It was my idea to do the likeness after I saw her photo and I liked the feeling . I have a hard time drawing horses still. It is their movement that carries the weight, the gravity and the balance and grace that makes horses so fascinating to watch in the first place. I try to catch a "whiff" of that and hold it. A standing portrait is really hard for me. I don't know where to put the emphasis, since there is not line of movement .
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