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Whistling Kettle by straycat27 Whistling Kettle by straycat27
A bigger and more complicated charcoal drawing using the same technique trying to achieve a polished finish. It's not there yet but tell me what you think.

General's charcoal pencil ( 2H, HB, 4B, 6B, white)
Kneaded eraser
stumps; soft and bristle brushes.
Canson MT Sky Blue paper

Actual size: 9.5" x 11.5"
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:iconfrancipants:
francipants Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Oh my goodness! This is like a photograph. I had to check to make sure it was a drawing. You've got the details down perfectly. Love how you did the flames and included the burn marks on the burner cover.
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thank you. Sorry for the late reply. I seldom log in to DA lately.
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Panchusfenix Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
excelente
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thank you. ;)
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JOMONOPOLO Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
wonderful lightings
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Thank you, Jolene. ;)
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:iconjomonopolo:
JOMONOPOLO Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
np cuz ur really good :D. ill try to upload some real portrait later, ill be glad if u give some suggestion :D.
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eymage Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
green tea please.. love this ^_^
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
with lemon? ^^ Thanks.
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:iconphilippegaravel:
PhilippeGaravel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Photographer
Amazing !!! :aww:
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Thank you. ^^
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artizd Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
Nice work Robert.. Looks soo real!
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you, my friend. :hug:
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:iconartizd:
artizd Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
My pleasure... :)
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very impressive, those flames under the kettle, so subtle !!
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Thank you, Phil.
I might add a layer of PanPastel to make it more polished-looking. ;)
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blurhead Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha PanPastel !
I bought one of those ages ago (because I liked the concept) perhaps I may give it a go...
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
nice control of gray values...the flames, the metal, the highlights...you've got it all down. IMO the pot behind it makes the whole drawing a bit more complicated. I think your rendering skill is all there. Maybe if you were to edit the composition it would be more interesting. When working from photos it's so easy to just put everything in that's in the photo, but that doesn't necessarily make the best drawing. What you leave out is just as important as what you put in.

some steam might be nice to add. then you would assume it's whistling. Also it would help set the focal point (kettle) away from the background. :D
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Thanks Cynthia, I appreciate your comments/tips.
I wasn't thinking of composing a still life when I took the picture, I was simply waiting for the water to boil and got attracted with the reflections. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh, I understand...but the thing is, it doesn't matter. Only the final piece matters, if you follow me...so always feel free to edit. the sharp focus of the kettle and reflections would be much more intensified if you had a bunch of soft cloudy steam maybe, behind it, coming from it...feel the boiling water...the anticipation of a wonderful cup of tea...(I'm a tea drinker, no coffee for me!) what emotions does it stir up?
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Yeah, I totally understand.
I'm just too lazy to do that and too eager to try the new technique.
I'll charge it to my experience. :cuddle:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I get that, too...I'm impatient when I'm ready to start on a new work or direction. :D
You learn something with every piece :)
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Thank you everyone for the :+fav:. :wave:
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MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work. Love the dark tones, the reflections and the accuracy of the smaller details.

As Brendan said, "all three are great" but for me, this one is my favourite. :)
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Thanks, man. I think I can do better if I use graphite. :roll:
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:iconmattdeakinfineart:
MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I like the effect that you got with these drawings but yeah, you could probably achieve even more realism with Graphite.
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I want to believe so. But the challenge is there - creating something realistic with charcoal. It's possible but I'm not there yet. Check this out if you haven't seen it. [link]
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Brendan65 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Very metallic looking .. and I like the flames too !
All three are great.

:)
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
LIAR. :bleh:
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:iconbrendan65:
Brendan65 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Ha ! Well, if it's supposed to be whistling you might have drawn some steam ..
:)
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:iconstraycat27:
straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Drawing a steam won't necessarily mean it's a whistling kettle...not unless you can "draw" sound. ♫♪♪♫ :giggle:
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Brendan65 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
That's true ... I drew my wife once, but you can't hear her nagging and complaining - thus it's not that realistic !!

:o
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Why don't you try and draw her again and see if you've improved? :giggle:
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Jas know, it's very well done, tol ;)
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straycat27 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Tnx, Jaz. ^^
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