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Graphite pencil on Bristol Board

A segment of my University final piece. I made a Chimera out of 15 different sections of different animals, this is one of the drawings for the body.
Drawn from photographs taken while at the Natural History Museum in London, and natural history photographs of close-ups of general tufty fur.


(This is not stock imagery. This is my own drawing, which I have spent a lot of time on for my final University project)

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7purpletangerines Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Wish I could pay attention to detail like that. I always rush through a sketch and move on because I have way too many ideas. Anyway, beautiful work! :)
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, that's so kind of you to say c:
I understand, detailed drawing is always about persistence. Although I love doing drawing like this, it can get sometimes get a bit tedious!

and thank you for the +watch too : D
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Partialysighted Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what course you took and would you recommend it? ^^
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I did the Illustration pathway in the Graphic Art's course at Winchester School of Art (part of the University of Southampton)

As it is at the moment, I would say they have a lot of kinks to iron out in the course. The Illustration pathway is relatively new, so they're still working out the program. The first year was really good, but after we chose pathways at the beginning of the second year it didn't feel structured enough. I'm sure it will improve in the coming years though, I'm sorry it's not 100% recommendable right now : <
My best friend is doing an Illustration course at Plymouth University which sounds really good though, so that might be something to check out? :3
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Partialysighted Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah right, I hadn't looked there ^-^
I'm in my first year of sixth form next year, so I have quite a while to go but still, I'd like to know where I'm aiming at. c: Maybe in a couple of years I will take another look, it may have improved slightly? cx And yes, I've heard about that Uni actually, I think it's a possibility, thank you. I've been indicated an A* in Graphics and an A in art, so I think I'm sticking to something in that direction either way ^^

 Thank you again for replying c:
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah, ok. So still a few years off starting University then. The course at Winchester may have improved by then, it's worth a look :3
Being predicted an A and A* is really impressive though, good luck with your examined coursework :3

Unfortunately a lot of Universities don't take candidates seriously if they don't do an Art Foundation year before applying for a degree course though.
I got an A* in GCSE Art, and A's at college in both Art and Computer Graphics. But the first time I applied to Winchester School of Art (before doing the foundation year) the teacher couldn't even be bothered to look through my portfolio properly. I was half way through showing him the first project and he seemed to get bored and skim over every other project entirely, skipping massive sections and not actually looking at anything :/

I don't think I improved, as such, during the foundation year (which I did at AUCB), but they showed me how to put together a portfolio properly and I had a years worth of extra work to put in.
It's mostly just about the piece of paper saying you've completed an Art Foundation Course though. Then they will care if your portfolio is good or not! Erk x__x

You're welcome c:
Sorry to overload you with information! I tend to get carried away somewhat when talking about art! >^<


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Partialysighted Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I'm quite a bit off. I'll definitely take your advice and look into them both c: Thank you very much, I'm exited to finish and get the results. cx

Hm, I heard about the art foundation courses, most people take one. 
Wow, that's really good, you're very talented. If someone flicked through my portfolio really quickly I would be quite put off, but I suppose they're just trying to get an overview at first. That sounds like a right bum, I'm glad you got in to your university though, I wish you luck in the future!

How much may I ask did you pay for this course? I suppose that sounds fair enough, I suppose your portfolio does mean a lot when applying.
eerrrk that's pretty annoying. Are you glad you did the course or did you have little choice?

c: Ahaaa it's okay, thank you very much it is helpful to know! cx
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! My grades were why I thought I was ready to apply to a degree course straight after my A levels. But apparently not.
I would probably agree with that annoying teacher now, that I needed to do a Foundation course to increase the amount of work in my portfolio. But I really don't agree with how he came to that conclusion: by not looking at anything and then off-handedly stating I should do a Foundation course after 5 minutes :/
(sorry I keep going on about that, I just reaaaaaally dislike this teacher! In the first year after I did get in to Winchester School of Art, He was covering a critique session for a teacher who was off sick, and actually made me cry with his crappy remarks about my work. Not a very nice person .____. )

For the Foundation course at AUCB I think it was about 2000, and then some extra fees for materials they provide you with. But fees might differ from place to place though, I'm not sure.
I didn't really have a choice on whether or not to do a Foundation course, as nowhere would accept me without one. But I am glad I did the course although it was annoying to begin with. It turned out to be quite interesting and I did make some nice work :3

You're welcome ^-^
Just ask if there's anything else I can help you with.
I hope I haven't bored you to death with my ramblings XD haha
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Pelbmenb Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! La la la la it's great
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
I'm glad you like it
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JenRiversong Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. I wish I was good at sketching like you are hun. :heart:
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much :3
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JenRiversong Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome hun :hug:s
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TwilitTiger Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh that's cool - in the side there where it shows other deviations, it shows the lioness and zebra mane side to side, and it looks really cool. I'm sure all of these together look really awesome! <3 The detail in this is amazing, looks very realistic! Great job! Can't wait to see the others! :D
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Eee, thank you! That's so kind of you :3

I was thinking of just uploading a few of the best drawings (some of them look a little odd by themselves, as they're all different parts of one 'creature') and then uploading the photos of the finished piece with all 15 animal parts ^-^
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TwilitTiger Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! <3

That sounds like a sound plan! : D Either way, I can't wait to see them! c:
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