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Buck Eye by AmandaMyers Buck Eye by AmandaMyers
So for my birthday, my sister bought me a wonderful Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, which I wanted to break in when I move out of the country in early August. I couldn’t help myself… I just had to put something in it. I think this came about mostly because I wanted to paint an eye but have been looking a lot at old nature paintings and engravings (Audubon, Walton Ford, Oudry). Usually that style of work is not my favorite, but lately I’ve really been digging it.

At any rate. This is on the first page of my sketchbook. Now the dilemma is, how do I follow this up?!

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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an incredibly gorgeous and yet tragic piece. The last moments of the buck's life, a powerful animal fallen by something so little and insignificant. The fur texture and the water is just fantastic! 
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! :D
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you!
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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WolfSkullJack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic work. Great detailing and colours. Makes me a little sad though, but its a great piece of art!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you!
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etherealCoyote Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So it's more like "Buck's Eye" instead of a "Bull's Eye"? I love the detail, the water, the bit of blood and the little stones underneath. I especially like the glazed look, and the leaves you added instead of leaving that part blank. It adds a little life to the death.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you. You have some interesting interpretations on this piece. I never meant for this to come across as a piece about hunting. I intentionally wanted to leave the death ambiguous. Buck eye partially refers to the leaves above the deer's head.
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etherealCoyote Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that a type of plant? That's kinda cool how you fit that in there. Along with the buck's actual eye. Cx
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Yes, it's a type of plant.
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jessicatanguay Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
in love with those three ridges--cheek to jaw--falling away from the bottom of the eye. Very cool to see how well this unusual perspective works for this.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
It was a bit difficult to get the perspective feeling right. I know it's nowhere near perfect, but I feel that it does what it needs to do :) Thanks for the lovely comments!
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calonarang Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I hate when you draw something AMAZING KICKASS in your sketchbook, and then the rest of the sketches are just trying to live up to the first ><

But yeah this is pretty AMAZING KICKASS. I hope to see you follow it!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Hehe, well since this painting I've just finished this: [link]

Not my best work, but definitely not a sketch. It would be awesome to fill the entire book with nothing but finished pieces. At the rate I work though, that might take the next twenty years. I also have a terrible habit of not finishing any sketchbook before I get a new one. I think it's kind of a release and fresh start to have a new book with nothing to slap me in the face every time I open it.
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calonarang Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I rarely finish a sketchbook either, lol. But you have a really great start!
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Jennifo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderfully executed. Very well done! The musculature in the face is gorgeous...the water is done very well. I love this! Though deer have long, horizontal pupils, like sheep and goats. :) That's the asshole biologist in me speaking, sorry.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thanks. I don't feel that a realistic deer eye would be beneficial to this piece. Ungulate eyes tend to be a bit too alien and unsettling to people. As a somewhat human eye, I feel that people are more likely to be sympathetic towards the creature and its circumstances.
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BazarDeLaNature Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great art :)
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thanks!
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megxichigo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really cool!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thank you!
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megxichigo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha no problem!
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sebastien-baillou Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
amazing work!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Thanks!
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Bewildermunster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is beautiful! Lovely ratio of light:dark! You shade so wonderfully!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thanks. I tried something new here regarding shading and watercolor paints. Seems to have worked out well.
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow this is really incredible and unique! Great way to break it in!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you! I got a good feel for what the paper can take in the process :)
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Ah, good good! You're welcome :)
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Aerozerx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply spectacular~!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you!
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Pahul Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm pretty much behind on the comments i wanted to leave you on your latest artworks; but i wanted at least to leave a word (or two; lol) on this picture.

At first, when i read the description, I was quite surprised to see you coming up with such a complex picture having only the idea of 'putting something in' your new Moleskine! When i say complex, i really mean rich: by chosing to draw a 1/ deer face close-up (i didn't know you were that familiar with the animal), 2/ under a quite not-so-easy angle 3/ partially immersed into a water stream.

The render of that water and its contact with the beast definitely works well, especially near the deer's throat. The way darker areas follow the stream's white lines for the refraction, with a few color touches to suggest reflection and the trick is super effective. I think i also perceive that throat as being slightly lit up by some the sun reflection over the water surface.

The lighting actually looks great on the whole face of the deer. As you managed a very credible hair texture (and its coherent direction too), i must say i really like the different color shades you gave different parts here and there. The affirmed limit between light and shadow also suggest well that the face is probably wet from the water stream, also with the detailing contrast between lit parts and shadowed parts.

I think that this kind of realist-styled artwork, with a good render of light and environment and a precise work on the subject portrayed is a good way to deal with the kind of meaning and feeling you probably wanted to transmit here. The saturated colors and the more cartoon-ish (in my point of view) touch on the eye balances well the realism and the srsness of the picture. Which makes the image look more fresh, and easy/pleasant to look at.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Your "word or two" made me o_0 at first glance :P

Now it's my turn...

Hehe, how can I just "sketch" an eye on the first page of a brand new nice artbook? It would almost seem a crime against the book! Or maybe I'm just weird? I can already tell I'm going to have a weird relationship with this book. I will never be able to just doodle in it. Everything will have to be at least "decent".

I think the thought process for this was something like "I want to do an eye from this perspective in my head. What animal can I do? A deer. It must be laying if I want that perspective. A deer that lays like that is not alive. Putting it in water will be more poignant and interesting and that's just how I'm feeling right now..." The idea only took a few minutes to put together, but the execution was more time consuming (when is it not). To keep myself from getting bored with this, I limited my time looking at references-- I didn't want a half finished image on my front page glaring at me every time I open the book.

Admittedly, there are some major flaws with the perspective and anatomy, but really I think I like it better than I would if I had set out to make a completely accurate, realistic image. It's more about the idea I think and the inspiration I was feeling from Audubon and Oudry (I wrote Oudry's name in the corner so I could remember later) and even personal experiences and memories, which I'll get to later. After sketching this one, I looked at one of Oudry's paintings a lot to get a feel for what colors he used. I really like the results. I also tried some new things with watercolor. The shading mostly comes from me laying a tint down to block out the form and lighting and then going over it with color after it dried. Similar to how some digital painters work.

As for the water, I surprised myself a bit on that one. I didn't look for references. I think I mostly thought about when my sister and I would visit family in the country and walk through creeks looking for unusual stones or petrified wood. Perhaps this image subconsciously came about because I had found part of a deer skull the last time we had the chance to go there. I've been thinking a lot about where I'm from and what I've considered "home" for the past 27 years the closer it comes to me moving away from it. I may never see these places again. Ack! I'm kind of stuck for words here. So I'll leave it with a thank you, I'm glad you like it :)
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Pahul Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for taking the time to write back that much! That's cool to know how you some up with the image and all. And c'mon, i never meant to say you were weird because you drew such a great picture there. Inspiration for full images is so rare for me, that i was just wondering how you got there. I haven't seen the book itself, but it would have been indeed a crime to just put a sketch on the front page.

Also, i don't care for the flaws in anatomy and perspective. To draw with a very limited number of references can be as good as having plenty. As about looking at these painters' work, i think that's definitely a good way to find inspiration on precise atmospheres you aim to develop; from there, that's cool that you've got the right artistic culture to manage that kind of process. That's also pretty neat that your inspiration even lead you to use childhood memories.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Did you say I was weird? I don't recall. At any rate, I call myself weird. It's not a bad thing :P I think that's just a part of being a creative person.

Here's the book Julia bought me. It's not made out of gold or anything, but still... Moleskine makes great products. [link]
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ClaraBacou Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just the best. I love this.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Aww, thanks!
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kmish213 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
That's really amazing.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thanks!
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kapieren Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my... this is really really good! for some reason I've always loved your pieces that detail mortality. Like the deer dying frame by frame. I love this kind of stuff.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Hehe, Thanks!

I don't mean to come off as morbid. I'm sure some people see it that way. I've got a particular friend that likes to pick on me for it :p. I find death and the food chain interesting topics to explore sometimes in art. I think it can be shown in an appealing or beautiful manner that, if done skillfully, can make the viewer see a more positive side to the experience. I like to think of it as more bittersweet than gory, depressing or creepy. Of course there are way better artists out there that can capture the moment much better than I can. I find deer in particular to be very symbolic creatures. They can represent so many things that to show the death of one can be very moving, at least to me. Also, the choice of depicting a deer reflects where I'm from and how much deer still play a part in the lives of people from the South, whereas people from large cities may not have the same emotional connection.
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Furrama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Hmmm. Hissing cockroaches? IN 3D!

3D is how you follow everything up. That's what Hollywood taught me.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
EWWWWW. I am so not a fan of roaches.

Perhaps a painting of some other insect? I've been meaning to paint a weevil for a while now.

Also, 3D is sooo overrated. Gah, what a waste of money...*goes off on tangent*
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Furrama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes, that was the joke.

I don't like roaches either, but the Madagascar hissing ones seem alright. I guess when a bug gets oh so big I'm no longer skittish about them.
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Bwahaha I am the complete opposite! Like I have no problem with grasshoppers but just the idea of being around the giant Weta puts me on edge D:
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