April 22, 2007

109: That's So Raven

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Illustration Friday’s weekly theme of polar makes me think of the raven. Not entirely a polar bird (and I think, by absolute definition, there are no true polar creatures), ravens are still strong symbols of the higher latitudes and icons of the Great White North. I drew this raven in pen from a photograph (not my own) for an unrelated recent project and decided to snatch it for I-F’s theme also – adding dashes of subtle colour to the mix to give a bit more resonance.

27 comments:

albina said...

It is so nice to see tribal mythology incorporated into the topic and very different! Bravo.

janie said...

beautiful detail, and the subtle colours in the background work well.

JO said...

Gorgeous,great piece.

md said...

like ur pen and ink of ur raven

Mike said...

That is a great drawing. Excellent work.

ben huff said...

hey Jeope. i have a good friend here at UAF that studies ravens up at Prudhoe Bay. she has wonderful stories about how smart they are. she has to dress as a male oil worker (mustache and all) to be able to tag them because they are on to her- they study her every move! she'll love the drawing- i'll pass it on.

Mike said...

By the way you have a sweet thumbnail you post your link with.

n.b. said...

Wow, beautifully done!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Really terrific! This is incredibly well done.

Jeope said...

Thanks all!

Ben, I've heard all about raven smarts. They're amazing. The stories of ravens getting into the storage compartments on snowmobiles are particularly amusing.

Emila Yusof said...

Great details!

d said...

birds typically really creep me out, but i very much like this drawing.

Alina Chau said...

This is lovely!!

mcscrub said...

i love crows and ravens so much hidden color in all those black feathers

Zara said...

Great image and idea.

Dan said...

Heeeyyy,

Just looking for Rocket Robin Hood stuff (as I always do to quell my serial killer needs) and I found that old RRH t-shirt design you were considering doing....you don't want to know how many times my friends and I would talk about what a great shirt that would make -- often in a haze of bong smoke, but that's irrelevant -- someone actually did it!

That means there is someone as smart as I am, and that's scary.

Anyways, did you ever get the image on a t?

Dan
cheeseandwine@gmail.com

Sarah said...

like this very much, the drawing against the subtle colour looks great.

Michelle Lana said...

awesome drawing!

Panda said...

i like that crow!

Panda :)

lew! said...

jeope, you could do bird illos as a pro!

yours are better than many in my classic Reader's Digest North American Wildlife!

imwithsully said...

The textures in the background just add to the beauty of this raven. I would love to see a whole sketchbook of these.

tusen said...

Beautiful. I love the detail

k. borcz said...

I love this raven drawing. I have run into quite a few raven art projects over the last two days. I think this one is a nice one. I love the feather details.

Allan L. said...

This is hot, mister. Really tight.
And title made me bust a gut. :)

Claire said...

Very nice piece!

Jeope said...

Thanks again. Especially you, Al. I'm glad somebody got a larf out of the title.

manukat said...

I loved this drawing, excellent detail, congrats!

Manuela.