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The Spine Marker Practice by CalSparrow The Spine Marker Practice by CalSparrow
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It started as a face study and marker practice and kind of evolved. I was in steam powered chat all day and had nothing better to do than spend 12 hours on a tiny picture. Sorry the file is small, the original picture is only about 4 inches high.

Done with prismacolor liners and copic markers.

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The Spine from Steam Powered Giraffe
Referenced from this photo by Dan Regal of Geekshot photography.
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BlueRabbid Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this picture not only because of  the details ( you have really great imagination :з) and shading, but of the resemblance to Chris Corner from IAMX. If CC was a robot, he would definitely look like this.
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pomonamouse Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is soooooooooo beautiful i am in love
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LiluAmber Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The work is amazing!!!
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PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful :clap:
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CrystallizedTwilight Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am absolutely mesmerized by the detail of the neck plates. Wonderful job.
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Eiraina Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Just wow. My hat's off, this is amazing.
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Chickenwhite Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sod how tiny it is, it looks amazing!
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:iconcalsparrow:
CalSparrow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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EccentricSage Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
*__* So pretty. I bow to your pen and marker skills. *grovels*
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artemecia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
So many details !! Love it !
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:iconmissinfected:
MissInfected Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful
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raemanzu Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
how is it that in the 48 hours or whatever I haven't looked at this, I forgot just how amazing it is so that I'm blown away all over again... o_0
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow thanks, Rae xD I really wish I had more markers now.
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IgneousRocks Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous profile. The shading around the nose/cheeks came out wonderful. :)
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank youu :love:
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MadameGiry Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
One of the most gorgeous SPG fanarts I've seen. You work wonderfully with those markers. *envious* Well done!
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
goodness, thank you so much!
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ferrignofan Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
M-marker...
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:iconchangelingbychoice11:
How is that blended so beautifully? Yet how are your lines so crisp? Above all, how is your art so fantastic?
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The key to using markers is that you have to have a lot of the same hue in various shades. You start with the lightest colors and slowly add darker ones shade by shade, then you go back over with the light ones while it's still moist, and it blends them together even more than they naturally would be. Copics (the most professional brand) in particular are very good for blending, but it also depends on what paper you're using. This is just bristol, which is basically cardstock. It's not as good as marker paper would be, but it's better than printer paper, which is almost impossible to use with art markers due to the moisture and bleeding. Copic Sketch markers also have a brush tip, so you can get relatively precise or bold with the same nib. The lines are with fine liners size 005 and 03. You have to make sure you use the right pens so they don't run when you add marker. I also used a mechanical pencil for some of the really detailed shading around the swirls. The actual picture is pretty small, only about four inches from bottom to top.

And of course, the answer to your last question is no secret: practice of course xD Find out what inspires you most and draw as much as possible. Don't let anyone tell you that whatever inspires you is silly or a waste of time. It matters much more that you draw what you love, because that will keep you drawing and practicing when what you 'should draw instead' won't. The other thing is to remember to challenge yourself. Drawing the same sort of thing over and over doesn't help one improve as much as drawing something a little more complex than last time. (This is a thing I need to do more too!)

Maybe more of an answer than you wanted xD
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changelingbychoice11 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
More of an answer than I anticipated, but wow! Thanks! :D
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Th3WorldOnFir3 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You know what I think? I think you should be the one designing Steam Powered Giraffe's album art.
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww xDD But my art is nothing like Bunny's vision. I'd like to be their colorist though since they mentioned thinking of hiring one >.> I CAN DREAM.

Thanks for the support xD
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Poohbearlover42 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How.
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Midsea Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done! He looks great love the details you added :D!
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
That's marker!?! Amazing!
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:iconcalsparrow:
CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep! Thanks!
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Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Welcome!
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Basiek11 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Wow *.* It's beautiful. Love the details on the neck and cheek!
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herelizasaint Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Nice details on the cheeks and on the metalwork.
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Djadee19 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
This beautiful! I love all the little swirl details in the metal!
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ClockworkTrebleClef Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is impressive!
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TrulyNiku Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing! I love how shiny his face is. *u*
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you >w<
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steamishly Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Ma...rker...s..?? WOW. Kudos to you. It looks beautiful <33
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CalSparrow Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes.. markers. Heh! It's safe to say it wouldn't have turned out so well without a reference. Thanks a lot xD
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steamishly Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Well that's definitely a defeat, still. ; v; Keep it up!
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