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Hawaiian Green Turtle by LilaeaBluecoat Hawaiian Green Turtle by LilaeaBluecoat
Peek-A-Boo!

Drawing this fella was a bit like putting a puzzle together! Good thing I like puzzles. ;)

Reference was a gorgeous photograph by Jose Cardona for National Geographic [link]

I cropped some water out, because I wanted the attention to go to the turtle. Also spent less time on intricately detailing the water for that same reason.

Lots of drawing was done with blending stumps in this one. Such handy little tools!

- Hahnemühle Nostalgie A4 (the other side of my previous failed drawing)
- Derwent pencils 2H through 2B
- Mechanical pencils
- Kneaded eraser, Tombow Mono Eraser, pencil eraser
- Lots of blending stumps
- Masking tape for the border
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AtemsLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
haha cute I love it!
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Neira7 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured: [link] ;)
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you VERY much! I appreciate that a lot!!
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weida34 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist
excellent work :)
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thanks very much!
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altergromit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfavplz: :clap: :heart: :iconloveableturtleplz:
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Thanks! Turtle! :D
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altergromit Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...my *PLZ*!!---> :iconloveableturtleplz: :lol:
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Cool!
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altergromit Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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prithvidsnx26 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Artist
one word "WOW" !!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Three words: Thanks a lot!!! :D
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconemoteclapping1plz::iconemoteclapping2plz:

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your work has been chosen to compete in the current contest at :iconthrough-emilys-eyes: [link] Thank you for submitting! Please keep in mind that it is against the rules to advertise your participation in the contest or ask for votes. Good luck! :hug:

Emily
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Thanks very much! I actually saw the poll before I saw this message, so that was a pleasant surprise! :D
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconyourewelcomesignplz:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww that's cute! Realistic, perfectly detailed. It looks s if it really swam in the water :la:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks very much! The trickiest parts were where some water had stuck on him while he was above water. A real puzzle that only started to make sense when actually drawing it! Was a lot of fun in the end. :)
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
My pleasure :heart: I'm glad you enjoyed drawing it, it was definitely worth your effort!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Thanks dear!! :hug:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
Welcome :cuddle:
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Giraffakiki Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice, realistic looking, great job!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love: Featured here [link]
(sorry if you've already seen it, it's a copy-paste notification :D )
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
:hug:
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I just noticed this in a feature and have not idea how I missed it when you posted it. :confused?

There is little I can say that hasn't already been said by others other than I agree with all the praise and that I love it. :iconsquishhugplz:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I don't know why you missed it. :shrug: I was actually a little surprised to not receive a comment on it from you (since you always seem to). Figured it had totally passed you by for one reason or another. It happens. :)
Happy to hear you like it!!!!! :tighthug:
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent use of solid darks against light midtones on the larger scales toward the back of the head. The fact that only a little bit of turtle is clearly visible makes us (me at least) have to look him over carefully to identify him as a turtle, but when I do, then I smile with delight over the originality of this presentation of the subject. The water may need a bit more darks in the ripples, though, just to retain its readability as water (because water usually has extreme highlights and shadows). The composition is great, though; the crop leaves enough of the ripples to make them like a right parenthesis that guides our eyes right into the turtle. Good work overall!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Thank you very much for your elaborate comment! It is very much appreciated!
What attracted me to picture in the first place is what you are describing here; it makes you look twice and think "what am I even looking at??". It is that feeling that actually stayed with me while I was drawing, identifying the parts that were above water, the ones below, and the reflected bits! Hence the feeling of it being a puzzle of sorts. Very enjoyable, though!
I hear what you're saying about the water. Indeed I kept it a bit more 'flat' then I usually would, to attract more attention to the turtle. The reference in itself (if I remember correctly without checking) was also a little flat in that area though. Post-worked to make it so? I don't know. I do know the most striking darks of the water were right outside my crop! ;)
Point taken though. ;) I completely get what you mean and agree. :)

Thanks once again! Comments like yours (especially from a 'non-watcher') are few and far between, but are so helpful to understand how what I did translates to others, and thus a great opportunity to learn! :hug:
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome; I make elaborate comments precisely because I find that gushing admiration is not nearly so helpful (or so fun to read) as a genuine explanation of a viewer's impression of my own work. Having read your profile, I must congratulate you on your beginner's success as a pencil artist. In a very short time, you have achieved some advanced skills and have produced some real quality pieces.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Thank you once again for your sweet compliments!
I made a sudden 'jump' with my Johnny Depp drawing, I feel. A friend said it was like I had found my muse at that point. Or that the muse had found me, who knows. ;)
I hope to keep progressing. It's a nice feeling that I already became better than I had ever thought (in a much shorter time than I had EVER dreamed of), and it keeps me motivated to try and learn more! Perhaps even attend an art class? ;)
:hug:
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Art class is hit-or-miss. The best training I ever received was from another professional artist (a friend of my mother's) who gave me some personal instruction over a weekend. She was ruthless and completely without admiration for my talent, but she taught me better drawing and observing skills (as well as some humility that my sixteen-year-old self was sadly lacking).
Keep drawing--you can't help making progress if you do!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Ah yes, harsh critics will help! (This is the same way in dance.) ;)
I'll keep drawing, absolutely! Can't wait to find out how far I can push myself! :D
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow youve certainly captured this little chappy perfectly. The water is excellant too :eyepopping:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Thanks! I quite like the outcome! :D
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your most welcome :heart:
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Neira7 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This drawing is amazing. Simply amazing! :)
And I love turtles.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Turtles are very cute! Thanks very much for the compliment!!! :D
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mmuch Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw it, at first I thought it was a photography. Then I noticed it's your work and said "Wow!". :3 Gorgeous drawing!
The details of its head are simply stunning. It's good you didn't focus on the water, it looks great this way and doesn't attract the attention as much as the turtle does. Reflections look amazing! :)
What else can I say? It definitely goes to my faves! :heart:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Your comment makes me very happy Oliwia! Thanks SO much for that!! :glomp: :heart:
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mmuch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :hug:
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markstewart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
great drawing Clap:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you Mark! And for the :+fav: too! :woohoo:
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ThePotatoStabber Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :)
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you!! :D
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Comicalfreakazoid Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   General Artist
:wow: stunning! I love how his head is popping out of the water wonderful work :)
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thanks Heather! He's a cute little fella, isn't he?? :D
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quoctruong Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
The texture on the frog is so intricate and the smoothness of the water is brilliantly drawn. Magnificent overall!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you Quoc! So happy to hear you like it! :hug:
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quoctruong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
You're more than welcome. :love:
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful!:)
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