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Raven by KristynJanelle Raven by KristynJanelle
I am pretty pleased with how this one turned out! I have been wanting to draw a crow or raven for a long time, and what better time than October? Ravens are often associated with Halloween and being slightly "wicked". From my perspective, however, they're just awe-inspiring with their intelligence and often-overlooked beauty :) I would probably own a corvid if I could, but it's not legal to own native species and I haven't looked in to the process of getting a non-native one.

Colored pencils on recycled paper, about 7 hours overall.


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Thriin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
dark wings dark words ;) (Wink) 
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Jasminum-officinale Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing piece of art!
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ThomasHumbertRaven Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Nice work ^_^
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KlassikalGuitartist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I like crows too :)
How did your love for drawing wildlife lead to a profession?
Do U shoot your own reference photos?
Thank you for sharing.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I started drawing birds when I was younger because I was quite obsessed with them but wasn't allowed to own anything bigger than a parakeet. So that was sort of my way of connecting, and it went on from there. 
I sometimes shoot my own reference photos, but honestly, I'm not the best photographer :)
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KlassikalGuitartist Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Thank you!
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Gismome7Nightmary Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Beautiful :'3
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WhollyJeff Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is terrific! I voted 'Stylized' in your poll: Although, yes, your work is realistic, I saw a strong impressionistic flair in the way you've chosen to portray your subjects. If you haven't discovered her yet, Candace Savage has a beautiful book of corvid photos, Bird Brains. Thanks for sharing your art. Do more, please.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the awesome feedback! I will have to look in to Candace Savage's book. I love drawings corvids and I've been meaning to draw another sometime soon. 
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inJazztice Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow :iconbarfrainbowplz:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Easis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student
Its great! :) Looks like a photograph
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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333aspirant Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
gorgeous!!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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yuggleganesh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
excellent
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ZawArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
One of the best raven drawning I have ever seen! Well done!:clap:
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WarriorRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Awww. People think I'm strange because I love crows :P but they're just so cute!
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Cymbarka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I like the fact that this raven is so shiny! I noticed that it's not so easy to draw shining things (^^) naturally - or maybe it's like that for me. You made it nicely!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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WildWingedWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wowww! What are you using? :meow:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Colored pencils :)
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WildWingedWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really impressive! :meow:
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RavenFeatherAngel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So realistic and SHINEY! LOVE the feathers! :heart:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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annaescapicua Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work! Super realistic :)
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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annaescapicua Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! Your gallery is totally stunning!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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copperarabian Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Photographer
This is amazing
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's one of my favorites :)
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   General Artist
Hi :wave:

I’ve featured this piece in my latest journal tradition [link] if that’s not okay let me know and I’ll remove it immediately :manhug:

:iconhappyholidayssignplz: to those who celebrate :holly:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for featuring me :)
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Pauwla Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE it ^^
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, this is so beautiful! :love:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   General Artist
Hi :wave:

I’ve featured this image on my latest journal [link]

If that’s NOT okay, please let me know and I’ll remove it immediately – many thanks =Cmac13
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's fine, thank you very much :aww:
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dragonis-7 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Ravens do have such charm. I don't know what it is, but I like them because of it. He looks so real, like he is glued on the paper in stead of drawed.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :) I agree, they are very charming animals.
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So shiny......:wow:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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flamingflowerSPD8 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god. this is mind blowing. *_*
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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jitterfly Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the feathers and shadowing look amazing!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Joel90zab Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE THIS!! ok so i've been off Deviant art for a couple months now. I just logged on and had a ton of stuff to look at. i LOVE all your new stuff. and this is one of my favs. well done!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was wondering where you'd been. Glad you like my newer work!
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RobynTrower Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so good youve captured the shinyness of the feathers so well!!
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