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Boar of the Woods: Pyrography by pallanoph Boar of the Woods: Pyrography by pallanoph
So I'm trying to create some new art for my final year as a participating alumni at the college's annual art sale. This is an in-progress shot of one of them. I enjoy pyrography (woodburning) on its own, as well as used in mixed media, so I figured I'd upload this separately from the final, whenever I'm done with it.

This is FAR from being an original idea, but I like virtually all nature based concepts, so I wanted to see what a forest-bearing giant wild boar would look like. Or maybe those are bonsais on his back! :D Either way is fine. I would love to see more wild boar in art around these parts (though folks like ~luve make up for some of the absence). Overall the animal is very under-appreciated. I don't understand, they're majestic and intelligent enough. And they're possibly more badass than most of your favorite predators will ever be!

If that's not enough: The piglets! :iconeeeeeplz:

Disclaimer: I love Studio Ghibli's "Princess Mononoke" as much as the next person, but comments along the lines of "OHMUGERD IT REMINDS ME OF PRINCESS MONONOKE!!11!$@!" won't be responded to. Sorry!

Sorry for making commissioners wait. I promise I've been working, even if I keep hitting speed bumps. D:

Art April Schumacher. All rights reserved.
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Cnids Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really lovely work, what's the scale on it?
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hogret Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Amazingly magical work!
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dwuff Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
*Abominable Charles Christopher >.> *should proofread her posts*
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dwuff Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd say if anything, it reminds me of Karl Kerschl's work for The Abominalbe Charles Christopher. But that's mostly because I associate boards with his comic now. Excellent work, both on this and the owl. Lovely composition and line work! Well done. :)
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Any animal + nature growing out of its body = all kinds of instant love from me! This is looking so awesome, and I love how you've been working with less popular creatures lately :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd do a lot more, (if and when I find the free time) since they're kind of continuing the theme that I have going with "Autumnal" and "A Time Long Past." I enjoy harmonious fusions of nature/animal, as you know. :D

And the "ugly" critters need more love. :nod: Prey animals (with the exception of ungulates like deer and horses) get very little interest on this site, which is more than a little sad to me. D: And I'm partially guilty, as there are a lot of "icky" critters that I adore but have never drawn!
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
OHMUGERD IT REMINDS ME OF PRINCES - :D

I really love how you draw boars. I have to agree that they are an under appreciated animal, and fierce as heck.

What do you use to burn this into the wood?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I'd love to draw more, especially with that unique head shape that they have. It's so... I dunno, relaxing to draw. :D

I am using a fairly standard wood burning tool, which I think I bought at a craft store. It has interchangeable tips for different line strokes. Shading can be a bit tricky: I think they could come up with a better tip/nib for it than the ones they have. They're a little scary to use if the one you're using has a kinked cord that can be easily disturbed, therefor causing it to move in unexpected ways. D:
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, alright. Very neat. You are one of the few artists I watch who experiments with different medias, so I always am curious how you do things~
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg LOL your comment! Made me laugh :giggle: :trollface:
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, thanks :P
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pyrography is the best name for any single artistic process ever. <3

I love how you gave him a mix of tree types in his portable ecosystem. It's like I can see succession happening as he ages and grows. :3
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I totally agree. :giggle:

I'm glad you're noticing the differences in the trees! He's got an enviable mix of conifers and deciduous trees going. :)
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Furrama Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Digital Artist
My favorite picture I've ever done is a boar. Fun things to draw. Skulls are scary looking.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful! And yes, those skulls are marvelous. I should do a study of one someday, or a full blown finished piece featuring one. :D
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Furrama Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Digital Artist
No apples in the mouth. :icongirlfriendplz:
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful concept! I do think it'd be adorable to have a smaller matching piece with one of the piglets with a little sapling on its back. XD
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww! I may have to do that someday! :D
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geometric-harmartia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy fudgenuts, woodburning is hard, and this is exquisite!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It certainly is hard! I'm prone to as many mistakes as the next person, though this one turned out unexpectedly well. :nod: And thanks! :)
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geometric-harmartia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it payed off! :D
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really nice work! I've never seen illustration done with pyrography before, and you pulled it off splendidly. :aww: Great choice of subject, too. I really need to get into pyrography more--it's such a unique medium.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think if I had enough spare wood lying around with decent (very light) grain, it might be a cool medium for me to consider for future illustrations, if a publisher was ok with the idea. I think it'd be neat to see some new/unlikely tools being used in the market. Perhaps I'll use these pyrographic experiments as portfolio padding!

I'd love to see pyrography from you! :dance:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely! I think it's such an unknown medium that people really need to be introduced to it more. :nod: And I can imagine a little bit of color via acrylic/colored pencil might make for some spiffy effects. ;)

I've done one piece in the past, but it was crap. I've been wanting to try it again, though!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wild boar are really neat critter for sure and this is definitely a great piece even though it's still a work in progress! I've never been able to get such fine details when woodburning, do you have fine (nibs?) for your woodburner or how do you get such delicate details without burning everything around it?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have a couple of finer nibs on my woodburner: One is round and tapers to a sharp pencil like point, and the other is a sort of angled wedge that comes to a sharp, edged tip. The second only really works if I can keep the point steady without slanting the rest of the angled nib down (causing a really obvious dark straight line, which sucks). Also, light, fine grained woods work the best: I've had nice results with basswood, and I assume similar woods like birch would work well too. :) Even so, I'm still prone to making weird mistakes that I try my best to hide. (This one came out exceptionally well, I might add.) :lol:

Someday I'd like a higher end woodburning tool with more variety in the nibs/tips. But this one works alright for now. :D
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo cool!!
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aetherfang Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I like the bonsai forest idea, and yeah, boars are pretty badass, especially if you look at their ancestors... Those beasties were terrifying.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, they certainly were! And who doesn't like bonsais? :D
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helloheath Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautifully rendered!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :)
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
So.Much.BACON!

Bleh, I found wood-chips in mine!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Now there's an EASIER way to take your fiber supplement! :lol: :XD:
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Oh gosh :lmao:
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CelebrianoLorien Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Baha <3 your comment!
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
:D
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yosofine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome!
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Tobyana Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Interesting. I like it. Normally when I see this kind of thing its on a cartoony base. Its nice to see a more realistic version.
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Nocnean Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
The detail is so amazing. Great job!
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birdkisses Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Such great talent here, wood-burning is definitely an interesting media!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a wonderful challenge! Hopefully I'll gain better control of it someday, and I could look into higher end woodburners as well. :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
YES! More, please.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hoorah! I'd like to try my hand at drawing a babirusa at some point, when time allows. :D
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NorthWing Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aahh I've had this idea for a while that I too should draw some wild boars as well, because like you said, they're badass, they're the monster truck bulldozers of the forest XD (and I too imagined that people would be like "omgmononoke" xP)

I really like your depiction of the boar, it captures the features of boars that I like the most very well - their proportions and compact form, and the face, I love the face :3
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They really know how to mess things up. There is a problem with wild Eurasian boars loose in (mostly) the easter half of the US, which is not so great. Regardless, still an incredible animal. (I also like anything with tusks, it seems) :lol:

Their faces are SO fun to draw once I started getting it right. I think I'll be drawing them more! :D
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AxMongrel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
It's like a land version of the turtles with the islands on their back : ) Very beautiful! I remember trying to woodburn in middle school for our annual 6th grade market day. Failed miserably, haha.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is quite a bit like those turtles. Woodburning is tricky, especially when you don't have the nib you want, or the wood is super grainy. :nod:
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KazakhKau Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I knew there had to be a Princess Mononoke reference,
love this carving as much as the film,
very very much

wood carving is insanely complicated in my eyes, even more nerve-wracking than drawing a final product with pen.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha I take it you didn't read the entirety of her description? XD :giggle:
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KazakhKau Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I’m just an honest person as all, ^^;
I can somewhat understand why you don't want any comments regarding that reference, sorry
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