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The HGA of a Duck
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15/05/2020 7:03 pm  

@the_real_simon_iff

I recommend working from this high-res image, it was taken by the museum's photographer, probably fairly recently. I imagine it was done properly and has the least amount of lens distortion. Different pics taken with different cameras can distort the pic slightly so its best to use this one, I'm now correcting everything I've done to match this.


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15/05/2020 10:51 pm  

@duck and all the others waiting for a response: I am currently experiencing a saddening emotional crisis (read: heartbreak) and I will be hopefeully over this in a few days. Sometimes life just sucks. Be patient...

 


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15/05/2020 10:58 pm  

@duck
31.639 inches by 45.333inches at a resolution of 72 pixels per inch
is just enough for a tabloid sized print.
a vector image would be great is some one wanted to print out a tarp to unfurl from a skyscraper.
so good work
thanks

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Power to ya !


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15/05/2020 11:25 pm  

@the_real_simon_iff - i am sure i am not alone in saying "Best wishes to you and yours" as you deal with this.

"Blessed be" as the wiccans say,  "Bom shankar" as the Shaivites bellow, "Mazel tov" as them that call It 61 say.

Best always, my Comrade.


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The HGA of a Duck
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16/05/2020 6:14 pm  

@the_real_simon_iff

Sorry to hear that. Take your time, there's no hurry. These corrections I'm doing are going to take ages anyway.


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16/05/2020 11:40 pm  

Thank you guys! I am going with AL II:22 for a while, but of course I'll be back.


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17/05/2020 12:01 am  
Posted by: @duck

These corrections I'm doing are going to take ages anyway.

Please define the term age, in chronological units understandable by human units who are short on patients patience. I'm wondering if the French had something to do with at least one of those variants.


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The HGA of a Duck
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17/05/2020 3:58 am  

@shiva

A couple of days probably. This high-res image reveals a lot more detail, I want to include some of this but a lot of it is just caused by the irregularities of the board it was painted on and imperfections in the artist's brushstrokes. I don't think these irregularities are important so I won't include them now though I can in another version later on.

 

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I'm wondering if the French had something to do with at least one of those variants

I looked them up: from Latin via Old French, I guess you were right.


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17/05/2020 6:52 am  
Posted by: @duck

A couple of days probably.

So an "age" is a day. That's cool, because, you know, we're supposed to take it "one day at a time."

I see thousands of people entering the Aeon of Maat in just a short while. Probably after the in-home restrictions lift.

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This high-res image reveals a lot more detail

Yes, hi-res work opens up an entirely new dimension. Let me get this straight. This is an image of the original stele in the museum in Cairo, Is that correct?

 


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The HGA of a Duck
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17/05/2020 7:36 am  
Posted by: @shiva

This is an image of the original stele in the museum in Cairo, Is that correct?

Yes, this one:

 

taken by the museum's own photographer, I looked it up to make sure.

 

I am a bit quiet on the rest of threads as I obsess over this vector image, I will have to catch up.


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17/05/2020 7:40 pm  
Posted by: @duck

Yes, this one:

Right. I know you said that earlier. I just wanted to make certain.

In this case, any imperfections are probalby not ripples in the wooden board, but (as LAShTAL pointed out to us), the board has been coated with a plaster-like substance, the name of which escapes me, and the image was then painted on that (supposedly) smoother surface.

It is good that you have found such a fine, museum-sponsored, digital artifact. In the much smaller set of three stelae I posted above, the middle one was shot through the cabinet glass, and it is the poorest quality of the three.

 


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The HGA of a Duck
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20/05/2020 6:11 am  

OK, here's Ankh v2, with more detail thanks to that high-res photo:

ankh v2a

 

ankh v2

Each of the leopard (cheetah?) spots now crafted by hand (using the circle tool would be too easy now wouldn't it, and the result too "perfect"). And for extra detail, the thick lines are now made of two normal lines with the gap between them filled in. Also I spent a long time getting his eye just right, I see it has having a slight "smile".

Some of the missing information due to damage on the original still needs to be filled in such as how exactly his lips and nose should go and whether he has a "hairline" or not, this can be figured out later and possibly put to a vote.


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20/05/2020 7:40 am  
Posted by: @duck

Also I spent a long time getting his eye just right

"It took me like three hours to finish the shading on his upper lip."

Really though, nice job. The line art is good.

Spoiler
Some cartoon ankhefenkhonsus your pictograph inspired me to doodle

 

cartan

For my blasphemous Herge-pastiche ligne claire redux of the Stele of Revealing.


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The HGA of a Duck
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20/05/2020 8:41 pm  
Posted by: @djedi

"It took me like three hours to finish..."

Haha, pretty much. 🙂 I'm obsessing over all the small details, if I hadn't found these high-res photos I might have got the whole thing done by now.

 

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Herge-pastiche ligne claire redux of the Stele of Revealing

You seem to actually have a talent for this kind of thing (I think I saw a small example of it on some other thread too). You could combine this talent with your "high-falutin" word-smithery skills to make a webcomic like xkcd or similar but with a more esoteric/philosophical angle.


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20/05/2020 9:11 pm  
Posted by: @duck

I'm obsessing over all the small details, if I hadn't found these high-res photos I might have got the whole thing done by now.

Yet it would have been a stick-figure cartton compared to the masterpiece you are creating. The XV is in the details. You know the Law: Take your time.

 


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20/05/2020 9:48 pm  

@duck

 

Well if it helps I have a tea mug that has a cute duck on it.  It even has a golden rim.

 

@djedi

 

You are a strange one. I appreciate you. 

 

RE Herge good eye. Went to the Tintin shop in Brussels maybe 2 times, probably 1x age 9 1x age 15. Got some watches. 

Love his work.

I also love his friend and 'copier' who did Blake and Mortimer. 

 

a bientot 


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21/05/2020 1:02 am  
Posted by: @christibrany

Love his work.

I also love his friend and 'copier' who did Blake and Mortimer. 

My favorite ligne claire comic is probably The Adventures of Alix. They never seem to get to places like Palmyra or Samarkand, but I'll always prefer stories set in the bronze age or earlier (or so far ahead that it wraps around e.g. Zothique). In this case, it's sword and sandal, but I like sword and sorcery even more.

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You could combine this talent with your "high-falutin" word-smithery skills to make a webcomic

I'm too flighty to keep a schedule like that, and the market is over-saturated anyway. But, for one time only, I made one just for you, as a congratulation for undertaking this labor.

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The HGA of a Duck
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24/05/2020 8:02 pm  

Possible joke left in by the artist? AC would probably approve. 😝 

stele1

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24/05/2020 9:05 pm  
Posted by: @duck

Possible joke left in by the artist?

Potty-minded perverts among us?

 


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The HGA of a Duck
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25/05/2020 1:40 am  

@shiva

The joke is its a door handle of course. Why, what did you see? 😛 


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The HGA of a Duck
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25/05/2020 6:08 am  

Sorry this is taking so long. The "two lines to make one line" technique I'm using is slow but I think it looks better and is closer to the original. Here's a bit of RHK version 2:

rhknew

Getting the right colours and minor details can be sorted out later.


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25/05/2020 11:46 am  

Looking very nice.


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