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#3130
Re:Pencil Drawing 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
Ever since the first post of this thread I have been intrigued to try pencil drawing to see how I would do with a purely tonal medium without color. (So used to oils!) I did also buy a set of colored pencils because I was in color withdrawal! LOL
What was fun was it was just for practice, it had a nice calm feeling to get lost in the graphite and I found it pleasant to observe in a different way from oils.
My work is pure doodling though not on any par with Mightyfine or others here.
I never draw so this has been a great practice to switch gears for me.
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#3139
Re:Pencil Drawing 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
I agree, it's really good to try a different discipline as I think it makes you approach things differently.
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#5312
Re:Pencil Drawing 4 Years, 2 Months ago  
Now this is what pencil drawing is all about! Wow!

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#5759
Re:Pencil Drawing 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Ooh, a topic that I love, pencil drawing, especially realist pencil drawing.

I'm also a pencil artist and as others have mentioned, time, patience and attention to detail is key in order to render a photo-realistic drawing.

I noticed that somebody mentioned they prefer the looser style of drawing from a viewing point of view and I guess it's just down to personal preference. Personally I love looking at drawings that are, at first glance, mistaken for a photograph but on closer inspection they are drawings. I love the process involved in drawing a photo-realistic drawing and have often taken 80+ hours on an A4 sized drawing. I spend hours sometimes on an inch square portion of a drawing, making sure I capture every last detail and often more detail than would be visible in a standard photograph.

Photo-realism comes in for a lot of stick from people who don't understand why anyone would 'copy' from a photo or reference of some kind just to end up with something that looks the same as the original photo and this annoys me a little. It's criticized without taking into account the amount of work that is needed to end up with such a drawing. People say things like "why didn't you just photocopy the thing in the first place?". Well to answer that, there's no skill in pressing a button on a photocopier and where's the enjoyment in that anyway? Also, that misses the point completely. Like I said, for me it's the process involved and the ability to add even more detail to a drawing than is visible in a photograph. A photograph is often limited due to how the lense only captures certain things in focus etc,. However, when drawing, I often take those out of focus areas or areas which are too dark to show any detail in a photo, and recreate the detail that I know must be in that area of darkness or out of focus, so in my opinion I improve on the original.

Anyway, this is a great thread and one that I hope to add too from time to time.

If anyone's interested, some names to look out for and who specialise in realistic photo drawings are Armin Mersmann, J D Hilberry, Linda Huber, Paul Lung and of course 'Mightyfine' AKA Peter Williams, oh and maybe myself . I know a couple of them have been mentioned in this thread but all of them are worth checking out.

Below is an example of one of my drawings if you're interested. This drawing took close to 150 hours to complete.

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#5760
Re:Pencil Drawing 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Hi Matt, nice to see you on here. Impressive work as ever.

150hours? I daren't start anything that might take that long at my age......may not be able to see it through
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#5761
Re:Pencil Drawing 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Hi Matt. I am impressed although I would not take 150 hours to do any drawing.
I love photo realistic and I know some artists take many many hours to produce that photo realistic look.
I love detail but I also like to use artistic license. especially when it comes to detail say for eyes. they have to be alive and say something. which is where I spend the most time.

I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. Oh and I have so much admiration for Armin and DJ. They are the best.

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