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I know its cliché - but everyone needs at least one eye drawing in their gallery - so rather than just do 'another' eye drawing, I thought I would go for the 'Ultimate Eye' drawing :)

I managed to find some excellent A0 Smooth drawing paper in my local Shanghai Art Supply shop ("Marie's Art Shop" - doesn't sound very Chinese eh!) and couldn't wait to draw on it, I have some amazing projects to start, but first I wanted to get this one out of the way - its an eye! But no ordinary eye - this one measure approx. 80 cm by 40 cm, with some of those lashes being a good 30 cm in length :)

I have spend a good 20 hours on this already, and have about another 10 to get it completely finished - thought I would share this WIP with you, as when I finally upload the finished work, it will probably just look like any other ordinary eye on DA - but for now, it is the 'Ultimate Eye' :D:D


I should have mentioned that the reference was paid for (by me :)) from these guys © Valua Vitaly [link]
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I came across this self-portrait by talented artist 'Fatigued'[link] whilst searching DA with one of my favourite words 'Melancholy'

it wasn't just the title that made me want to draw it, the eyes, the darkness and the emotion expressed through the photograph are what encouraged me to put pencil to paper.

I hope I have done the photograph justice, and that you like it.

Size A3 Bristol Board Smooth
Range of traditional and Mechanical pencils from 4H to 8B
Blending stumps and erasers
Approx 10 hours or so
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Let me explain the title .... I noticed a of photograph on the internet that showed a similar concept, it suggested that the photograph is not photo-shopped, and that the tear is real - the idea is that you have the model lay face down, and at the moment the tear forms, and a droplet appears you take a photograph using a fast shutter speed! To be honest I am not convinced, but I love the concept of a tear being almost pulled from the eye.

In my mind I can imagine this happening when in zero gravity - I.e. your resting on your bunk in the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, feeling lonely and missing your loved ones, tears well up in your eyes - under normal gravity they would just roll down your face - however in zero gravity they form a droplet - dragging the pooled liquid from your eye and forming the drawing above!!!! I am sure someone on DA will correct me, and say this could not happen - but for now I like the idea :)

This is a BIG drawing - 65X50cm on A2 Bristol Board type smooth paper, using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil with 4B leads, and a range of traditional graphite pencils up to 8B, it takes a long time to cover such a large area - but I love the realism it gives when shrunk down to monitor size :)

If you like this eye perhaps you will like my previous eye;


Reference photo:[link] I found on a Russian website - I apologise beforehand if this is your photo, despite spending half a day seeing if I could find the original - I failed!!!
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The last eye I will do for a while, this took the longest and was technically the most difficult. When I started drawing just over a year ago the one thing I admired more than anything was those who had the ability to draw water - this was used as a trial to a drawing I have had planed for months, and contains only water!

I have to admit that I hated drawing this, and have made many mistakes - it is a miracle that i am even uploading it to DA, lots of problems getting a good photo especially as it has been dull all day in Shanghai and the flash on the camera reflects the dark areas (I may try and photograph it again if we ever see the sun!) - however after spending 3 weeks and 40+ hours on it, I feel I have to show something for all those wasted hours!

Usual drawing implements; mechanical 4B Pencil, traditional pencils 4H through to 8B, lots of erasers and a piece of smooth A2 paper.

****UPDATE***UPDATE****

I 'bumped' into the original eye photograph and thought I should make reference to this fantastic picture - you can find the original here [link] (I actually used a reference found from a Google search, and have only just found the original -just shows you that all roads lead back to DA :)



And the original photoshop reference (also just found) is also here [link]



A couple more of my eye drawings;

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I posted a WIP of this a few days ago such was my excitement of finding some smooth 'Bristol Board' A0 paper in downtown Shanghai, and how delighted I was with the progress of my 'Eye' drawing!! Well some late nights have enabled me to finish the piece. I have spent almost as long trying to decide how the final 'scan' should look - should I just upload a similar scan to the WIP, with the eye at an angle, perhaps with a couple of pencils to show scale - or should I do a full-on straight 'scan' as per my normal uploads. Decided to upload 2 versions, and leave it up to you to decide :):)

Anyway, enough waffle a Size A2'ish Female Eye approx. 65cm X 45cm, in graphite, using a range of pencils from 4H through to 8B. c20-30 hours work. My first, but maybe not my last Eye :)

WIP



Alternative View



Ref:© Valua Vitaly [link]
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> colored pencil
> A4 paper
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Just found time over a very hectic trip back to the UK to fit in a quick and 'simple' drawing. Not original but a pencil sketch of a beautiful and fantastic photograph by nasht-01 [link] entitled O_O (you can see why).

I did ask for permission several times without reply, but noticed permission has been given before for someone else to draw the photo - so i am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be ok this time also :)

A3 Bristol Board using 8B through to 4H pencils and a light blending stump for some of the features - I had trouble getting my camera to pick up some of the subtle shading and I had to take it in a dark room, which caused a little shadowing - but still happy(ish) with the result.

Let me know what you think :)
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I drew this whilst on holiday in the summer, and wanted it to be my most 'realistic' piece to date - I think I achieved that, especially with the eyes.

I am uploading it today to celebrate the release of Skyfall, Daniels 3rd outing as 007, and the 23rd official Bond movie - the critics are already saying it is the best :)

I will upload a short animation in true Bond style - The Making of Bond shortly.

Bristol Board Smooth
Range of mechanical and traditional pencils 4H to 4B
Lots of love and attention :)

This is my 2nd drawing of Daniel, the first can be viewed by pressing the thumbnail below;



Hope you like it?


*******UPDATE******UPDATE******

I have finally got around to uploading 'The making of James Bond' :) a short animation showing the drawing development of the main portrait, you can find it by pressing the [link]
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The reference for this picture was called 'Karate Kid', a fantastic photo by dincturk [link] and can be seen here


I just absolutely loved this kids eyes, with so much life in both these and the scars all over his face. I couldn't remember the title dincturk had given the photo, and have been calling him 'Street Fighter' whilst drawing him, so I have kept the my name instead as its seems fitting :)

Usual materials used;
Bristol Board Smooth A3
Mechanical Pencils 4H thru to 8B
Time - about 15-20hours
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I saw this photograph during my usual lunch time break google search, and fell in love with the eyes instantly. I have no details for the picture and searched for hours to try and find the origins, I can tell you what camera, focal point, and date it was taken but of whom and by whom - sorry, i am not able to tell. I think it is of an Indian girl, but would be happy to be proven wrong.

I was going to call this SAD III, as I thought it would fit into the series of 'Sad' children that I have been drawing, having now stared at her for so long, i imagine her not being Sad bit just tired, perhaps lonely and as the title suggests melancholic - I could also be very wrong of course.


Anyway, a beautiful child, and a beautiful photograph - I just hope my drawing does it some justice.

For those interested in such things, i have tried a new technique of 'shading' on this drawing, following the advice of an incredible artist on DA - (he shall remain a secret at first to see if he comments on the drawing/style :) ) This meant it took longer to finish than normal and meant that i needed around 20 hours to finish.

All the usual tool - except no tissue this time :)


*******U P D A T E ******** U P D A T E ********
A big thanks to Orinoor [link] for letting me know not only who the photographer of the original piece is, but some fantastic information about where the photo was taken and incredibly the name of the girl in the photo!!

Her name is Valentina, and you can find out more about her and the Venezuelan community she comes from by visiting the photographers web site - Wojciech Wanzel - by pressing the link here [link]
Thanks again to Orinoor for making my day with this information :)
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