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Phelps - Impossible is nothing by akaLilith Phelps - Impossible is nothing by akaLilith
This is kind of a monkey-off-the-back drawing for me. Everything seemed to go against me while I was trying to finish off this drawing.

Some of you might remember when I talked about how I'd been struggling to start a new drawing. Then I watched Olympic games and got inspired by those hi-tech VDO replays that captured all the action shots in super slow-motion. I wanted to capture the same stunning shots with my own hands.

And then there's Michael Phelps. He inspired me to go to the place I'd never been to and I ended up choosing this picture --> [link] as the reference simply because it looked like the hardest picture to draw from.

Then I reached the difficult parts, one after another, and realised I'd need to spend a lot longer than I thought to finish this off. To make it worse this picture had none of my favourite parts, hair and eyes. I got discouraged and distracted by a few things and ended up putting this drawing on hold for months.

Then a few weeks ago I got inspired again and wanted to draw so many things. I swored to wouldn't start those UNLESS I finish off this one first. Sorry for the dodgy parts on some details but I was really at the end of my patience.

Please don't ask me how long did it take to draw this one because I have no idea. It never took this long to draw one portrait and it's not even one of the pretty ones!

A4 Canson drawing paper (the smoother side) + HB-2B technical pencils + 7B-9B wooden pencils

My next drawing is gonna be an EASY one!

* (C)2008 Diego Azubel. I lost the original link to the ref photo. It's been a long time and I can't remember where I got it from for the life of me. .

**I took the photo of the drawing in progress just in case... -->[link]
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gravit8 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
So neat you've got the feeling of texture on his cap and water, the glistening wet looking water.  What a feat and no noticeble sign of any smudge from the soft pencils. It's so photographically black and white with nice crisp contrast Wander Emote: Thumbs Up 
akominik Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
Wow ! So much details
lealea28 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
Great drawing 1
Framin973 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Shollis1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done - I can see how difficult this must of been & you have captured the movement brilliantly. You should be very proud
thomas-thorn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
what medium did you use? the hat and goggles are very black for pencil
cdudley25 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful work!! Very well done!
EugeneRubulsArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work!
Brandoch-Daha Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
great work with so much detail.
MDamron74 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SueJO Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Professional Writer
Wonderful work.
eldelatecnica Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Shodaimesergio7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Again, its really impressive.
Shodaimesergio7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Dammit!! Have u really drawned this?!!! Its incredible! The water is perfectly done. It s impressive, but i do not see his ear. I think its the only thing u've forgotten.
MrDataTheAwesome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dude....the the....nevermind.... SUPER AWESOMENESS! is what this picture is to me ( which is really really good !!!!)
Likedatgirl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
omg that is so good it shows your skill amazingly. I am obssesed as a swimmer this is like the thing i want in my room 
rhunel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014   General Artist
That's insane!!!  Nothing could be a better example of your skill!
ShawnJourdonArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
We'll it was worth the time you put into it amazing
Chopin8 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How on earth did you do the water!?!? WOW!!!
lilithmondmann Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
amazing artwork
kitsunemimichan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dang! What do you mean it's not even one of the pretty ones? This is absolutely stunning! I thought it was a photograph! :D
RoseArtAndGo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect!! No more comments needed
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I was going to try this one….no point….you've nailed it. PERFECTION.:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
shnbwmn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Could you draw this without a photo?
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Could you??? This is an awesome piece of work…don't become a sad jealous hater:D (Big Grin) 
shnbwmn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I wasn't hating, I was asking. To answer your question, I wish I could.
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh….sorry, my faultOops! 
shnbwmn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student General Artist
No probs.
kelmalaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
wow :O realistic
Sci-FiFanstasy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
WOW! Super amazing detail! SO realistic!!!!
LuizJRbra Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
i can't even imagine how much work you've put on this drawing... fantastic! One of my favourites!!!
martinos01 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
geat job! ;)
neminemistiq Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
More than talent is hard work and patience when you just wanna finish it faster..Very good one!Such drawings make me push myself more and more!
vanceinfinity Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nefretethis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Great job! You have such huge great talent... Your drawings are incredibly beautiful!
lois1cute Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist
This almost looks like a photograph, God, that's bloody AMAZING! <3 I'm still in awe of the crispness of the brilliant....*faints*
GemmaFurbank Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Bladdy Nora..what a talent!
Pegvogel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
wow the only thing that made me believe thet this was a drawing is the neck and the ear of phelps. but the rest is awesome. just like thosehigh speed camera's indeed.
asratda Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
HKArtJournal Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
This is amazing
Vishvesh99 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AthleticArtistFrom12 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
This. Is. Beautiful
Hobby-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!!..i find water and hair is very difficult to paint. :)
realisticartsachin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks very painstakingly done. Great work!!
Brakefoot Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Digital Artist
This is so stunning :omg: beautiful!
Meduwyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Had to look not only twice, but thrice to realize that this was actually a drawing and not a photo... You'd think how in hell could anyone voluntarily choose to draw something as difficult as this, but you did an incredibly good job with the different textures. I'm totally stunned. Well, well done.
emiliomorles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no words to describe how I unbelievable is this!!!!
CzechieChan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy s**t, this is pure awesomeness!
markusbrekke Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This must be the most impressive artwork i have ever seen! the realistic water and everything just make this priceless!!!!!!!!!! i bow down for you !!!!
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