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WIP1


I haven't felt much like drawing for the past ... 2-3 months or so. So to get myself out of this state I started this little piece.

It probably wasn't my best idea to do a piece in pointillism (millions of dots... what was I thinking?!) but I just found a reference picture of Thranduil that I really wanted to use and ... I can't explain the pointillism thing.

Oh well. I hope to finish this one. I haven't finished anything in a while, and it makes me feel unsatisfied.

So far I have only used the 0.1 pen and I'll probably keep it that way. Which of course means more work. Seriously, what AM I thinking?!?!

Edit 1-5: Sorry for the edits. The pic uploaded the wrong way 'round.


WIP2


I've been working on this a LOT! Like, five hours alone TODAY! And I'm still nowhere NEAR finished!

I have to go darker and darker, and making sure those damn dots don't cluster where they shouldn't is really tiresome. At least I think the eye is turning out okay. Or at least better than the eye in my last pointillism piece (the one of Michael Fassbender). But there's still a lot of work to be done.

And at least the background is fun. Doing Van Gogh-y swirls takes the edge off a bit. I'm almost sorry for having to make them disappear into a black background ...

Fingers crossed for more WIPs to come. :fingerscrossed:


WIP3


Progress is slow, but I'm getting there. Still going darker and trying to cancel out mistakes I've made. I hope I won't overdo it with the darkness, there should still be some contrasts left in the end ...

Sometime soon I will have to start defining the crown. Not looking forward to that at all. Also, the hair will be a challenge, but I really want to bring this drawing to an end so I just have to keep on making dots. So many dots ... :faint:

... I just had an idea: What would you guys think if I added some red? Like in the background? Kind of like blood, running down (or maybe up)? It would certainly fit the final part of The Hobbit. Let me know what you think. :-)


WIP4


I'm looking forward to finishing this ... getting tired of dotting.

As you see I've decided to make this into a "step by step" tutorial or whatever. It's not really step by step, because I didn't photograph every single step, like the first one where you can only see the pencil sketch. I haven't done one of those in a long time so I figuered why not.

(And also heeey, what happened with the tags - they're all messed up! Like, it combined tags that don't belong together! WTF dA?!)


The finished piece:


I have patience, I can wait - Thranduil (Lee Pace) by arthawk87
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samjo989 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
That looks fantastic so far! The effect is really interesting and I think it's going to look great when it's done. Looking forward to seeing it finished!
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your lovely comment. :-)
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is looking incredible! i didn't realize you'd posted more wips, so it's realy exciting to see how far you've come on it! can't wait to see it finished! Love 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-) I wasn't sure if the edited work would show up in your message centers (apparently it didn't) but I will link the final drawing to this step by step so nobody will miss a thing. :D
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, they didn't show up! I just went through my favourites though, and saw that there were more there, so it was very exciting! But yes! It's looking incredible, cant wait to see it finished!
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
That's weird because I always see when someone I watch edited a deviation ... Do you know if there's some box I need to check?
Thanks. I don't know how long it will take me to finish it, though, because I probably won't have much time on my hands once the new semester has started (which is next Monday already!).
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, maybe i just missed the notification, haha. But I don't know if it would be in your settings or anything, sorry. I'm still pretty new to DA. That's okay! School is important, it'll just be an unexpected surprise when you finish it! :D 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
I just checked and there's a box called "Notify your watchers" WAAAAAAY down on the bottom of the page when you upload or edit a deviation. ... Good to know (now I can finally sleep again)! :D
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, it's so exciting that it's so close to being done! do you think you could use white ink/gel pen to get some of your highlights on the face back? haha, at least you will know for next time! you can just write yourself a letter to your future self, being the voice of reason. "i know it seems like a good idea right now, but give it 5 minutes and you'll hate yourself so don't even do it!" and stick it everywhere. 

but ahhhh, yes that is good to know! is that just for editing things? i don't know if people actually get notifications for my stuff, haha. (but yes, yay for sleep!) 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
I think that if you upload something new, your watchers will automatically get notified, i.e. they will see the new deviation in their message center. So I guess the notify box is if you edit something pre-existing. And yeah, it's really good to know because that was really bugging me.

I've reached a veeeeery low point, so the little that is left to be done might take me a while. And you know, after a year or so I have already forgotten about how tiresome stippling is ("Naah, it wasn't THAT bad ... after a while it turned out to be okay ... okay, it was actually kinda fun") and wanna do it again. This has happened before (I never seem to learn) so I don't know if writing myself a voice-of-reason note would actually help. At least I know that I have about a year until my next stippling-attack. :D
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'll just look next time if I see something to check for notifying my watchers. :-)
There's actually not a whole lot more to be done; I just have to finish some parts of the hair, the crown, and maybe go a bit darker in the background (I'm waiting with that until the crown is finished), the rest I'll just leave the way it is now because a) I'm tired of stippling, and b) I'm afraid that if I go any darker on his face I will ruin it (I've already killed some highlights, so ...). Gosh I want wait to finish it, I REALLY don't know what I was thinking when I started this. Next time, I hope someone will stop me before I've made a single dot! :p
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ArtKosh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
hey, that's looks gorgeous dotting! 0,1 liner...
ohmy you are goddess with an unnormal patience! %)

it's almost finished and awesomed!
just keeping the highlighting on the left side of drawing (wait it's pointing..dotting :D)
and more darkish on the right side (where his 'left') of the hair and his crown as it is !
and I think there no need a colouring at all..
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you :cuddle:! Yeah, I'm also surprised at how much patience and endurance I have, who would have thought. XD
I've decided against adding any colour - it's too risky, I don't want to ruin it at this point. But I probably still have to go darker (like you said), but it just takes so long to add all these dots. I think I will finish it in the sense that I add the missing pieces (hair, crown) and then look if I still have to darken some parts. Because once those dots are on the paper, they're there, there's no turning back to a lighter "shade".
Oh and hey, thank you so much for the :+devwatch:, I appreciate the support! :hug:
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ihni Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Also, post this to tumblr! WIP and all!
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
I just posted a new picture of it. Not much has changed, but I like it better now. :-)
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
You mean in just one big post, or already this one by its itsy bitsy self?
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ihni Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
You're crazy, friend, CRAZY. (And inspires me so much, DAMN IT!)

This looks awesome so far ... and wow, a 0.1 pen? I don't even know if I OWN one of those. This is gonna take some time, huh? Well, I can't wait to see the finished result. Some day. Seriously, though, this looks really good. I'm gonna show this to my Lee Pace obsessed friend ...
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you, happy you like it so far. I try to work on it every day for at least one hour so I don't get stuck. The way it's going chances are pretty good that I will finish this one. I'm actually a little surprised at the fact that he RESEMBLES Lee Pace ... had to re-draw the underlying sketch four times until it started to REMOTELY look a bit like him!!!

Does your friend (Cissy, is it?) also draw/paint/make art any other way?
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ihni Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
My friend, Cissi, has a very ... unique style. She doesn't do art, at all, but the drawings she DOES make (few and far in between), I love them. But only because her style is so very HER.
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Is she also on tumblr? I'd love to see her drawings. Also, if she's so into Lee Pace she probably posts stuff about him. :D
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ihni Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
She's mikajupiter on tumblr, and she doesn't post any of her drawings unfortunately. But yes, a lot of Lee Pace. With vivid descriptions in her tags ...
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I just checked out her tumblr and OMG SO MUCH LEE PACE!!! I'm following her now, because she's a major resource of LP pictures (also, her tags just kill me!). :D

Btw, I just watched Soldier's Girl again the other day and I have to say ... the movie is not THAT bad. Beside the awkwardness I still feel every time LP is on stage, or singing, or doing some move (like the shimmy ... which should shame every female because his hips seem to be detached from the rest of the body) it's really not bad. Granted, those idiots in the military should stay locked away forever, but I don't think the actors did a bad job in portraying them. I can just imagine how the military (especially in the US) is filled with assholes like them, and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is rabidly homophobic! I'm so glad it was repealed but still ... it was implemented for far too long! I just get goosebumps all over when I think that the movie is based on a true story, a truly horrific and tragic story. ... Did you know that the real Calpernia Addams coached the actress in the movie Transamerica (who played a transgender woman) and also starred in it?
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ihni Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I didn't know that! I really liked that movie, I remember. Transamerica, I mean. It was a while since I watched it, but I remember liking it.

And hm. I liked Lee Pace's Calpernia more than I liked the movie in itself. I think one of the reasons I didn't like the movie was because of the assholes in the military, like you said ... They gave me angst, or something. I don't like those characters, and it's even worse because it's based on a true story. Nope, nope, nope, give me fiction any day!
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Sanguine-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet mother of Smaug! This is going to be epic!!! :faint: Pointillism is not easy. I actually uploaded, a couple of days ago, a piece I made for school in 2006/2007. It's not a big piece, but I kinda regretted it when I started. It's a lot of work, but then it gets fun. I never made a portrait in pointillism, though. 
But this is going to be amazing! Keep on the gorgeous work :D :hug:
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you, glad you like it. I try to work on it every day a little so I don't get stuck with it and suddenly lose interest but so far I'm happy with it.
I'll go check out your pointillism piece right now. :D
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Sanguine-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean. I'm actually following a lot of your advice. I've been drawing more than one drawing at the time, so I don't get bored with it, and I've been playing around with new mediums and new things to draw that aren't human beings :giggle: I am currently drawing Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy, and a drawing of Robin Williams to join the tribute the Disney group here on dA is making. I was so sad to hear about his death :(
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
You ... follow my advice??? OMG Oh wow, what a compliment, thank you very much. I'm never sure whether I should write any or not because they can make me seem like a know-it-all. Which I'm not, I just like to put my experiences out there and let people do with the information what they want. I think it's great that you try out new mediums. That's something I've been doing as well ... a little. What I can't seem to bring myself to do, however, is draw non-portrait things, like landscapes, animals, shoes ... that kind of stuff.
Groot!!!! La la la la I've seen some gifs of groot, dancing behind that ... bald guy from GotG (I have NO idea what his name is) and he seems so cute! Looking forward to seeing your drawing of him. I'm not sure though if I will go see the movie (even though Lee Pace is in it!). Will you?
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Sanguine-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course I do. You give good advice and you are an excellent artist! If your experiences can help others then you totally should write it down :D I've been trying ballpoint pen and watercolor (for now); and I've drawn the black roses and a sea turtle (that I still need to take a picture to put here), and I'll see what I'll do in the future. It's actually fun to try new things. I think I was getting an artist block from drawing portraits so much. I was kinda unmotivated to draw and I would never know what to draw next... I was getting really sad about it because I love to draw and I just couldn't. But now I think I'm feeling better about it and about trying new things, and about not caring so much about the likeness of the object I'm drawing... It's refreshing :aww:

I've seen the movie with my sister when it got out here in Portugal, on the 7th. It's sooooo good. So funny too :XD: Groot is the best. I'm a little bit in love with him :giggle: and Rocket (the raccoon) is so cute. That bald guy is Drax, the Destroyer, played by WWE star Dave Bautista. Lee Pace doesn't look like him. I was really impressed with the make up. I'm so used to see him as Thranduil now that I couldn't believe it was him :wow:
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
Awwww, thanks, that's really nice to hear!!!! Huggle! Yeah, I imagine that trying something new (be this a new modell, a new technique or a new medium) and taking away the pressure of it having to be perfect can help overcome artist blocks. So far I haven't had one, or at least not a serious one, just the general I'm-not-in-the-mood-for-drawing mood. But when I see the right reference picture that can change like THAT *snaps with fingers*.
I've never heard of Dave Bautista. So he's not really a new-comer, then? I agree, Lee Pace's make-up is really well done. Have you seen these picture of how they made the make-up petrichor-and-the-south-wind.t… ? Make-up artists are really fascinating. I bet it's so much fun to create new looks and make people look differently (but it probably also is very tiresome, especially when they have to work on one person for several hours, and do so every day of that person's shooting days).
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Sanguine-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really good. I feel good about drawing and I've been drawing more in the past month. Exactly I'm like that too. I might not be in the mood to draw but when I see a good reference I immediately pick up the pencil and get to work. 
Dave Bautista is a wrestler from the WWE. I really don't know if he's made any other movies and I didn't even know it was him at first, although Drax looked familiar somehow.
Lee Pace's makeup looks divine. Really good work from the makeup artist. I used to watch a show about makeup artists (I don't remember the name of the show) and every week they had to come up with a new concept for a new makeup. It was really cool to see the model completely transformed. But I agree, it must be really tiring for the model and the artist to do the same thing everyday for so many hours.
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're doing a brilliant job so far! I am a huge fan of pen work, and once decided it would be fun to do an A3 elephant in dots (it took about ten minutes to regret the decision) but the upside to it is that they look really good when they're done! So hang in there, the satisfaction you'll get from finishing it will far surpass your anger at yourself from starting it! Hug (mine is posted on my page if you wanna have a look, i'm very proud, in case you can't tell) 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much for the encouraging words. I just had a look at your elefant and I must say ... I would have quite that pretty early in the process. XD You did a great job there, I admire your patience to stick with it all the way through. I can only hope that my patience with this small piece (not even A5) won't run out. Luckily, the background is pretty much all black so the tricky part really is just the face and hair. :-)
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks incredible so far, so I hope you see it through! It'll be fantastic when finished! I always find it helps to move onto some other part when it gets sucky (Like the black in the background for it!) AND with the elephant I tried to randomly force myself into making patterns in the skin or whatever. (I did a lot of swirls and tried to work in random van gogh references and things that i could cover up later, haha) It might not be as easy to get away with on a face, BUT yes. That helped a lot for me, haha. Good luck! I can't wait to see it finished! Love 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks again. I'm still working on it, so that's a good sign. :-) Btw, I took your advice and started the background with some van gosh-y swirls which I'm gonna gradually fill in. This makes it much more fun to do a black background, so thank you! :D
(Btw, I think you started following me on tumblr, right? Thanks for that, too! :cuddle)
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes it is a good thing, congratulations! The van gogh-y swirls are a wonderful way to waste time/entertain yourself! especially with really tedious bits! 
(I did! I get on tumblr more often then i get on DA, so it seemed like a good idea, haha [i was happy just following you there for your art, but the tom hiddleston posts sealed the deal, to be honest]) 

But yes. I can't wait to see it finished! :D 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Same here, I spend WAY more time on tumblr than on dA. I reblog mostly Hiddles, Lee Pace, The Hobbit or LotR related stuff, and the occasional Jared Leto. And posting ... I post art about 1-2 times per month, so you might not get what you came for. .: Unsure :.
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artisticendeavours Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hiddles, Lee Pace, LotR and Jared Leto are absolutely fine for me. I mean art is wonderful, BUT beautiful men/movies are even better. :') 
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
That's good to hear :thumbsup::D
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