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Patrick J. Adams by butterflycell Patrick J. Adams by butterflycell
"gentleman, rogue, scholar . . . just not in that order"

- Patrick J. Adams, twitter (halfadams)


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size: ~A3
time: 30 - 35 hrs (lost track at some point)

The reference photo used is here: x

This is the longest I've ever worked on a piece and, whilst I'm very happy with the result, I can already see things I'm not so happy with (mainly the proportions of the facial features to the head/hair)

However! This was an exercise in using colouring pencils and colour rather than sticking to pencils and grayscale, and in that respect, I think I'm pretty proud of it!

I had tweaked the original photo (the above reference is my edit) to bring out the colours a bit more, and I very much enjoyed the challenge of the sun flare, the clothes and the background. I've been wanting to draw this pic for a while, so I'm glad I've finally got round to doing it!

There's something to be said about accuracy of the line work before starting in on the shading - one that I seem to fail at grasping every time I start a picture - but it's much easier to correct with pencil! Still, it's just something else I need to add to my skill set.

Comments and critiques are much appreciated!

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Materials:

- White card, approx. A3
- Mechanical pencil; HB
- Staedtlr tradition; HB, 4H
- Colour pencils; Karisma, Derwent Studio, Staedtlr watercolour, Lyra skin tone & Faber-Castell polychromos
- Erasers
- Tissues, cotton buds & tortillons for blending
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:iconwxiao:
Wxiao Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great drawing  and nice color,very beautiful ~
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou!
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Iulanda Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
great..!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou very much! =D
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00adam Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
this piece is unbelievable in its realism. i can't really single out one specific feature within it that i like the most as it is just an all round master piece.

the only area i can really pick any fault with is perhaps the mouth just doesn't quite seem to live up to the perfection of the rest of the drawing, however this has to be the most effort i have ever put in to try and find a fault with a piece of art and it is so minor at that.

love this piece
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thankyou so much!

I must admit, I agree about the mouth (I remember not being quite as diligent with it as the rest of the picture as the colours were so hard to find) but I appreciate the concrit and I definitely appreciate your comments overall!

Even now, I'm still incredibly proud of this piece, and I think it'll always have a rather special place in my heart =)
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artmkc Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
While going through the list of submissions in "Pencil-of-Master" group, I noticed yours and was hesitant to put your drawing in my "Hyperrealism" folder because i thought it was actually a picture. I had to take a closer look. Amazing work! :)
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my God, thankyou! That's such a massive complement, you wouldn't belueve how much that's just made me smile!

I'm so glad you like it and thanks for adding to your collection!
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artmkc Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem! :)
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RemyDx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This is awesome! :D
His face looks so good! Great job! :iconbravoplz:
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou so much! =)
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work!
I especially like how the sun flare looks!
just really impressive!!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou so much! That was the biggest challenge, but it was one of the main reasons I chose the photo - glad you like it!
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InfamousWiltedRose Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, simply stunning! Absolutely gorgeous~ :heart:
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou so much! =)
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InfamousWiltedRose Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ;D
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mjhb85 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This is one of my all-time favs!!
I especially love the skin, the facial stubble and the blurry background. Stunning!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou!! I must say it's one of my favourites that I've done (I'm having a hard time starting anything else in the afterglow =P) - the background and colourchanges from the lens flare were my favourite things to do =]
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Feyjane Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Amazing work!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou so much =]
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:iconfeyjane:
Feyjane Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
really beautiful!!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou again =D
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:iconduygucanbek:
DuyguCanbek Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's just unbelievable i loved it so much! i hope i can draw and paint as good as you someday!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, thankyou!
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MrRadio79 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
how long is your experience in drawing i.e how long did you practice till u managed to make such art
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Uhhh, well, I've been drawing portraiture for somewhere between six and seven years now - but I'm still learning with pencil crayons =]
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Dani-Castro Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Very nice !! Greatly done, so full of details and what is most important, the use of the colour is soo so intelligent! Very nice again
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much, I'm glad you like it! =]
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Dani-Castro Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
you're welcome!
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svinc Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Awesome drawing, I have seen photographs with less detail :squee:
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou so much!
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ThePotatoStabber Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very very well done. Fabulous colouring - I love how you brought out the cool blues and warm golds in his face.
And the sun flare is done brilliantly!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou, the colour contrasts were so much fun to try and capture =]
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Blankqueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very good work! You've really managed to make the sun shine there. No easy task. If you're not used to drawing in colour, this is really brilliant. I'm too much a chicken to try a second time (the 1st trial is in the bin). LOL! Anyway, gorgeaus work!
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! The sunflare was what drew me to the photo in the first place, so I'm glad I did it justice - just psyching myself up to try using pencil crayons again before I just write this one off as a fluke =]
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Blankqueen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh this is no fluke - I can tell! ;) I'll be watching for another pencil crayon attempt. I'm hoping you'll inspire me to give them another go too.
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butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aww, thankyou =] I must say, I'm kinda itching to do another one, so I might start looking for reference pics!
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phoenix132 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredible! I love the lighting! :)
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou =] it took a veery long time, but was worth it
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Talisaurus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic job.

I'm glad that you included a reference picture - after reading your comment I went back to look at the areas that you were not happy with. I did not notice anything wrong with the proportions until I went back and opened your reference picture. Now, I can tell but it does not take anything away from the end result. You really captured so many different areas of the reference perfectly.

Most definitely, for your first 'exercise in colored pencils' bravo. I'm not even close to ready to venture outside of pencil, maybe someday!
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butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou =) I don't usually put in a reference, but I thought I'd do everything 'properly' for this pic. It took me such a long time compared to my usual things that I thought it'd be useful (for myself as well as you guys) to be able to compare it against the photograph easily =)

I would seriously urge you to have a go at pencil crayons, even if you aren't confident with them! You don't have to do anything big or complicated, just take a pretty photo and tell yourself to just work on it and work on it until you get the hang of your crayons and work out your own way of working =] That's part of why this took me so long, I think! I was learning as I went.
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miss-otaku Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
STUNNING :iconslashshine: omgosh i can't stop staring at it!
WONDERFUL.
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou very much =) I'm so proud of how it turned out!
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:iconkyoy:
kyoy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I can't get over how amazing this!! :D
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aww, thankyou hun!
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Br0066 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My God, this is perfect!
it can not go unnoticed ... Should look for the best drawings truly amazing, as your
congratulations

:D
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou, I really appreciate it =]
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:iconbr0066:
Br0066 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh You're welcome :D
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kam443 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
the detail is amazing
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:iconbutterflycell:
butterflycell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou so much - it was the detail that was the most time consuming about it all!
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