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Jensen Ackles - Dream Brother by Cataclysm-X Jensen Ackles - Dream Brother by Cataclysm-X
This drawing got signed on March 29th, 2009!!! Hope to get a good scan of it soon. :)

...So after the drawing of Jared Padalecki was done, and many people were looking forward to a portrait of Jensen Ackles as well, I decided to take a 3-day break from studies and start a new drawing.

I said to myself: 'I want to make the best thing I've ever made.'

And honestly... I have never been so proud of a drawing before as this one. In 3 days, more than 12 hours a day, I worked on this drawing until I got headaches. :phew: As finishing touch I added my signature and proudly looked at my drawing.

I challenged myself by using coloured pencils too. :excited: I was scared at first, but it's good to push my boundries this way. So what I did was using 7 different colours for drawing the eyes.

Jensen Ackles reminds me of Jeff Buckley who happens to be my favourite musician :nod: hence the title 'Dream Brother' which also connects to his role in Supernatural where he appears as Dean Winchester, the brother of Sam Winchester played by Jared Padalecki.

Stuff I used
  • 4H mech pencil for background

  • 2H, H, HB, H mech pencils for the skin & facial features

  • 2B, 3B mech pencil + 7B regular pencil for dark parts

  • reference image

  • Italian coloured pencils

  • tissues for blending large areas

  • tortillions for blending small areas

  • Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchbook paper A4 size

  • Time spent: approx 35 to 40 hours

    Very special thanks to =DavidDeb and *EatToast for encouraging me to use coloured pencils. :heart:
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    The technical aspect of this piece is very near flawless. This probably is one of your best renderings to date. Though it is not without imperfections. Certain areas where the image goes into shadow seem to get a little too rough. For instance, the darkest parts of the neck appear as if they were rushed a little bit and they don't have that same flowing quality that we see in the rest of neck and face. Also, his shirt doesn't look as if it was given the same care and precision as his facial features. The values were rendered well, but the details seem rather sloppy compared to the rest of the image and from what we've seen from you in the past. But overall, the skin is textured beautifully, and the layers of hair read very well, making this one of the high points of your technical skill.

    Now, the composition of the piece more than makes up for the couple little flaws in technique. Because the face is center-aligned, the focal point of the image immediately becomes the eyes, and your venture into colored pencils was actually the brilliance stroke of the drawing. With the rest of the image rendered in grayscale, adding color to the center of the drawing enhances that focal point and draws the viewer into Jensen's eyes. It reinforces the notion of the title of Dream Brother with the viewer being pulled into his eyes as sort of a way of venturing into his soul and getting lost in a trance-like state. But they are subtly rendered, which allows the viewer to drift away from the dream in order to observe the rest of the piece. They are drawn with just enough brightness and color to draw one in, but not too much to distract from the rest of the image. One never would have guessed this was one of your first serious attempts at colored pencils. The luminous colors of yellow, green, and blue are such smoothly executed to create a wonderful contrast with the rough, rugged quality of his skin and facial hair. It provides great balance to the piece.

    The lighting is rendered well and it aides in the same theme mentioned before. The single hard light coming from his right creates an added affect of him sort of emerging from the darkness of a void and into the vastness of an infinite light; both extremes symbolizing the limitlessness of space and dreams. It also mirrors the idea of contrast between the eyes and skin, establishing a subtle metaphor between dream and reality.

    I too was reminded of Jeff Buckley when seeing this image. So that plus the reasons both you and I have said, "Dream Brother" really is a perfect title for such an image. Well done, and definitely one of your best works.
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    Gaelle-Meiss Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
    This is just... perfect !! :o :o
    deatrocker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    im cum. thats all, in all minds
    WhiteAngel771 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    At first I thought it is a photoLa la la la And I don't have the words to describe La la la la Your work is so precise and breathtaking , it just looks like alive :happybounce:  You have a real talent ClapI love it Heart 
    kaiverta Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
    It's fantastic. You certainly should be proud. Well done. :clap:
    Gracethelittleartist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
    This is just amazing!
    Misko1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
    this is all by hand ?! get out ! 
    SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Annie1004 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016
    It looks so beautiful ! :)
    TheMarvelFandom Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    This is so beautiful!!
    korrawr Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
    honestly ....  the HIGHEST of respect for this piece of godness!!!!!
    i bow a hundred thousand times!
    ColourfulDreamer99 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    really nice!
    sweet-garlic Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
    Wait, is this a photo or a drawing? I honestly can't tell. But... I just want to take a fangirl moment and say that I squealed and did that little flip-out, face-slapping, feet-kicking thing that fangirls do when I saw this.
    duckyduckyone Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    me too
    ninamorrison143 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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    mazzafeme147 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
    Oh my god this is absolutely amazing!!
    Imaginary2095 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    This is awesome! 
    Dawndearing Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Artist
    wow is all i an say
    Xanness Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
    I just want to have his babies.
    JensenAcklesIsLove Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    This makes me want to cry c':
    kst2007 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
    Love him. One of the best drawings ever of him. Love the color in his eyes.
    porcupine-fur Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
    damn. this is amazing Clap 
    saiknz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
    So beautiful! Lost my breath! :D
    samantharobinson Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
    agnes21 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Wow! He looks perfect! Heart 
    LethalHunniePrincesa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Writer
    Yarotelindio Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
    *.* oh 
    AndresRey Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Amazing artwork! 
    aguitartist Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    I just. Wow. This is outstanding. :D
    XxUrFallenAngel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
    This is just absolutely stunning. I looked at this first simply because i love jensen ackles and supernatural and hes just an amazing actor. But then taking in your drawing....i am stunned. i wish i could draw as well as you. This is absolutely wonderful.
    CocoaMoth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Holy Jesus. Combining Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester with one of my favorite songs..How more awesome can you get? Really? I love you.
    cosstrig Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
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    josefiina Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist
    I just love this! :D
    ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   General Artist
    Very nice! :)
    Terra89 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
    yum Jensen Ackles SPN4LYF!!
    koti1231 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
    I love him
    DatBaDonkaDonk Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
    The eyes are piercing into my soul. Absolutely fantastic!
    synystia Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Absolutely amazing work! :Heart:
    smaraldart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    OMG - that is amazing!
    witchofillusions Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
    I thought this was a real picture of him, because I like looking at him... Don't judge me lol he's a beautiful man. Anyway, when I read that you DREW this... my jaw dropped, and I had to take several minutes looking at it! Holy freaking crap, that is AHHHHH-MAZING! O.O
    Zephra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
    Them 3 days were so worth it for this drawing to become what it has become. Its absolutely brilliant! :nod:
    shiranui1295 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    I don't even........o___o this looks like a photograph, it's so spot-on. maybe even better than a photo :D
    *stares again*
    ...yeah, it's better than a photo X3
    Paul2960 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Best dean drawing! :D
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
    eeeh! Thank you! :D
    hadeslunar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
    My Dearest God! This is outstanding =O! I just can't stop saying : "wow!"
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
    Thank you!!!
    codder101 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
    Absolutely beautiful! I love that it contains just a hint of color. It really draws attention to Jensen's eyes, which are beautifully colored, by the way!
    mandi5000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
    I LOVE JENSEN ACKLES <3 *supernatural fan*
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    December 15, 2008
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