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The hobbit

Peter Jackson is back in Middle-earth for another adventure three films long; I just saw the first movie and I liked it.
I started drawing on November 1 and I finished on december the 26. I worked on it for 110 hours. is certainly the most complex and challenging drawing I worked on. I was hoping to finish before the movie, but the effort was greater than I expected.
I suggest you look at the drawing in its original size, to capture the details.
Hope you like it

Pencil on watercolor paper Arches 300 gr
A3 size

I suggest you look at the drawing in its original size, to capture the details.
Hope you like it

The other 'Lord of the rigs' drawings'
Image details
Image size
3384x2421px 3.75 MB
Canon EOS 1000D
Shutter Speed
1/6 second
Focal Length
46 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 27, 2012, 10:41:44 AM
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Franco, I read a couple of the critiques for this picture and thought I would add a bit. Firstly, I don't consider this drawing 'photorealism', so I think it shouldn't be judged as such. It is quite obviously a drawing (as most of your work appears to be), and it has a representational style, that is; it is intended to be recognised as the subject it is depicting. But, it is 'illustrative' - you have used pencil and allowed the pencil strokes to be seen on the finished art. I'm going to make up a word for it: 'Pencilery'. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>

Secondly, there is a problem that we can have when using photos as the sole reference for our artwork, and that is that photos don't always tell the truth. Photos capture the reflection of light on a three dimensional subject and record it as a two dimensional image. Photos are prone to optical illusions, that is; our eyes are tricked into perceiving something in a certain way when it isn't like that in life. One thing that bothered me about this reference photo (when it looked at it via googling The Hobbit) is that there is an almost meaningless square shape next to the face of the large dwarf facing Bilbo (I should know his name, I loved the film) - if I had been using this pic for my reference I would have had to know what this object was (I'm guessing it's a pipe, or an ear trumpet) and then include my personal expression of this object as an additional part of the artwork. My job would be to not just imitate, but to properly interpret the object in the photo in order to make it fit into the drawing. As it stands, I can't see any difference in the object in the photo and your drawing of it in your artwork: it remains a black, square-ish shape that I can't properly decipher.

Lastly, to help the depth of your drawing it would have been useful to 'knock back' the tone on James Nesbit's dwarf (again, should know his name!), making it a shade darker to draw the eye back to Bilbo as the central - and closer - figure. That's definitely an illustrative trick to direct the viewers' gaze and reduce jumpiness in the artwork. You have done a great job of centralising Bilbo with the crispy contrast of his light shirt against the darkness of the dwarves next to him - love it!

I hope that makes sense - I'm writing this on the fly and I truly adore your work.
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In photorealism there is only one thing that can be judged for the categories of Vision and Originality – and that is the reference. While this might be a popular picture from the movie, it seems uninteresting to me. The drawing shows little emotion, and the characters are simply standing around in a clump. Execution is important, but it can be lost if the proper reference is not chosen.

As far as execution you are masterly. The dwarves' beards are portrayed perfectly, and the amount of detail and effort put into the clothing is astounding. Additionally, I see no flaws in the outline. This is difficult to do in a multi-person drawing, but you have not been lazy!

No drawing is without faults, however. Hopefully I will be able to draw your attention to a few:

-The dwarf with the plate on his head, the light coming from the right is a little too strong (on the edges of his head and on the plate).
-The upper section of Bilbo's shirt is outlined a little too darkly at the neck. Also, his ear has a stray line towards the bottom.

In summary, this is an amazing drawing that really shows the amount of time put in. Next time I would advise additional care in selecting the photo to draw.

Great job Franco!
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I think that this is just an amazing drawing! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> The details are just so realistic that the drawing looks almost like a photo <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> This is a compliment <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> I really like the textures of their clothes. What is more, I really like the expressions on their faces <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> When looking at them I feel like watching the movie <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> I like also how you have captured the light. The techniques that you have used and the way you have done the crosshatching are very very nice <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

In my opinion this is a great drawing and I can assure you that all the effort that you have put into it is completely worth <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> Sincere congratulations <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

I also watched the movie and liked it so much that I decided to read the book also. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> And "Lord of the Rings" too <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> It is gonna be an epic reading <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> Please wish me patience with this <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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je suis d'accord avec evelynnight pour les expression (les regardes) des nains, ils paraissent trop sévères pour des nains alors qu'ils devraient plutôt s'amuser.
les cheveux et barbe d'Oin sont extraordinaires, de même pour son vêtement, on ressent la texture, c'est impressionnant.

vous êtes vraiment très talentueux, c'est toujours un plaisir de voir vôtre travail et d'attendre ce que vous aller poster sur ce site

[I agree with evelynnight for expression (look at them) dwarfs, they seem too severe for dwarfs while they should rather have fun.
Hair and beard of Oin are extraordinary, also for its garment, we feel the texture, it is impressive.

You are really very talented, it is always a pleasure to see yours work and to wait what to go to you to post on this site]
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The detail is amazing, absolutely incredible! The shading is really really good! The shadows are perfect and the texture you've created is practically identical to that of real clothing, though Bilbo's shirt looks a little odd at the bottom - but, it's barely noticeable.

My only, you could say, criticism is that the expressions themselves could be a little more emotive as they look, to me, to be quite cold and blank (except for Bilbo). If you used a source photo, it could be that they did just look like that but, if it was just from memory I am incredibly incredibly impressed.

I also LOVED the movie! So, maybe I'm a little biased too. But, I think you did an amazing job!
Lmomjian's avatar
He did use a source photo.
lovepencilsketch's avatar
I am a big fan of Lord of the Ring, and I love your drawings. The detail is super super awesome, and I bet you spent a lot of time for their hair and clothes. I don't really like their eyes though since they are emotionless. But overall, you did a great job. Well done!
martecco's avatar
amazing!!!!!! check out mine drawings
lisasuriani's avatar
What's not too like? It is perfect!...i personally love too see a portrait done by and artist without accurately drawn according to the photo reference or a snap shot, it would be great to see some differences even just a bit as long as it does'nt effect the propotion,i think that's what make you a great artist, you did put your own thought while doing it, cause if it too exactly as the photo, i would feel like im just looking at the photograph, photo are not always perfect, sometimes artist perfected the unperfection on the photo..and you did amazed me! Well done!  Clap 
TrentRedmon's avatar
This is awesome, nice work 
luiza-rizzieri's avatar
this is unbelievable
StarWarsNerd101's avatar
Good ole Mr Bilbo Baggins.  It so awesome!
happytrenty's avatar
It is quite a phenomenal piece of graphite work. So much detail... i'm in awe 
masterx1234's avatar
this is phenomenal! dude this work you do is among the top tier artistry i have ever seen on deviant art, you sir are a master of your work! i definitely added you to my watch list! 
francoclun's avatar

Hi, You flatter me. Thank you so much, I really appreciate that :-)

amandasteel4's avatar
Incredible, I hope it didn't become a chore by the end, glad you stuck with it !
LilaYan's avatar
Of course you don't need me to tell you your whole gallery is superb but I simply must. Awesome work!
francoclun's avatar

I feel flattered by your opinion about my drawings :D Thanks a lot

ArinaBagginsArt's avatar
It's gorgeous, damn it! Words cannot describe how your work is beautiful! So traced in detail. Each hair. Just magical!
francoclun's avatar
Thanks a lot, Arina, it's very kind of you to say so :D
davidngugi's avatar
This image is so detailed.I love the shadows, highlights and tonal variations. The cloth fabric is wonderfully done. You have a lot of patience because I know I would have never gone to such details :)
Toyosatomimmi's avatar
Best pencil drawingS I have seen so far!! WTF?!
francoclun's avatar

Thank you, you are very generous with your comment  :D

BaneEden's avatar
I'm a huge fan of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, so I must say you've done a spectacular job with this piece! Totally worth the time and effort you put on to this :heart:
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