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Subject #7 by MalcolmShortt Subject #7 by MalcolmShortt
18"x22"
Graphite pencils 3H/HB/2B/4B, Blending stump & brush, Kneadable eraser, Tombow elastomer eraser.
Strathmore 500 series bristol board (smooth plate finish)

This is my entry for The National Open Art Competition UK. Unfortunately it wasn't selected for the shortlist but I'm pleased with the piece as it personally represents a big leap in scale, detail and patience. It is roughly twice the size of my previous work and I learnt a lot working on this beast.

I'd like to thank Samantha Barbour for kindly letting me use and modify her original photo as reference... blind-eyephotography.deviantar…

Detail and stage-by-stage shots will be up soon on my website/blog and Facebook page...

www.facebook.com/TheArtOfMalco…
www.malcolmshortt.com/
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Given 2014-08-03
MalcolmShortt offers up a very detailed and dynamic drawing of Subject #7, a majestic animal. ( Suggested by KarinClaessonArt and Featured by deshrubber )
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Artemiszoenightshade Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MAYBE ONE DAY I TOO WILL BE ABLE TO DO THIS KIND OF ART. FOR NOW I AM CONTENT TO SIT BACK, OPEN-MOUTH AND STARE AT THIS PIECE OF INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL WORK.
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Bonolis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is beautiful 
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SirenDrake Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
That jarring moment when you read what the photographer wrote about his photo and it includes the words "Graphite pencils".

Welp, you fooled me.  Good work.
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Swaroopashok Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
just wonderful. I have a liking towards animals too. do take a look at my page as well and lemme know what you think.
It would mean a lot coming from a talented artist like you.
Looking forward to hearing from you
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TravisVerlaecktArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
This is maybe the single best pencil drawing I have ever seen. I cannot believe you were not selected. I actually feel a bit outraged about that. 
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Odette1994 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.. Not only the amount of details, but also the emotion, you caught it all so wel!
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FeshMaroll Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is insane.... 
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! It nearly did drive me insane ;)  Thanks Marco!
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rebeccawangart Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow this is incredible!  I thought it was a photo at first, and even after looking at the full size view, I am not convinced!  You have incredible skill!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Rebecca. Much appreciated :)
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mcgrath800 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fabulous work Malcolm, like all your drawings!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers Eddie! :)
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jessicasol Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely unbelievable! Do you mind me asking how you get the white hairs? This is something I have been struggling with for a while and cannot figure out the appropriate technique. 
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Jessica! The way I do the hairs is to mark out the outline and shade the whole area lightly. This way I can remove the hair progressively with an eraser, then darken the surrounding area. The key is not to use too much graphite that cannot be erased back to pure white. Sometimes I make mistakes on that score, but that's art for you. ;)
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jessicasol Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's what I've started doing but haven't mastered it yet. It'll come with time.
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lluvia-estival Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Wonderful!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Julia! Your work is incredible. :)
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lluvia-estival Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!:)
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Domenique2 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just amazed. You're so talented! 
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're too kind Doménique! Thank you. :)
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Odette1994 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow what a patience for all those details, amazing :)
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Odette! :)
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khinson Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my! What detail!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Karen! It took a LOT of patience - especially the hair. :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite superb drawing.  Truly amazing!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Clive! You're too kind. :)
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im speechless:omg: the DD is well deserved:heart:
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Sha! Much appreciated. :)
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keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is one of the finest pieces of photorealistic pencil drawing I've ever seen. For once in my life I'm really struggling to see that it's not a photo.  I can't believe you didn't even get through to the short list for the NOA, I'll be very interested to see what did. You've got a new fan !!!:) (Smile) 
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Keith! There's a big list of competitions to enter - I'm sure I'll get a shortlist one day. Hopefully! :)
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keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Dam right you will with that talent.:D (Big Grin) 
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badumc Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't see it's a drawing!  I think you should be first on top dA artists list :) If it's somewhere a list like that. Great job, it can't be summarized by any waords!!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're too kind Kaja! Much appreciated. :-)
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badumc Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, I'm just telling you the truth :D Welcome :heart:
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MMatysek Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
It looks like a photo! Breathtaking! Love it! 
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:iconmalcolmshortt:
MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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EduardoLeon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
One of the best drawings I've seen here.
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Eduardo, you're too kind! :)
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Saryetta86 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!! Clap 
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Sara! :)
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Saryetta86 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure Malcolm! :)
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ValerieJoyLauria Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot believe how talented you are!! Awesome!Clap 
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're too kind! Thanks :)
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SoniaIsabelle Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is astonishing, congratulation!
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Sonia! You're too kind. :)
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfeature-it-monday: has selected your artwork, for the Feature It Monday gallery! :) (Smile)

Congratulations! Clap
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the feature. Most kind! :)
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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ericstavros Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welll, a piece of art!! really amazing realism! the hairs are amazing.... i suppose the great tombow eraser?  :).......how many hours?
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Eric! :)
Yes, the mighty Tombow was in use - but also kneadable erasers and a few other tools.  It probably took me somewhere between 75-100 hours. Bit of a guess though as it was done in tandem with other work.
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