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By MalcolmShortt   |   
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© 2014 - 2020 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/
Image size
735x900px 276.49 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 650D
Shutter Speed
1/99 second
Aperture
F/2.5
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jul 28, 2014, 8:34:00 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Sensor Size
3mm
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ArtemiszoenightshadeHobbyist 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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BonolisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is beautiful 
SirenDrake's avatar
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.
Swaroopashok's avatar
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
TravisVerlaecktArt's avatar
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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Odette1994Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.. Not only the amount of details, but also the emotion, you caught it all so wel!
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FeshMarollHobbyist General Artist
This is insane.... 
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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
Ha! It nearly did drive me insane ;)  Thanks Marco!
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rebeccawangartProfessional 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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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you Rebecca. Much appreciated :)
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mcgrath800Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fabulous work Malcolm, like all your drawings!
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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
Cheers Eddie! :)
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jessicasolHobbyist 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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MalcolmShorttProfessional 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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jessicasolHobbyist 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 Traditional Artist
Wonderful!
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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you Julia! Your work is incredible. :)
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lluvia-estival Traditional Artist
Thank you!!:)
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Domenique2Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just amazed. You're so talented! 
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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
You're too kind Doménique! Thank you. :)
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Odette1994Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow what a patience for all those details, amazing :)
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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you Odette! :)
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khinsonHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my! What detail!
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MalcolmShorttProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks Karen! It took a LOT of patience - especially the hair. :)
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