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Gifts from Lovers pencil by MattDeakinFineArt Gifts from Lovers pencil by MattDeakinFineArt
Well here it is, finally finished.

This has been the most fun yet frustrating piece I've ever done. I made more work of it than I had to simply because I sometimes never know when to just leave certain parts alone and so end up reworking and reworking parts over and over again.

I averaged 3 hours a night, 5 days a week for about 4 weeks to do this although I think next time I do anything like this I'll be quicker.

I'm fairly happy with it :icondweebdanceplz: although I feel I should have done more with the surface that the objects stand on and the surface actually looks quite messy. I may go back and do something with it someday but for now it's time to move on to my next piece.

As always, not the best scan.

I used graphite pencils: 2B - 8B

Putty eraser

Blending stumps, tissue, ear buds.

Edit: Added my own Watermark as the DA one is highly intrusive.

Also, to anyone who comments, faves or whatever, I will try my best to respond and thank you all individually but it's not always possible. Please don't be offended as every comment, good or bad and every fave is highly appreciated.

Thanks for viewing.
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Here is the honest critique that you requested.

I will have to say that the time that you spent on this piece was worth it. The rendering you did on the metal of the bracelet and the lighter is of an awesome quality and looks like a black and white photo. The only thing that think may be wrong is that the lighter's perspective seems a tad off in orientation to the perspective of table and the bracelet and feels like it is tipping backwards some. This is only slight though and it is hard to get pass the rendered metal.

Hope that helps.
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
22 out of 23 deviants thought this was fair.

Wow! You got a great return for your sixty hour investment.

I like this close cropped composition with the design elements filling the page. You have created a nice space for these objects, and surroundings of a room as indicated in the reflections of the bracelet. I like the contrast between the wood grain and the metal objects.

Your proportions and foreshortening look spot on.

You have a beautiful range of values here, with plenty of contrast. Very strong technique on display here in your use of value changes to show the planes and contours of the objects.

On the chimney of the lighter the light values around the air holes is a great added touch.

It's a sterling piece of work! :clap:
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ayubmajeed Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
really really realistic ... great work
marmicminipark Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Killer shading, keep up the good work !!! (it's now in my favs)
AdorableDee18 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
heello ^.^ just gna inform you that i will be adding you to my poer point in college i have to make about 3 artitsts :D although ur not well known like picasso , its still good to know a few here and there, id like to know more about , hence my teacher acquires info like that, like a famous artist so try to contact me my email is . thanks appreciate it....
Cantantalily Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love all the reflections, it's really interesting, apart from the amazing detail and pencil work, it's a great composition (:
bradlyvancamp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really excellent work. You make me want to put down my tablet and pick up a pencil.
step-fanny Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
KellyAFisch Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I am reminded of a time in 1979 when I was sitting around the fire at Telemark Lodge in Cable Wisconsin. Massive building! Massive fireplace! People there for skiing and wine and socializing and a trio playing jazz live.

Wood. Glass. Rock. Reflections. Lighting. Concrete. Liquid. Fire.

Your skills could easily have captured that moment. Bravo!
ishali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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ravikrishnaism Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
truly amazing
catoyan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the wood texture in the back is truly amazing
Git23 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
excellent work
Stuliny Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
are u kidding me ? :O omg amazing
ClearGreenCrystal Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The amount of detail in the reflection is staggeringly good and not a concept most artists grasp well (reflections in water for example are blurred) but curved metal gives an accurate distorted view like funhouse mirror. This is very well done.
sukoshimomo222 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
FotoDogStudios Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Your very talented! When I clicked on the thumbnail, I thought it was a grayscale pic! Awesome job! :+fav:
RaptorRamses Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
this is a sick one :D)) (I mean positively)
Xleunamm3X Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student Photographer
eto ta SUPER!!!!
shtrumphX Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
featured here
flabergast-u Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur really good!
this is awesome!
drawman61 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
argentinian-queen Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just unbelievable!!! Everything was said in the critiques above, I'm speechless sorry :faint:
Danghieu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This deviation has been featured at the following [link]
Hope you enjoy!
dash-of-mystery Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010   General Artist
Wow. I'm speechless at the moment. The details are gorgeous and the reflections on the objects are beautifully done. You really did a fantastic job.
DeeShine Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
great textures and tones.
happyberryred Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist
WOW! Looks like a photo! I love the details ><
great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
:wow:It´s amazing work.I like how you captured metal objects.really great work. ha!Pencil and similar things aren´t my friends:D
Promet-he-us Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   General Artist
Remarkable. No matter how much effort this took - I think it well paid out!

Fantastic picture - thank you for sharing!

Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb work! All those hours paid off!
azureastra7 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Dynamite Execution! Real Skill, had to take it.
Tabbyjaffie Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh my gosh... you DREW this?!?!?! I didn't look at the category and I was like, "what is he talking about?" I thought it was a photo!! its amazing. :clap:
dannieDoll Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
:wow: So shiny, I love the texture on the wood especially. I don't have the patience to do something like this
funygirl38 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible, I thought it was a picture at first. Smooth lines, incredible reflection rendering.
MossyModels Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
You have a truly amazing gallery.
S3V4STR4 Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! I've been wanting to do something like that. Very inspiring
KathrynBriggs Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
A beautiful variety of well-balanced tones - the deepest darks aren’t over-powering and your spare use of pure white really pops. The reflections are amazingly well-observed, using soft and hard edges to define what’s object and what’s just light. You dedicated yourself even in the smallest details, like the subtle fuzziness of the lighter’s wick. As for something to improve on, I’m mostly seeing some ellipse issues - the curve of the bowl not quite being smooth enough, or in complete perspective. Specifically, on our right, it feels like the bowl’s bottom edge should be higher on the page, and the vertical edge more defined. But otherwise, and amazing accomplishment!
GabrielleBrickey Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
I think this is a very successful piece, so I can't give too much of a critique here. :XD: I think it is very realisticly drawn, it has smooth rendering, and I think the composition is nice as well. There is really only one thing that I notice, and I think it could be quite easily changed if you wished to.

There are basically two ellipses that make up the large ring. You see the full ellipse looking into the ring and you see the bottom of the other ellipse at the base of the ring. My only problem with this piece is the shape of these ellipses. I think that the left side of the ring looks good, but on the right side of the ring, the line is ever so slightly skewed. If you just drew another dark stroke around the bottom right rim of the ring and drew a dark stroke on the right side looking into the ring, then it would be perfect. I hope this makes sense :XD: But this is a really nice piece. Great work! :D
netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow, the amount of detail is amazing. I dare say the time you spent on this seems to be worth it :):+fav: :heart:
Missy-Peaches Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Hi there,

I really like the subject in the foreground of the drawing, though static objects are not my forte, I think the reflections in the bracelet are just stunning.

The only critical comment I would raise is that I find it hard to find some kind of perspective with regards to the background wood panel and the table. Though I appreciate that plain cloth of the table somewhat limits the depth that you can bring to it.

The wood grain itself is really impressive and with regard to the entire drawing, I love how you still managed to retain the overall feel of a pencil drawing whilst at the same time achieving a very high standard of realism.

Feel free to disagree with my comments ;)
MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comments.

I agree totally with you with regards to the perspective of the wood background and it's that wood background that most people (including myself) have an issue with. I think that either I should have left it out completely or added some kind of shadow to it. I have promised myself that someday I'll return to this drawing and do something about the wood by adding a slight shadow or something.

Thanks again.
Dark-Angel-62 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Wow it's really impressive.
To make a work like this, you must be crazy or seriously passionate.
MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.

It has been suggested that I am infact crazy but that's another story. :)
GlazesBlueRav Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
can you tell me what is the size of that work??
MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is A4 (21cm x 29cm) approx.

Any reason?
GlazesBlueRav Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
just curious, you know bigger paper harder work:)
MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not necessarily but generally maybe.
rudnina Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Wooww!! you're a pro at this kind of work! it looks like a photo o.o i love the shaded o_o wish i'd be that good at shading T.T awsome...
suchag33k Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
oh my goodness! this is amazing!
Pinkeyesky Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
ok so this is what perfection looks like :)
gill1995 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow thats just out fo this world , how on erath did u make the wood seem so real its unbelieveable
dreapher Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
i know a artist named Paul Lung from Hong Kong. His pencil drawing also very great.
Here's his DA:[link]
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