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Melancholy II

The reference photograph for my drawing has been used a couple of times on DA, and has inspired a wonderful painting and a fantastic coloured pencil drawing - I hadnt come across a graphite pencil drawing before - so here it is :)

The photograph is of a Brazilian child (I will let you make up your mind if it is a he or a she :)) by the wonderful photographer Bart Nino link = please have a look at his other work.

I have uploaded a quick animation to show the drawing stages - hope you like :)…

Usual drawing suspects my favourite Faber Castell 8B pencil, Bristol Board Smooth A3 Paper, blending stum and mechanical eraser :)

If you like this drawing you may like my others;
Image details
Image size
3254x2412px 2.56 MB
Shutter Speed
10/600 second
Focal Length
32 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 8, 2012, 1:14:24 PM
© 2012 - 2021 Paul-Shanghai
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gwennyp's avatar
love the reflection you can see in her eyes
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Glad you like it - thank you :)
hello I'm the photographer who took the picture,link my site
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Thanks for letting me know - you will see in the description that I did include a link to your work on… I have now changed this to Best Regards Paul
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This is one of those that I will redraw in time - I love the reference and dont feel I did it justice - next time I will put more effort in - thank for the comment :)
kamaelVali's avatar
Even now it's adorable :)
jay-ultica's avatar
cool this looks like a younger version of a girl in my school i gata show her(with your permition to print it out ofcource)
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No Problem - print as many as you want :)
Ri-a's avatar
Wow! This is beautiful! I agree that the photo/reference needs to be inspirational. I would love to draw an image like this and portray the look in the eyes the same way! Great work:) I wish I had more time to draw! Good luck with all your artwork:)
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Thanks for the kind comment, I hope you are ale to find more time to Draw in the future :)
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Hey there! This beautiful work has been featured here: [link]
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Very, very kind of you - Happy New Year :)
OonaghAncaireBattle's avatar
Happy New Year to you too. :)
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Thank you - Merry Christmas :)
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stiff91's avatar
Beautiful as always! There is something hard to define in your drawings, and hard even to notice. Some kind of magic, which makes me love your works. Everytime when I see your new art it is hard for me to comment it, because all I can say is: "beautful", but I also feel it is not enough to describe your works! :)
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I can only think that bit of 'magic' is the fact that I draw what I love, I'm not out to draw someone or something because it is popular, it's the picture that interests me first and then the subject matter - I have had a go at drawing for drawing sake and find the results are dull and lifeless - really appreciate your kind comments, they make such a difference and provide lots of incentive to keep drawing - thank you :)
susanjo's avatar
She is stunning!! LOVE the eyes!!
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Very kind of you Susan, as usual the eyes are what drew me to the picture - thanks for commenting :)
PhotonLights's avatar
Wow the eye reflections are great and the lips are wonderful, you really captured the sadness of the child, great work :)
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