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Portrait of a Child by Paul-Shanghai Portrait of a Child by Paul-Shanghai
I fell in love with this photograph [link] and had to try and draw it that very instant - of course it took me much longer than than that - probably around 50-60 hours to finish this one.  One of the reasons for the length of time, was the fact that its big - around 60cm by 50 cm the largest portrait i have undertaken, and probably the last portrait this size for a while also!! Oh and yes I did draw that large area of black to the left - nightmare!!

The reference is from a wonderful photogrpher called simply 'Robert' and you can see more of his work here [link] he is awesome, but please ask for permission before using his work - it isnt stock! 

Materials - large smooth locally sourced unbranded paper, my trusty 4B mechanical pencil, 8B Faber Castell for the dark areas, HB and 4H Faber-Castell pencils, blending stumps and buckets of eraser :)

I have managed to take dozens of photographs at each stage of the drawing, and eventually I will get around to creating a short animation to show how it was created - I will keep you posted :)

Thanks for looking - hope you like it as much as I do :)

****Update****Update****Update****

As Promised you can find a short animation of how I drew 'Portrait of a child' here (just click the thumbnail below :))

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:iconlittlewolf-dreamer:
LittleWolf-Dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly amazing! The eyes are just so beautiful. Stunning work. :heart:   
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - it is one of my personal faves also :)
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:iconlittlewolf-dreamer:
LittleWolf-Dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: Very much so, you are such very talented artist. :heart: 

(Sorry for the late response, I've been away.)
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tbonematrix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Unbelievable!!! So realistic!!!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it :)
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:iconmelissasantos1:
melissasantos1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
extremely good
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:iconpmucks:
PMucks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your beautiful work has been showcased in this week's journal feature "Children in Art"! [link] :)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - appreciate the feature :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Paul, this is amazing. I loved looking over the original and yours and looking for the differences. You did a good job of creating the same thing while still "cleaning up" the photo. I love her hand and of course her eyes. Great work.
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this portrait, and i wanted to draw it as soon as i first saw it. I dont really go for hyper realism, i just want my drawings to capture the essence of a photograph. Glad you liked this one and felt it necessary to comment - really appreciate it :)
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:iconcarryn:
Carryn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think my fav part of this is the hand. It's excellent :) The whole portrait is fantastic, great work Paul!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Georgia, I'm really happy with how this one came out - my favourite bit is the dress, it was such a contrast with the rest of the drawing, thanks for commenting as always :)
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Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo!

Those eyes are simply alive. I love how you've made her hair recede into the perfectly uniform background, that one touch gives the picture so much depth.


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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for to noticing those small details, I am always drawn to a picture through the eyesight and this was no exception, I also loved the delicate dress - such a contrast with the harsh black and white.
Glad you liked this one :)
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DreamWeaver222 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Paul, This is an amazing drawing. The detail and realism is astounding especially the highlights and reflections in the eyes.
The textures and tonal values of the skin are so beautifully done. You feel like you could reach out and just touch this child. The expression on the face touches the very soul and heart of the viewer.

Thank you for submitting this wonderful portrait to the Award Central's art show competition. It has been moved from our submission gallery to the competition gallery 1 for the first competition in June. (winners will be posted June 15th on the group's home page.

Tricia :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Tricia - I really appreciate all of the kind words, and the fact that you have taken the time to comment in such a detailed and meaningful way.

Looking forward to entering more work over the coming months - thanks again :)
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DreamWeaver222 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your very welcome Paul. You are an extraordinary and very gifted artist.

You capture so much of the personality and emotions of your subjects in your work. I'm looking forward to seeing more additions of your work to your DA gallery.

Tricia :)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are too kind - but I like it :D

Thanks for all your thoughtful comments :)
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DreamWeaver222 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome Paul.

I would like you to know that all the comments I've made on your work are from the heart. You have a great talent for portraying and projecting strong emotional impact in your artwork. :)
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconvizyn:
ViZyN Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As usual, I love your eyes. So striking.
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - one of my favourite portraits :)
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:iconvizyn:
ViZyN Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see why. Very captivating. The eyes are what get me... every time.
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Willie51 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Outstanding work!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers - appreciate it :)
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:iconwillie51:
Willie51 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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:icontsiay:
tsiay Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
the attention to detail you put in every drawing is phenomenal! love this! :D
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Its all about the detail :) Glad you like this - one of my personal favourites :)
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow!outstanding work!!!!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it - thanks for commenting :)
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome:hug:
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BabyDeadman Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
oh God, this is just the exact meaning of beautiful. so much details, the projection of the eyes is so stunning, emotional. and you shading! wow, this picture is so perfect for your skills., i can see near perfection.. really wonderful. and oh, if you think im being so over dramatic, no. i really mean every word of mine. i do not like this. I LOVE THIS :)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - I draw a lot, some i like, some i endure, some I hate. This drawing pushed my ability to the limit, and i loved the outcome. This is my favourite drawing, and although it wasn't necessarily received very well on DA I dont really care - its just nice to complete something that your happy with, and feel comfortable with.
I really appreciate your comments, because i think you recognise that i put my heart into this piece - thank you :)
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BabyDeadman Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you know, i came from a poor country and everyday i can see like this kind of expression everywhere. i witness this face always with my own eyes, and you just pulled out exactly the way they look. that means you really are a great artist..
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are very kind, I dont come from a poor country, but have worked and lived in some rural parts of India and China, and whilst I have seen cruelty, starvation and percussion - i always see a spark of life in a child's eyes, I would love to capture it in my drawings - your words mean a lot to me - thank you :)
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susanjo Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Outstanding again Paul!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again Sue :)
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JCecalaIV Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply Amazing Paul!!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Joe - appreciate it :)
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gintmfgb Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Very good !
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - appreciate it :)
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bluepainthorse Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is Incredibly beautiful! The amount of work you put in is obvious, what lovely eyes, great expression!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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xXPonpokoriiXx Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Wow, amazing!!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting :)
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Jeremiah4 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Touching :)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - glad you like it :)
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Jeremiah4 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
You're welcome :)
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