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Running Water (Pencil)

I have never had to be specific in the title about what medium was used, but i thought it was appropriate to indicate that this is a drawing and not a photo-manip or similar :)

Following on from a Tear -Gravi-Tear by Paul-Shanghai and then a splash - Eye Splash by Paul-Shanghai I thought I would go the whole hog and do a whole person (well almost!). I cannot claim the inspiration for this piece that goes down to a great artist called Aaron Kniele - but I do claim the 40+ hours of intense, eye bleeding pencil drawing in creating this fairly large (65cm X 40cm) representation of a man running through the finish water :D

Drawn entirely using a mechanical 4B pencil, a little bit of eraser, blending stump and a dash of traditional HB here and there. '

The most complex and exhausting piece of work I have done, hope you like it? You can see the scale of the drawing here... Running Water (Pencil) Showing Scale :) by Paul-Shanghai


Got up early this morning to catch the morning sun and took some photos outside (as recommended :)) so I have uploaded a cleaner photograph without any major shadows.
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Image size
3330x1988px 1.91 MB
Shutter Speed
10/2000 second
Focal Length
42 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 7, 2013, 10:13:17 AM
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ariya-sacca's avatar

Incredible work!

ellebieg's avatar
Wow! your work is the kind of thing that makes someone stop, move in, back up and repeat several times
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Glad it has that effect :)
LeeVan3884's avatar
Phenomenal work!!!
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Thank you - appreciate the comment :)
amazing piece of art work
 i love the idea !!

Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Thank you - glad you like it :)
GeaAusten's avatar
yes.. this is very good
meditari's avatar
I'm a novice when it comes to my drawing skills. When my practice produces results though I have no doubt in my mind I would want to draw water in various forms. Mainly because I love swimming and that one quote from Bruce Lee in which he describes how water is adaptable. Anyways back to the point, I hope to one day be able to draw water like you sir. Might take me years of blood and sweat but one day I will hopefully reach your skill level in drawing. The drawing is simply amazing. Thank you for sharing such amazing art.
This is incredible. The shading that gives the feeling of depth and transparency is so perfect. 
jayo07's avatar
THis is amazing including all the creativity and hard work it took to make 
at first i really thought a photomanipulation done in photoshop because i've done something like this before using watersplashes 
this is really good
i;m hoping to make another one using using this technique but not with photoshop this... you really helped me to get a good idea ( i can't tell that right now ;) )
Thankyou :)
Desegno61's avatar
Running water, very funny......I love this piece you have a real talent for creating realistic water with pencil.
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Thank you - really appreciate your kind comments :)
stringsoftheheart's avatar
this is truly amazing!
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Thank you for the kind comment :)
FWEI13's avatar
I love it!!!! It looks just amazing!!! So real!! And you come from Shanghai aswell, same as me :happybounce: :D (Big Grin) 
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Glad you like my work - I have moved from Shanghai to England - but Shanghai will always be my home :D
FWEI13's avatar
Oh really!! I am studying in England those years aswell! lol XD
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Titaniasworld's avatar
This is really incredible! You kind of inverse the media. Wow, that's interesting!
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thank you - glad you like it :)
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