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Splash Happy

Most of the work in my galery is sad, sullen or serious, so it was nice to draw a picture of someone smilling for a change :D 

The reference for this piece came from an exceptionally tallented and famous photographer James Houston, known for photographing celebritys, fashion and advertisments - check out his website here

The drawing took forever, I think I would cry if I counted up all the hours, but i will take a guess at 40+, a largish drawing measuring 45cm X 35 cm on Bristol Board smooth.  Drawn with range of Faber-Castell 9000 pencils from 4H through to 8B - a whole 8B in fact, Tomo Mono Zero eraser and a blending stick.  

Let me know what you think :D
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Nov 15, 2014, 3:45:40 PM
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Great work! Your technique is astonishing! I especially like those black contour lines you use. I think they enhance to contrast and give this drawing a really nice look. Well done!
vish26385's avatar
Incredible, awesome............
ArtbyGreen's avatar
it will be hard to beat the is this piece of art work, this is absolutely astonishing!!!! i love black and white, you should do a swimmer just coming out of the water during a butterfly stroke, that would be an amazing water works piece for you. anyway love everything about your work, I am very inspired by it.
I try to do hyper realims i just doing but your are monster with your art. my respects Paul - Shanghai.. 
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Thank you - glad you like my work and keep up the practise :)
amandapinto2's avatar
Hi, Paul, do you have an e-mail I can contact? I work at a publishing company and I need to talk to you about your work, thank you.
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
I think you you found me Amanda :) :)
joiecosentino99's avatar
Crazy good! The water looks so realistic
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Glad you think so - thank you :)
cdudley25's avatar
very welcome!!
rhudib's avatar
this is most definitely the best I've seen with pencil art. there isn't more realistic than this.
Paul-Shanghai's avatar
Your comment is very kind - there is so much exceptional pencil work about its hard to keep up with the great skill out there :)
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Glad you think so :)
joebotzer's avatar
Great water drops!
TidbitForever's avatar
love the water effect! 
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Thanks - glad you like it :)
Yoshedagreen's avatar
You may not be aware of this but... you. Are. An. Art. GOD!
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