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November 16, 2013
Stunning drawing precision and realism. The details are really captivating. 'ASTRONAUT' graphite drawing by *Pen-Tacular-Artist
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'The Final Frontier' graphite drawing

This drawing is not intended to be an exact replica of the original photo but my interpretation of it, so i have made changes like adding stars and different lighting and shadows. This has been one of my most complicated and toughest drawing to date and took about 45 hours to complete. The reflection in the helmet of the space station, earth etc, took me 17 hours alone and has really tested my patience and pushed me to my limits. It's also the first time I've used 'Bristol board' paper instead of cartridge in the last 2 months, as this level of detail would have been impossible to do on cartridge paper. The sun in the background was very real difficult to, as in the reference pic there was alot of lens flare, but there was no way I could do it with charcoal so I had to give up on that.

I've always loved anything to do with space, and always wanted to do this particular drawing. But I didn't for a few reasons, firstly as some other artists on DA had already done this drawing to perfections (I can't find it anymore), so I thought whats the point. Secondly, on a technical level I was not ready, especially as graphite would never have been darker enough to replicate the darkness of space. But now I've started using charcoal for the blacks, and I also wanted to do something new and challenge myself, so I thought why not give it a go.

Here are some of my other graphite drawings.

'Spiderman' Graphite Drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'THE EMPIRE NEEDS YOU' Graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'OLD MAN' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'SHELL SHOCK' by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'SUNRISE' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'SIKH SOLDIERS' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist

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LoghaireVollinger's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Before speaking, I'd like to premise that I'm not a professional, nor someone with any degree of artistic formation to speak, just an amateur.
Probably they already said everything about your style and realistic quality of your landscapes, so I'd like to spend a couple words on the subject and location.
The angle and the perspective are simply fantastic and original! They give the right balance between dynamism and detail and allow the eye to freely wonder through the picture, without missing even the most minute detail, from the tissues to the wires and metal pieces of this splendid technological marvel.
As for the subject and the theme: there's not many reality-based space pieces around here, and being someone very interested in everything regarding astronomy and the Universe itself and its exploration, I give you a bonus for the originality and to your personal interpretation.
In a single word: astounding.
arwenMZsabas's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

The detail in this is immaculate, I take my hat off to you in that respect, it must have been a true test of patience. The handling of the medium is wonderful as well. and its a cool composition as a whole.

However, the value contrast compared to the original is off. For example, the wrinkles on the arms in the original photo have a shade change that is much more subtle. no where on the sleeves is there a shade as dark as the sky behind him like you depict it. In the reflection, the arms have a clear cast shadow on them in the original photo, however in this drawing the cast shadow is lost completely.

In the reflection on the helmet you have paid almost too much attention to detail so that the image becomes confusing. Compared to the photo, it is hard to tell what is going on in there. For example, in your drawing, the camera has a lot more defined detail than it actually does in the photo. Once again, you have the values on it much much darker than they actually are which is really mostly white with very light shadows. the only part where it gets very dark is the lens and in the lens there is very little light, where as you have shown it with quite a lot of light.

This happens consistently throughout that whole area and because of this, the reflection gets very busy and doesn't read well as a reflection. The intricate details in this drawing work against you in a way because they distract from the actual form itself. In realism, the right value contrast is more important than intricate detail, or you lose the illusion of realistic depth and space.

All this being said however I am by no means trying to bash this piece, if your intent was to focus more on the details and not trying to have a completely photo realistic image, than it definitely works. Whatever the intent is however it is still a compelling image either way.
snore23's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Once again, Pentacular has delivered a stellar piece. Pun intended. The sharpness of the detail on the graphite board is astounding. His technique of realism is a refreshing break from the hyperrealism and such that predominate.

On mistakes, I could find very little. It appears flawless, with no smudges or broken lines easily visible and there is serious doubt that they are there at all. Technical details of the suit are faithfully rendered, such as the LED lights and the pack, some of the smaller equipment that few people are actually familiar with.

The impact of the piece speaks for itself. It appears a picture of an astronaut has appeared on our screen that is working on a satellite in our sky, be it actual satellite or space station.

Well done!
Lmomjian's avatar
Unfortunately, this:…

proves that there is still more to be done with this reference. The 5-star rating for technique is a bit high.
Pen-Tacular-Artist's avatar

I agree theres always room for improvement, and i'm very critical of my own and was not entirely happy with the final result. And upon seeing the other one (thanks for the link) I realised some of my mistakes and went back and edited mine slightly as his verion incredible. And although I myself think the overall mark and for technique is a bit high I have to respect his opinion.


Anyways I looked at your gallery and your a very talented artist, so if your not happy wiith this critique your more than welcome to do one yourself.

Lmomjian's avatar
Let me send you a note.
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caroldenbow's avatar
Pen-Tacular-Artist -

This is really amazing! As a pencil artist who also enjoys drawing space-related themes, I am in awe. I can really appreciate all the time and discipline it took to complete this. You should be very proud. You mentioned that you used Bristol Board. Did you use Plate or Velum finish? I use plate because I find it easier to blend and also to get exact lines. I might also mention that I use a Prismacolor Ebony #14420 pencil for my darkest darks. I only recently discovered it, so it is not represented on my posted pieces. But I find that it is easier for me than charcoal because it doesn't smudge like charcoal. Keep up the good work! I also love your Darth Vader:) 
PenciltipWorkshop's avatar
ok this is incredible. This is like that mc escher picture  where he is drawing his own reflection from a metal ball.
Mister-Crool's avatar
Live long and prosper. 
Blazinghalo's avatar
Cant even describe how much i love this!
ghablaart's avatar
Hello, I've just stumbled upon this drawing and I'm speechless.

It's insane how you could create this artwork from a blank sheet of paper and manage to get such incredibly well drawn details. Honestly this is one of the best space drawings I have ever seen!
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artgh's avatar
I love astronomy and art... and this draw is inspired!, awesome, motivator, etc etc!! really is perfect!
Fregulus5's avatar
Wish I could do this... maybe someday!
Quintessence-Reality's avatar
One of the most detailed space drawings I've seen! Fantastic work!
Mppickles's avatar
I love that my head hurts when I think about this. Its a masterpiece.
AlexanderDeath's avatar
WOW that's cool! I really love the detail work in the reflection on the face bowl - so awesome!!
HuntSK's avatar
Insane.... your technical abilities with this medium are amazing. Great job and talent, look forward to seeing more work from you!
K00l-art's avatar
Looks MC Escher-ish
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