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Still life - a treasure trove of hidden gems

A still life can grant the artist time to study a subject in depth, to make discoveries in the available textures, to capture the  light at play on an array of objects, to explore the surrounding space and negative spaces and so much more.  Traditionally, a bowl of fruit was common subject matter and artists would often capture each little detail in a hyper-realistic way. Sometimes the juxtaposition of objects might be symbolic, or the tools of an artisan's trade would make good subject matter, or an arrangement of books and scholarly items perhaps.  Sometimes a solitary object might have great impact and suggest it's own story, such as a worn out boot.

Blessed by inormal

In inormal's works, the relationship between objects can be striking, disturbing, surreal, unnerving, innovative, and even serene.  Some works may appear like a holy tableau combining the pure and the perverse.  The childhood mutant teddy is beautifully studied and the texture is meticulously captured.  This is an artist whose work deserves to be explored and to be pondered over at leisure, and viewing never to be rushed.  


There are no beautiful suicides just cold corpses by Gironimo

I like the combination of textures here, the contrast of the white skull against the darker, dead fallen leaves. It is a thought-provoking work and I can't help but think of it as a commentary on modern man wrapped up in his own cares and sufferings, while forgetting the past and the cost to what was lost before - I think the animal's skull suggests this, a lost of his natural habitat perhaps? Just my take on this. :)

Can a worn out boot tell a story, or a pair of cast off sneakers perhaps?  They say you can't know a person until you are willing to walk a mile in their shoes.  I wonder about the owners of the following footwear?  (All having been submitted to our still life folder).

Converse by PurpleKettu   Pencil drawing - shoes in the rain by byMichaelX Old shoe by Rustamova 1000 millas by jpotatoe :thumb334531974: Autumn on the doorstep (not photo) by Natal-Zhade Laced Shoe by ckoffler

And now for some impressive drawings of ceramics and glass

equilibrium by jpotatoe :thumb284360118: Thirst by Trichardsen Coffee by Thubakabra death of the light by szog88
We hope to do this more often as we should acknowledge the talented artists in the group - it's you who makes the group special afterall.


We are an elite group for traditional pencil artists of a high standard.
So many groups out there are for digital art, but we are here to support and celebrate graphite pencil art .


:bulletred:1 Please make sure you drop your art in the right folder! We would hate to decline your work because of this .
:bulletred:2 Submissions are limited to 3 works per day.  
:bulletred:3 Do not be abusive to any other member on the group wall ! If you have a problem note us and we will deal with the matter to the best of our abilities.
:bulletred:4.Never send in stolen art as we will ban you instantly.
:bulletred:5.Make sure you put the appropriate credits in the description.
:bulletred:6 Add our icon : iconpencil-perfection : as here but delete the space's to your journal (optional)
:bulletred:7 You must be an account holder or DA for at least 3 weeks and have 3 deviations to join.  Your work will also need to be of an accomplished standard.
:bulletred:8 We do not accept Political art or work that is excessively sexual or violent.
:bulletred:9 Submissions must be at least 75% graphite, use of charcoal and carbon is allowed for blackening within the 25% limit. However, we have created two special folders as a concession for exceptional work created in charcoal pencil, and for graphite art which includes white pencil & pen.
:bulletred:10 We do not accept WIPs or watermarks that  spoil the majority of content.
That's the boring bit over so go and have fun and enjoy the art and most important

  JUST BE YOURSELF!!    :heart:
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Gallery Folders

Self-Portrait by jjkiefer
Femme Seduisante by TrentRedmon
Sweet Dreams by FaeryWing
JohnHurt by banethedog
Human Portraits and Figures.
Big Forehead Appreciation by Sweety765
MAGDALENA by MiroDesign
Lines of Experience- Sophie (Howl's Moving Castle) by Sweety765
Lines of Experience ( WIP) by Sweety765
Animal Portraits and Figures.
Tiger by GradiamArts
Leader Of The Pack by Starfire-Productions
Wolf FOGG Drawing by AmBr0
Nature and Landscapes.
35 by S-Lebedev
Sweetheart, let us see if the rose... by aurelia-acc
Drawing 35x30 by ArtaProdukta
Architecture and Townscapes
Prague, Town Square by PawelGladkow
Wroclaw,  House at Kosciuszko Street by PawelGladkow
Wroclaw, Cloth Hall by PawelGladkow
Odessa, Preobrazhenska St. by PawelGladkow
Still life
ECCE MAMBA by inormal
Still Life with Cigarettes by PawelGladkow
Danse Macabre by inormal
Catrina Dreams by inormal
Celebrities and Famous people
Yvaine by Starfire-Productions
Valentine's Day 2021: Nerf Herder by Starfire-Productions
You Know My Name by Starfire-Productions
The Flash by argenis-trejo
BMW i8 by Xtranu
Mustang 2015 by anthrobot
Bicycle by AmBr0
RISD Bicycle by Silreen
Magical and Make Believe.
Sketchbook 020 by coskoniotis
The Mandalorian: Target Acquired by Starfire-Productions
V: Visitor Fighter And Shocktroopers by Starfire-Productions
Batman by argenis-trejo

Mature Content

Laying Woman - Pencil Commission by SubliminAlex

Mature Content

sexy confidence by Neivan-IV

Mature Content

Show off by Neivan-IV

Mature Content

Tribute to John Taylor by stevie-wydder
White pen and pencil.
Intimidation by GiovanniChis
Charcoal pencil
Belvedere Torso by rotten-ralph
Promising talent
desire by Neivan-IV
Colour pencils
Mircalla, the witch by untuox


Ophelia's Flowers by CaroleHumphreys Ophelia's Flowers :iconcarolehumphreys:CaroleHumphreys 244 108 Sam Worthington by Svera Sam Worthington :iconsvera:Svera 1,063 575 Elijah Wood by anokaxlegolas Elijah Wood :iconanokaxlegolas:anokaxlegolas 236 106 Adam Lambert Drawing (#2) by Live4ArtInLA Adam Lambert Drawing (#2) :iconlive4artinla:Live4ArtInLA 485 51 Believe by MayumiOgihara Believe :iconmayumiogihara:MayumiOgihara 212 102 Reese Witherspoon - Close Up by Cerzus69 Reese Witherspoon - Close Up :iconcerzus69:Cerzus69 394 124 112012 05 by KiaoCrystal 112012 05 :iconkiaocrystal:KiaoCrystal 89 14 Kuroshitsuji : Undertaker by MonaYuki Kuroshitsuji : Undertaker :iconmonayuki:MonaYuki 929 286 Number six by francoclun Number six :iconfrancoclun:francoclun 265 98 Adam Glambert by Cataclysm-X Adam Glambert :iconcataclysm-x:Cataclysm-X 5,600 1,273 Clara by francoclun Clara :iconfrancoclun:francoclun 458 239 Union with water by sheeroo3 Union with water :iconsheeroo3:sheeroo3 4,435 587





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JeanVieux Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting my art!!!🙏😊✌
ArtaProdukta Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for accepting me an my Artworks
LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for requesting my Pencil portrait of Kira.
CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a beautiful portrait and we are honoured to showcase it in the group.  Thank you.
ChrisWoottonArt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 A huge thanks you for the feature on Tom Youngs, i'm flattered to be amonst such great art. :D:D
Pidimoro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist
many thanks for the request :) (Smile) :) (Smile) ;) (Wink) 
FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, my recent submission expired. What should I do?
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am very sorry, I have no one here to help admin the group. I am trying to get things back up to speed.
markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the request, i appreciate it.
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure ♥
Pidimoro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist
thank you very much for accepting my work :) (Smile)  
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure ♥
FaceItDrawing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi ! 
Your group if fantastic ! 
I'd love to join it, but can't find where :/
Pidimoro Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for requesting my drawing and thank you for the invitation !:D (Big Grin) 
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure ♥
MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
How do I join this group?
BowlFreak Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
i would like to join...if possible
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will note you.
Joanna-Vu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you for the invitation! :heart: What an amazing group!
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pleasure and thank you.Heart
LilyThula Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the invitation, I'm honored :)
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure ♥
LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting my Pencil Portrait of a Young Girl into your 'Human Portraits and Figures' gallery.
Melanie-Howle-H Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure ♥
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