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The Long Road Ahead


Everyone must embark on a journey through life. We head out into the wide open world to face our destiny.
The road to your future may be a perilous one, so walk down it one step at a time. Oh, and a friend or two always make the voyage that much more amazing.

Materials used & time spent:

8b and 4b graphite pencils, b and hb .3mm mechanical pencil, a soft charcoal pencil, a kneaded eraser, cotton and tortillons. On letter size paper.
Roughly 10 hours of work.

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Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me'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::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

AKSJOIGSDGAKA Why are you so good with a pencil? <img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconraegplz:" title="raegplz"/>

Anyways... once again you have amazing detail in your work. I can tell you put much time and effort into making it as good and realistic as it is here.

The way you balanced the picture, with calmness and serenity on one side and chaos and darkness on the other side is really cool, giving it an original twist. Same with the world being incased in a mountain. Why? I don't know. But it's cool and draws my eyes in.

Some things I would recommend changing or something here is the opening to the mountain, where the pate meets it. It just seems so out of place there, with it's weird designs that pop out a little too much. Maybe make it more subtle? It kind of draws my eyes away from the world when I'm staring at it.

Another thing is the... puppy-thing. Truthfully, I thought it was a small deformed child that the man was holding hands with at first but, upon staring at it for a while, I figured out that it was, in fact, a dog.

Last thing I just want to throw in is that I love how the dark side of the picture got the more rough, cracked, spiky part of the mountain, while the other side got the shorter, smoother side. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Keep up the good work! (Also, love the hidden objects. This one was easier to find than the last.)
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Thanks for taking the time to review it, I always appreciate it. And yeah, the "dog" is my least favorite part... At one point I considered just leaving it out.. but anyways.. Thank you for the pointers, I will definitely be taking them into consideration :D
LucrativeLasting8991's avatar
You are fucking awesome(:
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TruthX10's avatar
Brilliant composition and design. So much to look at I love it. This is a work to be proud of. Bravo!
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Thank you! I really appreciate your comment :D
Shadowadrift's avatar
Symbolic and beautiful.  I like the good side and bad side effects.  If only life had that little caution sign.
Thumbs up from me.
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Thank you for your comment! I really appreciate it :D
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WhitewolfSnowy's avatar
I honestly believe I have found the best pencil artist ever. I too work with pencils. However, I could never be this good.
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Aww, you're too sweet! I really appreciate your comment :D
WhitewolfSnowy's avatar
Well, I speak my mind. I too am a pencil artist, but your work is the greatest art I've ever seen.

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I can tell.. haha Thanks again :)
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Mistery-Cat's avatar
Its so amazing, I can't believe it!!!!!!!!
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Thanks! I really appreciate that :D
got up at 7. started listening to bedouin soundclash. searched the song title "May you be the road" and found this. looked and fell in love with the picture while listening to that song over and over again. then i looked at the clock and realised it was actually 13 past 9. this is really genious.
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Thank you very much! I really appreciate your comment, and I'm glad you like it :D
rajeev090's avatar
Very nice work

I would like to add this to my tshirts

Do you Mind ?????
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T-shirts?? Is it your intent to print them? If so, I don't mind at all, as long as you can give me credit whenever possible. Thanks for the comment :D
rajeev090's avatar
No problem for me to give 100% credit to you.........thanx for approval
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