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graphite pencil on A3 paper sheet
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Let me start out first with the fact that I am absolutely in love with this drawing. I don't generally give 5 stars on everything, but this was just too good to resist. The detail and the skill in this drawing is phenomenal. The blending of the different textures makes you really feel like you're sitting on the branch in the foreground, feeling the roughness of the bark, witnessing the scene before you. The impact that this picture is what really got me though. They say a picture can speak a thousand words, and that is an understatement with this drawing. It evokes such emotion- lust, a hint of sadness, note the title, and the incredible contrast of power and gentleness from both the feminine and masculine side. In short, this is an amazing drawing, and deserves much praise.
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Aito-Susi Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely! :) I'm just staring at the leaves, all of those little details that bring the forest alive. It is inspiring to watch this, see all of the work you must have put into it and how it all wraps together beautifully and naturally. Working on greyscale really brings the lights and shadows onto the pedestal, making it so important to get it just right. I really enjoy watching the harmonious layers of lights and shadows and how everything pops out from the paper. I think it's really easy to make things disappear into the paper, to have everything in one layer and have no depth in there: this work doesn't have that problem! :) It is wonderfully executed! I was delighted to find this work from your gallery.
katerinaroy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Exquisite detail work, sir. I'm in love with your work! Roughly how many hours did you put into this drawing?
ObscureDemon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man that is AMAZING!!
choperdan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool !
beachelf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
:icondennisblakeplz: Awesomeness!
CirisART Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Neostal Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Such great anatomy... !
Barkindji Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Just wondering (in my never-ending quest to practice digital colouring with my new tablet) do you mind if I colour this for you and repost it to dA, quoting you and this artwork in the description? I can't guarantee I'll do it justice but I'll certainly put a lot of time into it.
zancan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure, if it helps, no problem.
Barkindji Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thanks. I'll let you know as soon as I have time to get this one done :)
Caffeine21 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
wonderful, magical, beautiful shading and light, the vision.. pure love for this piece.
madmadman01 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
holy testicle Tuesday

this is perhaps the most brilliant piece of pencilwork I've ever had the privilege to see
MichaelNorwood Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing and beautiful work, MichaŽl. Love this. :clap:
dodo19d Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thinking thinking thinking.
Keltix2006 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
It's a wonder!!!!
realizumm Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
The detail is amazing down to her hip bone and tree bark.
jjkiefer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawing!
usedcanvas Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If more needs to be said , let me say "Thank you" I got here through a link and have grown to love the link,s of other artist,s
shell31 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow i love this drawing!!!!! It's really beautiful!!!!!
Neil-Macleod Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible detailing !!
dark-elysium Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
amazing work!
IndigoBear Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
This is great! the lighting, shading, anatomy and lifelike bark on the trees must have taken a very long time! The only thing is bing a girl sitting on a tree like that would be very painful but then again I do have a bit more mass to hold up than a fairy :]
CanveySue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this, it is as though you have captured a private moment in a secret forest of the imagination. Wonderful
lizoftheinfinite Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
This is way too impossibly good.
Bigmurph Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
amazing detail :)
norriscarrjre Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
sweet drawing
AllenChilders Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
umlando Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
It's the way I wish I could draw.
R3DDr460N Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
would you mind telling me how large in scale is the original work>?
zancan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is A3 format, which is 42x30 cm. It's near US "Ledger" format
Aenigmatista Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness. How do you guys do it with pencil only? :faint: This is so... so... I can't choose a word even! It looks like she's going to fly from the drawing and the twigs and leaves will creak because of the wind. Fantastic!!
Jii91 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
love !!♥♥
Luark1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
obscurecult Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hm, can I ask how you scanned this to have such a good definition?
mechpuppe82 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
DaVinci73 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Your work is amazing!! I hope to be as good as you one day!!
arsenica Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfect in so many ways...I'm speechless! :heart:
nobutian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Very special the bark of these trees, now live ones, adjusted to the smoothness of the whole drawing. The dim light, shades and shadows create a magical atmosphere. The fairy is wonderful, she's a fairy, afterall. Depth shows itself clearly, beyond fairy's legs. Technic is superb, thank you for that.
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Marvelous job!
kaitlinkougasesshy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Oh wow! Good job!
Adrolyn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great detail work. Very thought provoking. Although some others seem to have issues with the tree being a bit phallic, I like this aspect. Not that the tree is male, but that this tree perhaps givea comfort to this butterfly in its strength and steadfastness. Perhaps she is missing someone?
will-o-the-wispy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really very beautiful! great work!
NetSeawolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011   Photographer
really really nice one!
vraiment vraiment tres jolie !
SarahSSaurus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. just WOW
0110 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, fine details
Mathyeu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
what precision and shadows !
Maehedrose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
This is a lovely piece, but the comment about the tree being male almost ruined it for me. A tree is beyond our concepts of human sexuality and imposing something like that on it seems distasteful and unwarranted. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against sexuality - it is a very real part of nature, but when you start sexualizing a tree you take something away from it ... you turn something beautiful into just another phallic symbol. Look at the beauty of what you'd drawn here and ask - is that really what you want people to turn it into? I don't know, maybe it doesn't bother you ... but it bothered me.

In any event, it's a lovely picture.
zancan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great you pointed that out. I didn't read that comment over in... 8 years... I would totally have wrote that with more subtlety if I had been grown up _ if ever I had written it, or even thought about it.
LA-nogueira Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
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