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Update and Competition Announcement

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:27 PM

Well where did 2014 go to? I know it hasn't ended just yet - but take a deep breath and we will be into 2015 before you know it.
I started the year by challenging myself to completing a drawing every two weeks, and exploring the capabilities of both my own ability, and the limitations that drawing in pencil has to offer
Some of my experiments with pencil have worked - and some have not! but with each drawing I try to learn something new.

So how does my school report card look as we approach the end of another year?  Well in pure figures I have added almost 2000 more watchers, produced 27 pieces of work, earned 1 Daily Deviation - but more importantly loved every minute of it all.

It is always interesting to see what other people like most, but no one ever asks you what your favourite pieces of your own work are - so to rectify that and of course in aid of some self promotion here are my favourite works this year - and in most cases they contrast completely with those attracting the most faves or views - showing that your work doesn't necessarily have to be popular to mean something to you personally  or that you enjoyed creating it :)
5. Eye Splash......2 by Paul-Shanghai 

This was my 2nd attempt at a concept entitled - 'Eye Splash' and for me was a big improvement on the 1st try at a similar drawing.  I loved the fact that it was drawn on a piece of paper smaller than A3 which itself brought challenges in capturing all of the detail of the long lashes and the smoothness of the water.

4. Golden Days by Paul-Shanghai 

My first attempt at drawing a vehicle, and chosen not necessarily because it was a car - more because of the fantastic distorted reflections in its polished paint work - again working on pushing my own and the limitations of graphite I wanted to see if you really could achieve 'shine' and the refection of sun over a polished surface - and learned that you could :)
3. The Greatest by Paul-Shanghai 

I simply love drawing portraits, and this is one of my all time favourites, not globally popular but popular with the person it was drawn for - my son, which made it all that more special to me.
2. Absorption by Paul-Shanghai 

I could not have a list of my favourite work without including a water related drawing could I? Technically a difficult piece to achieve the semi submersed look with the slight waves in the water and the effect it had on the hair - but enjoyable to draw and look at in its frame :)
1. Silence by Paul-Shanghai 

So here it is my own personal favourite from my drawings this year - and probably my least viewed, commented on or faved.  So why why is may favourite - well I guess it is so far removed from anything else I have done before, softer and more delicate than my usual work, the contrast of many textures and surfaces including hair, skin, water, fabric flowers etc. made it challenging but always interesting - I simply loved every secound of creating this - oh and there is a sequel coming in the new year :)

So enough of the self congratulation and personal back slapping :D -  Time to announce this years end of year competition  - if any of you have been watching me for more than 12 months you will know that at the end of each year I hold a competition to see what your favourites from the world of Graphite Pencil drawings were.  

The rules can be quite complicate but if you take a look at last years instructions  1500 Point GiveawayI thought the title may grab your attention :)
OK so here is the idea; 
It seems that every time you turn on a TV, open a Newspaper or boot up the internet you are bombarded with images of smartly dressed men and (for the most part) ridiculously dressed women receiving silver, black, gold or plastic statues - yes it is awards time again, and I was thinking wouldn't it be fun to have our own little awards ceremony here on DA - call them the D-Oscars or something :)
Of course there are too many different types of art to cover awards for every category - so I will stick to just graphite pencil and charcoal - someone else can cover other categories :)  Then I thought well the winners of the awards will already be getting lots of praise, kudos, faves, watchers and wonderful comments - so why not award the voters rather as well as the artists? 
This is the idea (plan) 
Everyone can nominate their favourite graphite pencil/charcoal drawing of 2013 from each of the followin
 and last years Nominations Vote for the Best of 2013 and Win 1500 PointsJust a quick reminder to everyone to vote for your favourite drawings of 2013 and grab a chance to win 1500 points :). More information below - remember competition will end on Monday 10th February.
First of all I would like to thank everyone for all of their submissions into this contest to find the favourite graphite/charcoal works of 2013.
We had 77 nominations across all category's and you can see all of the nominations by clicking here....
Now for the fun part - the voting :)
As I tried to explain before the nominations have been broken down into the Top 5 for each of the following categories;
1. Portrait
2. Animal
3. Still Life
4. Surreal
5. Movies and TV
The Top 5 has been derived by a selection of those drawings nominated more than once (automatic selection) and where needed I have added a few more from the rest of the nominations made. 
So here is how you can win 1500 points :D:D 
Vote for
 you should get the idea of how the competition works - do not submit or vote yet, this is just a pre-taster to what is coming soon, hopefully giving you enough time to search through your favourites and start compiling a list of those you would want to see nominated.  I will send out another journal to give you some more ideas and include my favourites from the year in each of the 5 category's in the last week of December

Still Life
Movies and TV 

And for a change the winners aren't the artists, but those that selected the most favourite drawing correctly - you can take a look at last years winners here 

Your Favourite Work of 2013First of all you will noticed that I changed the title of this 'competition' from "Best" to "Favourite" - a subtle change for most, but I received a few notes from people saying that it was wrong to compare work, or 'Best' is the wrong term to use when comparing art.  I have to agree, and hate to see people describe one piece of work as 'better' than another (Even if I have fell into the trap myself on more than one occasion).  Art is subjective, and down to individual tastes, cultures, intelligence, influences and expectations - to name just a few.
So this competition is now about what your favourite pieces of pencil/charcoal work were in 2013 :)
Some facts and figures first;
77 Nominations
5 category's
285 votes
57 voters
Not as many votes as I would have liked, but still a very good turn out.  So without further ado here are the favourite pencil/charcoal drawings as voted by you in 2013.

So finally - (I know I don't do this very often - so this journal is long!)  I wanted to see if I could squeeze one more drawing out before the end of the year, but I'm not sure I have the time, I do however have a number of drawings that never made it to DA for one reason or another, mainly because I fell out of love with them :( So I thought I would leave it to the fantastic wonderful, beautiful and glamorous band of loyal followers out there to decide on which (if any) of these following pictures should be added to my gallery or just be discarded away with yesterdays fish and chips? 

1.Gone with the Wind Final DA by Paul-Shanghai

2.Untitled by Paul-Shanghai

3.Philippine Eagle by Paul-Shanghai

4. None of the above!

You can vote by leaving a comment below :)

Finally, Finally, Finally - If you are a watcher - please do not forget that I have a group especially and exclusively designed for you… please feel free to join and add your work so I can admire the skill, imagination and creativity of all you wonderful people :):) 
That's it for now - honest :hugs: 

Skin by SimplySilent

Which of the following should I upload to DA? Or should I just discard the lot? 

34 deviants said
19 deviants said
11 deviants said
2 deviants said None of the above - please take them away :)


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Started drawing again after 20 years - loads of fun, every drawing poses a different challenge, which when overcome is incredibly rewarding.



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AdaKartashyan Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  New member Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for Llama
AngelitaDelaCruz Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Another BIRTHDAY is coming!:D<3
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do not remind me - they seem to come more often as i get older :lol:
ipstudio Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the important part of life  !!!
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you back :D
cfischer83 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching!
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Likewise - your creating a very nice gallery there - wouldn't want to miss any new work :)
coffeeman71 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Thank you.
Isaacsporcaelus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the favourite. Real honour from such a wonderful artist!
MizzSarcasm Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
SSJ98 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks 4 d Llama, Ur artworks r brethtakin.... its all sooo realistic.....
majo9263 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
didn't have the chance to tell how much a LOVE your gallery... especially the water effect !  As a learning artist, I'm totally blown away...

Keep doing your good work, I'll be watching you :)

with love xxx
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well we are all learning - every drawing teaches us something new - or should do :lol:

Thanks for the comments, and the watch - much appreciated :)
Pork-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  New member Student
Thanks for the llama!
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you also - and for everything else :)
Yreva99 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for the llama!
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
Yreva99 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist
No problem
Birnenart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
thanks for the llama, awesome gallery! :)
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers appreciate it :)
greenwariat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the llama : )
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem - thank you :)
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice drawings, your gallery makes for nice viewing :)
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you think so ;)
Thorvold Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave on "Blue Surfer."  :peace:
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