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The Limitations of Graphite....

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 17, 2014, 2:54 AM

Something I have been interested in since starting drawing a couple of years ago was – what could or could not be drawn with a graphite pencil.  I am not talking about skill, or experience level, but what subjects are impossible to capture with just a sharpened stick?

Obviously something that depends completely on a colour range loses its impact when created in grey – a rainbow for example or a neon sign perhaps.  But is there anything else that is simply impossible to draw with a pencil?  Well many artists have set out to prove that nothing is impossible;

Animal                                                          Vegetable

 Fangs III, pencil by Panthera11 Mocha 2 finish by paullung        Cestino by chaosartifex Brussel sprouts by GnomesAndCookies


Rocks by Happymarks Diamonds by Anubhavg 

Soft                                                                    Hard

 Old Lace - sans Arsenic by Whiteling Feather by being-me       Chasing Rainbows - drawing by dizzykid Nuts and bolts by visionality 


 Living Water by AmBr0 Just add Flower and Water by Paul-Shanghai        The Face Of David by imaginee Eschers Balls by AndyBuck 


 While sailing through my 3d imagination by JJKAirbrush Dogfight by JJKAirbrush


 Charlize by Anna-Mariaa MILLA JOVOVICH by Tunaferit 

Detailed                                 Simple

 "UN" by Roeyl Germany Cochem drawing by sharppower   Minimal by PaulTHutchins 
Emma Watson by IleanaHunter

Small                                     Large
 Ten cents' worth - Winchesters by Cataclysm-X Two Survivors - miniature drawing by Cataclysm-X         Teaser of my new large scale drawing by AtomiccircuS Big Little Sister. by MikeRobinsArt

Surreal                                 Hyper Real

Prisoner of my own by shimoda7 Gravi-Tear by Paul-Shanghai        Ride to realism by fabianoMillani No Idea by imaginee

City                          Country                              Sea                            Mountains

New York, NY by RyanFresh  Italian countryside by MonsieF  Sea by Danchee   Great Wall by AmBr0

Old                                                      Young

 Old man pencil by francoclunAn elderly man by FairyARTos  
          Baby Sophie by RickDouglasArt Quench by markstewart

Basically there doesn't seem to be anything you cannot draw with a pencil - admittedly these people have insane skills, but I hope that this journal inspire you as much as it does me to try new ideas, new genres and challenge what can be done with a sharpened stick :)

New drawing from me on Saturday (or Maybe Sunday) - best you cant guess what genre it will be? 100 points to the first person to guess correctly before its uploaded :D

(By the way try and read the journal in full screen - otherwise the headings and pictures get jumbled up!!!)

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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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darcy123456 3 days ago  New member
Hi Paul,
Im doing a project in art class, i need to choose an artist to research. Ive been looking through your drawings and i really like them. I was just wondering if you could give me some more information about you like if you went to art shcool or who inspired you or anything about you really. Also could you give me some more information on your drawing… and the other drawing running water just anything about what made you want to draw them and what you used etc. This would be so so helpful thank you so much! Love your artwork. Sorry i dont really know how to use this website so im posing it here too
Paul-Shanghai 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sent you a note :)
Yashael341 Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama!
KemikLy Apr 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the llama! Your pencil drawings are phenomenal!!
Paul-Shanghai Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are too kind :)
KemikLy Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Agnes17 Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama !!!
TeikoS Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch, Paul! Your work is really inspiring, so well done...!
Paul-Shanghai Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ditto :)
FabianaAzevedo Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much fot the watch!!! :love:
Your gallery is wonderful!!! Clap 
Paul-Shanghai Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very kind of you to say so - loving yours also (thus the watch) :)
BirdHime Mar 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist
:iconllama3dplz::iconsays2plz::icondragonhugplz: :iconthanksplz:
HEARToSHADOWS Mar 20, 2014  New member Student
 thanks for the important part of life
Anubhavg Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just love your work :O awesome :faint:
adicro Mar 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! Thanks for the llama badge! :)
RebelHipsta Mar 12, 2014  Student Interface Designer
żDo you please donate me?  I Really want a Premium membership żDo you really please Donate me?
Thank you for the llama ;)
Your work is really amazing!
Your work is insanely amazing! I've placed a watch :)
Paul-Shanghai Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch - and glad you like my work :)
Sarahharas07 Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the watch
NienkeF Mar 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+devwatch:!
RichWalker Mar 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the WATCH my friend!! I have to say I was rather surprised actually.  You are an extremely talented artist yourself and most of the people that have chosen to watch me are fans of art based on computer games!!  Thank you very much, take care -rich
Mattehkun Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the llama! c:
You're work is truly amazing and really inspiring - keep it up!
silhoveete Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the watch, I really appreciate it :)
Paul-Shanghai Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No probs - great work :)
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