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i guess you can look on it as a child looking from behind the bars wanting to escape, or as a child peering through the bars at something (or someone) being held captive?

Either way I loved the reference picture, especially the way his nose and forehead pressed onto the bars, and how the hand hung on to support his weight. Reference image by Sascha Burkard (and yes I did buy the rights to copy )

Normal suspects helped me in my crime against art
Bristol Board A3 Smooth
Mechanical and Traditional pencils 4H t0 8B
Blending stump and various erasers and the odd glass of wine


Various people have asked me to do a smiling child - i have promised to do so (as soon as I find a reference photo I like enough )


Reference photo: © Sascha Burkard, fotolia
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theheek Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
so moving and sad
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BohemianDreamer13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
just Wow!!... and no watermark so it makes a sweet desktop background, thank you. And I ordered your book from Chive's mention. Look forward to some drool/amazement time!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am not really into watermarks - sort of destroys the whole reason for uploading work onto the internet! Not sure what book your on about?  Let me have a link please. 
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Besa-Sinanaj Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
just WOW!! amazing work art :) definitely one of my favorites around DA
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is incredibly kind of you to say - thank you :)
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CuteCactus Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
it is amazing :O
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers - this is one of my favourites also :)
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Chibi-Alex Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your drawing dad ! Its epic dude!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Alex :kiss: :hug: :kiss:
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madboy10 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Artist
love itttt!!!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the feedback :)
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow amazing like always, this is stunning :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it Georgia :)
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Avalon620 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Writer
I'm amazed by the quality of your art-- how do you get such realistic shading?? :wow: Do you shade it ALL by hand? :faint:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are too kind, I have a long way to go and my shading needs immense improvement - but thank you :)

My shading technique changes dependant on what I am drawing - the metal of Iron Man's armour is very different to a child's face, and both require different techniques, for the boy in this picture, I use a circular technique, layering dark over light pencil strokes as required. I have moved away from using tissue (or my fingers :)) and tend to 'draw' the skin - which after practice isn't as difficult as it sounds. I also use a blending stump/stick to ensure you don't get harsh lines of different shades. Not sure this helps? there are some very good tutorials on DA - Including these two [link] and [link] - good luck and let me know how you get on :)
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Avalon620 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Writer
Oh great thanks! :D
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i love all your work... it's so expressive... and it looks so great!!!! even as a photographer i just can't help adoring you :aww: please keep going!!!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a fantastic comment - thank you so much, it's words like yours that pick you up and make you want to keep on going :)
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that's great! ^,^ :hug:
btw i love your icon too ;) that's actually what made me take a look at your page! :D
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - it's one of my favourite drawings :)
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) bond's awesome, especially the new one ^,^ how about drawing silva? he's such an interesting character :) or do you already have?
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am assuming you have seen my Daniel Craig drawings? [link] and [link] I think he is an excellent Bond - dare I say it, the best Bond? (Sean is still a legend :)) I haven't drawn Silva - and I haven't seen many good drawing of him, hhmmmm perhaps a series of Bond villains :D
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i have :aww: he is!!! i think he's great :) a friend of me once said he hates this crying bond... but i think it's just profound to show some feelings too. aahhhh please silva, pleasepleaseplease for me and all the other silva-adorers!!!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok as you ask so nicely - I will add it to my list of drawings-to-do :D
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Most dramatic sad.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for leaving a comment :)
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the look of dispair, also a bit of fear mixed in there. Another knock out man.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your continued support - it is always a pleasure to read such nice comments from a good friend :)
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem friend, keep them coming!
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susanjo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Great job Paul as always!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like this one, I am really happy with the results :)
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the comment :)
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :-)
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JaneyArt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
I recognised this as yours before I saw your name Paul. You have a very distinctive style and I love it. Awesome drawing as always and brilliant choice of reference
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot - any positive comment from such a great artist as yourself means so much.
Need to talk to you about 'my style' as I think I need to develop this to improve - but first I need to know what it is lol :)
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JaneyArt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
I don't think it needs developing at all to be honest, I love it.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Electric-Raichu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there are plenty of photos of smiling children...
[link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps I just prefer drawing sad ones!
Thanks for the links.....
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!!! amazing artwork Paul :bow: :love:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks as always - all appreciate your support :)
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
All my pleasure Paul :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand the trying to find the right photo. It has to leap out and grab you. You've done a great job here.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I spend more time trying to find the right reference material than actually drawing it :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I understand what you mean. I won't really draw unless I have the right photo. I saw one last night at my sister's house. It was her daughter sitting in a satin style long dress holding a huge book (like an old style photo album). The girl's long blonde hair was trailing down and I wanted to try my hand at drawing it. I don't know if I will get a chance at it or not.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fingers crossed for you - cant wait to see it :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I may have to ask to get a copy of the print they had. I'll wait until I am not taking classes to try to work on it.
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JarrelJohnson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Nice Work!
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