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Melancholy by Paul-Shanghai Melancholy by Paul-Shanghai
I saw this photograph during my usual lunch time break google search, and fell in love with the eyes instantly. I have no details for the picture and searched for hours to try and find the origins, I can tell you what camera, focal point, and date it was taken but of whom and by whom - sorry, i am not able to tell. I think it is of an Indian girl, but would be happy to be proven wrong.

I was going to call this SAD III, as I thought it would fit into the series of 'Sad' children that I have been drawing, having now stared at her for so long, i imagine her not being Sad bit just tired, perhaps lonely and as the title suggests melancholic - I could also be very wrong of course.


Anyway, a beautiful child, and a beautiful photograph - I just hope my drawing does it some justice.

For those interested in such things, i have tried a new technique of 'shading' on this drawing, following the advice of an incredible artist on DA - (he shall remain a secret at first to see if he comments on the drawing/style :) ) This meant it took longer to finish than normal and meant that i needed around 20 hours to finish.

All the usual tool - except no tissue this time :)


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A big thanks to Orinoor [link] for letting me know not only who the photographer of the original piece is, but some fantastic information about where the photo was taken and incredibly the name of the girl in the photo!!

Her name is Valentina, and you can find out more about her and the Venezuelan community she comes from by visiting the photographers web site - Wojciech Wanzel - by pressing the link here [link]
Thanks again to Orinoor for making my day with this information :)
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:iconmaddyswan:
MaddySwan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! :-)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you think so - it is one of my personal favourites :)
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naiangloria Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just wanna ask, how many hours you spent in every artwork?
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends on the size and complexity - a simple small A4 between 4-10 hours, a large A3 complex drawing can take more than 40 hours.
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naiangloria Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! that's really fast for a very detailed shading of your deviation... 
anyway i just wanna know how i am slow in drawing.. and i think i need to add an effort on my drawing...

your talent is amazing Sir... I salute you! :D
I hope you get my english.. i am not good in english.
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Amore3 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Absolutely breathtaking! Kudos to you Paul - You are truly gifted.
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very kind - thank you :)
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:iconlucysthings:
Lucysthings Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014
very very awesome
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - thank you :)
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:iconbillynikoll:
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Found this pic on a site hative.com, It was listed as 50 Amazing pencil drawings and it is linked right to you dA account here, good stuff Paul !!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome - thanks for letting me know, very privileged :) 
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KelindaEMR Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Much heart was put into this art work, it's like you can see inside the child's soul. Very well done.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - It is one of my favourites, so I appreciate the kind words a lot :)
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virnagray Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so talented,
I love this drawing:)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very kind - glad you like my drawing :)
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:iconiamaseacretninja:
Iamaseacretninja Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
This is beautiful! You can almost feel the wind on her face!Earth 
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the comment :)
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What sad world we live in
where all not all children
will ever learn to smile


One of your strongest & most emotional pieces, my friend :)
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like this - it is one of my very most favourite references - a great photographer :)
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: I've just seen the reference photo and then your drawing - I'm speechless at the comparison :wow:

Valentina, what a lovely name :)

Bravo! :clap:
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:iconmrstools:
MrStools Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surreal!!! Simply amazing.
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you like it :)
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:iconlerias114:
LeriaS114 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
incredible...!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Luna-31 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
got to love ur ART!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Luna-31 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
ur wlcome :)
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Linesandshadows Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Just beautiful!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the comment :)
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GwenneAreble Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply gourgeous. Her eyes got me too
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is great - exactly as intended :)
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GwenneAreble Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well perfect then:D
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GuardianAngell13 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfection, the eye up front seems to be a little light since the back one is dark but it's an amazing piece of work. I would love to be able to draw people that well
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean, but I drew this from a reference in which the eyes are the like this - I did think of changing it to something more....lets say pleasing to the eye - but I guess i just wanted to be true to the original :)
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96lightDN Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really good, maybe itīs a little bit boring for you that I always say/write the same to your (just awesome) drawings, but I canīt say anything different, they are just AMAZING!! <33 please keep up this awesome work ;D
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dont worry - writing anything is really appreciated :)
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96lightDN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, then I will do keep it up time ^-^
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Lucysthings Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Hey thanks heaps- you are the first to add - and its been up a year - haha. Your pictures are unreal - and by that i mean very very real and awesome. I wish i had half your skill. Will just have to keep practicing. :D
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I hate to see an empty donation pool - hopefully it will encourage more people to donate :)

Thanks for you kind comments, I only started drawing 15 months ago, and it has been practise that has helped me improve (a little) I'm sure it will work or you also :)
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Lucysthings Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
wow, 15 months - increcible
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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haengbok92 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
This is truly lovely! The skin is fantastic also! I would love to be able to do skin textures so well. beautiful!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the the comment :)
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jay-ultica Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
i am in awe this drawing is amazing


eyes are always the one thing they get wronge in movies games and art but you have captured valentinas very soul in his master peice
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for such a nice comment - this is one of my favourite drawings, so it really pleases me that you like it so much :) Thanks for the fave also.
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jay-ultica Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
it is much deserver you are a true artst my frend


ohh by the way have you checked my fan fic for skyrim yet?
note its my first one so dont judge harshly



also and i hope im not being a pest about this but have you thought about doin a cover for my fan fic? it would be amazing if you did(^.^)
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Ri-a Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again a great drawing!! I love it:)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad that you like it - thanks for the comment :)
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