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November 2, 2012
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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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Amore3 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  New member
Absolutely breathtaking! Kudos to you Paul - You are truly gifted.
Lucysthings Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014
very very awesome
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - thank you :)
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
JCee911 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Found this pic on a site, It was listed as 50 Amazing pencil drawings and it is linked right to you dA account here, good stuff Paul !!
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome - thanks for letting me know, very privileged :) 
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.
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 :)
virnagray Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so talented,
I love this drawing:)
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