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Sad II by Paul-Shanghai Sad II by Paul-Shanghai
For some reason I enjoy (not sure that is the correct word!) drawing sad children, normally children are sad because they cannot get what they want, they have to go to bed when they do not want to, or they have been naughty and told off - however sometimes they are sad because they are hungry, have experienced a tragedy or just have nothing to be happy about - i think this is the case in this piece. If you look into his eyes you can only imagine what has made him sad.

Drawn with mechanical pencil 0.5mm and 4B leads, and a dark 8B pencil that acts more like charcoal!
A3 Bristol Board Smooth
Rough tissue and lots of erasers :)

I really like this - and hope you do also - please feel free to let me know.

(Reference photo taken from a Google Images search on the word 'Sad' - I couldn't find a reference to the original photographer - so apologies for no credit, if you are he/she please let me know)

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colorSere Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow.. really delightful.. You're exceptionally good :) All your portraits are surprising!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you think so :D Thanks for commenting - it is appreciated :)
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SamanthaMessias Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
beautiful the way you have captured the reflection in the eyes, so much emotion
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the feedback :)
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zylone Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
man, this is so incredible. so vivid and emotional. very inspiring to get to this level.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your comments are very generous - thank you :)
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Wonderer1000 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Great work!! [link]
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing and realistic drawing! :-)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kind of you to say.
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Holidayrush Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Poor sweet heart
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks glad you like it :)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi!

This beautiful picture has been featured in the MISCELLANEOUS section of my journal [link]

:wave:
Philippe
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OonaghAncaireBattle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link] :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Christie - really appreciate it :)

Some great art featured here :hug:
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OonaghAncaireBattle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :)
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Nigeloneill Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Great expression, have a look at my one of street children in the Philippines.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I took a look through your gallery and couldn't find any Philippines photos? Perhaps you could send me a link?
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gintmfgb Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Very good work !
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you liked it.
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prod44 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know how I missed this one. The eyes. You can see the world in them. The emotion. This is my favorite one from you by far!

Is there a difference between bristol board and a normal bristol drawing pad?
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure, I have only ever drawn on 'Daler Rowney, Bristol Board 250 g/m2’ it is super smooth and great for female (airbrushed!) portraits - it's the smoothest paper I have found.

I guess I shouldn't use it for the more manly rough textures you sometimes need, and I think a heavy watercolour paper is probably best - but like a lot of people, I have my favourite pencils and paper, and find it hard to change easily from something you are used to.

Glad you liked 'Sad II' - I think it's my favourite also :)
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LisaMillett Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The emotion in this child's face is portrayed beautifully in your work.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I agree, in this case the old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" is completely true :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You captured the depth of sadness in his eyes. It is impressive. I want to gather him up and take him home and heal his hurts.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know exactly what you mean - impossible to believe someone could be so sad at such a young age - heart breaking.
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Carryn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is hard to believe.
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so true to life :love:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favourite drawing so far (I think) a couple of people of misunderstood the portrait. The bottom half of his face inst 'unfinished', simply a replication of the original reference. In the reference picture, his face is dry and stained with patches of dust and tears - a very sad picture indeed.
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can understand how it might be misunderstood :nod: However, for me your representation is crystal clear :)
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Transparent-hummer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And here I am, back from my involuntary slumber caused by RL to awesomeness made by my lovely friends. This artwork is a very pleasant surprise. Thank you for creating that touching and emotional masterpiece. Every kid in the world deserve to be happy, feel safe and loved, and those who aren't, they are in desperate need of acknowledgement. Every artwork showing someones problem helps solve that problem. With sympathy and caring in our hearts we can make our world better. Thank you for caring and sharing your concerns with us
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good to see you back - thought it had been quiet :):)

I couldn't agree more, none of us want to see suffering, and it is so easy to look away, change channel, cross the street or flip the page. I am happy that so many people are viewing this piece, as it reminds us how fortunate we all are that we do not have to experience sorry to this extent at such a young age. If it changes one persons attitude on poverty - then my work is done :)
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0001046 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Wow. Amazing work! I love the expressive eyes; they seem to be peering into my soul.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - they eyes on this piece are very intense, I was going to draw a more traditional eye, as the reference picture wasn't very clear - glad I stuck with what i (thought I) saw :)
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0001046 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
You're welcome :hug: I'm glad you stuck with your instincts too
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soiseiseke Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you made me think about this guy, guessing, what was his day, what he is thinkning about, what is around him on this drawing. its a huge. so :) great work!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very thoughtful, I tried hard to try and see the reflection in his eyes and work out what was going on around him, it is very difficult and your mind starts to play tricks - mountains, deserts, sun sets all kind of things - in the end it's your imagination that creates the image and the impression.
Thanks for commenting :)
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Oscarliima Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Our impressive and this, her art and very beautiful and realistic.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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Sannie10 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just say so amazing :heart:
Love expressive on his face :love:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree - it is what drew me to drawing this in the first place.

Thank you for leaving a comment :)
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Sannie10 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you are very welcome Dear 。◕‿◕。
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rannveigfunderud Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, you have some really nice detail work going on here. It looks like a drawing, yet as a photo at the same time and gives it an unreal feeling. Although I might think the highlight on the nose is a bit too much, or the nostril on that side is a bit off. Really nice drawing!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess i want it to look like a drawing - that is the effect I am after, as for the nose - this is a problem I always have, my drawing shows the light glare and reflections as they are in the photograph - they don't necessarily look right, so do you correct them? Or leave them as they are in the reference picture?
This time I left them as they were in the reference photograph.

Thanks for commenting :)
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rannveigfunderud Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
After looking at it more, I start to like that highlight more and more. It stands out, and makes you think about the picture. For a more drawing-look you can have some parts more sketchy where you see the lines and texture of a pencil of whatever you use for drawing, I think its the super smoothness combined with the high contrasts that makes me think of it as not a drawing. I dont see that very often, its a cool style and I think you should keep that look. Nice work!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again - I always draw with a single pencil, a 0.5mm mechanical pencil with 4B leads, it offers a dark and smooth surface along with a sharp edge for detail. Appreciate your comments :)
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rannveigfunderud Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No problem! Keep up the good work.
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TheSignmaker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Beautiful work, great eyes :clap:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That means so much coming from such a great an artist as yourself - really appreciate your comments :)
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TheSignmaker Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thank you,but pls do not underestimate yourself! You did an amazing job here!

The way you have drawn his eyes shows you draw from your :heart: and are able connect to the child while you are drawing.
...if you take the drawing and cover up the face, except for the eyes, you will see what I mean...
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