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The Source of Life by Paul-Shanghai The Source of Life by Paul-Shanghai
The reference for this piece came from a very talented photographer Travis Silva 500px.com/photo/5111448 I loved the picture of course, but I also loved the story behind it, quoting Travis - "After putting in a water well into a local village in Malawi, we see the kids enjoying the blessing of clean water for the first time" I guess most of us on DA take water for granted, and do not appreciate the blessing it is to have hot/cold running water at all times.  The child in this picture is making the most of such an amazing and life changing experience :)

I would like to think that this is probably my most realistic pencil drawing? It is certainly one that I enjoyed drawing and still enjoy looking at it now that it is finished - despite the 30+ hours that it took to complete!

Drawn on locally sourced smooth paper it measures 38cm X 38cm, using a wide range of traditional pencils from 4H through to 8B and plenty of erasers.
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Firathefox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How are u so good drawer!! I love your amazing art!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you think I am good - appreciate the kind words :)
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nospacelikespace Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  New Deviant
brilliant
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it ;)
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, and a beautiful story and message behind it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure glad you liked it as much as i did drawing it :)
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TargonTheDragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Such a stunning representation of the actual thing. 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you think so - thank you :)
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iSaBeL-MR Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work! Heart I think I've fainted. 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you like it :)
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D yw
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artlove40 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can feel the water when I see this picture .... Great job!!!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - Appreciate the comment :)
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lavalamp-genie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Wow!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is awesome!!!Love 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just updating some of my old drawings by scanning them rather than my old photographs - makes a big difference in the range of tones etc. :)
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
oh yes now we can see them in full glory!!!!Nod 
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majo9263 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow love this... how do you get to do your background... is it with graphite or charcoal???
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Graphite, I draw lots of circles and fill them in with different grades of pencil, or erase etc to try and get the effect - quite simple but time consuming! Thanks for the comment - an old drawing, but I am framing a few pieces so taking the  opportunity to scan (before I used a camera).
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majo9263 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks... I got a scanner too but the biggest scan I can do is 11 x 17 inch. Some of my drawings are 14 x17 or 19 x 24... do you scan them in those seize?
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well my scanner bed is 43cm X 30cm which is big enough for most although if you try and use the full extent you get shadows in corners etc. so I tend to scan in sections (normally 3 or 4) and then 'stitch' them together using a bit of software I found on the internet - the scanner was a present to myself as larger format ones can be very expensive (but worth every penny :))
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
such a beautiufl work!Easter Egg7 by KmyGraphic 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
realism is off the charts.....great job...
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Joe, just framing some of my older work - and taking the opportunity to scan them (the old upload was a photograph) :)
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GregDiNapoli Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work as always. Love the realism of the water and the blurred boy in the background. Amazing.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did this a while ago, and whilst putting it into a frame I thought I would scan (before it was just a photo) the image from the scanner is much clearer - glad you like it :)
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GregDiNapoli Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I like all of your drawings. Your work inspires me to keep going. Can't wait to see more!
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Fantastic! Love the shimmer or the water highlights. 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Art-Ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love it when you do drawings with water in them, and this is no exception! It looks awesome, and the technique is flawless! Clap Clap Love Love 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I appreciate the positive feedback :)
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rae3604 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I was thinking 'haven't I seen this before?', then I realized you've updated it duh.. :)  Anyway such a beautiful moment captured, and very realistically rendered.  Amazing job!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - yes I am framing some of my older work, so whilst I have them out I thought I would scan and upload again - the scanner picks up far more detail and tone range - better than my old camera pics :)
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Great choice of subject matter - the delight in the child's face so evident, so beautifully captured. You've done an amazing job of not just replicating the wonderful photograph, but actually enhancing it.

Really, brilliant job.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - it was a brilliant original photograph, with lots more going on in the background - but I thought this was a decent enough crop to attempt, and it kept the message etc. :)
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
:nod:
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Spar-x-s Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I thought it was a black and white photo... Wow, that's amazing!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very kind comment - thank you :)
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hakanta Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this picture is not only drawn so well its almost photo realistic but the object mater is very striking as well.
its so great to see when a great subject mater and composition has been teamed up with exceptional skill.
this piece is truly amazing.
well done.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I appreciate your comments, it is always the subject matter that helps me identify a subject matter to draw, and in this case it was no different - the story behind the picture is wonderful and a little surprising for most :)
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sathewins Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A heart-felt story of realization of how people are suffering for getting pure water. picture is awesome and looks like a photograph
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feedback - much appreciated :)
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JormanComegato Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like this so much!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes me happy :)
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FireLady3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
 you really have a gift, I mean it's not just a skill, this piece really got me!outstanding workHug 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad it made you feel something - appreciate the feedback :)
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