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NIKON CORPORATION
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Mar 10, 2014, 7:12:36 AM
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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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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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vanLierop Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the story of the picture! You've did an outstanding job capturing that in your drawing! Hands up!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - I was a bit surprised at the picture so had to investigate further - glad you read my intro (not many people do!).  Thanks for the feedback, it is appreciated :)
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