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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D5200
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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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Spar-x-s Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  New member 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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:iconpaul-shanghai:
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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Thahaseen Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its A-M-A-Z-I-N-G..!! u say that the picture is somewhat confusing...trust me dats not true... this picture speaks for itself...great work..:)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you see the meaning beyond the picture, and very glad that you liked it :)
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0618623 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
perfect drawing and a touching story. this is art right here. the emotion of the kids happiness just shines through this drawing with the silky clean water over his face. beautiful!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - and get the meaning behind the drawing, appreciate the comment and the kind words :)
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theantist Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! I also found the story behind this work to be touching, you did a really good job! And the water is so beautiful *___*
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theantist Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - yes the picture can be somewhat confusing until you read the story behind - thanks for the comment, glad you like it :)
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HubcapCreatures Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
wow - beautiful clarity. Very nice
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the comment :)
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Angelii-D Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow amazing how can u draw this love it Clap Clap Clap +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lots of time and practise - thank you for the kind words :)
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Angelii-D Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow i liked ur works and u r very welcome :)
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DivyaBarathi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate it :)
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
amazing job!!!Love 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again :)
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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vikazinner Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing! I love that the message is not completely explicit, the story behind it really makes you think, it is certainly very very realistic, congratulations!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree - at first I thought 'what a waste of water', but after reading that it was a tradition to celebrate the addition of a water well in a village - then you can begin to understand the euphoria and significance of the act - glad you liked it :)
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vikazinner Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah...I think that it is good to have different points of view, I think that maybe I would have thought the exact same thing If I hadn't read the story behind it, but that's what makes it so nice, trying to relate to it 
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Willie51 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Willie -appreciate the feedback :)
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Willie51 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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chloe-soars Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Paul, you never cease to amaze me...
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad that I continue to surprise you - thanks for commenting :)
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chloe-soars Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure !
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PaulaFriesen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just Perfect!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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artynan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
 outstanding   work ......... well done ..... bet your very proud of your self :) know i would be ....
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - always nice to hear positive feedback :)
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artynan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
  your welcome and well deserved :)
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Hunkinart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
👍 Spectacular! Well done!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers - appreciate the comment :)
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LeadAndInk94 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Absolutely amazing.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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adicro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! This is fantastic!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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leodaroy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Paul is as amazing as usual with this brilliant piece again.
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