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The Storm by Paul-Shanghai The Storm by Paul-Shanghai
One of the reasons for this  The Limitations of Graphite....Something I have been interested in since starting drawing a couple of years ago was – what could or could not be drawn with a graphite pencil.  I am not talking about skill, or experience level, but what subjects are impossible to capture with just a sharpened stick?
Obviously something that depends completely on a colour range loses its impact when created in grey – a rainbow for example or a neon sign perhaps.  But is there anything else that is simply impossible to draw with a pencil?  Well many artists have set out to prove that nothing is impossible;
Animal                                                          Vegetable
           
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 was this little drawing I have finally finished :D 

The reference used to create this was by a wonderful photographer :iconaztil: who kindly allowed me to be crazy enough to convert it into a pencil drawing - in fact he gave me permission some 15 months ago, however I never thought I could pull it off and only started to attempt such a monstrous beast about 1 month ago - yes it has taken me about 1 month to draw this, or around 60 hours, why? well because filling a space 64cm X 43cm with graphite pencil takes a long time, especially if you want to make it look like something :D 

I am not sure I will ever attempt to draw a landscape like this ever again, and i definitely do not want to see a rock for a long time - still, I am pretty happy with the results, and will definitely be hanging this one on the wall.  I hope you like it - although I suspect it could be a personal fave, rather than a widely loved piece - I am just glad it finished and I can get on with drawing something simpler :) 

Drawn on locally sourced smooth Bristol Board, with traditional pencils (HB, 2B and 8B), blending stumps, erasers and a bit of tissue to fluff up those clouds :) 
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Paul-Shanghai skillfully captures the drama of The Storm (pencil) coming ashore! ( Featured by deshrubber )
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willsabido Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015   General Artist
Think I was drawn to this as it's somewhat reminiscent of Sebastiao Salgado's photography which I've been looking at a bit today. Very nice work, the word 'supple' seems to spring to mind, can almost feel the moistness of the rocks on the shore...
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - the idea was to try and make the rocks 'soft' to give an impression of 'wetness' - rather than sharp jagged edges - off to go and look at Sebastiao Salgado's photography now :)
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Wow, impressive! A belated congrats to you for the DD! :clap: Very deserving!  I read your description, you must have the patience of a Saint!  They would have to shoot me first before I could ever acquire such patience! :clap:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, thank you for the congratulations :) I wish I had more patience, this is about my limit any more than this and I get bored - it helps to have 2 or 3 different drawings on the go at the same time, but even then I have been known to rush towards the end! :)
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Paul2960 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Paul - haven't you seen this before?
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Paul2960 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure, I took a long break from DA so I don't think I would have :) and it would have been in my faves :D
Glad to know your still at work though buddy, All the best!
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Ashtarte2me Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love storms, you captured it really well!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you think so - thank you :)
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GazVille Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woah is it just me or is there things in the sky???
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am sure if you look at it for long enough you will see lots of things (I know I do) :D
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ronmonroe Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh  wow! Another DD! Congrats Paul! Looks great.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ron - think the DD selection team must have been having a slow day when they picked this one :) Not complaining though - it looks great in 'real life' as its very large and you get more of a sense of the mood - not sure that translates too well on a computer screed? 
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ronmonroe Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was going to do a cloudy scene like this someday, maybe just a background of a drawings.  I have been thinking about it for awhile now.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words and congratulations :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
It's my pleasure! :)

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markstewart Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well done Paul, love seeing those i watch pushing themselves and putting their all into a project. You should be very proud of yourself here .. it's without doubt the best way to learn and improve .. and you got a worthy DD for your effort. I swear i can hear those breakers on the rocks ;)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Mark, thank s for the comments - big shock this one, never thought it would get a DD, it was more of a personal drawing than one to meet the demands of the populous :D I think as with most landscapes they need to be viewed from a distance, which isn't really that easy when looking on a laptop/tablet or computer screen - it is a large piece and looks great in a frame from a distance, so I am very happy that it has been well received.
(I can imagine where you live you hear breakers all day long :lol:)
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markstewart Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome Paul .. sadly no as i live 3 miles away but thankfully well within reach. I couldn't bear to be further away from the coast :D
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MestreAlmeida Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an impressive effort! Wonderful result, and congratulations for having such patience. :D
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you appreciate the kind words and the congratulations :)
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JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning!! Congrats on the DD!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Mate - complete surprise..... but a nice one :)
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liltwinstar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D:D
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PreetikaSharma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Paul, my friend, this is so amazing! :jawdrop:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so kind - thank you :)
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MarkDavidPalmer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, and Awesome!!!!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you like it :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am also very happy for myself :lol:

Thanks for the wonderful comment :)
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cassandra667 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Congrats on the did. :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate it :)
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TarynLighthammer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Suits my mood today - simply beautiful.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the wonderful comment :)
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virnagray Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful:)
Congratulations on the DD:)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you and Thank you :D
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virnagray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure:)
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Lyricana Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I love this!  It impresses me greatly that you were able to draw such a dynamic and detailed landscape using only pencils and some blending tools.  Because of the monochrome colors, the mood feels very tense, which is perfect for a storm about to break on shore.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I did worry that drawing this in pencil would not work, mainly because i find the use of too much graphite can obscure the view, its much harder to gain contrast between subtle shading, and a 'busy' background can reduce an images impact - think i managed just to get away with it this time :)
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SpringDog619 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FANTASTIC WORK!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers = appreciate the comment :)
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SpringDog619 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome!
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dmkozicka Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations ! Excellent work ... Clap 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you like it - thanks for the comment :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ta :D
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