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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
 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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Given 2014-04-21
Paul-Shanghai skillfully captures the drama of The Storm (pencil) coming ashore! ( Featured by deshrubber )
Ashtarte2me Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love storms, you captured it really well!
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you think so - thank you :)
GazVille Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woah is it just me or is there things in the sky???
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
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh  wow! Another DD! Congrats Paul! Looks great.
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? 
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.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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

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