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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
           
Mineral
 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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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
Clap 
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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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robertstrobel94 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
If you dont think it will be widely loved your wrong im affraid =]
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has been surprising (the DD helped) it is much more impressive in real life rather than on the screen, its a large piece and when framed at a distance you get to see the intensity of the storm even more - not sure that replicates itself on a small computer/tablet screen :D thanks for commenting :)
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jimmy-blanchar002 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great work. I like the shading (especially in the sky). 
Is so awesome! greetings!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Greetings back to you - and thank you for the comment :)
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