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Water Dragon (Pencil) by Paul-Shanghai Water Dragon (Pencil) by Paul-Shanghai
I have only had to enter the words (pencil) after a title once before, that was for my drawing 'Running Water'
Running Water (Pencil) by Paul-Shanghai
When I finished this drawing I felt the same way that I did when I finished that one, apart from completely exhausted, I actually liked what I saw in front of me and wanted to make sure people knew that it was drawn with a pencil rather than digital.

This was my most difficult, intense and tiring drawing. Taking over 60 hours to complete, I used only one pencil - my 0.5mm mechanical 4B pencil, why? I guess I was really lazy and didn't want to change pencils every 2 minutes - if I had It would have taken twice as long! it was also good practise in applying varying amounts of pressure to get different effects, rather than using various grades of pencil. My other friend's on creating this were my blending stump, "Tombo Mono Zero' eraser and little brush to keep the rubbings off the paper :D

Drawn on locally sourced smooth paper, dimensions - 70cm X 40cm.

UPDATE

I have just uploaded a Montage of photos taken throughout the drawing of 'Water Dragon' you can see it by clicking the thumbnail below :)

Water Dragon Montage by Paul-Shanghai
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Given 2013-10-18
Suggester says: "The way the water flows and how he executed it was splendidly done. I'm really amazed at how he caught the physics of water so well!" This piece is not only well done but unique and full of detail.Water Dragon (Pencil) by =Paul-Shanghai ( Suggested by iDJPanda and Featured by ArtByCher )
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Amazing work! I wish I could draw this well!:D (Big Grin) 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very kind - thank you :)
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
your welcome!:D (Big Grin) Hug Heart Heart 
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ShimmeringLatias Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Cool i like the water effect its really awesome!:) (Smile) 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you like it :)
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ShimmeringLatias Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome:D (Big Grin) 
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Cottagedreams Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  New Deviant
Incredible- love this!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - thank you :)
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Tisha888 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Love this, what a stunning drawing!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very kind of you - glad you think so :)
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Tisha888 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
This image is haunting me lol I have recently started colouring with water colour pencils. Would you mind if I printed a copy off just for my own personal pleasure and had a go at colouring it? Completely understand if you would prefer I didn't but thought I'd run it past you. 

I can't draw my way out of a paper bag, but hugely admire those of you that have such incredible talent!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Sally, thanks for the lovely comment it is appreciated.  I do not have a problem if you want to print and paint over my drawing - I would love to see the result.
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Tisha888 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so much Paul. I am hoping to change careers and become a Colourist at some point in the not too distant future. At this stage honing my skills with colouring techniques with pencils, later with digital. Typical me, I am tending to choose more challenging stuff now, and your Water Dragon is nothing if not that! He just riveted my attention the first time I saw him lol.

I would be honoured to show you my efforts, and see what you think. (It may take a few days as I work full time and only get to colour evenings and weekends at the moment.) I'll definitely let you see it :)

Sally x
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Sally, well firstly - good luck with your career change, really hope it all works out for you.  I know nothing about colour haha so unfortunately I can not help there :( 

Look forward to seeing the results :hug: 
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Tisha888 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Thanks very much for the good wishes Paul. I'm certainly going to give it a go. I have uploaded a few pics to my profile as examples of the colouring I've done so far. Aiming to constantly improve!


I've tried printing out the pic and unfortunately it comes out with that very dark grey background, doesn't seem to be an easy way to get rid of that. You wouldn't have a pic where the whole background is just white would you? Sorry to be a pain!
Otherwise will see what I can do, but all the grey would mute the colours a lot. 

Cheers
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Give me a bit of time - I originally took a picture by camera, which proved difficult due to the size (I am not a profesional photographer :)) - however this weekend I plan to scan the original in using my new large scanner - this will (hopefully) produce a much better copy for uploading, which I should do on Saturday/Sunday - this should then be fine for printing etc. :)
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lavalamp-genie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I really like it!
I thought you worked on the whole piece adding "layers" of details but I see from the WIP you started from one point and progressively moved toward the end.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I have drawn a few pieces by layering detail over initial sketches, or darkening and adding more contrast, however I found that this was very time consuming and a bit boring, so now I normally draw an outline of what I want with the key features using a hard pencil (4H or HB) and then complete the drawing in one go from right to left :)
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lavalamp-genie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Thumbs Up Thumbs Up 
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CJMoet Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is... indescribably amazing. 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - thank you :)
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MalevolentTheDragon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
W.O.W. This is AMAZING! I could never, EVER, even THINK of doing that. Great job!!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you  like it - appreciate the thoughtful feedback :)
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Kate246 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is most amazing! :D Water is my favorite element, and I'm really enjoying all of your work :).
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you like my drawings - appreciate the comments and faves - thank you :)
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Kate246 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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anto-c Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
meraviglia
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
grazie mille :)
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ipstudio Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW!! Amazing drawing! Clap  
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - thank you :)
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Bevo69 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are one of the best ive ever seen with a freakin pencil my man, great work keep it flowing.
one day soon your work will be on my walls with out question love it

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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic comment - really appreciate the feedback, and so glad you like my work :)
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StrikerderEchte Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect Work. Nice Picture
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment :)
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Steve2656 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing work.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - appreciate the comment :)
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keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh boy, this is amazing. One pencil…are you kidding? That's totally mind blowing.:) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) Oops! 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Keith - appreciate the fact that you took the time to have a look at my gallery - glad you like my work :)
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seangregory Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing art!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate the comment - thanks :)
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seangregory Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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vortiko Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama badge. This water dragon is great. Ill be following your work.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate it :)
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Jandzi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Mindblowing!:D
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you think so - thanks for the comment :)
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dinosauralicia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
WOW!!! FANTASTIC!!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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agnes21 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning! :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Onion-chutney Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
This is amazing and beautiful.
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