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Sorrow by arthawk87 Sorrow by arthawk87
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
Do NOT use without my written permission!

I think I'm getting the hang of this ink thing :D. Actually, at the moment, I like painting with ink more than drawing with pencils; it's faster, less messy (I love not having to worry about smudging the annoying pencil dust!), great for creating contrasts, and you don't have to keep sharpening your pencils. So be warned; there are more ink paintings to come :D!

OK, where was I... oh yes. It's Ewan McGregor, one of my favourite actors of all time. Trivial fact: I wanted to draw this reference picture for a very long time, probably for more than 8 years. I didn't wait this long because I waited for my drawing skills to improve (although that would have made a pretty good reason =p), but because I forgot about the picture... until about a week ago. I watched I love you, Phillip Morris (crapy movie, b-t-dub) and was reminded again of how great an actor he is. So, naturally, I googled for drawable pictures of him, and that's how I rediscovered this particular one. I immediately knew I had to paint it! And THIS time, I even stapled the paper to a chipboard :-).

I'm very content with the result, although the background... meh! Didn't quite turn out the way I had imagined it, but I guess it's OK. The hair was easy to do, and - as I rediscovered - hands are actually pretty hard.
Yep, so, hope you like it as well. Comments are greatly appreciated :-).

Time: I'm guessing about 8 hours
Size: 12.7cm x 18.4cm / 5'' x 7.24''
Materials:
:bulletyellow: Acuarela paper from Oxford, 240g/m2
:bulletyellow: HB pencil for sketching
:bulletyellow: Black ink from Pelikan
:bulletyellow: Small and medium paint brush
:bulletyellow: Dip pen
Reference (no idea who the photographer is, but kudos!)

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N0rks Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I really like this one! It shows a lot of emotions, and the strong contrasts between the blacks and whites make it very powerful. Great job. :)
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you, happy to hear you like it :hug:! Thanks also for adding it to your faves, I appreciate it :-)!
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:iconn0rks:
N0rks Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and no problem! :aww: :hug:
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:iconxnatje:
xNatje Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I like the contrasts!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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talentedripples Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Stop it. Seriously you're killing me here with the skill, the talent, the beauty of this picture. i love his fingers and hair and wrinkles...just about everything I can never get right xD hahaha
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much, that's very sweet :hug:
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:iconmangofeline:
Mangofeline Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student
Very beautiful and expressive!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :-)!
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:iconmangofeline:
Mangofeline Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student
no problem! :3
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:iconartboy0128:
ARTBOY0128 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, also for the fave, I really appreciate it :hug:!
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:iconartboy0128:
ARTBOY0128 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely, my pleasure!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
:hug:!
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:iconaybproductions:
AYBProductions Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Excellence beyond the heavens!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks so much, happy you like it :cuddle:!
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:iconv-4-vengeance:
V-4-VENGEANCE Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work....fantastic gallery
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :-)!
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:iconplayer-designer:
Player-Designer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful work, you're good with ink!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :-)!
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:iconzakkiya29:
zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really amazing!! Well done.
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :cuddle:
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:iconelcazadordeaventuras:
It is amazing, lad! I may use it as a reference for my drawings someday, with your permission of course! :D
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :cuddle:! Well, the reference picture isn't mine, so it's not my permission to give, but it would be great to see what you do with it :-).
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:iconbaconworm:
baconworm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Very nice work; impressive ink washes. You should join Moshui here: [link] or at least check out there galleries. Entirely devoted to black ink; you'd fit right in. Cheers!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, also for faving it :cuddle:
Hehe, my request to join MoShui was just accepted, thanks for recommending the group :D.
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gintmfgb Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
very good work !
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :cuddle:
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Killer work!! :D:D
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, Rick :cuddle:!
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ScreamoPunkGirl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG COOL!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconmotherofgod2plz: Mother of Ink God!

It's exceptional, excellent and exquisite! Well done, girl! :clap: I thought it was a pencil drawing when I saw a miniature in my inbox, and taaa daaa, I was wrong, because it's an outstanding ink painting.

I think choice of the time and tools was perfect. I'm glad you didn't find this pic until this year :giggle: It turned out flawlessly! I can't even imagine how you did his stubble and his hand, not to mention the wrinkles at his forehead. I love how dark it is [thanks to the blackness of the ink of course :D], how detailed and simple at the same time. The hair looks fresh and fluffy [as if they were just washed]. The background is very good as well, it reminds me wooden wall :)

I also fancy the reference photo itself. It made an extraordinary, interesting portrait!

I can't find any failure, sorry :B Keep up the great job, dear! :huggle:
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks so much, I'm so happy right now :glomp:!!! I'm really happy that you like it so much, I'm very proud of it so it's great to see that it's not just me =p. Hehe, believe it or not, but you weren't the first to think that it's a pencil drawing :D. It would probably have taken me AGES to do this with pencils...

Honestly, in retrospect, I don't know how I did his beard, either :D. Somehow everything in this painting went so easy; his hair, his beard and eyebrows... okay, I had stuggled a bit with his hand, but it wasn't that bad :-). So, yeah, I discovered a way to make drawing - or rather painting - hair easy :D. Yay me :-).

When I was doing the background I though about a dirty window, you know, with a lot of coom on it, and then rain pouring down and leaving these traces. But that's not what I wanted to paint, it was just an idea in the back of my head. But yeah, now that you mention it I can see the wooden wall as well :D.
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
The pleasure is all mine, dear :hug: I do love it!

You say it was easy for you?! Oh, I wish such things were easy for me. I've just finished a watercolour portrait and it was bloody difficult for me :iconlegaspplz:

Yay, such a background would be amazing! But I am afraid it might be distracting so the way you did it id perfectly fine :)
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Miss-Catherine Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! looks really fantastic! :D
I always like such contrast dark and light :)
you captured his expression to perfection!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :cuddle:
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samjo989 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I think, overall, this is a fantastic piece of work. The contrast is brilliant, and you've done a great job getting the soft blended tones with the ink. The eyebrows and beard are particularly impressive to me :)

I do think there are a few things that could be improved though. (I won't mention the background =P And to be honest, I didn't even notice it until you mentioned it in your description - I was too captivated by the beautiful portrait!)

First of all, I think the fingernails are really too dark. It just looks wrong, like he's wearing nail polish (although I don't know which reference photo you used, so...! =P) I guess it's the sort of thing that can happen if you're working in ink - since you can't really erase anything - but you've been so sensitive to tones and shades everywhere else, that the fingernails really stand out as a mistake to me.

The second thing - and this is really a small thing - is his hairline. The bit at the top right, where his hair meets his forehead: to me it looks too clean, the line is too distinct. This is really just my opinion, and I don't know what it looked like in the reference photo, but I think it would look better here with just a little bit more blending in that area, to make his hair and his forehead a bit more organic :)

But those are really quite small things. My first thought when I saw this was "wow!", and even after mentioning all those things, it's the same thought that's going through my head now :) Lovely work!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
First of all, thanks a lot for taking the time to write this comment, I think I already told you that I really appreciate it a lot :-).

I'm also happy that you like the painting, getting good feedback on my painting-with-ink skills encourages me to continue working with it (and hopefully getting better).

As to the rest of your comment: I always try to put the link to the reference picture in the artist's comment so that people have the possibility to compare my drawing / painting with it. There's also a link to this drawing's reference, so you can take a look and judge for yourself if the fingernails are too dark. But I agree with what you wrote about the hairline on the upper right side; now that you pointed it out to me it does seem too clean. But I think that - like you said - it's a small thing and it doesn't bug me, so I'm gonna leave it as it is.
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samjo989 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Ooo, I missed the link to the reference! I see what you mean about the fingernails =P

No worries!
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Sejuay Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would be happy with more ink paintings to come. :) Marvelous
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D. Sure, more ink paintings will definitely come, I just have to find a good reference picture (which I think is the hardest part...) :-).
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Sejuay Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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Mariannaeva Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Fantastic Pencil Work! Congratulations!
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks, but it's actually ink :-).
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:iconboykins:
BOYKINS Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
question? is the b grade(pencil) hard to sketch with .....?
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh wait, what am I writing.... :doh:. I DID use a HB pencil for sketching, but I think B is pretty similar to HB and they're both not particularly hard to sketch with. I quite like doing the sketch with HB - no particular reason why I didn't use a B pencil, I'm just a creature of habit :D.
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BOYKINS Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol!!! thanks for answering my question it helped:D
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome, happy my answer helped and didn't just confuse you :D
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:iconarthawk87:
arthawk87 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh, that's supposed to be HB, thanks for letting me know :-) Yeah, B would have been hard to sketch with :D.
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