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Fail Again by shalpin Fail Again by shalpin
"No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett

B on Bristol Smooth. Don't know the photographer of the original image - looks like it might have been for the BBC Radio Times - there's a copy here.

Hasn't he just got the face for for drawing? Another plane drawing, though Adele's got a bit of a thing for Beckett, so took a little extra care with this :) The 'signature' is a puffin :)
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:iconwilliamdallwitz:
WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Excellent rendition of a very difficult subject, congrats!
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VonGourry Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome sticker and a fav!
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
So the secret is failing a lot. Good work.
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Lakey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
heh, I came here because I saw a short critique of yours on someone else's piece and I just had to see what kind of stuff you were creating...

Very glad I stopped by, amazing work!
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redsupersonicninja Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
lol he has 2 invisible eyes xD
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:iconfor-lenny:
for-lenny Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Wow! I thought it was the photo, not a drawing! Amazing, beautifully done! *-*
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Ok, I think I'll start drawing on a plane. I for one can't use mechanicals, this is incredible, he's so alive. And yes, he's got the face for it. :)
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OneiromancerNJV Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
I thought many of your works photographs when I saw the preview. Amazingly well done. Nice quotation, by the way. :)
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite part of this is your deceptive pencil strokes; at first I thought it was a photo until I zoomed in. I love the character in it! Great work. :)
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Art2mys Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Great and surprising work, bravo!
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Dirges Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Featured >>> [link] ;)
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:iconadrianperezacosta:
adrianperezacosta Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Mighty good work!!
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:iconabddevil:
AbdDevil Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Well done.
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suzanastojanovic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Another great work.
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astercrow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008   General Artist
Woooow....

I can't believe you only used a B pencil for this. I sometimes can't believe I don't use anything darker than a 2b for my pieces, but this is really good. If it were me, I'd probably hate myself after shading in all that background ;)
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shalpin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thanks. Actually it wasn't that bad ... I did most of it on a plane. Just stuck some music in my ears and drew. Drawing on a plane can make 5 hours feel like 5 minutes. Well maybe not quite that much, but it makes the time whizz by.

I've got a kind of routine - just lay down the graphite as much as possible with the 0.9 and use the 0.3 to go over it and even things out. I'm trying out a 2mm for the first step for even faster graphite application.
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astercrow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008   General Artist
Oh so you use mechanical pencils? i can't stand the squeakiness of the leads, so I gotta use the real deal and keep a pencil sharpener handy.

I always bring my sketchbook when I'm flying. I have a specific book set aside to airline travel and just fill the entire page before moving onto the next. It definitely does kill time... unless you're experiencing turbulence ^^;
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shalpin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Yeah, mechs for me. I used to think "why would anyone use them - they only have one line" ... but I would never go back now.

He, he. Turbulence is when you do the dark bits. Or hair. :)
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:iconastercrow:
astercrow Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   General Artist
hahaha, good pointer ;)
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:iconboywithoutaface:
boywithoutaface Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
amazing detail!
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:iconformel:
Formel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love Samuel Beckett, he has amazing eyes, both as a writer and as a person :heart:
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!

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bigalbinomonkey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
HEY! how do you get your darks so dark and how do you keep it from getting grainy? just curious... good work tho.
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shalpin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
I use Bristol Smooth and a 0.3 with a B lead. I just keep going over it with the 0.3, trying to make it even and flat with fairly light strokes. The more even the tone, the darker it will look. When I need it to be really dark, at the final stages, I twist the pencil about 90 degrees, so the chiseled edge of the lead goes sideways on the paper and more graphite is put down. You can feel the pencil give more resistance and when the resistance stops, it's time to turn the pencil again.
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bigalbinomonkey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
why thank you
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BeatEmOrBurnEm Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
This is absolutely gorgeous, I'm quite envious of your talent.
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LadyExcelsior Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Beautiful piece! It reminds me of my grandfather, the big ears, the crows feet, and the laugh lines around the mouth. You've made this portait come alive with expressions!
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xoxdollfacexox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
ur an amazing artist, this looks so real =]

im gonna watch u now =P
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:iconmariaolivia:
mariaolivia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
this is an amazing portrait, very realistic! well done :clap:
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AshleeHG Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional
great work
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:iconrvxen:
rvxen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
you automatically win my heart and body! do what you will to them!
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:iconshalpin:
shalpin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
Off to the white slave traders with you then! :) Thankyou!
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DeadHeartInc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007


I like it :)
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:iconstaticgirl:
staticgirl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good God that's incredible.... *eyes boggle*
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Drawn on black paper?
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:iconshalpin:
shalpin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
It was on white. I went over it with a 0.9 B a couple of times, then with a 0.3 B, trying to fill in the uneven spots and flatten it all out.
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow. That took some time, then. :nod:
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:iconshalpin:
shalpin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
I think it did, but it wasn't that bad. I was away from home with nothing else to do and it didn't require concentration. I think it's kinda like knitting (not that I can knit): you can just turn your brain off or watch TV while you work. It's quite therapeutic once you get in the swing of it.
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Thea-Nu Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
very good portrait work!
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misterunlucky Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Beatiful work... and yes, that is a great face for drawing.
Cheers!
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so awesome. I saw the thumb on the pencilclub journal and went whabeckett? I drew him before but nothing as awesome as this... you got so much life and character (:
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shalpin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thank you so much for the kind words. They made my day :)
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad they did ^^. You're very welcome.
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delph-ambi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
Fantastic portrait.
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:iconshalpin:
shalpin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thankyou! :)
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:iconizzii:
izzii Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
this is really outstanding friend.great shading and details. i really dig this piece.
a definite PDD in my book :clap:
truly nice work. :)


cheers!! :ahoy:
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:iconshalpin:
shalpin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Ha, ha. Thankyou so much! :)
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:iconrushlord:
Rushlord Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Good ol' Samuel Beckett. Really nice dude.
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:iconshalpin:
shalpin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Thankyou!
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ApplesCarrotsnGrain Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the details! :)
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