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January 13, 2009
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Gifts from Lovers pencil by MattDeakinFineArt Gifts from Lovers pencil by MattDeakinFineArt
Well here it is, finally finished.

This has been the most fun yet frustrating piece I've ever done. I made more work of it than I had to simply because I sometimes never know when to just leave certain parts alone and so end up reworking and reworking parts over and over again.

I averaged 3 hours a night, 5 days a week for about 4 weeks to do this although I think next time I do anything like this I'll be quicker.

I'm fairly happy with it :icondweebdanceplz: although I feel I should have done more with the surface that the objects stand on and the surface actually looks quite messy. I may go back and do something with it someday but for now it's time to move on to my next piece.

As always, not the best scan.

I used graphite pencils: 2B - 8B

Putty eraser

Blending stumps, tissue, ear buds.

Edit: Added my own Watermark as the DA one is highly intrusive.

Also, to anyone who comments, faves or whatever, I will try my best to respond and thank you all individually but it's not always possible. Please don't be offended as every comment, good or bad and every fave is highly appreciated.

Thanks for viewing.
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Here is the honest critique that you requested.

I will have to say that the time that you spent on this piece was worth it. The rendering you did on the metal of the bracelet and the lighter is of an awesome quality and looks like a black and white photo. The only thing that think may be wrong is that the lighter's perspective seems a tad off in orientation to the perspective of table and the bracelet and feels like it is tipping backwards some. This is only slight though and it is hard to get pass the rendered metal.

Hope that helps.
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Wow! You got a great return for your sixty hour investment.

I like this close cropped composition with the design elements filling the page. You have created a nice space for these objects, and surroundings of a room as indicated in the reflections of the bracelet. I like the contrast between the wood grain and the metal objects.

Your proportions and foreshortening look spot on.

You have a beautiful range of values here, with plenty of contrast. Very strong technique on display here in your use of value changes to show the planes and contours of the objects.

On the chimney of the lighter the light values around the air holes is a great added touch.

It's a sterling piece of work! :clap:
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marmicminipark Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Killer shading, keep up the good work !!! (it's now in my favs)
AdorableDee18 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
heello ^.^ just gna inform you that i will be adding you to my poer point in college i have to make about 3 artitsts :D although ur not well known like picasso , its still good to know a few here and there, id like to know more about , hence my teacher acquires info like that, like a famous artist so try to contact me my email is . thanks appreciate it....
Cantantalily Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love all the reflections, it's really interesting, apart from the amazing detail and pencil work, it's a great composition (:
bradlyvancamp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really excellent work. You make me want to put down my tablet and pick up a pencil.
step-fanny Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
KellyAFisch Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I am reminded of a time in 1979 when I was sitting around the fire at Telemark Lodge in Cable Wisconsin. Massive building! Massive fireplace! People there for skiing and wine and socializing and a trio playing jazz live.

Wood. Glass. Rock. Reflections. Lighting. Concrete. Liquid. Fire.

Your skills could easily have captured that moment. Bravo!
ishali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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ravikrishnaism Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
truly amazing
catoyan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the wood texture in the back is truly amazing
Git23 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
excellent work
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