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Drip Drop by disdaindespair Drip Drop by disdaindespair
Done, done, done! I still have some fine tuning to do-- most likely touching up on the jewels, but that can wait. It's amazing I kept my sanity the whole time-- what's left of it that is.

I have not added anything to my portfolio since November of last year so I thought I'd do something challenging and worth the break I took from my portfolio. Hope you guys like it.

Photograph by Greg Kadel of model Vlada Roslyakova.

-- Meks

Duration: 20 longgg hours
Medium: Primo Euro charcoal pencil B
Size: 9" x 12" Arches watercolor paper
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:iconamberj8:
amberj8 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely breath-taking!! I really admire your ability with charcoal...there's something in your work that I can't quite put my finger on, but it's the sort of thing I'm trying to achieve in my own art. Very inspirational, and I thank you for sharing your talent. :)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so sweet... thank you so much! You are very talented and I love seeing your work. I have spent the last couple of years trying to achieve my own "style," if you will. I wanted my own signature style, which is what every artist wants to achieve, I think? I wanted my charcoal work to be soft but with lots of overlaying texture. I think you'll notice that I don't have a lot of solid or raw, hard lines in my drawings except for things like hair or fabric texture because I use a brush to lay down most of my charcoal layers. I think that may be a difference that you're seeing in my work. Thank you for taking the time to leave a warm comment and browsing through my work. I really appreciate it!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. :) I really do love the way your work turns out...very soft. I think my own style has always gone the other way, towards sharper, darker areas, because I like a lot of contrast, but you get so much more depth in the skin tones than I can manage. Cheers. :)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do like a lot of contrast too. I love light and shadow, but I think I love the in between grays a little more. I enjoy having a lot of values in my work because it makes it feel less 2-dimensional, if that makes any sense. I love textures and dimensions so I try to exploit them in all of my work. You keep doing what you do because you're awesome. You're very talented and you have so many wonderful pieces in your gallery. :D
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Roxy-the-art-nut Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MetteHM Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely awsome! :)
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Brittany-Faith Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! ^.^ Wow!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Brittany-Faith Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yw :)
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riverdoe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
My jaw dropped when I realised this wasn't a photo. Every little detail is incredible. Love the water trickling down the face, and jewels look amazing. This is seriously beautiful work.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, kindly! I appreciate the warm words! :D
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BlackareaJF Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
really good piece ;)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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wowurnotkidding Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
How...What...
This is incredible. It deserves so much more attention. I just...
holy crap this is amazing.
Thank you. For doing this.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha.. you're so sweet! Thank you so much! I love your avatar-- RA is so awesome. :D
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wowurnotkidding Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
You are very welcome. :) And thanks. I love RA. :D
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SonofZion-JLM Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is just absolutely amazing.
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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SonofZion-JLM Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are most welcome!
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:iconstuifiee:
Stuifiee Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you sure this is not a photo? because I'm not :D
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha.. I'm pretty sure that it's not.. yes? ;)
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Redbuck Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student
With charcoal? I can't believe how realistic it is!! I could never control charcoal so expertly!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I don't think anyone can fully control charcoal-- it's such a diva medium. :D
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Tjames09 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is gorgeous <3 :D!!!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Dugolynn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You have a great technique and everything it is outstanding . do you work only with reproducing pics?
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! It seems that's all I've been doing lately. I'm finishing up my first portfolio with 2 more portraits and I will be starting a new portfolio-- possibly next year-- where I will venture off to drawing things that'll push me out of my comfort zone. I started doing portraits to help learn proportions and somehow I got stuck on stupid and have been doing mainly that ever since.
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serendipityphoto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
amazing!!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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zwoman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Holy smokes! The realism in this makes it hard for me to breathe. Such awesome details!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha.. thank you so much! I really appreciate it! :D
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zwoman Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
You're very welcome. :D
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cloudmilk Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing details and rendering. Great work !
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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MichaelNorwood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful job! :clap:
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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brianjosephkory Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Artist
How you get such strong whites? Is that just the paper underneath?
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, the highlights are just the white of the paper. I had to learn how to make my highlights pop by using shadows and tonal value. :D
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brianjosephkory Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Artist
Ok, thank you! I already passed that boat on my recent drawing but my next one I'll remember that.
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: This is amazing work!! Just stunning detail.
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very nice details! I love it!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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francoclun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work! :D
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Franco..much appreciated! :D
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francoclun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :D
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Codinas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, full of details!!! :wow:.......I'm speechless! :iconfaintsplz:
(^_^)(^_^)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I appreciate it :D
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