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:faint: I can't believe I finished this in one weekend. I had to draw this, bake a strawberry swirl cheesecake and 2 batches of s'more bars. I'm so beat!!!

This is a birthday gift for my supervisor. She lovesss Ian Somerhalder especially as Damon Salvatore. Hopefully she'll like the goodies and Ian!

-- Meks

Duration: 15 hours
Medium: Primo Euro charcoal HB
Size: 8" x 10"
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:iconventimocha:
ventimocha Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I love Ian Somerhalder too! Great drawing of him!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who doesn't love Ian Somerhalder? I dare anyone to try not to! Thank you so much!
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CaraBoo4899 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my god... looks exactly like him. this is awesome!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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CaraBoo4899 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconchrispastel:
Chrispastel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
superbe
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconpat71art:
pat71art Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Great drawing! So realistic! You master this medium perfect! Fav
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Oh, I'm far from mastering anything at this point haha.. :D
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:iconpipper-svk:
pipper-SVK Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
incredible skill !
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconlisacooper91:
LisaCooper91 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent drawing. Wonderful job :)
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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adavesseth Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work on the values! I love how there is so much in between black and white here. That's partly what makes it so photo-realistic, the skillful use of values in the skin tones.
:)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly. I think tonal value is one of the main key ingredients to photo-realism so I try with every ounce in me to render great value, texture and dimensions in my drawings. :D
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:iconshekhina:
Shekhina Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, this is great!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconmdv39:
mdv39 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at that amazing photograph...haha just kidding...GREAT detail!!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha.. thank you so much! :D
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing, realistic work! :-)
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconlidia6277:
Lidia6277 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO real!!! :love:
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconwaterdesign:
waterdesign Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Perfect!
I love it :+favlove:
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconvira1991:
Vira1991 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! His smile is amazing! You're indeed a charcoal master:)
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm farrrr from mastering charcoal :D
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:iconsnow-owl:
Snow-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm absolutely amazed with your realism skills, even more than this charming smile! :faint: ;) :+fav:
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! You are too kind. :D
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Fantastic! And very fast, too, for something so detailed! Aren't you constantly sharpening your charcoal to be able to work that detailed?
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you bunches Nathalie! Actually I don't sharpen my pencil too often. I hardly use my pencil directly onto my paper unless I need my black to be super black or I need fine lines like his stray hair and eyelashes. Most of my layers are added using brushes or q-tips really.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Really? I'd be very interested in seeing how you do that some time should you ever feel inclined to do a video!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, I have been asked before to make a video. I don't know how I'll feel about that. I hate taking pictures as it is and to record myself??? I guess all you really need to see are my hands and the drawing itself. I'm also making an FAQ for charcoal since Paula suggested I do so since she wants to try out charcoal herself. If you have any questions to add please feel free to do so. :D
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Indeed, just the hands would be enough!
I'll have to bookmark your FAQ as it's really usefull!
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm kind of a blabber too so I guess it would be my hands and my voice narrating in the background. I guess I like the sound of my own voice-- figuratively not literally. I hope the FAQ will serve a purpose when you pick up a charcoal pencil next time. :D
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I'm sure it will!
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:iconcatsartist:
CatsArtist Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The Smolder-holder. . . :+favlove:
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha.. he's definitely got me in a smolder-hold. And thank you! :D
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning work Meks :)
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Jonkal! Good to hear from you. :D
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still about...just particularly lazy :D
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been feeling particularly lazy myself, but I can't afford to be lazy. I have way too much to do.
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Christal-Phobic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dat stubble.

:heart:
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha.. gotta have the stubble. :D
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Christal-Phobic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes :iconirapeitplz:
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oranges994 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow you must be so tired but this is just wonderful I love him so much! Cant wait for the new series of the vampire diaries!!! :D Amazing job once again Meks!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I am sooo beat! I don't want to see the kitchen nor my drawing table for the rest of the week haha..

And thank you! Can't for the new season too-- Oh, how I've missed you so, Damon.
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julialund Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
This is great!! :)
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:icondisdaindespair:
disdaindespair Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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kungfoowiz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Good, I'm sure she'll like the drawing =)
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