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Sharpie pen drawing of Johnny Depp as Barnabas by ladyjart Sharpie pen drawing of Johnny Depp as Barnabas by ladyjart
This is a sharpie pen drawing of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins for the Dark Shadows contest..
He was drawn with fine and ultra fine and large sharpie pen on heavy light pink card stock paper to stop the sharpie bleed..The drawing took nine hours non stop..on my face book you can see how the drawing came to be..[link] [link] [link] [link]
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Enjoy..:)
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NorseSnow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
that's amazing!
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aliencatx Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
as a sharpie enthusiast and fellow artist I must say this is amazing, great job
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ladyjart Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much..I really love your work to..:)
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AmandaPainter87 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This definitely should have placed!!!! Was for sure a favorite out of all the entries i've seen. LOVE IT!!!
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ladyjart Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are sot sweet..Thanks again..:)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOVE the textures you created...and the perspective, looking at at him...He looks very regal.
Good luck in the contest ! :D
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ladyjart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks my friend..Could you do me a favor and tell me what you think about my new Dexter drawing..The one with the news paper..Is there anything i could do that would make my drawings a little more alive..I don't like using that much color..just not a color person for my drawings..Put I'm using colored card stock paper now..which adds something different to the feeling..and reds is all i want in my pics..So please be honest..if i could do any thing different with this drawing..like the hands..im really bad with hands..but I'm trying..So if you could i sure would love it..Thanks my friend..Glad everything is going good..It really going well for me to..:)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn! I find hands harder than faces. There are so many little muscles and bones in them...and hands can convey almost as much emotion as a face, too. When you're using such a limited color and line style, each littl mark you make counts. It's more challenging in many ways than what I do when I paint.
So - the thickness and thiness variation of each line helps describe the form, like in comic art. And placement of each line is critical! Also design composition - the shapes and placement of the figures. Composition can make or break an artwork, take it from ok to wow. In the case of Dexter, think about where the light direction is coming from... maybe somehow darken either him or the newspaper, to creat a depth of field? Since his eyes tell so much about what he's thinking, maybe think of a way to emphasize that?

If I were painting him in color, I might first simulate the lighting effect I want in Photoshop, then use that as a guide when I paint. It the way I usually compose my artwork before starting. of course I'd use value and color to accent the things I want, I usually deviate from the ref photos, add or remove things, etc. But I have alot of "wiggle room" in case I make mistakes, I just go back in and re-work them til I get it right :XD:

In your work, it's hard...I give you much credit there! You have to get it right the first time! Maybe study some other great pen and ink artists, comic artists that do linework, see how they tackle those same issues. Have you tried other marker types? Like brush markers, or rapidographs? I used to do stipple pen and ink, which is a bit similar to your style (using all dots to create the image on bristol board) I used a rapidograph, but they're a pain to keep clean, the nibs are expensive! It was really precise, though. Brush markers are cheap, have a nice thick to thin stroke...I use them now, when I'm drawing tattoos in my paintings.

I hope this helps a little...but you're doing great with your style just as it is! I know, we artists always want to take it to the next level ;)
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ladyjart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks my friend....i just feel I'm kind of stuck..I can't really seem to change it much more..Ill check out some other pen and ink artists maybe i can learn from them..But yeah id like to take it to a higher level..Cleaner and more depth and finer lines..Maybe i should try some finer pens and sharpie..I play around see what i come up with..Thanks again my friend of helping me out..Talk to you later...:)
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
- Barnabas really have a awesome look! :wow:
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