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Johnny Depp is Barnabas Collins by kelch12 Johnny Depp is Barnabas Collins by kelch12
This is my main entry for Dark Shadows / Johnny Depp / Barnabas Collins / Tim Burton Portrait Project

Original Drawing:
Pencil: 4H, 2H, HB, and 2B
Paper: 14x17 Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum
Other: kneaded eraser, brush (for hair and background only)
Duration: 04/11/2012 to 04/24/2012, 60hr+

Credits:
Model: Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins
Drawing: Kelvin Chen

My Thoughts:
Potrait drawing has been my main passion as an graphite pencil artist. When I first heard of the contest, I couldn't hold in my excitement for entry. However, there are challenges.

Drawing with pencils really takes time and the contest only provides less than 14 days for completion. With my normal daily routine, it's nearly impossible to finish a quality piece on time. Well, never say never.

Coincidentally, I took my entire week off work due to my recent car accident. With my car being repaired in the shop, I had nowhere to go but focused on the drawing. The repair cost me nearly $3200 out of my own pocket and my insurrance company didn't cover the repair.....Long story short, I was so determined to win this contest. :onfire:

Despite the extra free time, completing the entire piece is still a big push. I chose the biggest paper possible for best possible detail. This is my first and most ambitious attempt to finish a 14x17 portrait in full detail because I don't usually include background in my portraits (see my gallery).

This pose of Johnny was found in the one of the two posters inside the asset pack provided by the contest. For the background, I got inspiration after viewing the official movie trailer. Composition wise, I believe it shows the characteristics of Barnabas Collins. The background was drawn in simple sketchy fashion so it won't be too distracting yet it still tells the story well. Some of you might have found the background interesting. Leave me a comment if you've found the dragon inside the drawing :D.

Yeah, this is it. I've used all the tme I had and now I have to submit this and hope for the best. If you like this, please favorite it, share it, and most importantly, leave me your comments (good or bad). I appreciate your support!

Have a good day! :)


Be sure to check out my other entries: WIP:

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This Drawing is Highly Vivid and I ADORE that, The Landscape in the background is absolutely stunning and the detail you put in to artwork is just amazingly stunning, i could have Never have done something this amazing! You Took A million words and a stunning drawing that can and has capture anything and everything. Its a inspiration, and deserves the highest of respect. I absolutely love this artwork, and i would L O V E to see some more amazing work from you in the future :) Never give up on the dreams you have and never stop drawing

-- continue on your AMAZING work! :D
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This is amazing! If it were colored a bit more, then it would look exactly like him! The shading is really good, the scene fits the mood, and altogether it looks amazing. Johnny Depp is perfect for this rool, and you captured it perfectly. The image is... WOW. Just wow. You are amazing, this drawing is amazing. I draw, but not entirely this good! And in the background on the cliff, the little tree is pretty cool. Solitude and it's just like Barnabas. Alone and original. All in all, this picture blows my mind. You truly captured the vampire in Johnny Depp. WOW!
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silentshadowdrawer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing stunning the detail is epic!!! how could u not get picked this is amazing. i mean his facial features the details of the clouds trees and adding the unoticeable at first glance dragon thats amazing. loooove it i want to be his good one day
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awe.....Thank you so much. Hearing comments like yours is just as good as winning the contest. :) Looking back, I see there's room for improvement. Keep drawing, you will become better each time. :)
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silentshadowdrawer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nobodys perfect and we r always learning. i always listen to wut ppl say about ny drawing as far as how i can improve except for when they r really mean then i offer them a hug ^^ lol but i think ur stuff is truly amazing i admire art like this it helps me to better myself. did u go to school for drawing?
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been studying on my own with online tutorial. Recently, I take drawing more serious so I went to local private drawing and painting lessons. If you are interested in this drawing style, go to check out "5 Pencil Method" on Youtube. Darrel Tank is a great teacher on graphite drawing.
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silentshadowdrawer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx i am always looking for ways to improve. thanx^^ wut is ur favorite art style?
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I started with graphite drawing, currently exploring colors, practicing with colored pencil and also learning oil painting. I like realistic tranditional drawing/painting. I'm mainly interested in drawing portraits and human figures.
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silentshadowdrawer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats cool i tried that for a while but i always made cartoony lookin ppl so i decided to stick to cartoons so im workin on that. thats amazing stuff to learn i would love to learn more.
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Go to the Youtube Channel "5 Pencil Method," you will learn so much there.
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LAvenus79 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:omg: just stunning...
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kelch12 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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