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Anthony Callea's double clips by akaLilith Anthony Callea's double clips by akaLilith
I haven't done with my collection of Anthony Callea drawing yet so bare with me. This is the drawing of his 2nd single with happened to be released as a double A side with 2 vdo clips. Because it's counted as one single so I thought I'd put both clips in the same picture. I had a lot of fun drawing in black and white and colour at the same time.

Pencils/Charcoal and coloured pencils
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roxzey27 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
the colored one is amazing the way you've blended the colors is excellent; especially in the face and hair, the way you've gotten the ruffled technique of the clothes by using darker blue/brown looks fantastic, while the hair looks amazingly life like; i especially like where it blends into the tones of his face to create a hairline and also the way you've used lighter browns to achieve a highlighted and 3-d feeling (MAGNIFICENT O).

the black and white one while it doesn't appeal to me as much (because i'm a color whore) is amazing, you've been able to captured his features perfectly. the glint and the shading in parts of the eye gives a great effect. i also like the way the pencil strokes all seem to be drawing you to him. overall the shading of the face looks fanatastic. great great great work (keep the great work comming)
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SO much for your nice and constructive comment. I really appreciate it. :thanks:It's been a while since I received such a passionately detailed comment. It means a lot.:cuddle:
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shaggyoz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
WOW how do you get your work so accurate? the coloring is just amazing!
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I haven't done anything in colour for a long time I have no idea how I did it those days either..lol..
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shaggyoz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Well it's still amazing and your very very talented!! I've been working on my art lately to get portaits done and all sorts of styles in on my work.
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RachaelBriner Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beauitful as always! I love the black and white drawing :heart:
How big is it?
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's a4.
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ForlornExistence Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
very Impressive skill you have my friend! extra ordinary...above everyone! :thumbsup:
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t3amo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006   Photographer
you are amazing! how do you do portraits so well in colour!
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SteelVenom Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
That's a really cool piece of art-I would hike up the contrast on your black and whites for the future but everything on here is still crazy good. Colored pencil is a medium almost no one works in, your very good at it.
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks and please don't hold back any advices or constructive criticisms because I really love to hear it.
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oO-Stu-Oo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!! keep up the amazing work!!
I saw him on TV last night!! hehe
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I just got back from THE ARIAS. What a fantastic experience! My next drawings are going to be him with the awards.
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oO-Stu-Oo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe cool =D hope you had fun.
Personally I'd like to see some pics of Tony Jaa kicking someone but I guess anthony is quite hot haha.

keep up the great work and don't hold back.
you are :#1:
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Elky Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005   Traditional Artist
Dammit you're good...
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
Nice. I like the way the textured strokes bring unity to the graphite and colored areas, it's got a great composition. It didn't load right in thumbnail so I couldn't say for how it looks reduced but in full view it's spectacular -- and you got such great values in the color side that I'm impressed.
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. I love the way you gave your comments. They're so constructive and observant. Sorry that I haven't checked out this site for a while so I didn't have a chance to reply to your last post though I did read it.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Purr, you're welcome! I love doing constructive critique, it's a lot of fun for me and good practice for my how to draw books. What's cool about DeviantART is that I'm not always the best super skilled artist in the group. I'm somewhere at the high end of Sunday painters, good but with so many great artists ahead to study and learn from that I feel like a student again, while there are tons of beginners who enjoy getting tips and tutorials from me. Then I trip on tutorials for things I always wanted to try but didn't know how to do.
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great! I always want to improve my drawing skill but I don't know how. I don't know if I even have such thing that I can call "my" style and, if I don't, how to have one. I'm a newbie in everway here. Where am I among these great artists? Are my works still look like ones from a beginner or I've gone pass that level?
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Did I mention that sometimes extremely skilled artists don't recognize that and still feel like beginners? That's you. I clicked on your gallery again, just to check. I looked at an entire page of thumbnails of polished, professional looking portraits. You do not draw like a beginner. You're more driven to improve your drawing skill the way I am, constantly building on what I already know and because learning is fun. Learning and improving your drawing skill is an indefinite lifetime joy and it would be if you and I were immortal. Some things are just not zero sum in this world, thankfully the arts are all in that category.

You already have a strong distinct personal style in portraits. You do cool things with texture that I don't and don't quite know how yet. I probably do things that you don't too and this is the point where good artists jam and keep on continually learning from each other. I may have some pointers for you on pastel landscapes because those looked like graphite or colored pencil and I didn't see any loose pastel works in there -- but I didn't go to the earlier pages either, so I could be wrong. The biggest thing you might get out of Street Sketching isn't how to get the likeness but how to get it when that's a fidgeting tourist or relative and you have to get it before they get bored sitting for it. Quick life drawing in pastels is different from slow careful tonal graphite or colored pencil drawing.

You're among these great artists. Notice how many of these great artists specialize and have one thing they're really good at: horses or portraits or nature scenes or anime or illustrations. You're way past beginner.

I think of myself as a pretty good Sunday painter. I'm better with dry media than wet media and starting to develop another style, a loose quick almost Asian painting style that's a lot of fun and produces nice looking art in a very short time. "Berries" was a breakthrough for me, but I'm still not consistent in getting that sumi-e feeling in fast paintings, I do a fair number of botches. I learn from them. I used to do alien creatures, dragons, fantasy stuff in pen and ink well but couldn't do humans, then I learned to do portraits, then street art, now I'm getting back to landscapes and doing a lot better with them.

Another level that I want that I don't know if you've attained is to imagine a fictional character and draw him or her in as much detail as I would if I had a celebrity reference in costume for the part -- before choosing the actor, create the character and make him real. And put him in a background, do illustration as well as portraits. All my life I wanted to be able to illustrate my novels. That's my big deal.

With fast styles I could even decorate short stories with quick sketches that are recognizable and draw the reader in to enjoy it. I would need reference photos to come up with Mr. Universe and his supermodel girlfriend from "Thin Chance" and also to do the magical smoothie shop, combining a typical juicebar and a typical New Age magical store in the same setting to make it cute, slick, yuppie, funny yet plausible. Magic popularized and iconized about like the way herbs get iconized in health food stores.

I don't know how to do traditional comics art, the old Western style of comics art rather than manga, with muscled characters and dramatic scenes and weird perspectives laid out on a page that flows naturally frame to frame. I have yet to do a big seascape with waves and a great sense of distance although I have that sketched on my wall on the Sea Dragon canvas. I think that one will come out a spectacular painting when I get around to doing it, but it may be a while before I do -- I've had the sketch for a year now.

So there's all this stuff I can already do well and all this stuff that I'm still learning and it flows together here. I'm a beginner in some things and not in others. I got a lot better at composition this year though, for a long time I misplaced elements and would mess up otherwise good artworks on bad composition if it was anything but a face portrait -- those I usually just borrowed the photographer's composition for the reference.

I don't think you're beginner enough with portraits that I could teach you and use Before and After examples unless you really haven't ever drawn fast and loose and it's specifically an example of "good fan artist moving from slow detailed portrait technique to salable pastel street portraits." It's a much smaller leap than from beginner, just a small step and a box of new color toys with lots of colors in it.

If you are interested in trying pastels, look at Dick Blick for the Yarka Russian Pastel Sets. Depending on your budget, even the smallest sets seem to have a nice range while the giant set is the best bargain for artist grade pastels I've seen anywhere. I wish I'd had it when I did street art. It's a little shy on vivid reds, but it more than makes up for that in soft earth tones and total number of colors for the price -- any other wood box set over 100 colors is going to have only as many sticks as colors and cost $200 and up, going up fast, even in student grades. All the sets are wood box sets, they do not believe in cardboard or they have a local wood box factory. Also, the giant set of 135 colors has 185 sticks -- there are 50 duplicates of most used colors.

Yarka is the only pastels manufacturer I know of that does this and instead of advertising how much the range is and making the box tight, provides extras in commonly replaced colors. It's so practical. They are natural mineral pigments that must be produced locally from the price, and they rock for that combination of value and practicality. Pastels are an expensive habit to start!

The other thing they have now that I would have loved back when I did street art is that Canson Mi-Tientes now comes in 8 1/2 x 11" pads of 25 colored sheets in three ranges: Neutral, Brights and Heritage (darks). All but one of the colors I usually bought in full sheets are included in these pads and I bought them recently, so I can get back to doing pastel works and Prismacolor drawings on colored paper. It's a great speed trick. The paper color becomes an underpainting and the middle tone of what I'm drawing, which on portraits warms them or cools them or does neat things and on reef scenes is going to save a lot of my blue pencils. I can use them just to tone the paper tint and not have to fill in large areas with blue on reef scenes. I always loved reef scenes.

I also did some in pastels that came out great and need to do some more of those so that I can hang them in my room, because all my reef drawings sold. Hmm. I need to do that soon. :)

So my mind is always working on future projects and that's part of the fun of the whole thing. You're not a beginner. Hope the mini-product review was amusing. I'm still rehearsing some of the things that'll go in the book. If you wanted to get serious about pastels the big set is worth it even at the start, but the smallest set they have for portraits would be enough to get out and earn enough to get the big set. I've been thinking of also getting the tiny 12 color Landscape set for portability too once I'm living somewhere I get out more, just because it'd be convenient and looks like a good limited palette.
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