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Michael Phelps - Details by akaLilith Michael Phelps - Details by akaLilith
I wasn't very sure to submit these details. It took forever to make the water look convincingly realistic and I was worried that exposing the pencil strokes would somehow make the actual drawing look less real.

However, I decided to submit them anyway. Some people've asked me how to draw water and honestly I don't know how to answer. I hope the close-up details can explain it better.
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guilhermewonsik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
AWESOME
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raginghearts Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, you are fanastic! My mom and I were in awe as we browsed through your gallery. You're amazingly talented.
How long did it take to draw this? The way that you drew the water is somewhat awe inspiring! You're one of the best portrait drawers out there, I'd say, and I'm not saying that lightly! :love:
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reality-must-die Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you use an electric eraser?
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imnickle Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
oh my god this looks soo painful to do...
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A-T-G-4 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
ur insane it blows my mind
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popnhoney Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009   General Artist
This is awesome !!
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yingyang110117 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
OMG......:shocked:!!!! How do you make water realistic? One word AMAZING:love:!!!!
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msellekman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I'd love to see less blurry macro shots, one where the paper grain would show behind the whites!
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NobiNobi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Jeeeeeesus.. I can only dream to draw water like that..
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eN-Vee Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
it looks like a picture! im still trying to figure out how you drew the water! how long did it take u?
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Forever...:P
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eN-Vee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
lol well i envy this haha
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EmmEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This close-up is very good! Not only from a point of learning but from the point of showing that no matter how good you are at drawing, a drawing can't be a photo, even if you're really close to that! ;D
(Please, please don't take that as something bad!! Because I don't mean it that way! It's something good! )
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lunadeshadow Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008   Writer
You never cease to amaze me with your talent. =D
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Svera Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
I'm sure everyone can learn much from you :) To be honest, thanks to you and your water drawings I'm thinking about doing one myself. I've never thought about it, because I was afraid it's too difficult. But your work inspires me so much I think I'll give it a try :) I'm not sure when I can start one, I'm busy with some other projects at the moment, but if I try it I'll dedicate it to you :hug:
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Aivilo0 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
That is so awsome! :+fav:
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LadyGwynn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your work, and all throughout your closeups series, you've been talking about how the closeups show your pencil strokes, but to me they still seem like the gloriously realistic masterpieces that I've been seeing from you all along. I don't see any individual lines at all, only a beautiful and masterful whole. Excellent work as always. Keep it up! :)
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Tatooine92 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student Writer
Incredible!
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Lainiexox Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
In a way it's better if it looks less "real"... because then it would just be a photograph. It shows how much detail and effort you put in, and I'm in awe of how patient you must be. :)
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iviaq Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
i have to thenk you
it will help a lot in my work :F
ty vm
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dreamai0 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
wow!
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DustyKnives Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art is meant to be seen from a slight distance. Your work, when submitted before, shows that your art is amazing from the intended distance. Submitting details merely helps us who look up to you know how you make that magic happen. Don't sweat it, we still love you! :rofl:
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TheHashishin Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
incredible detail.
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The-Lovely Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Wow, this is stunning! Especially the bottom one is astounding :D Spectacular job :+fav:
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sadieB798 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student General Artist
nooo!!!! :cries: why do you have to be so darn good?!!
excellent job btw :heart:
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AloraKitten Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
I love close up shots - how on earth do you get your blacks SO black?
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gunneos Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
I agree. Close ups are helpful and uh, lovely to look at. ^^
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GAVade Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Great stuff, very useful to see your work up close.............
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XeNzO Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Hey this is amazing! It must have taken a long time to make the water look so real! I think you should definetly keep up posting close-ups they really do help!:)


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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. -Confucius
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FLOODERAST Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
It's insane!
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.:D
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I still don't know how you do it, but you do it well!!

You're a master of pencil arts :love: fantastic work. Great close-ups!
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww...Thank you. You're always too kind..:blush:
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
mwah... just being honest ;)

hope you're doing fine :hug:
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MattDeakinFineArt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think it matters that you can see the pencil strokes up close. Afterall, the original isn't intended to be viewed right up close and so the pencil strokes aren't really visible when viewed properly anyway.

It's good that you have posted these close-ups though because it really does show the effort, hard work (in case we didn't already know) and amount of precise strokes that you used to get to your final result. It doesn't take anything away from the main picture and it is still one of the best water drawings that I've ever seen. What makes it even more impressive is the way you not only captured the water so well but also managed to portray the movement of the water and also the determination of Phelps in practically photo realistic quality but with your own style and your own fair hand.

Fantastic.
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for such an encouraging comment. It means a lot to me. I really appreciate it.:hug:
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coolmarvin Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you uploaded this cause it's quite useful to me. I'm planning on trying my hands on water as well. :)
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you find it useful. Good luck on drawing water then.:love:
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FrequentKoi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
its insane, in such a good way
the capturing of each reflection on the water... wow.
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.:D
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FrequentKoi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
no problem, I am still in awe.
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JacobineB Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job on the water :)
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akaLilith Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.:love:
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