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'Drawn to Pain' contest by 'Live Action TV & Movie Art' :iconliveactiontvmovieart: winner!!! :happybounce::hooray::la::squee::woohoo::faint: : liveactiontvmovieart.deviantar…

I tried to express a hard, hopeful and determination's look at the same time, that despite all the adversities and challenges, as much hard as they seem or surrounded by grey, there's always a way for solving your problems and a light for hope that to me transmits Draw to Pain's aim. Also, in my opinion the character represents the responsibilities and pressures that being a leader has, when your failings can mean more than yours alone. For that, he owns his unique abilities and intellect, perceiving the problems that are emerging along the journey. Besides, he is wise enough to gather people together to convince them to see that "something" in us that we don’t see in ourselves and enlighten the courage for facing impending doom although it requires effort.

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay: small acts of kindness and love." - Gandalf

Character in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He appears as a wizard, member of the order known as the Istari, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West. In The Lord of the Rings, he is initially known as Gandalf the Grey, but returns from death as Gandalf the White. Sir Ian McKellen wonderfully portrayed Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

I wanted to try a challenging hair in a new paper but I think I picked the wrong beard in not the best realist paper, though not disappointed with the result.

:bulletblue:2H-7B, Willow charcoal
:bulletblue:Kneaded Eraser, Mechanical Pen Eraser, Electric Eraser
:bulletblue:Blending Stump, Makeup removal discs
:bulletblue:(21,6x29,72cm) (8,5x11,7")
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samurai-jirafu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YazolinoGirl Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the contest... this piece is truly breathtaking!
TheLittleGingerGirl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
boss. we all bow down to your awesomenessLa worship :worship: remake :worships: :WorshipLa: :worship: revamp  
Alexbee1236 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student
SerenissimaLuna Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Epic :D
OwlWolfRaven Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014   Digital Artist
aaaaaw..... and you did this perfectly! :(
HuseyinAltinisik Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nastyfoxy Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work!
Hansmar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful levels of detail!
Weegoddess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This work is beautiful to me in that it captures incredible subtlety of shadow and texture. You must be incredibly patient to be able to create such an illusion of 3D on a 2D surface.

I would appreciate some advice, if you had it. I love how this image is portrayed on my computer screen. As I said, I can see lots of subtle shifts in tone and shadow. What sort of scanning/photography did you use to get a digital image of this artwork? (in other words, how did you capture it for online display?) I've tried scanning my works and tried taking a photo and am not sure what works best. Thanks so much for your time! ~ Lori
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Thank you Lori! :thanks:
It's very important to obtain a good digital rendering of your physical pieces, I use a HP Photosmart for scanning in A4 size and then I adjust the contrast values with the software. For bigger sizes I usually take a picture with my digital camera (… or I go to a photocopy room, then I pick the option that I like the most. Hope it helps! :thumbsup:
Weegoddess Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the advice!
not2girly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ArtKosh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
The fabulous beard! the great tech!
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A superb drawing of Ian Mckellen as Gandalf. The age and wisdom of the character shine through the temporarily grim visage. +fav 
exile744 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Amazing! How do you get such fine lines of white?

M3ganK Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
This is amazing! The expression on his face is incredible!  Absolutely fantastic!
deathofspace Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome sauce
philippeL Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very impressive work!
heath23windle Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Excellent sketch!!!!!!!
HicksteadsDreams Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What brand of drawing paper do you use? Is it smooth or rough paper?
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
It depends but I normally use Bristol (smooth) for realism although this one is Canson Basik 370 g/m^2 intended to be for watercolor but I wanted to try it anyway, it has some tooth.
Buntcone Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love the detail of the beard :clap:
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Gandalf perfection.

Love it.
Douce-Illusion Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I want to do same !!
IAstartov Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
There are a lot of details - awesome!
TheComod Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Ids this draving? wow fuck cant belive
JORDAV Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
justagirl24601 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'm shocked, you are a magician yourself
brianfallen97 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so realistic! :D
damagegoods Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
super detail :O I love the expression
alanrober23 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
If you made Radagast would you sell him ? i luv that character and want to own a drawing of him
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Hey! contact me at if you want a special reference.
Sapphire-Arkenstone Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. :heart: It looks exactly like him. :clap:
sndleight Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is the brand of paper
TheApostles Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
This is great!! Could I use this as a profile picture?
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Thanks! :thanks: Sure!
TheApostles Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
woohoo!!!!! Thanks :D
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I can hardly express how honoured I am for winning such a cool contest. I really enjoyed the experience and it was a privilege to take part. I'm very grateful for your support it mean the world to me! :happybounce::hooray::la::squee::woohoo::faint:
Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work was fantastic - you deserved the recognition! :D
BaneEden Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
nienkezijlstra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
unbelievable how amazing this is! you are very talented!
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thanks! :thanks:
loonyleo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm thinking of getting an electric eraser, it should allow me to work the fine details. It's far too frustrating with a putty eraser. I guess you sharpen the eraser tip to a fine point?
I'll check out your videos, thanks for the tip!
loonyleo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a masterpiece!
The detail is just out of this world.
Question: did you render the beard with kneaded eraser?
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thanks! :thanks: Not only kneaded eraser, the electric eraser was useful for small details. Take a look at the speed-drawing link in the description, hope it helps.
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