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Gandalf the Grey by AmBr0 Gandalf the Grey by AmBr0
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'Drawn to Pain' contest by 'Live Action TV & Movie Art' :iconliveactiontvmovieart: winner!!! :happybounce::hooray::la::squee::woohoo::faint: : [link]

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.

Tools:
: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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Hansmar Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful levels of detail!
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Weegoddess 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
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:iconambr0:
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 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS3gUb… or I go to a photocopy room, then I pick the option that I like the most. Hope it helps! :thumbsup:
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Weegoddess Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the advice!
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not2girly Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely!
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DrFedor Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The fabulous beard! the great tech!
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:iconforcedlactationlover:
A superb drawing of Ian Mckellen as Gandalf. The age and wisdom of the character shine through the temporarily grim visage. +fav 
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:iconexile744:
Amazing! How do you get such fine lines of white?

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:iconm3gank:
This is amazing! The expression on his face is incredible!  Absolutely fantastic!
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deathofspace Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome sauce
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