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Day 112 - 366 ACEO Drawing Project for Charity by secrets-of-the-pen Day 112 - 366 ACEO Drawing Project for Charity by secrets-of-the-pen
Day 112 of my 366 daily art project! A lot more are on the way! Please read all about my project and charity below and in my journal.

So... I accidentally fell in love with this one. :love:
I'm putting in my own $8 for the Safehouse Project and will keep this one for my own little collection. :D

>>Created with charcoal and highlighted with chalk on 2.5x3.5 ACEO Black Strathmore 500 Series charcoal paper . About 2.5 hours.

:bulletred: See all my ACEO's in my gallery here: [link]





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♥ For every day of 2012, I will be drawing one ACEO sketch card. Every single one will be for sale - ALL proceeds to be donated to charity at the end of 2012.

My charity of choice is a local foundation called Alternatives to Violence, who is currently raising money to build a safehouse. This safehouse will provide a secure shelter to men, women and children who have recently escaped physical and sexual abuse.

With the safehouse, 312 individuals every year will receive crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, advocacy and shelter.

Together, through art, we can help make a difference.

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This original has sold, but Prints are now available! 25% donated to the Safehouse! [link]
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:iconsearleit:
Searleit Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I just love the way you use lighting in your  pieces.
It's so fluent, and natural, and not many can do
that the right way. This is just lovely and I can't 
take my eyes of it. 
Btw what brand of charcoal do you use most often?
(I know that tinted charcoal is made by Derwent, but 
quality chalk, or "white charcoal" as some call it is
rather difficult to find).
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really love playing with light and contrast. :)

I almost exclusively use General's charcoal. I've tried several other brands and keep going back to them! I find that other brands can have a brown hue to their black charcoals, and General's is a nice pure black. They sharpen really well, which I love for detailing. And their white charcoal pencil is my absolute favorite pencil. Clean, crisp white that's perfect for highlighting details. I always have about a dozen on hand! haha
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:iconturtlesarethebest:
TurtlesAreTheBest Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Magnificent!!!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbluegirl546:
bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's perfect in every way. Blue, black, darkness, and a tree in one!! Awesome job! :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconbluegirl546:
bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome so much! :D
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:icontwelvefingers:
TwelveFingers Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is so pretty, no wonder you wanted to keep it!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconanaisdrawings:
Anaisdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The floor and the branch seem confound, they they add a touch of fantastic.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconanaisdrawings:
Anaisdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconanaisdrawings:
Anaisdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconkaos-chosen:
Kaos-chosen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can completely understand why you want to keep this one :D it's fantastic! :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconkaos-chosen:
Kaos-chosen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're most welcome :)
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:iconjustabeautifuldream:
JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I see why you wanted to keep it, it is beautiful!
The light looks great!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconlonemtnwolf:
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is really stunning :D
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlonemtnwolf:
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconm1-otherworldly:
M1-Otherworldly Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! That tree looks quite scary and mystical, but very, very beautiful and fascinating!
Excellent work :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconm1-otherworldly:
M1-Otherworldly Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :)
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:iconnacka9:
Nacka9 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
It's simple and amazing. I like it very much :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconteken-lovers:
teken-lovers Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! :D
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconteken-lovers:
teken-lovers Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome.
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:iconmindsetteler:
mindsetteler Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
i saw the small thumbnail,, and immediately recognized the magnitude of this ,, and thought,,that this is going to be a beauty.

its like the TREE from GOD's front yard...
i mean its divine!!! the ETERNAL LIGHT,, looks mysterious and powerful and source of it is definitely HOLY.

i can just wonder the thought process of choosing the "lightblue-ish" color,,, that color just glorified the picture making it a sci-fi fantacy event.

its very surreal,, but it reflects that sumthing magical event is taking place,,
like may be ALIEN ship is landing :D
or may be,,god has opened the heavenly doorz
or another big BAng,

((or cops have put up huge flashlights for searching a lost dog haha.. just kidding))

ALL MY HATS, OFF TOO YOU..

no wonder you kept it for urself :D
well ,u fell in accidentally,, and i ,knowingly !!! :D

cheerz!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha Thank you so much! I just really loved the creation process in this one - when that happens, I tend to get attached! lol
And really loving the finished piece made it impossible not to keep. :P
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:iconnitwit17:
nitwit17 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how clean and perfect it looks! Great medium choice!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconnitwit17:
nitwit17 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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:iconascc-rascality:
ascc-rascality Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so lovely! ! ! i love this!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconascc-rascality:
ascc-rascality Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome.. :D
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:iconmmuch:
mmuch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No wonder you fell in love with this work. It's simply stunning! :heart:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconmmuch:
mmuch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! :)
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:icon01vultur01:
01vultur01 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IMAGINATION!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconcassandra667:
cassandra667 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
beautiful work
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcassandra667:
cassandra667 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
:bounce:
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:iconterlia:
Terlia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh wow! When I first saw this, I thought it was real!
Excellent work!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmelodycullen:
melodycullen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
what a wonderful picture! :D
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconfireleap:
fireleap Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
D: It's so.... mystical, without ever needing to add fairies, or glow-y firefly lights, or sparkles. *tries to touch but fails when my hand knocks against the computer screen :C* An amazing concept that I think, turned out brilliantly. :D Great job!
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