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This is an older portrait of mine from 2009- my very first of MJ and it still has a special place in my heart.

>> Chalk and Charcoal on 9x12 off-white textured paper. White acrylic paint for highlights. Finished in about 35 hours.

Available for stretched canvas prints at LainyArt Etsy [link]



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Critique by KathrynBriggs Jun 9, 2010, 6:49:31 AM
Here is the critique you requested from #Traditional-Media. This is a really nice portrait - the features are well placed, the structure of the skull is solid, and the treatment of both is subtle and lovely. That ear is beautiful - it’s exact, yet fades away into the darkness of the hair, letting the viewer focus on the eye. You’ve really used contrasting values to your advantage, reserving the highest contrast and the lightest light for the most important part. That being said, I think it’s the periphery elements which could use some improvement - the hair falling in front of his eyes, his neck and collar, and the hair behind his neck, to be specific. In both instances, the hair can be softer along the outer edges, and the hair right in front of the eye can be more wispy, finer, and more loosely rendered as it ends. I do realize he often gelled his hair into tight, specific ringlets, but for the sake of the overall effect of the drawing, which displays beautiful softness in the face, it would be better to have the hair softer. The neck looks too soft in the middle, and too hard on its edge - pick out a little sharp detail (maybe in a tendon?) in the neck, and fuzz out the edge against the dark dark hair. Also, it feels like the paper could be cropped a bit to the right, with the brim of his hat almost touching the paper's edge. Wow, I’m being specific, but it’s on account of the nice overall effect of this piece!
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Samspade101 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!! Amazing drawing!!!!!
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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zimnika7 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
It is delightful! You drew it beautifully! :heart:
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work! I love him!
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too!! :D
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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dance-on-moon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
wow good job
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:faint:
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconi-just-want-to-be-mi:
I-just-want-to-be-Mi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how long did this take you?
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If I remember right, around 35 hours. :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
But I'm much faster these days. ^.^
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PiePie2468 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Wow this is beautiful I want Michael Jackson back!!
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too!
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:iconkimmuurt:
Kimmuurt Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow beautiful! i miss you michael, we want you back!
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Mariska1974 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Feature in my journal, here: [link]

:hug:
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I see his innocence and strength, but he shy as if he were hiding something. He's mysterious, but is ready to reach out in kindness and help someone. After I thought all of this, I read the actual title to the artwork "Keep the Faith". Then I saw him slowly regaining faith even though there was so much pain. But the pain was deep inside of him. He had kept silent about and was now finally letting all of it go.
I guess I should read the title of the piece before getting to deep in it. XD
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That, I believe, is where his greatest strength was... in Keeping the Faith through all his troubles and continuing to give and give despite it. And he never once bragged about it...which truly lends that mysterious air you described.
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I think it was happening from the beginning. And what I mean by that is his brothers knew there was something about him. The knew he had that special something, so they let him take the spotlight, because they knew he had talent. They didn't know he had that much talent, but they were always proud of him and stood by him in those painful times.
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's probably true. I think something like that would be very hard to miss! And I'm glad that he had his family with him through the hardest times in his life.
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad to. I hope he never forgot that the fans thought about him to and were there for him as best as a fan could be. We all said the day he died "We felt your pain, feel ours." And I hope he knows he will never be forgotten. Not while I'm around.
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly. His legend and his music lives in each of his fans.
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That is right, sister!!!! Wow, I'm so glad I'm getting the chance to talk to you. People tell me every where I go the spirit of MJ follows. I'm glad people can remember me by remembering him. It makes me feel...special. [link]
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Same for me! I've always been amazed at the connection MJ created between each of his fans. No matter where we stand in life, when it comes to our love and memories of Michael, I feel like it puts us all on equal ground...which in this world is simply amazing.
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DanloS Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
King of Pop:) SUPER:)
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stormer5540 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
These are amazing
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Smooth-Annie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME! O.O :) :D
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ANDRA995 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MJ <3 :HEART:
In SMOOTH CRIMINAL !!!:boogie:
YEAH !!:D
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Wings-of-Sapphire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Your work is amazing!! I love your MJ portraits, they're just so well drawn! Nice job!!
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Wings-of-Sapphire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student General Artist
You're very welcome!
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Moombeam36 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful
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KyleEgret Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
just.......wow
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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KyleEgret Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
really.....I'm impressed.
you don't need a camera right? :D
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha nope!
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Morpires Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
is amazing! wonderful! congratulations! XD
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Morpires Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
yuo're welcome! XD
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Wonderland82 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Very Nice
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Hulizann Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good job!...Poor meacky T.T
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OurBlueRose Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:aww: MJ!
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:icongaranta:
Garanta Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
you've officially made me cry -.-''
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww :hug:
I'm so happy that you like it. :D
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Garanta Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
What? only 221 faves?
...
Geez, it's officially 222 now :XD:
It's just...
Argh...
:O
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