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Legend - Finished Drawing by secrets-of-the-pen Legend - Finished Drawing by secrets-of-the-pen
Here's the finished piece! Easily my greatest challenge to date and one of the hardest pieces to ship that I've been commissioned for. I got attached lol. I also worked on this around 2 hand injuries, so just being able to finish was a great accomplishment for me!


>>Created with chalk and charcoal on 11x14 Strathmore charcoal paper. Finished in about 120 hours.

I also used a toothpick to add tiny dots of white acrylic paint to get the bright sparkles in his jacket. You can see kinda how that's done here:


And another of me working on the background:



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Given 2012-01-14
Legend - Finished Drawing by *secrets-of-the-pen "The time and patience put into this skillfully-executed, impacting piece makes this such a pleasure to view."
Also suggested by =anmeher ( Suggested by pbird12 and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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Beautiful work and exceptional quality. From the shine on his jacket to the curls on his head to the wrinkles in his skin tight pants, this piece in itself is a legend. Small imperfections here and there, though quite made up for in the overall impact of this work. The time spent is evident and I would say the clothes are defiantly the champion here, in that they help send this over the edge and into "Is this a photo?" territory, because that was most certainly my reaction. One thing i'm also impressed about is the fact the even injured you have created something so incredibly wonderful. The recipient should be most pleased.
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21 out of 21 deviants thought this was fair.

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Critique by crazytomboy18 Dec 31, 2012, 7:13:24 PM
I..have..no words for this. This is one of the best MJ artworks I've ever seen. It looks so realistic and all the details are well defined. I also love how you did the hair, clothes, skin tight pants and the bandage! It almost looks like a photo! I even like the sparkles and the glitter. You made it look so realistic! It even looks like a photo! I first thought it was a photo, but boy, I realized it was a drawing. You have great talent my friend, and keep gracing deviantART with you talent and never stop being awesome.

Plus, this is a worthy picture to add to my favorites.

~crazytomboy18
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AGwasere Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!! :happybounce: 
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
I'll just leave it at a WOW!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconchicoandpaco1:
Chicoandpaco1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So good! :):o do u like mine?chicoandpaco1.deviantart.com/a…
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! And yours is fantastic!
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:iconmyyca:
myyca Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Amazing!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconandresprivitera:
ANDRESPRIVITERA Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Simply Perfect!!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks!!
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:iconduesterheit:
duesterheit Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
this looks so good!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbethannng:
BethannNg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
wow this level of realism is amazing. I'd love to be able to achieve it myself someday. I am in awe of your talent.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you so much!
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow...:clap:....amazing!!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!! :D
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MeryHeartless Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconpurplesparklesplz:Your art has been featured in #Army-Of-Love's journal : army-of-love.deviantart.com/jo… :iconpurplesparklesplz:
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Lamassu93 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow.  Fantastic drawing, I really like how you accomplished those sparkles in his jacket.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconwisahkecahk:
wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a masterpiece!!!120 hours!!!!???holy crow thats a ton of work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!easily one of the very best depictions of MJ i have seen done in this manner!!!!!!you are a great artist and possess serious skills!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a ton of work! haha but when I'm drawing, the hours just flow on by! haha
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i feel the same way sometimes!!!!!the days seem much lighter after drawing for a while!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely! I draw every day and it's SO worth it. :D
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Loki-oKada Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love your style =)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconmaurice-le-coq:
Maurice-Le-Coq Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent technique
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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peachiepoop Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Oh wow its wonderful =-O
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TwilghtSGA97 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VERY GOOD, VERY WELL DONE, LOOKS
JUST LIKE MJJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:iconbigheartplz:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:icontwilghtsga97:
TwilghtSGA97 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yw :)
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VasiDgallery Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
This is brilliant, congrats for DD, your amazing art desrve it :love:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work! I love him! :-)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Cameljackson Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
THIS IS A PENCIL DRAWING!! O_O .....:iconwowplz:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Yup - and one of my absolute favorites. ^.^
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Cameljackson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
now my favorite as well lol
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:iconmaurice-le-coq:
Maurice-Le-Coq Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
stunning technique, great shading
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Oscarliima Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Good, his work
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LeeBob07 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow!! This is amazing! I actually thought it was a photograph! XD
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconleebob07:
LeeBob07 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome. =D
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MaikenBelleSunrise Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
wooow i love it incredible work!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DustinPanzino Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is lovely! good work!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Than you!
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