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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:

See my full collection of progress shots in GIF form here:

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:bulletred:Also Available for prints at Etsy:[link]
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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 )
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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Critique by crazytomboy18 Dec 31, 2012, 7:13:24 PM 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.

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myyca Feb 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
secrets-of-the-pen Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
Simply Perfect!!!!
secrets-of-the-pen Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks!!
this looks so good!
secrets-of-the-pen Jan 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
BethannNg Jan 8, 2014   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.
secrets-of-the-pen Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you so much!
morningstarskid Sep 6, 2013  Professional Artist
secrets-of-the-pen Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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