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'The Dark Knight' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'The Dark Knight' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist
Firstly i would just like to thank my watchers who supported me again during a tough and long WIP process (I had to change the background).

I've been wanting to do a series of fanart drawings of my favourite film of all time 'The Dark Knight' . But i only wanted to do it when i felt ready and could do the best 'batman' and 'joker' drawings i possible could. This is my first batman graphite drawing, but i am planning on doing 2 or 3 of both characters.

I tried to replicate every component and material according to the reference pic. And overall it took about 55- 60 hours over 7 days.

I like to give my own take on fanart rather than just copying the reference picture exactly. So i originally had the sky full of bats, with a bat in flying in front of the moon so it looked like the batsign (i will use this in another drawing of batman). But after starting the background yesterday i quickly realised that the background looked way to chaotic and a mess. So i made the decision to leave the bats (the moon and clouds were already done). And instead go for the classic batsign emerging out of gotham city. But because the clouds had been fully shaded the bat light is darker than i wanted it.

Here are some of my other 'fanart' graphite drawings.



The drawing was done on A3 Bristol Board paper using standard and mechanical graphite pencils.

The reference i used is here [link].
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:iconiza-nagi:
To any lay artist, this would sum up in one word. AMAZING. But then there is the need to extensively break it down and analyze it.. So here we go!

Vision:
:bulletblue: You reflected what you had in mind, through your tools.
:bulletblue: I'd say that you enabled even me to see that this was a clean, crisp version of your vision; nothing is dulled, and nothing is unclear whatsoever. I'd give it a 5.

Originality:
:bulletblue: Unfortunately when it comes to traditional art of movies, the originality takes a beating heavily. I know this as a fan artist, and none of my works really have an "original idea".
:bulletblue: BUT! you were original enough to change the background, and that is indeed reflection of your mind saying, "Oh god, this is not 100% original..." So i gave it a 2.5.

Technique:
:bulletblue: Do i even NEED to say how awesome the technique for this is?!! Needless, I will.You have given much time into concentrating on the "little things" in the picture, and not just the overall image of batman.
:bulletblue: From the eyes, to the belt, and right down to the suit's texture, everything is carefully shaded which makes me understand you are really a master of this art.
:bulletblue: Perhaps you could have spend a little more time researching on the buildings, as they are the only aspect of the drawing that looks "drawn". a little more realism on the buildings would have gotten you a 5.
:bulletblue: BUT! I give you a 5 regardless, as your works are truly technically mind blowing. ^_^

Impact:
:bulletblue: BAM! The picture speaks a 1000 words. You have managed to etch it into the veiwers' mind upon only once seeing it that "Hey, this is the Dark Knight."
:bulletblue: And it isnt even necessary to add the amount of time you put into this, making the impact all the more awesomer. I'd be a fool not to give it a 5.

Conclusive Notes
As an artist who loves pencils, I can see the love and amount of time you put into each of your works. Please keep giving us artists more and more to inspire from and shower us with more and more such amazingly rendered graphite drawings.
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To be honest and fair, I have to admit, I'm not really that big a fan of Batman. I feel he'll be absolutely butchered by others like Wonder Woman or Iron Man, but I have to admit, this piece of art is AWESOME. I love all the texture that you gave his suit and the Bat light in the background is REALLY cool. The way his cape drapes around him is really nice too. He should have been given a slightly longer neck though..
Otherwise, it is a fantastic piece of art, really great job. Do draw more superheroes soon :D.
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johnchi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, I admire your Style. Really, I do. These look so clean and well-done
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ImRandall Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Photographer
Batman is so awesome
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ReaperKing Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Artist
That is awesome! And I mean that as literal as possible. I know the word is over used, but this really did induce a sense of awe and wonder.
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GigiSovereign Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are genius I love your art
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ayushsunar98 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Interface Designer
WOW! what a great and a fantastic graphite drawing of batman i really like it! :)
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mathubex Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome, i'm a big fan of the series.  i love your attention for details and how you highlight edges.  i never can get that right.  nice work.
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cwadeh76 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Excellent Drawing! You have super attention to details!
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ru24228933 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
amazing 
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:iconsnore23:
snore23 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Spectacular. Absolutely spectacular.
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TheGreatDanton7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible
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nitinyamdagni Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I wouldn't waste any time or words...FLAWLESS,just flawless.. and yes , Bane would have been so jealous.
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DiegoE05 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Fucking awesome!!
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DjKatsign Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is freaking sick dude holy crap.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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SurrealNacre Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
e.e *mind is blown* okay, people don't draw this good...they take black and white pictures of these things...it's so beautiful *-* i have no word it's just so...just wow.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, especially for the kind critique. And i'm really glad you like it, as it makes all those hours slaving away worth it.
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SurrealNacre Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :) you are really talented :D
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ovejanegra11 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Great work!!
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:iconmadmanoo:
madmanoo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your jobs are great :P
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kakashi-narutorules Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O M G!

This is spectacularly awesomely amazingly [insert more adjectives] insanely realistic and perfect drawing!!!
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This might have taken a long time to do, but it was worth it. It is amazing so the extra time spent on it has definitely paid off!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
You are very welcome!
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Shuttleformer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Wow. Just... wow.
That's really spectacular.
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jakndaxta Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG ITS BATMAN <33333
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:iconpen-tacular-artist:
Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
YES IT'S BATMAN <XD
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Taz1337 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great as usual , but if I may , how much time do you spend on blending ? and what method do you use to blend near detailed high contrast small areas ? a sharpened tortillon for example ?
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot. I spend loads of time blending, and don't stop till i get the effect i want. I usually blend at least 3-4 times, starting with a big blending stump then a medium then a small stump and then i use a normal tiortilian for the small areas.
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Taz1337 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks , big help :D
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elysian-autumn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
ABSOLUTELY GODLIKE. EVERY TIME I START TO BELIEVE PEOPLE'S COMPLIMENTS ON MY ART, I SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND THEN I KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT I AM LOWER THAN AN AMATEUR!!! I SUCK. YOU ARE GOD. I WISH I HAD A SIMPLE MINUTE PERCENTAGE OF THE TALENT YOU CARRY AND I WOULD BE A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST!!! you are BEYOND professional. YOU ARE IN THE REALM OF DEITY!!!! SERIOUSLY. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE SEEN ART LIKE THIS BEFORE. I could never draw anything like this. I wish soooo much that could too, but there is no way i could accomplish what you have done. i am in awe of you and i dont even know you. Your art should be illegal cuz every time i look at any of your astonishing immaculate pieces, i literally want to end my life because i know deep down that i will never be as amazing as you. i know deep down that i just fucking suck. YOU ARE A FUCKING GOD!!! YOU ARE BETTER THAN GOD TO ME. I WOULD SELL MY SOUL..... CHOP OFF RANDOM BODY PARTS FROM MYSELF.... JUST TO HAVE YOUR GIFT!!! DONT EVER STOP. YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATS. YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED. AND I CAN SAY, I DIDNT KNOW YA WHEN..... WISH I DID.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot and i've sent you a personal note.
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Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit unreal but amazing detail *_* That's one hell of the work! I can't really imagine doing it with graphite pencils, they make a lot of mess and spoil the paper :(
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DrBlyss Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. You have a magnificent gallery!
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Epic art :woohoo:
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knytcrawlr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crazy detailing work, absolutely masterful!
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xOceanlights Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Woah. I have no words to describe how great this is. I could say it's awesome, but it's more than that. Really amazing job!
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wascl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
ONE WORD, "BEAUTIFUL!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot times 2, XD.
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:iconwascl:
wascl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
One word, BEAUTIFUL!
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theWitchofGrich Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
brilliant!! :D
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Amazing! You are really great with the details! :iconiloveyouplz:
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks i try my best.
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PreetikaSharma Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You blow my mind, Sir/Miss/God. :worship:
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot. I don't consider myself a sir, miss or god (not all the time XD)but as a fellow artist.
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).

¡Feliz Navidad!

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).

Merry Christmas!

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thewolftroll Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. AMAZING.
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MANUCHAANN Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PERFECT!!
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PaintingPiper Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
This came out very nicely! And the brow looks much better! Did you use a reductive technique with eraser on the clouds?
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, you saved me about an hours worth of time on this one. Its surprising how you don't see things clearly when your in the moment. I built the clouds up, then erased them, then redid that process a few times till i got the effect i wanted.
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The-Awesome-Me-Rocks Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I love you?xD
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