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'The Final Frontier' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'The Final Frontier' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist

This drawing is not intended to be an exact replica of the original photo but my interpretation of it, so i have made changes like adding stars and different lighting and shadows. This has been one of my most complicated and toughest drawing to date and took about 45 hours to complete. The reflection in the helmet of the space station, earth etc, took me 17 hours alone and has really tested my patience and pushed me to my limits. It's also the first time I've used 'Bristol board' paper instead of cartridge in the last 2 months, as this level of detail would have been impossible to do on cartridge paper. The sun in the background was very real difficult to, as in the reference pic there was alot of lens flare, but there was no way I could do it with charcoal so I had to give up on that.

I've always loved anything to do with space, and always wanted to do this particular drawing. But I didn't for a few reasons, firstly as some other artists on DA had already done this drawing to perfections (I can't find it anymore), so I thought whats the point. Secondly, on a technical level I was not ready, especially as graphite would never have been darker enough to replicate the darkness of space. But now I've started using charcoal for the blacks, and I also wanted to do something new and challenge myself, so I thought why not give it a go.

Here are some of my other graphite drawings.


'Spiderman' Graphite Drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'THE EMPIRE NEEDS YOU' Graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'OLD MAN' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'SHELL SHOCK' by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'SUNRISE' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'SIKH SOLDIERS' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist

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Given 2013-11-16
Stunning drawing precision and realism. The details are really captivating. 'ASTRONAUT' graphite drawing by *Pen-Tacular-Artist ( Suggested by AgonizingSwordfish and Featured by Shue13 )
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Once again, Pentacular has delivered a stellar piece. Pun intended. The sharpness of the detail on the graphite board is astounding. His technique of realism is a refreshing break from the hyperrealism and such that predominate.

On mistakes, I could find very little. It appears flawless, with no smudges or broken lines easily visible and there is serious doubt that they are there at all. Technical details of the suit are faithfully rendered, such as the LED lights and the pack, some of the smaller equipment that few people are actually familiar with.

The impact of the piece speaks for itself. It appears a picture of an astronaut has appeared on our screen that is working on a satellite in our sky, be it actual satellite or space station.

Well done!
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Before speaking, I'd like to premise that I'm not a professional, nor someone with any degree of artistic formation to speak, just an amateur.
Probably they already said everything about your style and realistic quality of your landscapes, so I'd like to spend a couple words on the subject and location.
The angle and the perspective are simply fantastic and original! They give the right balance between dynamism and detail and allow the eye to freely wonder through the picture, without missing even the most minute detail, from the tissues to the wires and metal pieces of this splendid technological marvel.
As for the subject and the theme: there's not many reality-based space pieces around here, and being someone very interested in everything regarding astronomy and the Universe itself and its exploration, I give you a bonus for the originality and to your personal interpretation.
In a single word: astounding.
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PSRainpaul Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  New member Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Apollo-fatmah Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing
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NightSlayer2907 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is Major Tom to Ground control!!! xD
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:iconilnether:
ilNether Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
amazing
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Destynnn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
All of your work is amazing, speechless
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lukasz-draws Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mind-blowing details!
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DonRawding Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
like your work very much
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Kenart-Creation Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GREAT
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kellpris Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Hi, you must need put a logo in your draws. Are people stealing your work and saying they drew by themselves. 
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lithiumvi0let Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Wow...It looks as if you had drew in the space in reality!;) (Wink) 
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C5Jones Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Unbelievable perspective on the reflections in the helmet.
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lomion1321 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how can one critique something so well done... that would be like critiquing the Sistine Chapel... :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot, that's a real big compliment.
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Oscarliima Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Drawing :D
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KarynRH Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so close to an image taken on Christmas Eve! 

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nick88999 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
jesus fucking christ, this is unreal...
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡¡¡Muchas felicidades por su Daily Deviation!!!
¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 3 o Destacados nº 3" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).:painter: 

* Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!!
Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 3. (Best works of the group).Tolyya French painter 
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jarinthunder Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Space Selfy?
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
The best of november in miscellaneous category in :iconparadiseofartists: You're featured in our blog: paradiseofartists.deviantart.c… & in our gallery: justsitback.deviantart.com/?rs…

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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The-Ultras-Narrator Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The shaping in this is utterly stunning an well defining. The textures of the suit's fabric and the helmet's reflective surface very distinct and fantastic to observe when a person does.

I also like how the center object/main focal point is made obvious through the spherical shape of the visor.

Congratulations on the Daily Deviation title by the way, this is with out a doubt deserving!
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of October 2013. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 42 – October 2013 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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IWSFOD-D Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can you make a drawing of a F-15's Pilot ? That would be awesome. Love your artworks!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, are you telepathic? as you read my mind, I will definitely be doing a fighter pilot in the near future.
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MommyMoggie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Awesome artwork!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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McRockstar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
The detail is just wow! 
A well executed drawing :) 
Amazing! Congratulations !!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa that is INSANE. Much respect for you.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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Mit-mat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!  Keep up the incredible work!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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Guacamayo97 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So freaking awesome, haven't seen such cool drawing since long ago.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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jusk2ru Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
^^ selfie
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This... Is a clear example of some damn fine skill. A well done and frankly gorgeous piece of art.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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SuperSpecialOzsome Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work. I really appreciate the way you explained your process in making this piece, and the way you strive for even more after making such an incredible work of art. Amazing work. :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot, I believe you can always do better no matter how good you think it is.
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SuperSpecialOzsome Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:>
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Spilled-Secrets Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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Cristiana-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH WOW.  I LOVE the detail of the reflection off his helmet screen.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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georgie1971 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
simply brilliant!!  the detail and shading are fantastic.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot.
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NzinghaCandace Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I could hug you for the this awesome drawing, the detail is just priceless
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot for the hug and kind words XD.
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