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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 )
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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ilNether Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
Destynnn Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
All of your work is amazing, speechless
lukasz-draws Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mind-blowing details!
DonRawding Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
like your work very much
Kenart-Creation Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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. 
lithiumvi0let Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Wow...It looks as if you had drew in the space in reality!;) (Wink) 
C5Jones Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Unbelievable perspective on the reflections in the helmet.
lomion1321 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
how can one critique something so well done... that would be like critiquing the Sistine Chapel... :)
Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks allot, that's a real big compliment.
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