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.
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.
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.
¡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).
* Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!!
Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 3. (Best works of the group).
A well executed drawing
Amazing! Congratulations !!