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Supressed Interest - Finished by Fenster Supressed Interest - Finished by Fenster
This is one my final portraits, finally finished. charcoal on 18 x 24. This is from a photograph of some person I don't know, but I liked the expression, and the lighting. The flash on my camera seems to have washed out the blacks on his face a bit, but the lighting in my tiny apt isn't enough to do without, so, thats why it's like that.

take a look at the earlier version here: [link]

Comments are greatly appreciated :)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-01-17
Every now and again, when you look closely at someone, you see a story behind their eyes. Amazingly so, ~Fenster has captured that same emotion in his charcoal drawing Supressed Interest - Finished. ( Suggested by leliathomas and Featured by BronzeRocket )
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Emily-theArtist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
holyCrap!!! this is brilliant! so much detail and shading, i would love to learn from you...
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rossinidan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Great job!! =D
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MonicaYar Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
so real!
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Shashi92 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: This looks real. Great job!:clap:
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oibyrd Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have featured your work in my recent "end of summer" journal :) you can view it here:
[link]
if you'd rather not be featured in this manner just shoot me a note and I'll remove you. Otherwise keep up the great work!

(sorry for the cut-and-paste - all a part of time management!)
Sandi ox
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La-Dolly-Vita Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
:clap: Great work, congrats on the DD :deviation:
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TeachMeFreedom Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
!!!!!!! Phenominal!!! Your shading is breath taking!! Along with your overall awesome skill and the subject and way they are poised is brilliant!! Great work!
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Clara31 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
Amazing!!
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skye-firebane Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
wow. full of personality and life.
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QuiverLick Featured By Owner May 6, 2005
This is truly amazing work! You are so talented! I thought it was a b/w photograph.
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliantly done. Nice to be able to see the WIP too.
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r3negadeSR Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005   Photographer
Wow, fantastic sketch. I love it! :)

:+fav:
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YoungLass Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
why I like this drawing so much:
1)charcoal is my favourite medium
2)you are definitly on the way of mastering it.
I can't remember exactly who said that you should create a border around it, but, if its any worth to you, I'd advise you not to.
Firstly, I have a personal issue with frames and borders, and I believe that by framing any piece of work (after it has been finished, ie the frame or border is not part of the process of the creation of the art work), you are containing it in a limited environment and thus inhibiting the origional expression of say, emotion (just an example).
In this case, I feel that it would loose its aura of enigma, and it would become more like a comodity, like the 'conversation' pieces of the rococo era.
secondly, why should you create a border around something that cannot be limited (or bordered) in its aesthetical and physical existance?
My bet is that a border around this drawing would certainly destroy its original intent (although i'm not entirey sure what your original intent was).

You have mentioned that you have invested allot of time, thought and planning into this picture, if i'm not mistaken. a third reason for my liking this drawing is because it does not look like it has been planned and thought out. it lookes almost spontaneous, and let alone definitly not 'school' (I have a thing against school, although I graduated from art school myself not too long ago),
and, therefore, I belive, all the more, a succesful drawing.
just my 200 cents worth.
nice one, dude!
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Fenster Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I was thinking about adding a border in photoshop, just to see if I liked how it looked, but I was too busy and lazy to try anything. As for planning this, I planned the proportions out very carefully, because that is my weak point. The shading however was very spontaneous. The picture I worked from was small 3x4 and I was blowing it up 5-6 times the original size, so I had to add details to make it seem crisp.

I plan to avoid the total 'school' approach when I draw my pictures, even though I am going for a grade, I want it to reflect well because I did what I chose to do, not what I was told to do.

If you ever feel like sparing another 200 cents I would welcome comments on any of my drawings.
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YoungLass Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005
You are totally welcome. I am a bit of a pedant, so I find it difficult to shut up if I have something on my mind. Glad you appreciate my verbosity, I have plenty of loose change lying around :)

Your gallery is amazing, I have not even gone half way through it yet!
thank you for replying.
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alone1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
I've never seen so much talent put into a charcoal drawing. You've captured everything about your subject in painstaking detail, and it's perfect to me.

Congratulations.
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hectigo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very realistic, and I like the expression on his face too. It's not one of the easiest expressions to capture on paper either. This makes me want to do some charcoal work again too.
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butterfield123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Student
congrats on the DD :w00t:
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xxmadixx Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
i love how everyhing is together... nothing jumping out on its own... really nice.. i like it
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Nemira-the-Muse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Writer
How do I convince you to draw a portrait of me?
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PolarChicLoser Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
I wish I had your talent. sigh.
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Whimsybatt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
This is amazing. Not only for the skill,
but also for the life sparkling behind the man's eyes, his tappering fingers.

..What I wonder is if you used both white charcal and black charcal on a neutral paper, or just black? If you only used black then I applaud your skills at not smudging.

Sparkling and crisp, yet soft. Wonderfuly executed.
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Fenster Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005
I only used black charcoal, I used a stick eraser to help with the whites.

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Nemira-the-Muse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Writer
Woah, that's a drawing? I was sure it was a photo at first. You rock, dude!
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WindCrest Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Photographer
Wow---I thought at first this was a photograph. The detail you have captured is amazing---excellent work!!
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bruised-rainbows Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
that is absolutely amazing. I've never drawn with chracoal before...I've barely drawn with pencil ;), but you have amazing amazing talent. BEAUTIFUL capture of detail and the hint of...whatever it is in his eye ;) :love::+fav:
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chaosbydesign Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
O_O Amazing. Absolutely STUNNING. Like most other people are saying.. I had no idea it was a photo looking at the thumbnail on the sidebar under "Daily Deviation" until I read the description!! For critique, I can't claim to pointing out anything someone else hasn't pointed out, but one eye is higher than the other.. and does his skin really fold up that much next to his ear? Also, the middle finger looks way too wide at the bottom. But other than that, your work with charcoal is beautiful. DEFINITELY deserving of the Daily Dev. :+favlove:
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chaosbydesign Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
"Like most other people are saying.. I had no idea it was a photo looking at the thumbnail on the sidebar under "Daily Deviation" until I read the description!!"

Uhh.. yeah.. change that to "I had no idea it was a CHARCOAL DRAWING." ^^; Slight typo, sorry.
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ScorpionChild Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Photographer
Beautiful ! :)
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lidiamoonshade Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Digital Artist
*jaw drops* incredible, absolutely amazing :popcorn: i didn't know that this was a DRAWING until i read the description...i thought it was a photo. This is just incredible :headbang: :clap: :winner: :deviantonfire: :judge: :trophy: :bounce: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :w00t: :blowkiss: :jawdrop:

hope you enjoy the plethera of smilies :D
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sxe-pronoun Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I really like this! When I first saw the thumbnail I thought it WAS a photo.

The photo would've been great, but this is...nostalgic.
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MaverickData Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing short of astonishing; from far away I couldn't tell that this was the actual photo itself. The placement of light and dark portrays the overall attitude pretty well; great balance and nobility here.
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dunmas Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Woow !!
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wolvesdawning Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
This is absolutely fascinating. 00. I love the expression, the way the hand is in such a thoughtful position against the face. 00.

I am not into realistic pictures but i just had to come and comment on this.

IT IS FABULOUS!
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HapyCow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Wow, I really like this! I feel like trying charcoal again, man. Very impressive. I like the lines on his hands especially...those little lines are hard to do..:nod: :heart: very very good. I even like the background..it compliments the portrait well. One of his eyes does look a bit higher than the other, but...eh, maybe that's because of the shadow. I don't know, but I do know that I really love it. Plus fav!
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angelXCV Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
So nice, really cool, like over the top
The face is awesome, the eyes, the flesh folds.
I'd love to see it up close
and see more

:euphoria
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niko-demus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Looks a bit like Tony Levin!
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tianlyn-falls Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
so incredibly good, great job:)
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listen2oldppl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
it needs more color..just a tint too liven it up . otherwise its like looking at an old man.
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SidharthChaturvedi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Very awesome. I love the lighting in the drawing. The style also gives it a great feel.
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Salmo23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
I love the expression on this guy. :D This is really awesome, the complete realism, it looks like a photo. :)

~ Laura.
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jamesbrady Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Student
Haha this is brilliant, his expression is very unique , almost pleased with himself your newst one (this one) is far better than the first not to say the other one isnt good. Nice peice of charcoal haha. K Later!
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AnjoDoDesespero Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Traditional Artist
I don't like this style of drawing much, but I must admit that it's a really good work.
I noticed the perspective, but his left eye seems a bit more up, it could be because of all that shadow, I'm not sure.
In my opinion pencils are better for details, but the texture and volume here are outstanding.
The background lightning was a great choice (looks like a negative) accentuates more the facial expression of his face. It's just my modest opinion.
Congratulations on the daily deviation, and sorry for the bad english.
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sihlouettes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Oh, really nice job. The shading was done really well... I don't think I've seen a portrait in charcoal done this good in... forever. :D But honestly, nicely done. *hi5*
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FoolishMartyr Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005   Writer
Wow absolutely amazing... Normaly I don't realy see the need to coment again on dayly features but this is just awsome... I love messing around with charcoal but this would take me years and years to even get close to.....
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dekonstrukted Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
that is a crazy drawing.. great job and congrats on the dd
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illicitdreamandroid Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
uwaaaaaaaaaaaaah?!?! you mean this isn't a portrait?!?!? O_O

but seriously, it's wicked awesome. only thing that bugs me is that his left eye, the one in the shadow, seems a little off-center to me. but maybe its just my inferiority complex ^_^
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IamVolchek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
Amazing ... how do u do that??? ;-)
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mgdeath5 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
you've got talent, making charcoal so real looking
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ngoziu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Very good, at a first glance I thought it was a photograph.
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