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Kirk Hammett - Progress by Cataclysm-X Kirk Hammett - Progress by Cataclysm-X
After a dozen of my most expensive pencils were kidnapped and eaten by our dog Sam (the little devil...) and tons of pencil tips were broken off, I'm finally able to present another update on my Metallica pencil collage.

I'm very proud to show their guitar player Kirk Hammett as a follow up of my 1st Work in Progress, which looked like:

The picture is not as bright, but you'll get the idea. :)

Turns out this is becoming my most viewed and commented deviation I've made in 6.5 years, while it's not even halfway done. :blushes: Totally awesome. I feel very blessed.


The drawing is based on scenes of the music video Until it Sleeps; a song written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in 1996.
It tells a personal story (related to James) about the different stadia of cancer - a sensitive subject to which I can relate. Will give some explanation once the drawing is finished.

For that reason, the whole collage shows 4 different elements with each band member: themes, colours, meanings, states of mind... you get the idea.

In other words:

  • James represents anger
  • Kirk represents sorrow

Jason and Lars and their representations will follow up soon.


So ever since I posted the 1st progress on January 12th, I've been working on Kirk approx 5 hours a day, meaning this small part took me about 70 hours to draw. It makes a total of 90 hours of work so far.

I'm breaking my own records haha.

I used 28 different pencils for this part which is smaller than A5 size. No erasers this time. (On a side note, I think Kirk is a stud. Yay for diggin' men at least twice my age haha.) <33

Next update will be coming after another session of +/- 50 hours. :noes:

Can't wait :eager:
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ThinLizzy90 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work! keep it up :)
Rotallica Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
wow, just wow... You are my favourite artist here. Really just so amazing the quality of the work *-*
KOOLAIDE-ABENDIGO Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
~*im loving your talent! fiyah! im trying to study your technique*~
DBrudigan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Very nice work and excellent concept. Great song as well by the way.
FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, his skin almost looks transparent with blue undertones.... this is beautiful <3.
KRGordon82 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
My mind... it is blown.
cherrymidnight Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LoudSkies Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see this finished!
Smirro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor pencils. GREAT WORK! I love it! <3 >;D
JochemArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bad doggy;) fantastic drawing!!!!:)
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awww Kirk... he does seem to represent sorrow the best.. :)

So cute!
msaryll Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing. Truly amazing.

P.S. Kirk is indeed a stud <3
Whitefeathers92 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh wow!!!
CharonLloyd-Roberts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011   Writer
I can relate to fancying men half my age^^;

Looking forward to the finished piece :)
Red-Szajn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I just wanted to say, that because of this one drawing I bought this pencils, 72 pieces. And they're the best pencils I've ever bought!
juurineko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Mother of God, it's just so hard to believe that it's not a picture on first glance. :) I shall wait patiently. You've always been an inspiration so I'm very glad to visit this page. Much love to you!
Sebatj Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Love this! Great photorealism!
Red-Szajn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student General Artist

Sorry, I'm drawer too but it's one of the best crayon drawing I've seen
Teesip Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still in progress??
Gloss-Reality Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
This truly is amazing, from this pictuurem it looks like a photograph. Is it more obvious that it is pencil the closer that you get to it?
AyeshaD Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
omg this is awesomer than awesomesauce
Strange-LittleGirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
i can't believe this is a drawing and not a picture taken from the video. At first i thought you took a snapshot from the video and photoshoped in your hand and crayons... Then i read the description and realized it's a frikin drawing.... holy sh*t!!.... amazing...
Muff-Heaven Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Wew, that's amazing! Simply amazing! :meow:
CanveySue Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just so fantastic, you have a wonderful gallery, nice colours, brilliant detail. Amazing
NovaRoris Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Great song, great band, great drawing ;D Kirk is surely one of the best guitarist ever ! :D
Lord-Akuma Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cannot wait to see the whole thing. You've done the best job so far on Kirk. Especially the eye makeup.
Hilirum Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Artist
you are.....DAMN WOMAN! wooooooooooooow!
RantoraandGaara Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
What pencil crayons do you use?
lisabakared Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are a crazy amazing artist!!!
I'm jealous :)
BaKa-cHan096 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
RockY14 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
:O nicolien, ik heb geen woorden voor dit! dit is echt kunst, het is niet een tekening dat lijkt op een foto, maar het heeft meer betekenis. En hoe je experiment met kleuren.. speechless!! :)
bbo6d4n Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I'm brain dead.... THIS is a drawing?! Your level is like perfect... by looking at this guy I could swear that this is a picture... where is the part where you say "Ow, yeah this sure is a drawing, just look at this small part"... but no, you had to go and make it absolutely perfectly realistic. You are a true GOD of drawing. Kudos to you!
Elegant-Ruin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have a ustream? I would love to see how you actually get to this point xD
Exidor02 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
6.5 years????????
Dream-Storm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
wow wow wow!!! It loks just amazing!! Pencils are so underestimated but they do beatifullly in the hands of someone as skilled as you :D
JasonFrank Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, looks awesome so far. Just make sure the dog doesn't eat it :laughing:
Migue22 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
xTutsiex Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Always great looking Mr. Hammett :heart:
My fave band, cannot wait to see this finished :heart:
harrie5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student General Artist
These amazing works of yours are why you're on my influence map <3

This is just gorgeous <3

Also, my dog has stolen my pencils before too :noes: I managed to rescue them before he destroyed them though.
Zikkari Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, I'm really jealous, I wish I could draw like that XD
Really nice work, seriously <3333
uniquelyclaudia21 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
YOU'RE SO AMAZINGLYY TALENTEDDD!!! seriously love this
Clampy-TFA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a drawing ? Are you kidding me ?!
OMFG, it's so amazing !!!! It look like a photoshop piece !
Raven207b Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done so far. I have done two chaulk drawings of old school Hetfield, but Hammett rather escaped me.
klaudia89 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :)
almeriopamplona Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's simply perfect, your work is amazing, it is almost a photo. Congratulation for this wonderful techinique and work.
aspiekid13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
you have officially mastered the art of making this look photo-real.
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's gonna be your best drawing ever, I bet. God bless your hands :salute:

...frankly speaking, I can't wait to see that :iconveryexcitedplz:
Justincaseigo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
duuuuuuddddeeeeeeeee im only 15, but i really hope i grow up to be this amazing an artist (: i thought this was a photo until i saw a comment saying it was a drawing
beccj Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011   Digital Artist
really beautiful colours and amazingly emotive work, very deserving of a lot of views and favs:heart: Love your ideas for this series, can't wait to see the end results.
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