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Muse - Darkshines by Cataclysm-X Muse - Darkshines by Cataclysm-X
Finished at last.

A dark-ish drawing of Matt Bellamy from Muse (obviously).
I'm HEAVILY addicted to Muse in case you haven't noticed yet :lol: I feel like repeating myself, but it is true.

Spent over 75 hours on this drawing, which isn't bigger than 20x15 cm (A5 size, twice as small as most of my drawings / standard printing paper).

This scan is larger than the original.

I have struggled during almost the ENTIRE PROCESS. For those who have drawn Matt Bellamy before, know how hard it is to portray this guy. I think it has to do with strong facial features which show little and obvious contours. So don't blame yourself if you can't manage to draw him for the 1st, 2nd or, in my case, 200th time. :thumbsup:

Got most of the skintexture done, but in the end I blended most of it so you get that softer/lens blurred effect.

Background shows the cover of my favourite Muse album, Origin of Symmetry, while the title Darkshines is my favourite song of theirs.

Stuff used:
- 0.3mm (2H, H, HB, B) mechanical pencils
- 0.5mm (4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 3B) mechanical pencils
- 3B & 6B regular pencils for the (near) black parts.
- blending done with: tissues, cotton pads. tortillions and Q-tips.
- Colouring done with Photoshop CS5.
- 2 references used

75 hours of work

Time for some sleep :yawn:
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Trilly21 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing drawing of Matt, worth all those hours working on it, amazing! :) *-*

I love Muse, and Darkshines is one of my faves! Btw I'm listening to the album Showbiz right now! :meow:
RETORBOY Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This... is... a ... drawing? Seriously? WOW! Clap 
JestemPiorunem Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!Heart 
thatgleek13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! I'm a teenage artist who excels in drawing portraits. I have a question. (: What methods do you use to get your skin complexions to look so realistic?? My drawings, I'm proud of, but skin is something I would love to learn new methods on. So if you could answer my question it would mean sooo much to me! :D Your work amazes me!
artlover-us Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
so amazing!!
*___* This looks like a photo! Incredible!
Beya-art Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maaattt Matt Matt Matt is my baby!
Damn this is so amazing *_*
alexandra-91 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
A-MA-ZING!!!! I'm gonna spend my whole life to learn how to draw like you! 
TheArtisticTwins Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Amazing work! :D
navmun6485 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
emzinem Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! so brilliant, Muse is awesome :D
DanTH Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:0 Amazing omg
DegasClover Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He looks so cute!
Imogenation42 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I LOVE muse and this is AMAZING!!!!
tobiasmia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I really dont like Muse but i loove this - this is brilliant
HorsesHeaven Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Woow Amazing!!
laurafrommars Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
nO. you can't be fucking serious. this is beyond amazing.
ohheyitsannako Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
believing that it is a drawing is very hard.
Kariatyda Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Your artwork has been featured in :iconpencil-of-master: :tighthug:
We are waiting for more! :love:
1ma-Luvr-ana-Hater Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Wow, I'm looking at your portfolio, and it looks as if you like all the same stuff I do! muse, Sherlock, DW, Supernatural (don't spoil anything lol), Tangled, 30 stm, ...I get the sense I could name something i like and we'd have it in common! :D
tomyyeahyeah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely incredible! the detail is amazing!
Raqoo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's a photo... Oh wait, OM GOODNESS IT'S A DRAWING!!! amazing!!!!
Jaucher Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Okay! This is absolutely my fave Muse pic here on DA!!!!! You did an amaaaazing work!!!! :D :D :heart:
PoneAnimosusVia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Morrison3000 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wat vet. This is soooo pwoper!
Looks like a picture!
vardawendy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! I don't think I've ever seen such a realistic portrait before. It's extremely inspiring (and a little daunting, but only in the best possible way) to other pencil artists like me. Keep up the great work!
TheCures Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
you made him look really hot!
Piegoose Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No way! :wow: Wow that looks like a photo sooo much! It still looks like it after a minute lol
Natalie-CaLoie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O i've nothing to say, i admire you
a-musedbylife Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love muse too!!! and i dont belive its a drawing. ok i do... its awsome!!
Livartora Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darkshines is also one of my favourite songs. And this drawing is just amazing. It looks so realistic i wasn't sure whether it's a drawing or a photo. Gorgeous work, really.
8Bpencil Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
wooooah amazinnng!! and awesome details! =)
JosefUnucka Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Perfect work
Merypoppins Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Wow!! it looks so real
azuregundam Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow, im not surprised this took you so long it looks so real .
honeycat007 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
yay, muse!! love it!
SilverRosess Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
SHIT. I thought this was a photo. Damn.
onionrebellion Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
:O !!! thiss is a drawing?!?!! WOWWIE! <3
chaseroflight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! :)
soulfulSIGHT Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is AMAZING!!!!! i love it! :O I love the detail it looks just like a photo :O :O I hope I can be as good as you one day :')
kennyc Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Excellent work!
AngeSkye Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
He look perfect... always. Amazing work of my lover. I love him. By the way - this is mu fav album too
izoker Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
huaaaa I can.'t say nothing.., :love:
Eri-n Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
This looks more like a black and white photo rather than a pencil portrait. It's amazingly realistic!
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, I like the soft edge on the far edge of his face. Great observation of focus and form.
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :thanks:
ZaphodX23 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unreal.....and when I say unreal I really mean really real, if you know what I mean......
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Dragonfly out in the sun. You know what I mean, don't you know?
Owshieannarose Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hdisfhd This is amazing. I love it. SO MUCH dsifhsidufh I love muse<3
MissMods Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
This is just so crazy beautiful I had to share it on tumblr! Your talent is EPIC!
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