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Serenity - Mike Portnoy by Cataclysm-X Serenity - Mike Portnoy by Cataclysm-X
Serenity that I never knew
Soundness of mind helped me
to find courage to change all the things that I can

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Sometimes you've got to be strong when you think it's too late
Just when you're through hanging on
you are saved

The Glass Prison / Repentance
    - Mike Portnoy



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:star: EDIT :star:
Yesterday Mike got to see my drawing. :heart: He wrote me a beautiful comment at his forum, and now even uses a part of my drawing as his picture at Twitter which he joined today. I can't wish for a better compliment than that!

Go follow him at @MikePortnoyDT everyone.

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Philosopher, Mad Genius and devoted Musician.
This is for you, Mike.


I wish I were able to finish this sooner, but whenever I wanted to continue, something else came in the way.

My plan was to get this done before Dream Theater would visit the Netherlands back in October 2009. It was meant as a gift for their drummer Mike Portnoy, since he is my main inspiration.

So a few months before their visit I asked fellow DT fans for their help, to let me gather a whole bunch of photos of Mike so I could make my own composition. I got in touch with Darko, who makes some of the official photos of the band. She supported and allowed me to use a few of her photos too, which are both shown on the right.

My health didn't allow me to go to their show, so my plan to give this particular drawing to Mike himself vanished and the drive to continue with this drawing decreased. I was quite demotivated.

I was fairly surprised to discover that, after a while, I got messages and mails from people I know and never heard of, asking me questions about this drawing, when I was going to finish it and show it to them. So I thought this would make great final project for 2009. Last few days I worked about 20 to 30 hours just to get it done in time.

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The drumset was killing me. :faint: Each and every cymbal and drum took me about an hour. Even the little ones!

The image on the left was taken from the Aardschok magazine, which had a great article and interview with Mike. I loved to use an unusual colour for the goatee, which was also shown on the original photo.


Stuff I used
  • A3 Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchbook paper

  • 3 reference images

  • 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 4B & 6B regular pencils

  • 2H, H, HB, B, 2B & 3B 0.5mm mechanical pencils

  • blue Van Gogh coloured pencils

  • tissues, tortillions, Q-tips and piece of cotton for blending

  • kneaded eraser for highlights

  • pencil eraser

  • Time spent About 40 to 60 hours.


    For Work in Progress you can check these!
    WIP - 1
    WIP - 2
    WIP - 3
    WIP - 4

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    I hope you guys and gals had a beautiful Christmas.
    Happy New Year everyone! :heart:

    P.S. I'm using a new signature from now on :#1: go find it! It's in this drawing somewhere :D

    P.S. 2 FINALLY a scan that actually shows what my drawing really looks like. Argh my scanner is such a schmuck. :shakefist: :XD:
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    :iconvlsza:
    VLSZA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
    I'm still taking a deep breath wondering the time when you've drawn these drum kits, cymbals and all. Since the day I saw your work on this, I was inspired to do one too. Please do check my drawing of Mike Portnoy here vlsza.deviantart.com/art/Mr-Mi…
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    :iconorphydian:
    Orphydian Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    I .. need.. this in my prog group. let me feature it ! Ill send the request.

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    :icongizmoinferno:
    gizmoinferno Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    OMFG. ONE OF THE BEST RENDITION OF THE DETAILS FOR MP ON A DRAWING. *_* Hats off.
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    :iconhardriff:
    hardriff Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
    BEST 
    DRUMMER
    EVER
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    :iconcreeppingdeath:
    CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    epic drawing of an awesome drummer
    Reply
    :iconixona:
    Ixona Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
    Speaking of serenity [link] excellent work.
    Reply
    :iconred-szajn:
    Red-Szajn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Featured :) [link]
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    :iconexitmuzic:
    EXITmuzic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
    Amazing!!! I really love this one! And I really love dream theater. :D Portnoy is the best!
    Reply
    :icondaduzalam:
    daduzalam Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
    very2 awesome...
    Reply
    :iconsuper-grover-anne:
    super-grover-anne Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
    it's so amazing :O :floating:
    Reply
    :iconangito98:
    Angito98 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student General Artist
    :o Looks so real, I have seen that image in his forum, but I thought it was a photo. You are a lucky girl!! He's so cute!! *-*
    Reply
    :iconj--a--n--n--e:
    J--a--n--n--e Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
    My God! This is really good!
    Reply
    :iconjkleidman:
    jkleidman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
    Is there ANY way i could buy a print of this. This is just perfect!
    Reply
    :iconpr0tege:
    Pr0tegE Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
    I still wish he was in Dream Theater...
    Reply
    :iconbrennerdoc:
    brennerdoc Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
    WOW!!!
    Reply
    :iconjakegroves117:
    JakeGroves117 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
    Hells yeah Portnoy is my biggest influence EVAAAAR in drumming!! Nice work! :)
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    :iconyeoldesnake:
    YeOldeSnake Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    WAIT.
    This is a drawing?
    Reply
    :iconjikan-kaizen:
    Jikan-Kaizen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    [link] i use this pic jeje hope you don't mind...
    Reply
    :iconskool4psychs:
    Skool4Psychs Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
    :omg: :faint:
    Reply
    :iconkarolina-plotz:
    Karolina-Plotz Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Wow! Very beauty!
    Reply
    :iconalvarv:
    AlvarV Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
    Muy buen trabajo!
    Estan muy chidos!
    Reply
    :iconchandolia:
    Chandolia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    Just amazing :)
    Reply
    :icongianvoglio:
    gianvoglio Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student General Artist
    Incredible simply!!!!
    Reply
    :iconlifeonlake:
    lifeonlake Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
    I definitely enjoyed.Every time i browse this site I got surprise.
    I have bookmarked to this site and told my other friends to do so.This one is vividly done.Thumbs up to cataclysm-X.I am greatly impressed keep it up.
    ossf

    design
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    :iconisabella2013:
    Isabella2013 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
    FANTASTIC!
    Reply
    :iconkephart-design:
    kephart-design Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    so cool that he commented on your awesome drawing and that he uses it as part of his twitter id! Love this!!
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    Aww yes, Mike is awesome like that :) he doesn't use it as his Twitter picture anymore, but last time I check the forums he still uses it over there :) very cool.
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    :iconkephart-design:
    kephart-design Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Thats awesome though that he still uses it at the forums! I cant even imagine your excitement. I know for me, If I ever get as good as you are at drawing, it would be such an honor for the people we draw (especially those in the musican field who we so admire) comment on our work and esp use it as an id anywhere!
    Reply
    :iconoutsydrka:
    outsydrka Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
    niiice! this is really awesome :D
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    thanks :hug:
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    :iconwh1t3-n0153:
    WH1T3-N0153 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
    Best drummer ever... I'm so incredibly sad Dream Theater went on without him. :cry:
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    very true. But hey, look it on the bright side :) : Mike never said he left Dream Theater permanently (his words!). So who knows... maybe someday he will return. We'll see what's gonna happen :) at least he followed his own heart and his wishes. That's what matters the most, to look after yourself first instead of others.
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    :iconwh1t3-n0153:
    WH1T3-N0153 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
    True, true. :)
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    :iconalekwak:
    aleKwaK Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
    this is absolutely amazing! :ohnoes:
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    Thank you :love:
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    :icondominus-nox89:
    dominus-nox89 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
    truly awsome and inspiring work the blue in the beard looks really striking
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    Thank you very much!!
    Reply
    :iconthanbelt:
    Thanbelt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
    Just when you're through hanging on
    you are saved...

    And then great solo by John Petrucci <3
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    lol!

    All of Petrucci's songs are great :D I wonder what their new album will sound like, especially without the brilliancy of Mike!
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    :iconboucherfmv:
    BoucherFMV Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
    This Is Amazing.
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    Thank you :)
    Reply
    :iconfionncroke:
    fionncroke Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
    LOVE IT!!! Amazing!!! :)
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    Thank you :)
    Reply
    :iconaria015:
    Aria015 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
    super, extra picture ^ ^ brawo :):)
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    :iconcataclysm-x:
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
    Thank you very much!!
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    :iconnanashirose:
    nanashirose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
    mr portnoy is a wonderful man and artist. i've had an introduction with what i know about dream theater but got to know about him mostly through his help with avenged sevenfold. without his help they would not be around and i respect him so much for all he's put into them as people and not just as a band.
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    :iconmatrix2003:
    matrix2003 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    There will be more music. Just wait!
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    :iconivanden:
    iVanden Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
    You'd have to be crazy to think that all parties involved (Band members, staff, label, etc) over the years would have perfect relationships; but to disagree with someone so dedicated, and hard working about a hiatus (a much needed one at that), is pretty disrespectful. I don't judge, nor do I know the whole story, but to simply "continue on" without the beating heart / founder of DT is pretty unreal.



    - B
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    RomanianBard Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
    He left...I was shocked, and I still am. I thought the worst news in the last 4 years would be that Dio died and Vortex was kicked from Dimmu, but this is worse...Still, Mike is happier now, and that takes a bit of my sadness...I will appreciate and respect him forever, with/without DT
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    :iconserenity1091:
    serenity1091 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
    :O! Amazing!!

    I can't beleive Mike left Dream Theater today...:(:(
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