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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


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


: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.


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.


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


    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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    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…
    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.

    gizmoinferno Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    hardriff Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
    CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    epic drawing of an awesome drummer
    Ixona Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
    Speaking of serenity [link] excellent work.
    Red-Szajn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Featured :) [link]
    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!
    daduzalam Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
    very2 awesome...
    super-grover-anne Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
    it's so amazing :O :floating:
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