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The name's Chaplin, Sir by Cataclysm-X The name's Chaplin, Sir by Cataclysm-X
Charlie Chaplin as his legendary character: the Tramp.

Unlike most storytellers, Chaplin didn't need words to tell you a story. He proved that silence is golden.

"I don't want perfection of detail in the acting. I'd hate a picture that was perfect, it would seem machine made. I want the human touch, so that you love the picture for its imperfections."

~Charlie Chaplin

Funny thing is that's exactly what I usually tell people when they talk about people or art being perfect or not:
Imperfection makes perfect, and that's what it is.


My love for the great little man Charles Chaplin started only 2 weeks ago, when I bought a book about creating animations ("The Animator's Survival Kit", thanks Sakimi :heart:). It contained a few words about the brilliance of Chaplin. It tickled my curiosity, and I couldn't help but to give in and find out what made this person so attracting to so many people around the globe for decades.

From the moment I watched a few of his movies (of which some are almost 100 years old!) and read more about his past and his good and tragic life experiences, he got me. He stole my heart. I can't help but to love everything about Chaplin. And I've noticed that when I see him, I smile and I'm feeling good. He makes me forget about my daily obstacles, issues and crap completely.


As for my drawing, I wanted to stay true to the vintage look of the pictures taken back in the day. Yet I wanted to achieve a higher level of detail than usual. So when I found this particular reference image, I drew what I was feeling (laughter, happiness, seriousness) and imagined what the photo would be like if we were able to see beyond the picture.

When you hold up my drawing into the light, you'll notice details which originally weren't shown in the ref photo of Charlie. 50% of the folds were made up, and I tried to draw every curl and strand of hair even though it was (almost) completely black in the ref.
Somehow the bowler hat and the cane were the most fun parts to do.

Drawn on A4 size with 2B, HB and H 0.5mm mechanical pencils. Smudged with Q-tips (invention of the year!). Took me about 17 hours to complete.

Now go watch some Chaplin movies. I know I will. :giggle:
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Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SaraFriendship Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great drawing! :thumbsup:
Samspade101 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love him!!!! Charlie Chaplin was very awesome!!!!!!!
asdfghjkl~ *dies*
Sir-Austria Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
the tramp of our hearts :heart:
KaraKittyCat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I love Chaplin :D
Retrokid96 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I love your work Mr. Chaplin!!
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
me too! :w00t:
Thehappymachine Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I loved it
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Hullo, Chaplin.
ryruko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it! Your work is absolutely breathtaking, thank you for sharing!
stu53 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You truly have a wonderful gift, your artwork is stunning to look at, thank you for your art, keep it going strong,a picture needs no words,..
LarissaLoyd Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Heheheh! Wonderful! Charlie Chaplin has won many hearts. :aww:
TheSilverBells Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
I've loved Charlie's silents since I was a kid. This is such a "perfect" (^^) illustration of him. In all his goofy glory. xD ♥
kaliedoscope--eyes Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I absolutely LOVED 'The Circus' by Chaplin. He sung the opening song. He's also British.
henrik9470 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow you are great
rwlsonic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very great! Have you read his auto-biography? It is one of the most well written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And a very nice job on the hair. He looks so different without the makeup and outfit, and his hair is really the defining characteristic that links the two. A lot of people forget that.
MJRoxMyRhinestoneSox Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
eep! I LURV Chaplin!!! :D
remy5010 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Chaplin was THE cinema man
ffxauron Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
The difference between being perfectly imperfect, instead of imperfectly perfect
lynxmom Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
just watched Modern Times last night with my 8 year old... it's good to pass the torch.
lynxmom Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
just watched Modern Times last night with my 8 year old... it's good to pass the torch.
molliebean Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I love this. It is so beautiful and so Charlie!
Flippypeace Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I LOVE CHARLIE CHAPLIN! :iconiloveitplz: i wish i could have meethim!
purplehayabusa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice picture, I can imagine him falling over like this and then introducing himself by way of the title. I'm thoroughly surprised this hasn't snagged a DD yet. It should.
skart2005 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist
How did I miss this one??!
lunarmonkey33 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Fuck Hitler. Chaplin OWNS that 'stache.
getron Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
An Epic Fall right there:) Love the guy!
ConnyLu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
great drawing of Charlie chaplin !
Talik13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Photographer
I cant believe I've never seen his stuff before. I always knew who he was and what he did, but it wasnt until recently that my friend has a "History of the Cinema" class, and told me that his movies were pretty good.

So I started watching "Modern Times" and I love it! He's got such a great style and tells pretty good stories (most of them without words). Not to mention he's like... Idk, looks really young and boy-ish (and a bit feminine)
xBlackfirewingx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
This is adorable! I love body position and his pop-eyed expression makes this even more hilarious and meaningful! <3
BabyRockStar1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg! this is sooooo awesome!
Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student General Artist
That's really good!
Fili-Laufeyson Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love it!
Bane-Shadows Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
iamfergie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it. Charlie Chaplin was a true genius. He and Buster Keaton are among my favorite actors ever.

This is awesome. The attention to detail is astounding; I thought it was a photograph at first. Definitely adding this to my faves!
Hearts-Passion Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Smile, what's the use of crying.
You'll find that life is still worthwhile-
If you just smile
Carmel12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Wow! It looks just like him! Even the pose! Man,you're gonna be like Norman Rockwell (really famous artist,he died a while back) one day!
StitcherLadyxx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how aged this looks. You really captured vintage well with him :) That pose ->:rofl:

Thank you for noting the time it took. It really puts patience with art in perspective. Beautiful work.
Salome-Zigeuner Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
GREAT!!!!!!! YEAHHH!!!!! I Like me Charles Chaplin.... "yet you've been the best comedian ... Why do your eyes showed such sadness?"....
SaLo... La Gitana de Sangre Lobezna...
SaLoME... Sangre de Lobo en Murmullo Eterno...
KtechHelvetiin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing... I feel inspired, just a bit.. I love your new art stuffs. I mean the ones where you draw old photos and stuff. Awesome.
tricksergod88 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
gasp.....i love it and know i think i love you....[link]
SplashySheBe Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Oh, how I love Charlie Chaplin.
Read most of a biography about his life.
Almost 500 of 700 pages before having to turn
it back in. Cannot wait to buy his autobiography.
He was magical.
CaptainJacksLuv Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is really an amazing piece of art, I was looking at it more closely and just adore the detail in the hair. Very, very well done.

I only discovered the brilliance that is Charlie Chaplin a week ago, out of pure curiosity also. :D Somehow his Little Tramp character had always been familiar in my mind, though I never really knew who it was or seen anything of him at all. But I am so glad I looked into him more, because Chaplin is now possibly my favorite person. ;p He gives me that same feeling of happiness that you said here. He truly was an amazing little gentlemen haha!
Again, fantastic artwork on one of my favorite pictures of him. ;)
xHaNx Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
lol wicked drawing
PaladinArtea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Where did you get the movies? I've always wanted to check this guy out
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I got them via :) they sell lots of multimedia goodies and funny gadgets.

This boxset with all of the long movies of Chaplin is absolutely wonderful. Never have I laughed out load as much as when I watch his films :D
j27vivek Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
what bout the face on his butt ??
xX-hanziesawrus-Xx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
omg i see that too o:
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