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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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stu53 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,..
rwlsonic 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.
This is adorable! I love body position and his pop-eyed expression makes this even more hilarious and meaningful! <3
iamfergie 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!
Smile, what's the use of crying.
You'll find that life is still worthwhile-
If you just smile
gasp.....i love it and know i think i love you....[link]
Wow! This is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen! I love Charlie! The pose and the facial expression are priceless! This is amazing!
xyenxu Feb 28, 2010  Student
absolutley stunning, and i still feel like those are the wrong words. And I'm so happy you've discovered Chaplin! You've done more than justice to his name, (at first I though this was a photo!)
The-Silver-Griffon Feb 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Lovely drawing. =)
Chaplin is one of my favorite actors.
I'm so glad it's not just me who thinks he is brilliant and made of awesome-ness. lol
Have you seen the more recent movie about Chaplin's life? Charlie is played by Robert Downing Jr I believe.....
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