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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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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
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
me too! :w00t:
Retrokid96 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I love your work Mr. Chaplin!!
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,..
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