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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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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
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