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Draw Me Tender WIP 2 by Cataclysm-X Draw Me Tender WIP 2 by Cataclysm-X
Work in Progress #2 of ~Eel-Skin-Beatrice's Elvis commission :heart:

I thought it would be fun to take a similar picture as my Sherlock Holmes one. (:


Part one can be seen here:




Worked a LOT on the shading of Mr Presley's face. I printed the reference image with quite little contrast and shading, because my printed likes to use a lot of ink. :noes: But at the same time it's harder for me to recognize to shading, and therefore I had to spend a lot of time on getting the right degree of shading at the right places.

Worked another 6 hours or so on this drawing, which makes a total of 10 hours so far.


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I got a few questions about the drawing last time:

One was about the eyes, which don't seem to show a certain symmetry.

- Elvis has a typical classical face and beauty. His eyes usually seem to be symmetric, but if you add the lightfall on a different direction, you'll notice there's a slight difference between his left and right eye.

On the reference photo I'm using, the lightfall on the face comes from the upper right corner, which create stronger shadows than regular pictures. Stronger shadows also accentuate typical facial features which don't show and/or appear when the lightfall comes from a different direction. Which means it accentuates the asymmetricness of the eyes.



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The other was about which order I use to add new parts to the drawing during the process, such as the hair and skintone.

- I always,
always start with drawing the eyes as soon as I got the lineart done of the drawing. Eyes say a lot, if not everything about a person. Once you got those (almost) right, or it's starting to look like it, it's easier to add more parts to a drawing such as the other features of someone's face, hair, body, some shading and the like.

This is, by the way, also the reason why my work in progress pieces show half to full coloured eyes first.



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If you guys and gals have other questions about this drawing, feel free to ask and I'll answer the most asked ones with the next work in progress. :)
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:iconsamijabrothers:
Samijabrothers Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Beautiful. Thank you so much, for this picture.
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:iconelvischris:
Elvischris Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
How many stars are in the sky, I'll never know... what fire lights a passion so pure? I'll never know. Thank you for the amazing work and for the memories you brought back with this drawing.
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xzendor7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011   Digital Artist
This IS Exceptional, Awesome Elvis "The King" Portrait.
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:iconzinghi:
zinghi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You draw like god O_O
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:icons-simeonov:
S-SimeonoV Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is incredible. I love it. You are one of my favorite artists now :D
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:iconkoobii:
koobii Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
nice....................elvis ...............................RIP
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:iconamirkameron:
AmirKameron Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is more amazing then the finished Picture :D
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:iconklentz:
KLentz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Photo quality, Outstanding!
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:iconyuko-sempai:
Yuko-Sempai Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
HOLY! This looks exactly like a photo! Wow! It's left me sppechless--not more I can say but captial: wow.
It's amazing. Well done, and love that it's Elvis! ;D No man has ever been hotter in my opnion!
Or actually so perfect. :love:
Great work!
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ILoVededYOu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Student Photographer
what kind of pencils did you use? what brand?
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:icondiana1993:
Diana1993 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
he looks like realy. what I would give, so to draw like you.
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:iconhybridtheoryep:
hybridtheoryep Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
dude....youre a beast :D
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:iconmlufishonek:
mlufishonek Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Shot the front door oh my God!!! :shocked: how did you draw the hair??????? any tips? :blushes:
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:iconbetweenasleepandwake:
BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint: !!! This portrait is just flawless ! Beautiful work, really Nic, you're awesome.:)
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:iconjimfield:
JimField Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
OMG seriously how do you do it :cry: for being soooo good :hug:
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:iconraven-doc-james:
Raven-Doc-James Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Wow!!!!!! Look at the nice details of the hair! I cannot wait to see the finish of this! You're so amazing as always. :love:
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TBascom Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
are you putting color in this one?
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:iconfranrie:
Franrie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow his hair is so shiny and his skin looks so realistic and soft! I'm glad I decided to watch you, it's just a pleasure looking at your work.

I usually just used a kneaded eraser on all my drawings, but I decided to try something different and got myself a blending stump. I'm very pleased with everything that I learned while working on my Freddy Krueger picture (although it's nowhere as realistic as your work) but this inspires me to keep practicing!!

Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Looking forward to the finished drawing :heart:
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emoboyfuno Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
grear work as usual.
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
Elvis in the flesh! I'm not his fan, I don't listen to him, but must admit, you did an awesome job so far :clap: It looks like a photo soooo muuuuch *shows how much using her arms but still it's not enough :D *
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Ompabop Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I love you.
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Zackfair007 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Damn thats good! DO the beatles!
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:iconblessyo4:
blessyo4 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!!1
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TeddyDrawer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
What about borrow me your hands? :3 hehe ;P
This is just amazing, and it isn't finished yet! I can barely think about the final result : o
You're just amazing <3
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starkmad Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
He looks simply stunning, especially that amazing coif the King is sporting there. Its almost scary how his face just pops off the page while the rest of him is still in sketch mode!! I can't wait to see this finished ;)
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strifevampfair Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
WOW!! awesome
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Maxnethaal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
The hair is amazing
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:iconserious-sam233:
serious-sam233 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I love the hair part! It looks so real. Beautiful piece! :D
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:iconstapic:
Stapic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work :) I actually got dragged to an Elvis Impersonator gig by my dad last sat :P
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:iconfilipskrzat:
filipskrzat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
so many other ways to waste a time..
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Gambler-of-Fate-X Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
looking good.

and i do have aquestion, how do you get the skin to look so nice and smooth?
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Simaylien Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow this is simple amazing! I love how you did the hair... I love everything about this drawing. Can't wait to see it finished :)
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SharkBoot Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wierd, and this was a commission, i would ask for a print too lol.
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:iconnorty677:
norty677 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!! just stunning stuff, :D
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MrDokkenWalker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
STAY AWESOME!!
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MrDokkenWalker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
indeed, beyond awesome job on the hair! i love hate that it looks so good :)
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Shadows-in-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
omg..this is so brilliant :O!
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:icongoldeneden:
goldenEden Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He is uber sexy lol
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:iconlorentza28:
lorentza28 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Wow, that's great! Looks so, so real!
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:iconzi-pa:
ZI-PA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Filmographer
so clean O.O
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:iconmegami-yaiba:
Megami-Yaiba Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
..I am amazed.
While the whole thing is impressive, I'm probably most awed by the skin.
I'm not sure how to explain it, but it looks very...realistic, as if you could touch it and it would really feel like flesh. A lot of people never really get that and you definitely have.
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KluchenMuchen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Stunning. It's so pretty...
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quinzel-saporta Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
OH. MY. GOD.
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GeneralBison Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooooh, look who's popular [link]
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:XD:
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Fallafel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
wow so nice
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:iconvajrasana:
vajrasana Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought it was cool to see a artist while making their art.
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AdventuresOfNik Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Filmographer
This is drawn so well it looks almost like a black and white photograph!
When my dad was young (He died at 73) he knew Elvis, before he was famous, of course. They lived in the same town at the time. He dated a girl who was best friends with another girl, who was dating Elvis, and that's how he me him. :3
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow that's so awesome! How I love little personal stories like these :) thank you for sharing!!!
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AdventuresOfNik Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student Filmographer
8'D Thanks for even reading it! Haha
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