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Well I figured I'd better submit something before people send out search parties because they think I've fallen off the face of the earth or something. I think this is downright the longest I've ever spent on a piece. I started it back in April and the time between April and now has been pretty crazy and so I didn't have much time to sit down and give art my undivided attention. But now that things have calmed down I've finally finished something, good thing as I have another piece that needs to be done in about 6 weeks so I had to get this one out of the way.

As for the piece, it's of my husband. It was taken while he was in Afghanistan. I really loved the picture and had never done something so technical, i.e: the gun. It took a lot of hard work and patience but I managed to pull it off. I learned a little bit about it, too. I would be like "honey, look, I finished that funny looking doo-hickey" and he'd explain to me what it *really* was. Gotta love him lol Boys and their toys.

Specs:

:bulletpurple: Size- 9X12
:bulletpurple: Used - 4B-6B Carbon pencils (still feelin' the love after all this time :heart: ) and a lot of love
:bulletpurple: Time - Forever.... About 4 months

It ended up being my husbands birthday present. It's currently off being framed as we speak and hopefully it'll be back by Sunday, which is his birthday, and also mine :) Hopefully he loves it as much as I loved creating it.

enjoy :heart:
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:iconits-the-awesome-me:
its-the-awesome-me Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student

MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS. IS. AWESOOOMMMMEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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:iconwaynecampbell-art:
waynecampbell-art Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Excellent! Love the details! The doohickeys are great.
My thanks to your entire family. I know the hardships.
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SicklyGoregous Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Wonderful, heartfelt and very inspiring. THanks!
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ZigiCreator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello =] whats up?
I think that your works are awesome, you have really great penceil skills. you are quite fine artist.
I really hope to see more of your portraits :licking:

-Ovad
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Bloodred070 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Awesome... that's one hell of a birthday present. So much detail...
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is my favorite. Good detail, especially the hand and the metals. I agree, gritty in a good way - exactly the point of drawing a soldier I think - to show what its like to be there.
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Majessy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007   Photographer
I am speechless. I never knew drawing could be so detailed and look so real. This is amazing. Everything about this is just so 'alive'.
I am truly impressed.
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shadow-cave Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
Love the detail on the gun and his hands. Nice work ^_^
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:iconmichelleion:
michelleion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is really rugged and dirty looking, it's great. You certainly pulled off the gun, fantastic work :)
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DivaneMajere Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
I don't really like that *war* things, but this one is really stunning! I love that expression I've got after looking at him...
Amazing details, and carbon pencils work!
Wooow :]
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mmirnii Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
ehhh... its a joke right? :) i like ur undevided attention to detail.. speachless!
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supparockabilly Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006
HOAH!!!
the "doo-hickey" is an M-4 (a fancey M16) it's pretty sweet... i only get the regular 16, and a pipe wrench. see, i fix shit while i get shot at... LOL.

that's a real nice drawing, good work.

A1C Suppa, 3rd Civil Engineer Squadron
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:iconleonaenae:
leonaenae Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Wow
the shading is superb, lighting, everything.
You captured the elements very well
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:iconufcooper:
ufcooper Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Student General Artist
awesome
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:iconreddiva:
reddiva Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
this is a really amazing drawing
you've out-done yourself this time i think!!
well done!! :D
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:iconv-anhelsing:
v-anhelsing Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
It's fabulous mate..it has the grudge look n its amazing at the same time great work :D
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:iconthewalkingman:
thewalkingman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!

I love the hint of glint on the glasses and his braclet. There's something very personal about that and I don't know what.

Bravo.
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:iconjblankenship05:
jblankenship05 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece. The detail is remarkable.
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Lorelai82 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thatīs an awsome drawing :)
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:iconhippyofdoom:
hippyofdoom Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
Excellent - the textures you've created are perfect!
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GigiTheAngryLemon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
Great job! Particularly the gun! Happy early birthday to both of you and I'm sure he'll love it! :clap:
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
wow... that is very impressive work :+fav:
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:iconthea-nu:
Thea-Nu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
incredible work :thumbsup:
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:iconneonay:
neonay Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
Simply gorgeaus ...and spechless too
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:iconnicholas66:
nicholas66 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
neato cheeto!!!
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006   Traditional Artist
seems like you're the one who's been hard at work ;)
seriously Kristen, it's a great drawing. you've done a very good job on textures, and the shading couldn't be better. well done!
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:iconslesi:
slesi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
this looks wonderful!
In the first moment I thought this is a picuture^^

:+fav:
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:iconczochanska:
czochanska Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really impressive! I just love military drawings :D great job!
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:iconcoralay:
Coralay Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
It's amazing! And it's soooo nice seeing something new from you, I'm just in love with your style :) I love the gun, but the part that I prefer for some reason is the hand, it seems just perfect and it really stands out...beautiful!
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Safa-M Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
Doo-hickey? Thats BRILLIANT! :)
Excellent drawing, the details are amazing. The gun is drawn very well indeed. :)
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DKBonnes Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
This is really good, i think the gun looks great :)
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:iconsingsang:
singsang Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
It turned out very good. The gun is looking damn real.!
I'm sure he will love it.
I didn't know your married....now I do ;) Nice to see some new work from you.

Btw. I've baught some carbon penicls after seeing all your drawings I was searching for them. Now I found some and I will try them with my next piece..... curious! I feel that I will like them ;)
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:iconathenatt:
AthenaTT Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Wow, that gun DOES look like it was hard to draw!! Well done!!!
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:iconcombatcasey:
combatcasey Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome! Definitely worthy of a favorite!

What branch is your husband?
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torture-chamber Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
I really like the hand the most - the detail of the tendons and such is awesome (I'm always a sucker for those who can accurately detail hands... what can i say) Anyway, happy birthday for u both, and I'm sure he'll love it since it is fab!
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torture-chamber Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
I really like the hand the most - the detail of the tendons and such is awesome (I'm always a sucker for those who can accurately detail hands... what can i say) Anyway, happy birthday for u both, and I'm sure he'll love it since it is fab!
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xqueenrosylx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
this is really a great drawing...& it's really sweet how it's a bday present for him, and that you two share a birthday! :love:
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la-vie-boheme Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006   Photographer
That's fabulous. There's this rugged, gritty feel to it, but in a good way. It looks spectacular to me!
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