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Metal skull by Trichardsen Metal skull by Trichardsen
*** This is not a anatomically correct representation of a skull, it is just a Biker type metal skull.***

This drawing pretty much pushed my limits to the max, 90 hours of intense concentration throughout, well except for the last 30 minutes which was pure blizz.

Done for a friend who ordered it.

Drawn on Canson Dessin paper A4.
4h-9xxb and 0.3 b mechanical.
kneaded eraser
Magnifying glass
pencil eraser
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:iconphillippan:
Critique by phillippan Aug 24, 2012, 11:34:50 PM
This is a beautifully done piece of work. The first thing you notice right off the bat is that metallic and shiny effect. The artist does a great job of using contrast between black and white to create this amazing effect of shine. However, when trying to create high contrast pieces, it is very easy to just forget the detail work. This artist amazingly combines both hyperrealism with this extreme contrast to create a breathtaking piece. Clearly a lot of time went into this work, with superb technical precision and detail. If you want to learn how to create a shiny effect with graphite, take a look at how this piece uses contrast to create that effect.
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:iconmelodicchronic:
MelodicChronic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow... fine work, my friend. I am surprised you could achieve such a dark black with a mechanical pencil. Looks great!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
I used the Kimberly 9xxb for the super darks, you get some really nice blacks with that pencil.
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:iconmoremdm:
moreMDM Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The rendering is awesome...  you can see it's metal!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow...fantastisk Tommy!!!!!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Tusen takk. :bow:
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
varsågod Tommy!!!!
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:iconlomatic:
lomatic Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome ,amazing actually.
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :)
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:iconlomatic:
lomatic Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconuserjeff:
userJeff Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! At first I thought this was a photograph of a sculpture.
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the great compliment. :)
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:iconms--understood:
Ms--Understood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
fantastico ....your technique is absolutely good :clap::clap: .. and I think if you darken the eye holes it would look much better and would give it more depth ..........
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:iconjimmigilbi:
JimmiGilbi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a cartoon skull yeah not a hyper realism piece of art.....
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much.
Yeah I perhaps could, though there is quite a bit of detail in the eye sockets so making it darker would cover some of it.
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Bizkit66 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Wicked :headbang:
Also :worship::eyepopping:
You can draw like this aswell!!!!! your a true artist! you show it in any medium :nod:
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much, certainly appreciate it.

I guess I have turned into an artist over the last year. :D
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:iconbizkit66:
Bizkit66 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Most welcome :-)

Noticably, you have passion, and persiverance, that takes you far :D
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconnikalenai:
Nikalenai Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
that's a beautifully executed piece! I'm not a fan of this theme but I had to admit that work you put into this drawing is just amazing
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much. :squee:
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:iconkisarag-i:
kisarag-i Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
the detail you put in this is amazing, not the mention, the contrasting tones make it look so sharp and eyecatching
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Many thanks. :bow:
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:icondrclosure:
DrClosure Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Omg you did an amazing work on rendering the metal effect, and I think that this is the hardest thing to do with pencils. Congrats! :D
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much. :bow:
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:iconinsignusknives:
InsignusKnives Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is some really heavy inking there! Awesome job! :D
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Actualy not much inking at all, just pencil work. :D
And thank you.
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:iconinsignusknives:
InsignusKnives Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS ALL PENCIL? That is some incredible pencil work there, it already seems like ink to me! :D
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah, pencil all the way. :D
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CHOCOCHIYOKO Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
wow fantastic render and study kudos
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Big thank you. :D
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Majykal-Melodi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is fantastic. I am very impressed by your skill. You used a regular mechanical pencil to draw this?
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
No I used 4h-6b regular pencils, the Kimberly 9xxb for blacks and a 0.3 B mechanical. :)
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Humblelulu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, beautiful shading! Looks amazing
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much. :bow:
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:iconj-ricaud:
j-ricaud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful but a bit creepy :3
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
Yeah I tend to agree right there, I do not normaly favour drawing skulls, but it is what the client wanted, so I drew it. :D
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Aloutsss-E-Pupusisi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beauty!!!!


Shadowness is powerfull XD


I love skull!!!!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much. :D
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:iconnionioart:
NioNioArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
insanely well done :) I have to ask though; Do you use the eraser for the places where it's supposed to shine and reflect light, or do you just colour with the pencil around those areas? xD
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks a bunch.
I leave the shiny areas be until the end, then I erase over them even when its just paper value and no graphite has been applied, this will lighten the paper even more ( not all papers but if you have quality drawing paper you can erase over the paper to lighten ).
The pencil eraser I use otherwise to correct and do very light transitions over graphite, I draw with the eraser just as a pencil, except ofc removing value. :D
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NioNioArt Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks for the tip! Gotta invest in some proper drawing paper then, seems like its worth it :)
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
It surely is, just be sure to test out a little on one of the sheets before deciding what pencil and range you going to use. :)
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NioNioArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah good idea .. I shall! :)
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
:)
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monkette Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This is fantastic! Love the metallic texture, and I'm impressed by how much contrast/dark values you achieved. Amazing work!!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
I used the Generals Kimberly 9xxb for the super darks, its extremely rich and dark for a pencil and it creates a much wider range of values to use. :)
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:iconmonkette:
monkette Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
You're welcome! Nice, I've never worked with graphite that soft but now I want try to it out... thanks! :)
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
The cool thing is that the 9xxb is not that soft in feel due to having carbon in it, so you can make quite fine lines with it if you want.
And you are ofc welcome. :)
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Snusy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...this is so well done !!!!! oh my god it seems so incredibly real, the use of the light and shadows is brilliant ;)
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