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Illuminate by Lmomjian Illuminate by Lmomjian
This was an interesting piece to do. I haven't done a still life drawing for over a year, and since there are so many good drawings of lightbulbs on dA I decided to try my hand at one.

Size: A4

Time: 50 h

Materials:

-Canson Smooth Bristol board
-Tombow Mono pencil set
-Pentel 500 Graph Gear mechanical pencils, 0.3mm (H and B leads)
-Papermate Tuff Stuff eraser stick
-Leather chamois/shammy
-Sakura electric eraser
-Staedtler Mars Lumograph 7B pencil (non-reflective black pencil)
-Staedtler eraser
-Stump; cotton ball

The background was a new thing for me. In my previous pieces I produced backgrounds with chalk pastel, but as my work got more detailed I decided that I was losing too many details around the edges of the drawings. This time I used pencil. I mainly used the H and B 0.3mm mechanical pencils, blending with a variety of different tools. It was probably the most difficult part of the drawing, and since I don't put paper over my drawing while working there were a few fingerprints I had to work around. Luckily they were not hard to remove. If you are thinking of doing a smooth, gray background such as this one I would recommend building up values with many, many hard (nothing above B) strokes. The background took me around 12 hours.

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I'd like to thank ~TheMinx for providing the reference. [link]

And thank you for looking! If you have any comments or critiques I would love to hear them :-)
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:iconriz-z:
RiZ-Z Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Тонкая работа!
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:iconsomeone-else79:
Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Excellent !!!
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:iconquirkybrainiac:
QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning to say the least!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :-)
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:iconquirkybrainiac:
QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Always :). Such an amazing level of skill!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconquirkybrainiac:
QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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:iconkeithmore2000:
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
outstanding!!!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconsweediesart:
SweediesArt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome:heart::hug:
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:icondrdrum666:
DrDrum666 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Impressive!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot.
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:iconwinterkate:
winterkate Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Writer
Wow. The way you've done the glass and the shading here is super-impressive.
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, glad you like it.
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:icontheditzybluebell:
TheDitzyBluebell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow. After reading your comment on my portrait, I thought I'd come and check out your work. This is absolutely exquisite!! Just beautiful. I feel honoured that you were impressed with my own work!! :D Fantastic.
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks I appreciate it very much :D
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:iconbaskertown:
BASKERTOWN Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why would you take a picture of a lightbulb? You are a strange one lol :)
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha :-p thanks
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:iconfrogxx:
frogXX Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
That's awesome! I only wondered a little if it really is perfectly round. (Can I even say so in English? ^^) I assume it is but probably it is distracting that the second line one the upper side is a little darker than the one over it. And the line on the bottom of the bulb is quite smooth, some parts of it maybe too much as I see it. Fascinating are the wire and the rest of the stuff inside (I couldn't even name in german) and the thread. The highlights on it are very good. Looks like real a little oily metal. Wonderful.

I read your critique on Franco's Dean Winchester and found it really interesting (and brave ^^).  I wondered if you would write one for me too. I'm member on dA since seven month but I haven't heard much useful about my art yet...
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate your detailed look at this piece!

yes, the second line is a little darker and can make it look flawed.

Glad you liked the critique. Let me see.
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:iconflaval:
flaval Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Wow, that's perfection!!!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't call it perfection haha but thank you :-)
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:iconthanasistzortzis:
ThanasisTzortzis Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If hyperealism is your goal then you totally achieved it! I like your most carefylly and meticulus work!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much! :-D
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:iconscorcos:
Scorcos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like a photo, amazing.
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so!
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:iconportretforyou:
Portretforyou Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
nice work...
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icondustywallpaper:
Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
OH MY! you little liar you, you comment about how amazing Patrick is and you have the drawing talent of an angel, your so modest, XD LOVE the picture! it "lights up" my mind ;) Very good!!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:

He really is far better than me though :P
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:icondustywallpaper:
Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :) and LOL your far better then me! (it's like a food chain of Art)
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah haha... there is always someone better :p
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:icondustywallpaper:
Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Half the fun is getting better though! :D
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup it is crazy how much better you can get just with some practice. Looking back just one year I have gone so far.
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:icondustywallpaper:
Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know right! time flies fast. it feels like one day your scribbling and then next your making sales! XD do you sell your drawings? (just woundering)
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, it's crazy! The nice thing about getting a lot better quickly is that you make progress, but the bad thing is that you are only satisfied with a piece for a year or so :p

My next drawing is a commission, but as of now I have not sold anything! I have gotten offers to buy though (on this piece). I am planning to have it exhibited in shows then sell it.
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:iconodyssey8:
Odyssey8 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely incredible. That screw is particularly striking IMO. Great work! :clap:
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-) Thank you!
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:iconsynthemum:
Synthemum Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so real! You did a great job on this :D
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate it :-)
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:iconrealisticartsachin:
realisticartsachin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wowow!! you have done the background so well, It's perfection!!!! Never seen any other art with such smooth gradient!! Congrats!!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I am glad you like it friend :-)

If you want to see some REALLY impressive work... check out this guy I recently found: [link] His oil and graphite works are just unbelievable.
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:iconrealisticartsachin:
realisticartsachin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! This is out of the world!! Thank you for the link :) Never knew such great artists even exist!! The only thing I don't understand is modern and abstract art and how they are sold for millions :P
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't know it was even possible! The 9x12" portrait of the man has such detail it is incredible. He really is one of the best I have seen.


Modern and abstract art is just weird, most of it :p
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:iconrealisticartsachin:
realisticartsachin Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah!
Hey, what are these llama badges for? And how do you publicize your art works? I mean hod do you make them get noticed on Deviat Art??
Sorry for such silly questions, but I am knew to this :-/
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Llama badges are basically gifts. You can give them for acts of kindness, as a show of love for someone's art, etc. They have no real use, you just give them.

Publicizing art works is pretty easy! All you need to do is join a group. As you can see on my pieces I have them featured in some groups - these are basically clubs that feature artwork. When you join a group, you can submit artwork to that group to be displayed by it. Any artwork included in a group will be seen by the group's watchers, just like you see the artwork of an individual artist who you are watching. All of Deviant Art's groups can be found here: [link]
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:iconrealisticartsachin:
realisticartsachin Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the information! Hope to see more brilliant works from your side, all the best!!
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and thank you :-)
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:iconscr1b3:
Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Someday I so wanna draw like this!
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