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Amalgam by DDzim Amalgam by DDzim
Pencil on grey paper, heightened with white charcoal.
25" x 17"

EDIT: On is a short video that shows me working on this drawing. [link]

Oh, and thank you all for your feedback and comments! :)

Many many thanks to :icondrop-asd:, :iconancient-one: , :iconathenatt:, :iconsphilr: !!!

And many many thanks for all your nice comments and kind words!!!

P.S. If you are from England you can check out the Blackheath Gallery in London, Blackheath. The drawing is currently there. There's also an upcoming exhibition (31th July 2010) with 1 or more of my works.
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Given 2010-07-25
Amalgam, absolute mastery in pencil and charcoal from ~DDzim.
(Suggested by =drop-asd, *Ancient-one and 'athenatt) ( Featured by SRaffa )
SketchyImages Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Innnnncredible work!!!
GabrielaOlteanu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This drawing makes me wanna throw away my pencils :))) amazing work!!! 
dmkozicka Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Beautifully done !

rollarius55 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gee, what a fantastic technique you have!!!:clap:
HirokazuTomimasu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful work!
vinimassarollo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xtrememasseur Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sir I  would like to ask you one question... How do you draw hair? Erasing with eraser(if yes... then what type of eraser) or with any white colour pencil(if pencil then which type of pencil)?
a-smoky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
hi ddZim..Happy New Year to you and all yours! :hug:

Hey!  I received some charcoal pencils for Christmas. So, I'm learning to work with them, and started trying portraits. How exciting!  I've been learning a lot already, looking at other people's work and video tutorials on youtube.

What kind of paper do you work on dd?  I used some grey toned paper, but find you can only rub out so much on there. Then two days ag I found there's charcoal paper, so I've used that. That goes better.  But it's very grainy I find, hard to do little details.  Would you mind advising me on the best paper to use, please?

Also, If you wouldn't mind taking a peek in my gallery at the last few deviations I added..  Maybe you have some hints and tips for me?  Am I on the right way to improving what I'm doing?  I think I am, but would love some advice. So.. if you have the time?

civergeek Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg  Noes! Noes! Wow!
Newspower Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
aliyevanv Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable! This is beyond human abilities!!!
LMan-Artwork Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressive realism
omarkaviles Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Beautiful and unique!
kasiek12 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
you re amazing! it looks like the photograph!!
ComproEdits Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
how the fuck dude!? this is IMPOSIBRUUUU! your amazing
jeni5540 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
extremely well done!!!!
AntonWoody Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amzing work!
William-Carroll Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
chiiandme Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of paper is this on? its amazing
NaLop Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lecristal Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it is a cry, so beautiful realism
thank you for sharing that sue DA
paulnery Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very realistic !! Congratulations!!
ParaguayDraw Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
without words..................
Treize09 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is amazing..woow
Englehart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student
This is amazing! Do you work from photos or real life?
threeberrypie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
All of your drawings are so beautiful and impressive, but this one (to me) beats them all. I love the focus, the detail, and how the eyes draw the viewer in.
Critmaryrose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
i so cant believe the picture in ur gallery are all drawings!!!
ur so amazing!!!
hopefully one day i can draw as amazing as u can ^o^
alexmatra Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I hope one day I'll be as good as you =)
Ktp08 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
It is so amazing.
Steelblue Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
She's beautiful.
amie-cotter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you are so amazing im finding it very hard to accept that this is a drawing haha.. its just so realistic.. its unbelievable :) amazing talent well done.
pencilartistjohnjohn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
honestly...u r my my opinion...u r the best artist....regarding portrait drawing in pencil..and charcoal..with ur various for dis drawing...i stared at it for almost 30mins...the detail is too real....the drawing itself is one that cannot be captured with a is better and more lifelike..than that of a photograph..looking at this drawing i could tell a million stories about the subject..she is beautiful indeed...ur skill is unable to comprehend..and i think u are better than armin mersmannn..though he is amazing at what he does...ur drawings are breathtaking...the resolution like noneother..i am a beginner in portrait drawing...and my goal is to be better than you..if thats possible.....ur talent is spectacular...great work
tenchibaka Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
ho'shit, i have been looking at this for a good minute and i cannot believe it is a drawing, this looks like a lightly filtered goodness
lukkar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Digital Artist
You are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo patient :P
narutoricecake Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
r u serious...??? this is like...


dude... you're insane...

and i use the word "insane" interchangeably with "friggin amazing" sooo... ~ yeaaaaahhhh...

oh my gosh, the wet shimmering skin...!! that's like, unpossible..!!!
stuartclark1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Hi,i still think your one of the best at pencil portraits,it's all in the detail,your online book is still my Favorite and is a really inspiration to me as a fellow Graphite Artist ,everytime i share your beautiful work i get fantastic comments ! bye for now
Vanniene Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Solche perfekten Bilder habe ich noch nie gesehen! Das gefällt mir besonders wegen des Ausdrucks so gut. Abgesehen davon ist es wegen der Schärfe- Unschärfeverlagerung schon wahnsinn. Ich würde mir wünschen, ich könnte solche Bilder machen, aber sie auch noch so perfekt zeichnen zu können... ich bin wirklich sprachlos. Es ist wahrhaft eine Freude die Bilder ansehen zu können, danke fürs Hochladen.
Modstar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Hi Dirk, wonderful wonderful artwork as always. I also love drawing with pencils. By all means, take a quick peek at my profile. I find that graphite alone lacks some tonal values and too much graphite obviously produces shine. How do you tackle this problem? Plus, how well does white charcoal adhere to the graphite? I thought charcoal wouldn't be able to hold onto the smooth surface of graphite. Or are you placing the charcoal straight onto the paper? Anyway, you have many many fans of your artwork around the world. So keep it coming. All the best to you.
RestfulCalamity Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GET OUTTA HERE!! That's a drawing? I have NEVER seen anything so realistic before and I mean that. I honestly thought it was a photo. Even now that I know, I'm looking for something to tell me, that it was done with pencil and can't find a thing. This is beyond unreal. This will have me talking for years. I do give compliments, but this is way more than well deserved. You sir have imo created a new ceiling in art, unless I am just that inexperienced. I mean, it doesn't even make sense to go into explaining the areas of detail, the whole thing just screams photograph! Even the way you convey a blurring effect on the shoulders, then the realism of the HAIR just makes no sense. The eyes can't get any more realistic . . My heavenly father who I love dearly, this is a gift. I can see that you cherish it. Take care.
DDzim Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks alot for your comment! I like it very much. All the best to you.
RestfulCalamity Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem at all man, God bless.
dark-elysium Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
wow! I can't not believe! it's more real than a photo!
Pungyeon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
........ WHAT!?!?!?

This is breathtaking.
hummingasong Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Holy shit!

T thought that was a photograph!
FebruaryMint Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
this is incredible I almost can't believe this is a drawing!
Jarow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This would be gorgeous simply as a photo, but you went and drew it you crazy bastard. I love it!
joe6panther6 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
One word... DAMN! :)
anmeher Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an incredible drawing. The expression is amazing!
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