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Morgan Freeman by Mark-Anstis Morgan Freeman by Mark-Anstis
Charcoal, carbon pencil and white pastel on Canson grey paper.

Was a bit of an experiment in technique so any suggestions/critique is welcome. Cheers
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hobbitblueflow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  New Deviant
Incredible,  very envious. 
mattyj77 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Mark this is absolutely phenomenal...quadruple thumbs up from down in NZ 😊
Mark-Anstis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Cheers Matty! Always good to see another Kiwi on here :-)
mattyj77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
No worries man, I jumped on the website too, great stuff, its always inspiring and motivating to see brilliant artists and even more so when they are locals, very keen to see what comes next
LostInLavender Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Your work is absolutely stunning!
Komedia007 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
I can't believe you drew this... Looks exactly like himself!
mpfunder02 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
ShonaW Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such stunning realism! The way you have captured the detail is incredible
nev777 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An experiment in technique.. Wow.. Marvellous detail.. .Hands are superb fingernail and creases ..shading to die for, leather creases...and those ever so hard to produce white hairs ,right down to the bumps on his haven't missed a trick...How to improve on perfect...
FallenQuantum Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like the lips. The illumination seems so unreal on the lips, and the nails are too white. Apart from that, obviously a masterpiece. But it can be better, for sure.
Rick-Koning Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very realistic drawing, amazing..
daetymn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
SERIOUSLY!?!? WTF! do you have a tutorial on rendering wrinkles and pores?
desertedwolf7 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
lol any suggestions. whatever you did, you did it right. This is an absoloutely stunning piece of artwork. i am shocked and in love with so many things about this portrait. For starters; the image you selected was already spot on, but the way in which you chose to represent it is so impressive. The character and fine tuned detail of the face stands out perfectly alongside the darker shadows and less detailed background, without looking even the slightest bit out of place. Bottom line i love this drawing... you did ask for suggestions and i am hard pressed to find any, but i will offer up one criticism. 
i realize the hands need to have less detail than the other areas (and more than some also), but when i am closely examining the hands something is odd about the ring finger. Right above the ring it is slightly flat and then underneath the ring where it connects to the top of the hand it doesn't flow perfectly.

But honestly dude if i were to ever make something even close to this it would be my greatest piece of all time lol. Great work!
SAibIRfan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phenomenal piece of art
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite actors.. wonderful work
Narannie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
WOW. Thought it was a photo until I studied it more closely. NICE!
wael-hameed Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work ..
tessaharmse Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
ths is unreal!!! I'ts awsooooommeee!!!La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
dieter0741 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!   easy reader! 
ZuhaLoveMusic Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
wo very cool :happybounce: 
nancie-x Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What incredible skill, this is unreal. Amazing!
Wongolini Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ShortyLALI Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
real as shit_awsum work
30sqm Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
As a drawing it is extraordinary, as a photograph it is exceptional. The difference between this and the rest of your gallery cause us to disbelieve.. it is just too perfect  ...and yet if real - your technique is exquisite. 

However, as you yourself imply on 11th October - is such a sublime copy of a photograph in a different media 'art' or 'draughting' ?  Different people clearly have different opinion. 

In my own view - the same drawing would be a thousand times better if it had been from life (a live sitting) - where you not only have to capture the exact proportion and all those details, but then crucially - also create every aspect of the ambiance.  Few then would argue that it would have been a masterpiece the true sense of the word.  Can you do that ?

Like most, I myself fall into the latter category with my drawings and paintings.. I am a draughtsman. That is - I also used to be pretty good technically, but I lacked the creativity (the underlying purpose or expression) of an artist.!  In due course I gave up drawing & painting because (to me) there was actually no purpose to it. It was simply a very long-handed way to reproduce someone else's photo.  Many, many years later I feel the creativity stirring (I now have things to say and a wish to express) but through lack of practice have long lost the technique.!

And so, I urge you to continue to develop that technique life drawing and through adding to your palette & medium (even the greatest artists practice, experiment & in doing so - continue to grow), while at the same time finding something that you want to say or express (your love for a person, or anger at an injustice) and present it as a pictorial composition.  If you can then apply your incredible technique to that - you will have stepped over.. Your drawings will be Art, and your every stroke of the brush or charcoal will be poetry with symphonic backing !  

Believe me.. Mankind really does needs art, perhaps more now ..than any time throughout its history.

Sincere best regards, P.
Mark-Anstis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Hi, cheers! You are exactly right. This drawing is quite old now, and was nothing more than a technical exercise. Useful, but no purpose beyond learning a technique you set out to do. Detail is certainly not the benchmark for determining if a drawing or painting is good or not. And you are spot on, there is no substitute to drawing from life - I'll only ever refer to a photograph if there really was no other choice! But I think it is sad to see that craft is often considered secondary to artistic expression. It shouldn't be!If they are mutual, then they will both fully compliment each other.
Thanks for your comment :-)
Coffeeit Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
ahhhh WOW :) nice work
Fazer42 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Ridiculously good. 
30030610 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
brilliant turn out the skin texture must have been mind numbing but you've captured every detail. Love it
DanielaPeace Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're really good!
Mark-Anstis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Hi everyone. Sorry I'm not on DA much and just caught up with comments. Thanks very much for all your kind messages! It's a bit humbling, I'm not really sure that they are justified though, I think you're all just being nice :-)

I've seen a few comments saying there are photographic qualities. This is a bit amusing because I don't see that at all, and it was never my intention, I was just experimenting by going into a bit of detail.
Personally I prefer drawings to look like drawings, paintings to look like paintings and photographs to look like photographs. Not to give the illusion that it is something that it is not. So perhaps in that respect I failed a little bit :-)

So feel free to throw some criticism out there too, I'm keen as to learn!

But thank you everybody! And have a nice day!
AlexanderNesterov Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
can you make the video how you drowing, because many people do not believe that you have drawn this
or you take a picture and put under glass and redraw it?)
very hard to believe you...)
Jinx6648 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
i'm speechless, it's simply gorgeous, at 1st sight, i was sure it was a picture! my deep respect for your talent :)
tamiabmagruder Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Morgan Freeman is an old school actor and one of the best. Also You captured his essence in this amazing picture. :)
lindumstudio Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's perfect great work.
DesSherwood Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Suggestions? Are you kidding?!! It's perfect!!!! Really perfect!! wow;-)
ragamuffin57 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
this really good !! !!!
The-Virus87 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
You have captured Gods likeness very well :D
Eke93 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
i bet you really loved doing the spots on his this is great work.
oMimic Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is insanely good :D
DesSherwood Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn! I was going to use the exact same wording! lol
agnes21 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Really awesome! :)
SipaMongaweh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very Well Done!
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kumarburra Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
out standing,....
Maggies-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I have no words! AMAZING!
Dejmiaann Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Great !
Superfreshhh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Brilliant work
Maryizme Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student
I can't even tell it's not a picture, I'm suspicious lol great work
Latipha Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! Very realistic work!
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