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Sully Erna 01 by IlojleenSully Erna - No rest for the wicked by Ilojleen Sully Erna 02 by IlojleenThe ones who give me eargasms by Ilojleen

Basic info

:pointr: size: A4
:pointr: H-8B Koh-I-Noor pencils, a regular eraser, a kneaded eraser, a Pentel white gel pen
:pointr: time: approx. 60h
:pointr: reference photo: img201.imageshack.us/img201/27…
:pointr: details: img851.imageshack.us/img851/10…
:pointr: the title: Sully's song, Sinner's Prayer
:pointr: step by step video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vm3qn…


About the drawing

Salvatore Paul Erna, or just Sully Erna, the leader of the hard rock band Godsmack, once again. I felt this time he deserved a decent portrait.
Please read the following text if you can bear with my usual boring talk:
After the decade of listening to Godsmack as "one of the bands I like, not my top favourite", I realized it is actually my band no 1. About 10 years after having heard them for the first time, can you imagine? Better later than never :B My previous "no 1 bands", 30 Seconds To Mars and Nickelback don't play loud enough to satisfy my evil black heart, I guess [but I still love their music].
Last year I discovered Sully had released his own, solo album. Being curious, I listened to it... and fell in love with it at once. It's com-ple-tely different from what Erna creates with Godsmack. "The Avalon" is a mix of soft rock, symphonic and tribal music, and has become one of my favourite albums I have ever listened to. Very emotional masterpiece. The title of this drawing is of one of "The Avalon" songs, "Sinner's Prayer". You can listen to it here: youtu.be/DlK5N-Lcvjc [I know, the "mumbo jumbo" intro is funny xD], I also recommend you the following songs, I'm sure you won't be dissapointed: Broken Road, 7 years, Until then.
Random fact: Sully can play the guitar, the piano, the harmonica, the keyboard, the bongos and the drums, which - the last one - he learnt playing at age of 3,5. He's pretty talented, versatile and truly inspirational as a musician.
I chose this photo not only because it was one of the better quality pictures of Sully I could find, but, first of all, because I find it just was... begging to be drawn! Look at this play of the shadows on his face, details of the kerchief, the tattoos... :heart: I LUV drawing such things. I picked "Sinner's Prayer" for the title because Sully with the hands joint and the eyes closed looks as if he was praying, doesn't he?
BTW, in case someone thought, "the dude must be stupid, how can you get so many stars tattooed on your face?!"... They aren't real, he used to have only one, but got it removed.

Whereas I did the exact copy of Sully's face and body from the reference picture, I let myself change the background, these lights are my idea. And I'm surprised how smooth the backgound turned out! I extremely enjoyed shading his face, such contrasts are a big challenge which takes more time, but I really like it. I'm happy with the outcome and consider it my best 2012 drawing so far :la:

He looks like a pirate here :dummy: :ahoy:
Feedback is always very welcome :heart:

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:iconfrianbaad:
frianbaad Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love him love the art
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you do! :D Thanks, fellow Sully fan :aww:
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:iconvanlierop:
vanLierop Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is so amazing and real, I just don't have the words for it...
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Many thanks, it truly means a lot! :iconnewglomp:
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:iconart-kaos:
art-kaos Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
great!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks loads :iconcreepglompplz:
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kore-art Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:o really nice it's perfect , i will follow your art !!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you, I really appreciate it :heart: I hope I don't disappoint you with my future submissions :hug:
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:iconkore-art:
kore-art Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe i think that won't happen :D (Big Grin)  , i would like receive tips Wink/Razz .. just kidding . go ahead+fav 
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
:huggle:
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Melusine8 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow amazing talent! :)
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind comment, I appreciate it :iconcocoloveplz:
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:iconmanojsingh:
manojsingh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
beautiful...work
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :iconloveorangeplz:

Merry Christmas Sign 
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:iconscott-j-sedei:
Scott-J-Sedei Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent work! You have a great talent.
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many thanks for this kind comment :heart: :cuddle:
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JeannieMarie33 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
WoW :faint: 
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :happybounce:
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:iconrustamova:
Rustamova Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressive work! Oops!  You are so talented! La la la la Keep it up!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you, so are you :cuddle:
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:iconmikiwe:
Mikiwe Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Incredible stunning!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :iconblueheartplz:
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwonderful-world: Congratulations! This work has been included in our 'Best of the best'  Wonderful Wednesdays feature www.deviantart.com/journal/Won…
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
I appreciate this recognition! Thanks :)
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:iconroartar:
RoArtAr Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
excelente
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks, for the watch and the fav as well :)
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:iconherskeletonkey:
HerSkeletonKey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! Godsmack has to be one of my favorite bands of all time and the fact that you captured Sully so perfectly is just wow I'm in awh. :o (Eek) I think I've fainted.
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many, many thanks! 5 seconds hug  I'm pleased that you like this drawing. It's one of my favs :giggle:
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:iconherskeletonkey:
HerSkeletonKey Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   General Artist
how could I not it's brilliant! you're most welcome my dear Huggle!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
:iconsqueezehugplz:
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AR-Faham Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional
This piece of artwork has been selected to the "Featured" Gallery at #Celebrity-Portraits [link]
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's so kind of you! Thanks :)
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Klenesk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was going to write a critique but then I realized you can't critique something that has nothing wrong with it.
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, this comment is so flattering! Thank you very much :iconlovenodplz:
I also appreciate adding me to your devwatch :)
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OctavioP Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome piece=)
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a million :iconpounceglomp:
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:iconchartreuxxx:
chartreuxxx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it, thank you very much! :iconsnuzzleplz:
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:iconwendymitchell:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwonderful-world: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Wonderful Wednesdays feature [link]
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you :heart:
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patryk92k Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Widziałem chyba kiedyś na rysuj.. Świetna praca.. Poziom opanowania ołówka niewiarygodny :)
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dzięki wielkie :iconeagerdummyglompplz: Za watcha również :)
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:iconpatryk92k:
patryk92k Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nie ma za co :)
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LisaCooper91 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an incredible drawing... Wonderful shading, it looks so soft! And his hands, wow... Just wow.
Very impressive :)
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it, thanks :iconbummy2:
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:iconmadileekeera:
MadileeKeera Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is moving and has a spiritual feel to it, beautiful!
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many thanks, it means a lot that you think it's has a spiritual feel, that was my goal to reach :aww: Thank you, for the favs as well :hug:
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C-irca Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely incredible. After looking through your gallery for a while, when I came across this beauty I was just wowed! I personally think that this is your best work yet.
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! It means a lot to me, as it's the work I'm the most proud of :dummy: I'm happy that you like it, too!
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pumsmajer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
rewelacja!
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