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April 25, 2012
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Sully Erna - Sinner's Prayer by Ilojleen Sully Erna - Sinner's Prayer by Ilojleen
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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:…
:pointr: details:…
:pointr: the title: Sully's song, Sinner's Prayer
:pointr: step by step video:…

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: [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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Ilojleen Dec 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :iconloveorangeplz:

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Scott-J-Sedei Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent work! You have a great talent.
Ilojleen Dec 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many thanks for this kind comment :heart: :cuddle:
JeannieMarie33 Dec 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
WoW :faint: 
Ilojleen Dec 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :happybounce:
Rustamova Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive work! Oops!  You are so talented! La la la la Keep it up!
Ilojleen Dec 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you, so are you :cuddle:
Mikiwe Nov 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Incredible stunning!
Ilojleen Nov 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :iconblueheartplz:
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