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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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frianbaad Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love him love the art
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you do! :D Thanks, fellow Sully fan :aww:
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...
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Many thanks, it truly means a lot! :iconnewglomp:
art-kaos Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks loads :iconcreepglompplz:
kore-art Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:o really nice it's perfect , i will follow your art !!
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:
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 
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
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