Basic infosize: A4
H-8B Koh-I-Noor pencils, a regular eraser, a kneaded eraser, a Pentel white gel pen
time: approx. 60h
reference photo: img201.imageshack.us/img201/27…
the title: Sully's song, Sinner's Prayer
step by step video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vm3qn…
About the drawingSalvatore 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 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... 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
He looks like a pirate here
Feedback is always very welcome
love him love the art
It is so amazing and real, I just don't have the words for it...
really nice it's perfect , i will follow your art !!
Wow, thank you, I really appreciate it I hope I don't disappoint you with my future submissions
Wow amazing talent!
Excellent work! You have a great talent.
Impressive work! You are so talented! Keep it up!
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.
I was going to write a critique but then I realized you can't critique something that has nothing wrong with it.
Widziałem chyba kiedyś na rysuj.. Świetna praca.. Poziom opanowania ołówka niewiarygodny
This is such an incredible drawing... Wonderful shading, it looks so soft! And his hands, wow... Just wow.
This is moving and has a spiritual feel to it, beautiful!
Many thanks, it means a lot that you think it's has a spiritual feel, that was my goal to reach Thank you, for the favs as well
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.
Thank you! It means a lot to me, as it's the work I'm the most proud of I'm happy that you like it, too!