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Only A Child by TheRockMonster Only A Child by TheRockMonster
So may the road I've yet to take
Leave a smile across my face
'Till the laughter sheds the darkness far behind
For I still belong in the cradle of humankind


I haven't done pencil works in a very long time. This one has a bit of a personal meaning. So much is put on children nowadays that they aren't allowed to be children. The beauty and wonder of being a child is ignored, leading to tragic and difficult lives in the future.

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teddeyLP Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Broken skin" looks very realistic, I love the whole idea of this drawing, it's really interesting :)
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting job, I like the way you did her right cheek!

There are a few things I'd suggest. First things first, her nose seems a touch big, or too low on her face. I'd try to raise it up a bit and make it curve to the left a bit more.
Also, the chin is much too small compared to the rest of her face. I'd lower it down an inch or so to give the lips more room.
I really like how you did the eyes, but I think raising them both of them up and the left one a bit to the left would really make it look more lifelike.
The shading is fantastic, though I think making the shading darker and the unshaded parts lighter would really make it look more lifelike.

But overall, this is an amazing piece! :D The concept is fascinating, and the different textures, from the hair to the lips to the broken cheek, are all very well done! Keep up the good work! :clap:
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:icontherockmonster:
TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the kind an helpful words! I shall keep these things in mind next time, thanks so much! :hug:
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:iconhefeigal:
hefeigal Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad I could help! :D
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Maleiva Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the details of the look.
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:icontherockmonster:
TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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AxsaNarvaez Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing.
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:icontherockmonster:
TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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blacky91 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really good grasp on Realism, though there are some things I'll need to point out.
Her nose looks a bit... odd... I can't tell if it's drawn weird of if she just has a slightly big/out of the ordinary nose, the shape itself is actually really good, but I would have put the nostrils just a bit closer together, mainly the one furthest away from myself closer to the middle.
Also her top lip, the point where it kind of shapes into a 'V' should actually be a bit more pointy and not quite so roundish, it actually makes her lip look odd, though if she's meant to have them like that, then by all means leave it how it is haha
Finally the eyes, they're a bit out of form, mainly the lower eyelid is. You could have moved it closer to the top eyelid to show a little less of the eye apple and the eyelashes on the top eye aren't quite correct either. They get thicker towards the outside of the eye and not the middle and a human eye actually has less eyelashes than one thinks. -personally I like drawing a lot of eye lashes too, but I thought I'd point that out-
Otherwise great work, i really love the concept for this picture, it's creative and original.
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the constructive comment! I really appreciate the down to detail perspective, it really helps! Thank you :hug:
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blacky91 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem whatsoever, it was my pleasure :-)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Featured in our Forum Features article! :)
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:icontherockmonster:
TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome :hug:
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Quenyah Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
It's so beautiful and very emotional. The eyes are amazing.
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the kind words :)
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MercuryCrest Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work. Very poignant and touching.

I've been getting a lot of very positive comments (mostly outside of DA) regarding my addition of poetry to my photographs...that piece in italics up above would look great as a part of this image. :)
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm, interesting idea. Thank you very much :)
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sidneyj06 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Emotional image and i think we can all agree to what you say, they can live 2 life's but sometimes only the darkness is shown even tho they want to be happy.
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you understand and like the piece :)
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and it reminds me of this song friend just showed me ^^ [link]
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, emotive piece, well done again! ^^
There are some mistakes, but the message and emotions take over, so they're not so noticable ;)
I think you'll become amazing and famous artist one day ^^
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the kind and truthful words, I really appreciate it. :hug: And also, that song is somewhat reminiscent of the drawing :O
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :aww:
And yeah, i though so when i looked at the drawing :D
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OlMountainWoman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Photographer
This is featured here [link]
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
:hug:
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Tracie76Stock Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
wonderful work :heart:
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:icontherockmonster:
TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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Cinders8328 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is sad and true, if you would like to hear an example, slip me a note :(
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I shall, I adore storytime.
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axdreamximagination Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is truly saddening and beautiful
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:icontherockmonster:
TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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