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Christopher Walken after 4 years of progress by Doctor-Pencil Christopher Walken after 4 years of progress by Doctor-Pencil
I finished the drawing (left) today (2-23-2013) and the other (right) on (1-31-2009) so this is about 4 years of practice apart. The OLD one I did just 4 MONTHS after returning from a 30 YEAR break. I wanted to show everyone that, although we may be born with natural God given talents, gifts and abilities, it remains up to US to practice :D "Practice does NOT make us perfect, but it DOES make us better"

"If you wish you had someone's talent, but are not making the most of your OWN talent, you would only waste both"

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amanivr Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
i guess you want to kill me...it's like a photo..not a drawing..really awesome work!congrats!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a BUNCH!! :D:D
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richardbgomes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks a ton. I will remember Your WORDS throughout my Life.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha Hey thanks MUCH!! :D but I wrote them down so you don't have to - tip blog link below :D
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richardbgomes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
thank you so much
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Johnnymauch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspirational! Thanks for sharing :)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks MUCH!! :D
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Johnnymauch Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers, thanks for the watch!!
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sparrowsong83 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's quite nice to look back at your past drawings and see how far you've come.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a BUNCH!! :D
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Very dramatic difference. Glad you are drawing!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankssss :D
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philippeL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very good lesson about practice, definitely... With time also, we choose our references more carefully.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true! I really take my time finding photos now! :D
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MaryJane-Art Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great improvement, and sooo true words!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
appreciate it!! :D
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MaryJane-Art Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are welcome
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CYeater Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the one on the left was a photograph.
My mind can't even comprehend your skill. The word amazing does no justice whatsoever.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe thanks a LOT! :D
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Raquel-HM Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thanks for sharing these two drawings with us, nonetheless both are amazing! xD And your advices cheer up!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate it!! :D
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TarcDnB Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
It's funny to look back at them right? I don't know about you but I certainly didn't know I can draw "so well" (not to be conceited).
Do you feel the same? I mean, could you imagine what you would become?
Similarly, regarding the future, who knows what we will become :) Maybe you will be a wealthy painter without realÝzing it now
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol I know exactly what you mean! I have wondered many times why God would wait until age 46 before revealing His gift to me? I have some theories. Anyway, I have not been proactive in promotion, as to be rich and famous or anything. As a result, I feel if He has bigger plans for me, the opportunity will just fall in my lap one day. Not that we should not try to expose our art, but He does his part, I will do mine. As for now, I am content with drawing as a hobby :D
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mellimac Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic work Rick! It is true, practice does make us better...but no ones perfect. After all ,where would the fun be in that?..can't wait to see more from you
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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mellimac Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I look at your work and it inspires me to become better myself. Thanks for sharing
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, and yes we get inspiration from others :)
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Selim-mileS Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a child, i drew battleships, cars, trucks, and some landscapes :D, and i started portraits "seriously" not so long ago. I must say that, posting them and having comments, forced me to improve myself a lot ! We are all the same :)

Your "old" version is good, but we can clearly see the progress you made in shadowing, details, and post-processing on computer afterwards
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, praise goes a long way in filling in the dry spots of inspiration. When I was a kid, and "felt like drawing", I would tell my mom I felt like drawing, and ask for ideas on WHAT to draw. Doing portraits gives us endless subject's :D
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rachel3490 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be my dream to be as good as you! Beautiful looks like a photo of him
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet, thank you!! :D
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swanese Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the difference is obvious, but both are still amazing! You really are very talented!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot!! :D
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swanese Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D
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Powerfulwoodelf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
from great drawing to picture :D practice is everything!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe thank you!! :D
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
A vast improvement! I'm so glad you started drawing again.
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx very much!! :D
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LonnyClouser Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I didn't realize there were so many of us!! I went from 18 to 46 rarely lifting a pencil ... you are a true inspiration, Rick!!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see a lot too. That's b/c I never drew people before, and no longer loose inspiration before deciding WHAT to draw :D
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resistanceispointles Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally agree with you sentiments and what a difference four years of honing your talents makes, I recently did some comparison work from a few years ago and now, I also had last drawn when I was 18 then nothing till I was 44 but was amazed at how quick it came back to me and like you say, every drawing is practice for the next ;)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lately, I've been spending an EXTRA hour or so on a drawing, AFTER I would have normally sealed it done :D
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resistanceispointles Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always leave a work for a few days then go back and look again, I always end up doing a bit more!
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I leave it about 20 times over 1 week on average, same reason :
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Bodeen27 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Excellent Rick... I agree with Everything you've said above, It's Not Talent.. It's the Inclination to Try... (And of Course.. Practise..) ;)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yuppers! and Thx Much!! :D
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TswordZ Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Soo... the left isn't a photo...

Astounding quality of your work O.O
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx much and no, just pencil :D
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TswordZ Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Your skill in this is incredible :-)
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx, much appreciated! :D
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