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My brother Mark - Rest in Peace by Doctor-Pencil My brother Mark - Rest in Peace by Doctor-Pencil
I drew this for my dad's birthday recently. He was in his 20's in this photo, hence the hair style :D We lost my little brother Mark to Melanoma skin cancer on 6/18/2005. He was in remission for 8 years, but it had gotten into his lymph nodes. Then in January 2007 I myself had a mole removed from my lower back that was also Malignant Melanoma, but they got it all, and it did not get into my nodes. (Thanks Lord!) It's been 5+ years for me now, and I go for check ups every 6-months :D:D

(Actual Drawing size is between un-zoomed and zoomed views)

I did some hair tip tutorials on this, and will type more below on that later. This was tough, for many reasons, aside from staring at his photo for 10 hours. My reference photo was a print of a scan of a 20 year year old photo, which was blurry and out of focus in many key areas. I would normally NOT draw using a poor reference photo like this, but considering the subject, and I knew the details without having to see them, that's what I did.

SIZE: 7 x 9 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series (like always)
TIME: about 10 hours
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, sponge tipped sticks, color shaper with chisel edge

PS- here is a side-by-side comparison with the same drawing I drew exactly 3 years before :D:D
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:icontimburtonmanson:
Timburtonmanson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really believed that this was the picture your brother :)

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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's my goal anyway, :D thx man!
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:iconlisa-of-the-moon:
Lisa-Of-The-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing..
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! :D
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:iconoooglee:
oooglee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is so sad but its a very beautiful drawing!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I thought about him the whole time I drew it and folks love it! :D
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:iconoooglee:
oooglee Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No problem!
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:iconanoop4334:
anoop4334 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Just wonderful !!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a lot! :D:D too busy to draw lately :(
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Rick :wave:
You've been featured in my jounal :heart: [link] :D
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! :D:D
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D
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:iconbrittanydb:
BrittanyDB Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. Your dad Im sure loved it.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate your comment!! :D:D
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:iconbozz94:
bozz94 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so perfect! i must say, i'm impressed:)!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment!! :D:D
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:iconthesignmaker:
TheSignmaker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Chapeau 4 U! A great Angel is smiling in heaven...
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen! :D:D
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:iconarhtan:
Arhtan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Sooooo Much!! :D:D
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:iconmariannaeva:
Mariannaeva Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Great tribute to your brother. Thanks for sharing.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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:iconjoilieder:
Joilieder Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
What a great portrait! It's a truly wonderful present for your father. I knew I had to draw my sister last year. I hope drawing him both times helped you with your pain even if just a little bit but it never goes away. I know from experience. I may try and draw her again since I gave the portrait to her school where she taught. I wish I had your skill, though, at drawing portraits. Will you please tell me the pain lessens over the years. I'm still having big problems. Please forgive me for taking this time to fall apart on you. This portrait of your brother is beautiful, just beautiful!:heart:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry it too so long to reply. Lots going on, work, just moved etc. It was THE toughest thing I ever went through actually. Even harder on my folks. Personally, I leaned on my faith in my savior Jesus. Don't take this as proselytizing, but that's what He's there for, that is what sustains me. Knowing he is with Christ, waiting on us is about the only thing that could help me accept it. We ALL live, and we ALL must die. It's a natural part of life. I believe that you're not prepared to live, UNTIL you're prepared to die. You should check out www.realanswers.net for some comfort. Take care!
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:iconstarlixa:
Starlixa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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:iconstarlixa:
Starlixa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! =)
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:iconpastelizator:
PASTELIZATOR Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
:)
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:iconvikramnekkalapudi:
vikramnekkalapudi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
An Awesome dedication RICK...

RIP Mark...
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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:iconcodinas:
Codinas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We have always believed that blond hair is very difficult to draw correctly :shakefist:, for this reason we must say that you have done an extraordinary job :clap:. Almost looks better than the photograph itself. :)
(^_^)(^_^)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Sooooo Much!! :D:D
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Congratulations on such a wonderful tribute! :huggle:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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:iconpowerfulwoodelf:
Powerfulwoodelf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
It's simply wonderful Rick. You've improved so so much.
That is just amazing.
Though I do love the first drawing as well. It was already outstanding. But the new one, is just perfect.

You must miss him terribly. *hugs*
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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:iconlanka-ultra:
Lanka-ultra Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tribute to your brother, Rick!!! I'm so sorry, my friend...
R.I.P. Mark!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it greatly!! :D:D
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:iconkwalden:
kwalden Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!! You two look so much alike. Very handsome guys. I'm sure you wish he could have seen this. You did great.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate your comment!! :D:D
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:iconiamafanof:
iamafanof Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it greatly!! :D:D
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:iconshazhutch:
Shazhutch Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, you have done an amazing job! Your progress has been amazing too!:wow:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are always welcome, reading through your comments, its great you get comfort from Jesus, I struggle there is a Jesus since my husband was taken from me 19 yrs ago so have nothing to believe in since :-( You take care and keep up your fantastic talent :nod: :D :love:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mean that because your hubby died, there is no Jesus, or that somehow he's cruel?
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butterflycell Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is so wonderful =] What an awesome way to pay tribute to him!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate your comment!! :D:D
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:iconart2sacrifice:
Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a nice tribute to your brother, Rick. Your dad will certainly love it. Thanks for sharing.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it greatly!! :D:D
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