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Forsaken by cinquain Forsaken by cinquain
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

- St. Augustine


. . . . .

Well, I'm not about to try to hide the fact of the matter. I nearly gave up on this piece about four times. I was at the point of wanting to break my stick of charcoal in half and tear this drawing to shreds. This is, by far, one of the most difficult drawings I've done in years. But here it is. Somehow we both survived the ordeal.

A little bit of background: I've always admired Alex (*bionic7) as an artist. Honestly, his work was one of the reasons I bucked up and joined dA years and years ago. This drawing is done from a self-portrait Alex once had displayed in his gallery. To this day I think it's one of the most hauntingly beautiful, oddly tender pieces I've come across. I've loved the picture dearly for years, and that's probably why I wanted to tear it to shreds as I worked on it. Fear of failure, maybe. Fear of disappointment, most likely. (Is it disappointing?) Either way, the piece has been a long-standing inspiration in drawing, in writing... I can only hope that justice has been done.

This is somewhat of a follow-up to one of my most popular pieces, A Prayer For Pardon. [link]

Thank you, Alex, for allowing me to work with you yet again.

And here's to hoping that you all like it... because if not... hell, I don't know. No comment. And speaking of comments, if you don't like it, can you keep it to yourself this time? I might kill you, otherwise. (Seriously. Too much time spent. I'm on the edge of the edge.) :crazy:

FULL VIEW please! I beg of you!

Charcoal on 90lb paper, freehand.
Original piece: 16" x 20"
Minor curve adjustments and border in PS.
Model: Alexander Casteels aka *bionic7
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pikachu365 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
absolutely beautiful. i like how dark it is. very meaning full words. i am impressed with the charcoal aswell
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Homercat17 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, Good work! brings sad emotion!
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AbSeNt-PiKacHu Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
epic (:
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liewe-heksie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW no words to describe it
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liewe-heksie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautiful!!!!!
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Chamirphin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student General Artist
damn, this picture is so expressive it really moves me.
incredible good work!
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Zola-is-a-Bleach-fan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love your work its so... WOW! I don't have words to express how good this is!
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WickedMydnytePoison Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Friggin Beautiful job
He has breath taking eyes
wow
I bow to you!
Wonderful
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Nil3E Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
You did a wonderful work,totally awesome !
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Eyecandy407 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Holy F**king sh*t, I thought it was a photograph!!!
I was wondering if I could use this piece as a reference for a drawing I want to do soon?? Great piece =3
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