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Portrait of Lillian Gish by hank1 Portrait of Lillian Gish by hank1
Silver Point
8 x 11"
1990
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RachelCNorton Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
this is beautiful
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love looking at this...my all time favorite!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
silver point???
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, miss Jasmin. Silverpoint. You know what it is, right? See my note on the technique below the comments of Doeray-G.
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MarkRHansen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful drawing, Robert! I've not yet tried silverpoint, but perhaps I should.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Hope to see your work in the medium, Mark. It's as close as I've come to the technique of pen and ink (on of the few mediums I've not mastered), a medium you excel in.
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PhilipMTraditional Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Miss your work Hank. Good stuff!!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Didn't know about you watching me. Glad to see you.
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Doeray-G Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job on my (so many) great Aunt. :) I really appreciate the fineness of the detail.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Doeray-G Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Dijana. All in all about 60 hours.

I've been asked before what silverpoint is. There are various ways to do it. I learned it from Ralph Mayer’s book on Artist's Materials and Techniques. This is how I work:

I use a Pentel 0.3mm mechanical pencil. At the jewelers I buy a 0.3mm length of pure silver and cut it to the length that the pencil uses for led. So now the pencil has not lead but pure silver to draw with. I sharpen the silver on 0000 sandpaper to a sharp point. Then draw as usual only on paper laid with a coat of Chinese White watercolor. There can be no mistakes because you can't erase. Over time, just like all silver, the drawing corrodes to an indescribable beautiful brown color.
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DivianaAjatar Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow sounds very complicated.

I dont like to draw without the possibility to change or erase or something...
Im sure this whole technique requires A LOT of skill...you have my respect! :clap:


And btw. thank you for callling me Dijana! =)
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cypherthepanicartist Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful drawing!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, David.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
:heart::nod:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Andrey.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
She is so beautiful!!......and your delicate drawing is exquisite! Her hair looks so light and fluffy just like fine baby hair..... This makes me want to see more!:heart:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Patricia. The owner of this drawing had a professional photographer do the work over Thanksgiving. Finally I have a photo of how it really looks.
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
That is so good!....You must be so pleased!It does look so beautiful!
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KJandDDM Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Very nice.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Tupunoor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Well done! Beautiful work :heart:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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DivianaAjatar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow stunning work!! how long did it take you?
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, Dijana. I mistakenly put my answer at the top.
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