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Portrait Of David Cook by imaginee Portrait Of David Cook by imaginee
I started work on this portrait 2/16/10, the reference photo was taken by a friend Kathy when she saw Mr. Cook in concert. Once I saw the photo I knew I had to draw it. I love that dramatic lighting that forms his face, it's been a lot of fun seeing this one slowly come to life.

I started out using my 3b mechanical pencil, a small blending stump, kneaded eraser and a little B pencil.
for the BG I put down some powdered graphite and blended. To get the highlights in his hair I left the white of the paper untouched and drew/colored in around the areas. I put down another layer of the powdered graphite on the BG and then darkened the shadowed areas with a 3b mechanical pencil.

Finished portrait 2/23/10:
12 x 17 Graphite on Illustration Board

Edit 3/4/10: I took a new photo of the drawing, it looks a little better then the scan.

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments, I have read each and everyone of them! :heart:
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iSkyloft Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
impressive
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disnerd4life Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS ISN'T A PiCTURE :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop:

(But seriously AMAZING job :shocked: :wow: :D)
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kelmalaz Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
woooooooow  (y)
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:iconsteloart:
Steloart Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is soooo brilliant! well done! :D
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:iconkamkamielala:
kamkamielala Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
NICE WORK
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:iconjudyeve:
judyeve Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Beautiful portrait! The shading is superb!
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:iconkristina-spahr:
Kristina-Spahr Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful. I can tell if photo or drawing unless looked close
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Dragonchild1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
This is amazing absolutely beautiful
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benneido Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
where is the DD for this ???????????? This work deserve DD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconbenneido:
benneido Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so real, madness !!!!! hair work and beard !!!
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mansourkfm Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg it's amazing wow.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very realistic work! :-)
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KrisTi-Ziborova Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Очень здОрово!
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Cranberry413 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
:wow: I can't believe this is a drawing! Wow, you are so talented... Wow. I can't even begin to imagine being able to draw this well. You should be freaking famous.
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
wow stunning i love it
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ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
This is absolutely stunningly amazing! :wow: You have many wonderful works in your gallery but this one is by far my favorite. I am trying to find what makes it so awesome... the contrast? That is part of it. Beautiful work that I shall enjoy studying in the hopes of bringing just a bit of that awesomeness to my own. :worship:
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OsamaAlatroush Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Really WOW ....amazing ;)... i didn't believe this pic is drawing by hand ^_^
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CookieSmilee Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing.. i.. i can`t even tell if it is a photo or a drawing.. you are amazing.. :iconamazingplz:
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JasmineTwiL Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No words can explain how awesome this drawing is...
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Patrickc1193 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
MAGNIFICENT!!!!!
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Hugorocha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Amazing.... i have 1 question, the bristol smoth, can you send me a picture of the book? i need to buy some paper to do some realistic drawings.
Btw sory for my english im from Portugal.... :P
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number1horseluver Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
how do you do this???
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Dalia1992-19 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
you are really great artiest wooooooooooooooooooow
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:iconmiri-83:
Miri-83 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!!!
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Miri-83 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems a photo! Congratulations!
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:iconstolenvoices:
StolenVoices Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Looks just like David Cook. Impressive.
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:iconsku80:
Sku80 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressive. In a positive sense.
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JuliaBullet Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
i don't know who is it :stupidme: but it is great)))))))))
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xSamiBx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!
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aquaria Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
You were featured here: [link]
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TimBurtonite Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
seriously this is one of the BEST portraits ive even seen!!! u truly have an amazing talent... im a HUGE fan of David and im sure if he saw this he'd be blown away by it! im just about to see him in concert an meet him!! AHHHHH!!!! :D keeep up the good work! its AMAZING!!!
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silverdrako Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning. The hair especially is just jaw-dropping. I love it! And I love him :)
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Pistolpete2007 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Unbelievable drawing imaginee,it is so life like it's like a B&W photograph.You are very talented,kudos to you.
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indorigoro Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
I just thought it was a photo.. but it wasn't.. ur a true artist
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GreyScale36 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The contrast between the shadowed & dimly lit areas are truly outstanding! I just love wonderful pieces of works as shown above! Congratulations on a job extremely well done!:D
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RhyleeP Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
But.. how is this possible... You are incredible!
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:iconrike:
rike Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
omg you did an awesome job on this hot guy
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yeyforme Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
omg is this a drawing? looks like a photo
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monday-rain Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
i had to come back and look AND comment on this again... this is sooooo BRILLIANT it blows my mind. I hope to get my skills to this level one day. beautiful work !!
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monday-rain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
OMG! this is BRILLIANT :wow:
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MrHomeschool Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
awesome!
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icepenguin26 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was listening to his My Last Request when I saw this. INCREDIBLE!
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skinnymike1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The hair is spot-on. Another one out the park!
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kini1009 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
gosh!! gr8 job done:)
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missyunforgettable Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Great! Excellent job. It's one of my favorite drawings!
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jepfs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I really like this piece.amazingly realistic but not trying to be a photograph
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Shalvi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
This is absolutely stunning, it looks like an actual photo! Puts my David Cook drawing to shame :P
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PoProstuKamila Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
I love David Cook ^^ He is so cute
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luji2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
omg, he looks so hot in this pic. why did everyone say he was going to lose to archeleta( i cant spell his name)
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011   General Artist
holy crap that's good. :iconrlyplz:
three dimensionality and it really really looks like the good lad cook. :D
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