Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Photorealistic pencil drawings by Linda Huber

If these images had come with no accompanying description, you would have mistaken them to be black and white photographs or some Photoshop trick. I wouldn’t have believed it either if I hadn’t found them on her website. The artist Linda Huber uses graphite pencils to create drawings that has an uncanny realism in them. Many of her original work and prints are for sale on her site. Check it out if you are interested.

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80 comments:

  1. Awesome and extremely good technique...but it lacks imagination.

    You're being great as a scanner, or as a camera made of bones and flesh... but are you being great as an artist? as a CREATOR of SOMETHING?

    I hope you could use your great technique to do ART!

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    1. How callously judgmental of you. The entire premise of art is that it is in the eye of the beholder, and born in the eye of the creator. Perhaps some artists create realistic pieces because they believe that the world we all see IS art, and beauty. The only difference between these artists and the others is that artists who you are claiming 'create' is that the 'creators' see a different world. No one truly has the capacity to criticize someone's artwork for it's quality, only for its value to them as an individual. Art can be whatever the hell you want it to be, so don't be so mean.

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  2. Fantastic...and what do you mean it lacks imagination....the quality of the pictures speak for themselves.

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  3. yes its great ... but nothing special its like a picture... i can do that with a camera... try somthing artistical

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  4. Most of her work is commissioned, so she works from other people's images. I love to draw, and once you have the technical part down everything else is pretty easy. It's simply training your eye and hand to work the way you want to. I bet she could create some amazing pieces if she had the time! Good job! You inspire me to take my art to the next level and to NEVER think I've done my best;) It can always be better, that's art

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  5. man, i'm sick of people downing photorealism. you put down your camera and pick up a pencil and then you can speak to the skill that this kind of ART takes. any one can take a picture. push a button? sure, but, pick up a pencil and draw light the way it acts in the universe. until then, you have no real room to speak about others artistic capacity.

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  6. Saying that photo-realism is not art is like saying photography is not a form of art.

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  7. I'm sure you didn't mean to sound like an ass, but you did. This ARTIST has more talent than you'll ever have.

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  8. 1) Define art.
    2) Explain how capturing an image in an instant, in a way that can be defined as beautiful, using nothing but rock on mashed up trees, is not art.

    Go on, defend your case using logic. I dare you.

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  9. No imagination? Well the other extreme is much worse, the 'Conceptual' Artists who wipe their arse on a canvas and pass it off as art.

    Look at the Turner prize exhibits every year, full of pretentious, no talent idiots. Worse again are the imbeciles who buy that rubbish. A toilet brush in a flower vase is not art, those people are retarded.

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  10. There is nothing wrong with photo realism. It's a skill and a perfectly legitimate form of art. Is it creative and imaginative? Depends upon how it's used. Just copying a picture isn't imaginative or creative, but it's useful to practice and make money. Also, it's fun. But photo realism isn't just copying a picture, it can be used to create something from the imagination, something impossible to capture with a camera. It is a technique.

    I think a lot of people just get sore about it because they don't like the idea of art created from the soul (which often times is not backed up by this kind of skill) being overshadowed by the oohs and ahs brought on by these "parlor tricks" as some would call them.

    These drawings are very good. From an Illustrator's point of view I'm not very stirred by them, but I don't believe they were meant to stir the soul and awaken the imagination. They are very successful, great work.

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  11. they are fairly ordinary: i agree with anon.
    of course photorealism is cool: it would be art as well if it wasn't traced over a bloody photograph! i bet most of these were!

    sure its more tedious than taking a picture, but anything that doesnt leave any interpretative scope, or stirs emotions, etc. isnt art: its representation. exactly like a photograph.

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  12. Incredible realism artwork by the artist Linda Huber!

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  13. Hi, I would like to say a little something about the pencil drawings. For one many were commissions, so the photos that were supplied by the client were used to draw the portrait. Second the drawings were done in the style of realism, drawn as real as what we see in real life, yet they are not perfect......I say this because I'm the one that drew them! You see I'm just someone that draws, draws what I see and tries to make it look realistic, to push that pencil as far as it will go. My techniques are very simple, I use patience, more patience and a bit more :). No really patience is very important as is the right kind of drawing surface and pencils, I do use a grid so that the proportions are perfect and then work slowly for many hours, on my site I have a few video examples of how I draw and also works in progress images. Doing what I do is enjoyable, it's my job and yet it's something I have a deep passion for so I can say I'm pretty happy!

    I want to thank everyone for the kind words and to those that don't understand what or why I do what I do, that's ok.. I hope that each and every one of you have something in your life that brings you joy, I truly do.

    Take care~Linda Huber

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    1. rightly said Linda! your work is fabulous! I love them.. I Hope to reach at that level some day! I just need a lot of practice.. ! :-)!

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  14. As far as I know art is suppose to express something and this surely do. Sure, some may prefer other ways to do it but photorealism is also one of them and if managed right it allows for great power and subtlety in expression.

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  15. I have an idea!. You do your drawings and only do PHOTOREALISM on the part that you want people to see!.

    An example would be:

    Draw a portrait of someone and It can be a very photo-realistic portrait but DO NOT render the ear, who cares about an ear? I don't care about ears so don't draw them so realisticly.

    That's using photorealism as a technique and APPLY it to your art.

    Doing the whole image as a full realistic render will make it lose interest.

    * Also you could do a render of someone's hair and forget about the shoulders or the background, if someone has cool shades you could do that.

    Use photorealism as a tool and not just as THE ONLY tool.

    LD. Bencomo
    Ilustrator
    Venezuela.

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  16. You know what? Photorealism is a form of art. There are MANY painters and other artists who use this technique. Just because this artist uses a grid to ensure her proportions and shapes are correct, the fact remains that her pictures are a result of creativity and talent. How many painters stand outside trying to capture a landscape? They paint what they see. So, how is using a photograph any different? You still paint/draw what you see. Please... explain this to me.

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  17. None of you draw. I agree these lack imagination. photorealism is not an art, any artist, even the ones that draw boxes, know how to do it extremely well. Art capital A realized at the invention of the camera (late 19th century) that Photorealism was better left for PHOTOS. Why? because that is the medium that does REAL the best. This meant that art had to turn away from doing that and assume a position which created an aesthetic value which set it apart from the camera, enter modernism. There's your history lesson, if you care for art look further into it to realize why picasso didn't draw banal celebrities over and over again.
    Like the artist said it requires patience, the technique is learned and if you've drawn your entire life, like i and many others have, you'd know this is readily done by any person that KNOWS how to do it, and you'd know that coming up with a more original idea, takes more thought to develop and is far more difficult. simply copying from a picture using grids (which is taught at any level 1 art class).
    even Drawing still life (real world) is more difficult because it requires an idea about distance and some level of spatial recognition.

    this is banal practice for any Artist, not gallery work.

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  18. All said and done, I personally love it. Wish I had that kind of talent.

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  19. Wel Linda, may I just say that your drawings are very good and beautifully done, I wish I could draw like that ;-)

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  20. OMG... Amazing pictures! Author is really talented!

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  21. Too many people with their heads up their arses thinking they're any better. WHO can define art ? No one so please just compliment the drawings they are awesome hands down! I listen to no one who dares insult these works of art.

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  22. ohh...wow
    i wonder, how one can be so perfectionist...!
    you are amazing...i really like that water pouring in glass picture. u r great...keep it up.

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  23. Please don't be offended of what i am going to say.
    I find people being so mad about finding someone who is very skilled and has an out of this world talent because they are so jealous of them and fint their own art as an incomplete work compared to the accuracy and perfection of drawn arts like these.
    For example, a person who tried to draw a photo and got frustrated because he cannot produce of something that he has seen here, therefore, he will be angry at himself and tell himself that "i cannot do this, but i can do those" because they are easier.
    They will then call themselves an artist because he had produced something that all of the other artists actually could do.
    Not all artists could do this, so they'll say "Ah what is this?". The truth is, on their mind, they were saying "Oh My God!". They just want to elude the readers/audience to apprecaite the kind of drawings they make rather than these kind of drawing.
    Think about this. Only artists who cannot produce something like this would be the one complainting and criticizing. However, everybody aside from those artists would appreciate this very much, hence, will make those criticizing artists upset and try to convince the audience "This is not art !*$@_8^".
    If you are another artist who wants to criticize this because you simply cannot produce something like this. I would say "Practice More!". That way, you will not have the feeling of envy and will start appreciate these works because you also want people to appreciate yours.
    That's just how human nature is.

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  25. It leaves me cold. Anyone can copy what they see. Art is more than just good drawing. It leaves nothing to the imagination. Why bother? Why not just take a photo and have done with it. This is not art. It's imitation.

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  26. These are for sale? I wouldn't buy them even if I had the money, which I don't.

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  27. What kind of camera did you use for these?

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  28. This is done by projecting the photo onto the paper and using the grid system to do the drawing. How else could the so-called "artist" get such a perfectly realistic drawing? It is very time-consuming and exacting. Very technical, but not great art.

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  29. dont like it this/
    i like drawing with soul..
    this is dont be a popular/

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  30. this art realistic-very easy for all artist. ha ha
    give money they drawing your photos VERY realystic..
    that all they now from -study in school academy arts and etc/

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  31. Alot of you are just retarded and jelous. Alot of artists these days have NO talent - Just talk rubbish to back up their shitty work. Go and do somthing else!

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  32. I have actually had the pleasure of watching this extremely talented artist work several times. She views a photo in a different way than you and I, to an extent that I cannot explain. She takes the image that is the photograph and turns it into the hand crafted artwork that we see. She doesn't just copy the image she re-creates it into something new entirely. The photo-realism is the face of her patience and dedication to creating art. There are no scanners, tracing equipment, or editing software. A blank piece of paper and her vast array of graphite pencil’s are the only tools that accompany her gifted talent. I never believed that a hand drawn picture could be produced at this quality until I witnessed it with my own two eyes. She is truly happy in her artwork and loves what it brings to herself and other people; expression of a gift, a photo, a portrait, an image of life re-created by the mind of an artist.

    RFH

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  33. Art is what the artist wants to convey. If it is photorealism, then so be it. All of you people who say this is not art probably believe that Rembrandt and Jan Vermeer were just students who wasted their time. Too bad galleries and the price of their work says otherwise. As for squiggly lines and paint dropped from a can and brush onto the floor on a canvas, well that is not brilliant, that is someone who has no talent. These pencil works require talent, and they are great. I would rather look at these any day than look at melting clocks. I don't care what they mean. Irrelevant. The work is just stunning, plain and simple and if the no talent hacks who say they have to mean something other than what they are want to impress someone, practice, and do something like these drawings.

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  34. You people don't understand the observation skills it takes to do something like this. I can guarantee you this person is perfectly capable of producing images from (imagination) of great quality. Every artist uses reference. You who don't call this art, I would love to see you attempt something like this without years of training and hard work.

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  35. Those of you that say that this isnt art is an idiot. As someone that draws people as photo realistic as possible, let me tell you, it requires the utmost precision, creativity, and talent than any other form of drawing. And if you dont believe me, go try draw something even 1/10th as good as this, and you can use whatever the heck you want, you can even trace it! But you cant get even close, you have no idea how hard it is.

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  36. Great pencil drawings! So real that i couldn't believe they are drawings! Awesome. Thanks

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  37. These really are amazing. I think what the more negative comments are saying is that the "art" of the images is in the original image/photo. The photographer was the original artist, capturing the scene/the beauty of the subject. Linda has a great talent as well though. I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil and have never come close to what she is able to render on paper. Bravo! In short, I think both sides of the coin are correct.

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  38. Unless you can define what Art is then it is ignorant and pretentious to stand on a mountain top declaring one thing as art and another as not. Rather, you're only declaring what you personally like and don't like--which is fine--but you need to realize not everyone shares your opinions--which is also fine. Art is just too much of an ambiguous and loose term to fight over. Is something considered Art only if it's popular? Then what if Michelangelo never showed his work to anyone; would it still be Art or no? Is it based on the artist's expression and intent? What if Da'Vinci painted the last supper only because he wanted to sell it for a lot of money or was just bored; does the image loose its impact? Is it only classical exact technique? Then is it somehow wrong to be moved by an abstract painting? There are endless arguments and counter arguments but none of them really achieve anything when what you're trying to define has no definition to begin with. Enjoy a piece or don't enjoy it; either way is O.K. but it's an incomplete perspective I think for anyone to say I'm right and you're wrong.

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  39. im tired of the world deciding what is art and what isnt. that is the artists job. just as i cant tell someone a blob of paint in the middle of a canvas isnt art, you cant tell her this isnt art. your oppinion, is your oppinioun, and thats all it is. I am also an artist, my art looks pretty fucking close to this, at times. and at others its simply me throwing paint. this photorealism, takes skill beyond comprehension. MANY ASK; why do this? its not creative blah blah blah, well its a challenge, its a good feeling when everyone recognizes who or what it is, yah know, you shouldnt say shitt unless you know. so shut your mouth and enjoy what many can not do WELL.

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  40. Linda, you became my inspiration and more of a believer... that anything is possible when you work your mind and everything together. Also, to those "critics" who believe that they can just come in and put your gift down are being (excuse my lang.) asses. The mind beat any machines because it doesn't have rules or limited functions; it keeps going; it only go as far a person who governs it will take it. And... this is a reminder, that in our days we are only using 1/3 of our brain because we are letting machines to think for us. Now, don't get me wrong that they can be useful, but if a person depends on machines, one will concealed and will never discover beyond what this world already discover. besides, machine are made base on the reasons (the "if and then" rules) that already encountered or proved by others, and they are suppose to be just guidons to help a person understand the knowledge and then make a decision to go against it or get deeper meanings. that is all i have to say.

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  41. Art is everything; just like math, science, kung fu, and everything else. From the creation of this world to the death of a living thing, each and every detail of this world have its beauty and it is up to the person to identify, in detail, what they see, hear, taste, and feel and how to perform or apply those details so others can experience it. Think how musicians, interior designers, architects, chiefs, and authors apply details of what they specialize in and create; also, if you can do one of these things, you can do the other because they relates to analyzing and interpreting.

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  42. I am in awe. I enjoy art in many forms but this..... wow, you are truly talented. I'm honestly a little taken aback by some of the comments... hmmmm... I will never understand people.... and your response, beautiful. You have such grace. Checking out your link now. :)
    -Nadine
    www.elecatcreations.blogspot.com

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  43. FUCK OFF PHOTOREALISM/HYPERREALISM. THERE IS NO INTEGRITY IN THE 'ART' FORM. IT IS ATTENTION-SEEKING CRAP. And anyway, these artworks are just tacky illustrations. And I can say this because I am an artist and I used to paint/draw in this form. It is just a stupid fad - COMMERCIAL POPULAR CRAP - EVEN THE WORK 'PROPER' PHOTOREALISTS CREATE. 'Every sacrifice made to representation is something stolen from art' - Clive Bell (aesthetic theorist). BTW Clive Bell also said 'Only [true] artists and educated people of extraordinary sensibility... feel the significance of form'. Significant form was what he felt made all great art works AESTHETICALLY RIGHT AND TRUE LEGACIES TO HUMANITY: HUMILITY. If any of you people who say 'no one knows what art is' - THAT IS CRAP. There is good and very bad art. Look at van Gogh and Cezanne: they had integrity. Now look at how dry human inspiration has run these days - CAPITALIST IRREVERENT CRAP. That's my two cents. Take my word for it, photorealism is just a ridiculous phase so that people can masquerade as an artist and say they have talent. Unfortuantely democracy has meant the MAJORITY is given a voice. Like this crap above. If only the intellectual MINORITY were given a chance to show what educated humanity can truly achieve then the majority would SHUTE THE FUCK UP. Yes only very rare people can copy a photograph well, but it's funny how it doesn't exult us to aesthetic ecstasy. THE CAMERA HAS DONE THE FUCKING WORK! YOU DO THE MATH! Now look at a Van Gogh. See what I mean?

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  44. Linda, your work is beautiful. Would love to see it in person someday as I think the technique would shine through even more than it does on screen. What I like is the eye is drawn to the sharp photorealism, and then discovers the softer effects of the pencil. Nice variety of subjects.

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  45. I personally think art is a way of expressing...anything really.... I'm pretty sure Linda needed to be thinking very creative and needed talent to work out how to put everything together.

    I can even see how she can fall in love with her own work after its completed (like so many). I do some weird paintings, drawings ; some good some really bad ... but sometimes I love the "bad" work more then the rest however no-1 can see why (I can't explain why .. it's upto the viewer to understand).

    When I look at Linda's work I love it because it looks perfect and I want to look at it again because it makes me analyse more and see more then a photo...even if it looks like a photo, its more admirable knowing its handmade not digital... if you analyse the work thers always something the artist concentrates on more with its technique (even with photorealism) and its aesthetic ...or even if its not Linda prefers this technique and this style ... wouldn't it be copying if she followed other techniques and not her own....

    It will be false to say a toilet brush in a flower pot isn't art ... if the artist captured everything with intention then that's what you will see if you as the viewer can't use your imagination to see more.

    Photorealism is a style of art like abstract, expressionism, pop, op etc...

    +I wish I can draw like her that way I can use this technique in many other ways ...because I chose to....

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  46. Wow! Who even claimed it was art in the first place? And more to the point who cares? They are what they are, very realistic drawings. What is the point of saying they are not art?

    "If only the intellectual MINORITY were given a chance to show what educated humanity can truly achieve..." OMG that is sad....don't you have something better to be doing with your "intellect" Why don't you put your work up on the net, so we can all see what educated humanity is capable of?

    I have a fine arts degree and could not disagree more with everyone who says this is not art! My university taught no technique at all. Just the same pretentious crap everyone is repeating above, Art v's Craft. They said 'if you want to learn technique go to Tafe'. I think that just creates talentless artists. You need skills to create art, even conceptual art, otherwise why not just produce philosophy, or become a politician? Or spend your days writing comments on the internet :)

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  47. Anonymous, you're probably right, I shouldn't be wasting my time posting these messages on the internet; I can't change anyone. I agree with the fact that it is POP ART. I am not axing Linda personally at all, and in fact she herself said these were commissions. I have a fine arts degree too and couldn't agree with you more about how a degree doesn't make a you an artist anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car, but I believe that art has become an ironic joke in society. Gone are the days when it was something in search of the truth in the form of something. The plastic-ness (not plasticity) of today's art is just the same as it was 50 years ago. People need to go back and retrace their steps. Postmodernism is the bastard child of Modernism whom it reveres. There's too much consumption in society - art simply doesn't matter anymore. Sort of like how the big orchestras of today find it taboo to perform an entire concert of a Postmodern masterpiece, because it is simply hitting the wrong nail. All we do is ruminate on the past and no one realises it. By the way Anonymous, my art college didn't teach you anything at all really - expain to me the integrity in that. Art schools should be ABOMINATED. Funny how in the 19thC they were accused by the avant-garde of being too academic; now they should be accused of being too liberal, encouraging anyone that their shitty drawings are so conceptual and so intelligent but so crap. I am envious of musicians that it's so obvious who has talent and who doesn't. With art no one has the guts to say someone is talentless and to boot them out of the parade.

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  48. Obviously timronal's passionate about art but I'm not sure why he felt the need attack. I agree with some of his points but his comments make him sound like a pretentious wank. I'm an idiot for being offended by a comment left by someone that I don't know on the internet though I'd prefer to be an idiot than an abusive asshole.......

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  49. I have struggled for years to create the most photo realistic drawings as possible. Anyone who doesn't think this falls into the category of "art" is naive. I think the process is more an "interpretation" of the photograph than a replication. During the process, I find that while striving for a life like effect, I'll make subtle adjustments that make the seem necessary to me to complete the drawing to my satisfaction. As soon as this happens, the photo becomes "my" interpretation of what I am seeing. At that point, the drawing becomes mine. Its where the camera's interpretation and mine part ways.

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  50. I think your art is great and really inspiring!Don´t listn to people who say this isn´t art, because it is...and it´s brilliant !

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  51. i find it funny how people just start a fight abt whether photorealism is art or not.

    just enjoy the drawings.

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  52. o,k looks great but ADMIT IT>>>YOUR GRIDDING A PHOTO AND COPYING>>>>THIS IS ALL OF A SUDDEN A BIG FAD>>>ANYTHING USED TO GET THE RESULT IS VALID>>BUT YOU>>>ARE<>>WITH>>>A>>>GRID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ADMIT IT THE END!!!!!

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  53. useing a grid is indirect traceing,,,,PERIOD!!!!! Is this the new trend??????Its all over the internet...traceing a photo of Johnny Depp is NOT ART!

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  54. wish you peace in your artistic pursuit...but try drawing from life,,,i think your very talented

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  55. With or without tracing, a grid or some other technique, you cannot deny the pain-staking amount of time and patience to do any images like these. I do portraits from time to time - mostly in manga style or I try to draw realistic portraits of people and it is hard work. If it moves you in any way - I think anything can be art, anything can be the result of a creative process. These images may not be the artist's most creative work - like someone said, they may have mostly been commissions but whatever reason someone does something - it doesn't mean they have to fit into some pre-conceived idea of what "creativity" is. After all, one man's art may be another man's toilet paper.

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  56. The Mona Lisa looks like photo realism to me but some how that is art and this is not. I draw portraits and know that this type of ART is extremely hard and almost imposible. Oh yeah who cares if you use a grid using a grid only gives you an outline not all the shading. Anyone who actuall draws or knows anything about art knows that. One day I hope to be able to do this kind of ART (not there yet). If she wanted to she could make up some random dumb ass idea and call it art but this is the style that she chooses. Funny how can you draw something without once having seen it to know how it looks to be able to alter it and make it still be what you intend to draw who cares if she has a reference photo. People with no talent and make up nonsense and call it art piss me off.

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  57. I love art....but I sometimes absolutely detest those in the 'art' community. Pompous,sanctimonious idiots. Art has a massive amount of subjectivity to it. What maybe someones visual delight is another persons visual nightmare. For example, the person earlier saying go and look at Van Gogh, from my vantage point I think he was an absolutely hideous artist I cannot stand his work... truly awful! This is however, my own opinion and many others take much delight in his work. So all those who are on your artistic high horse, please try and get a life.

    I for one, think the person who produced the above works has an incredible talent, whether you call it art or not is utterly irrelevant to me. If what you do inspires you, or anyone else then that is the most important thing in my book

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  58. These drawings are absolutely fantastic. Your an inspiration for us who love to draw using pencil. Keep up the good work.

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  59. I do stuffs like this too, she is good ..... But she should fix more landscape at the back of the image, this will make it more unbelievable and provocative. Thats what I do.
    :->

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  60. another grid master ...listen ... grids give you outline and CORRECT PROPORTION,,,THE REST IS A COLORING BOOK....PERIOD....GETTING A LIKENESS WITH CORRECT ANATOMICAL AND MUSCULAR PROPORTION IS A TRUE SKILL......WHEN YOU TRACE...GRID...WHATEVER...YOU SKIP THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL,,,ANYWAY ,CREATIVE? YOUR KIDDING RIGHT??????

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  61. ....grid or not your a master of texture,light,shade,and you sell your work..the incredible effort you put in your work is testament to your living a life that is authentically you......who can ask for more????dont be too hard on the naysayers ...when you life the life you want...you have it all.....all the best.......lou

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  62. you are skilled..and your rendering of various subjects is great......a grid is just a map....it is you who are creating the landscape(features,textures etc....)peace keep going forward....i draw and would never give a damn about what people say...like it?fine....dont? oh well shouldnt you be discussing the yankees with your crotch scratching friends...........



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    1. "shouldnt you be discussing the yankees with your crotch scratching friends.........." FTW!!! :-D :-D :-D

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  63. I love reading these blogs that go back and forth between people who don't have, share or can even envision talent like an artist of Linda's caliber...Ask/be honest with yourself...where do ALL art forms come from? REFERENCE points...Whether it be a photograph, memory, life experience or pure creativity, people/all artists produce from reference points. This happens with EVERY art form. The fact that "photorealistic pencil drawing" is the very essence of the three words, why would you not want any/every photograph from all angles of the subject for reference (?)...and if the client chooses for a commissioned piece to be replicated from a specific photo', why would you not give them what they desire?
    More importantly, these so-called "critics" most likely have LITTLE or NO experience in the particular field, have either tried to replicate and have failed, don't have the patience or artistic talent to immulate or are simply not educated the level/magnatude of detail of the artist in question. People will always tend to bash what they don't understand or can't accomplish and if the aforementioned "bloggers" could produce work like the artist they are attacking, they would appreciate the patience, skill of perfection and outright time involved with the passion for REAL art that Linda obviously has.
    This is the same with ANY high caliber artist. Jealousy and non-belief are powerful tools for people who don't want to take the time to learn, understand or try and produce results to the quality of their peers. I have the uttmost respect for a true artist in any field who is among the top in their field simply because of the dedication it takes to get there. Keep producing high quality work Linda and let the phony's keep making their non-substantiated comments, or better yet, let's see some of THEIR work? I'm sure they could teach you a thing or two...LOL!

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  64. 'FUCK OFF PHOTOREALISM/HYPERREALISM. THERE IS NO INTEGRITY IN THE 'ART' FORM. IT IS ATTENTION-SEEKING CRAP.'
    Is the point of art really who is most 'genuine'? How many artists today work without reference photos? (For that matter, how many artists that you know are not attention-seeking? Give me a break!) I have drawn extensively from photos and life, and honestly don't get the big hullaballoo. Gridding only gets you so far - it gives you the general proportions, but doesn't make it possible to render the image well. Look, I like all kinds of art, both representational and abstract. You can knock the image if you don't like it - personally I don't get the point of drawing celebrities, but whatever floats your boat. However, the obsession with photos or not, gridding or not, etc. seems silly to me. The world is full of pictures created using the so-called 'genuine' techniques...and most of it sucks!

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  65. I hope the artists of these drawings never looks at some of these comments. The amount of visualization and time put into this is really reflecting back. Theres many types of art, art has no rules, it's like a personality, you cannot judge someones personality. My name is Ariel Cornejo and I'm an animator and these drawings are very inspiring.

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  66. for all you who say this is isn't real art or talent or whatever-your idiots. You have no idea obviously how hard it is to actually capture a photograph. These drawings are amazing, your just jealous.

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  67. #1 you are talented with observation skills of the highest order..#2 you have the guts to wear your heart on your sleeve and put yourself out there.#3 if someone gets that angry over anothers work you can be sure of one thing..... THEY CANT EVEN DRAW A MAP SHOWING THE QUICKEST WAY TO THEIR ASS!!!!!!! Keep up the great work Linda....your talent and guts to move forward is rare....peace and much success to a REAL ARTIST>>>>YOU!!!!!!!!

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  68. your life is the one you want..and you have gained success with your passion...thats bound to spark envy....always move forward,,, misory loves company...and it sounds as if alot of people here are hopeing for guests to arrive...your authentic..let them throw their weapons of malcontent...they are boomarangs!!!!!!!! peace....louie

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  69. Envy is truly a disease...snarling rabid dogs who become enraged when confronted with a successfull artist...if all that energy was focused on improving THEIR ability...they would find peace with each improvment in their work....its much easier to condem then look inside and clean house......but thats NOT YOUR PROBLEM!!!! keep focused and leep answering negetivity with good wishes...you have found the SECRET!!!!!!!

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  70. As a drawing artist working in photorealist manner myself, standing ovation to the skill and enormous patience of the artist. I am currently seeking my own niche and developing my own style, so, the questions raised throughout this discussion are very much the ones I debate in my mind each time I start on a new drawing.
    Here are my two cents-worth on what art is: Art is when someone (usually an artist) draws attention to something to say, "Behold, this is beautiful!" That is the very basic definition, of course. Historically, we have grown accaccustomed to raising our plank for what we consider art by demanding that art is also to be stirring, thought-provoking, sometimes even a call for change or rebellion. But the root of it remains the same: someone draws our attention to something, saying, "Behold, this is… !"

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  71. hey linda, my friend maria wants to say that you are AMAZINGGG and she wants that baby.

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