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Digging it out by constantly-confused Digging it out by constantly-confused
Yeahy, finally done with this one - took me approximately 3 months to finish this piece (including long breaks). It's done completely with ballpoint pen except for the black background, which was done with a black permanent marker and it's also the biggest piece I have done so far. It's an entire A4 page (21 x 29 cm).
In the end I don't know if I am actually happy with the way this turned out, since there are quite some things I'd do differently now. But I think it is okay.

So enjoy hanging out with your friendly zombified gravedigger on the cursed cemetary deep in the woods. Grab a shovel and dig out that entity that is buried below. ;)
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Arch-Nihil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I really like the texture you created on the gravedigger. That is some good work.
VinceOkerman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really impressive :o
jorani2194 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome job, it's do detailed and elaborate. Your shading technique is really great too :D
MrsSocrates Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Photographer
This is very very very very very impressive. I want this on my wall.
JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has Been Featured :) [link]
Mister-Seen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Are those worms or tentacles coming out of the ground?
constantly-confused Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
They are supposed to be tentacles of some ancient being that is buried below. I guess they would be looking better if I had added suckers to them. Well, maybe next time... ;)
Courtney-Crowe Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow 3 months, thats incredible, nice detail in the tree. I can only imagine the amount of patience that must've took to draw
joiachi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, creepy and completely awesome! There is so much detail in this, and all done with ballpoint pen? You must've gone through quite a few pens XP One critique I have would be that the head in rather large in comparison to the rest of the zombie's body. also, the detail in the zombie and the tree, though incredible, they distract the viewer. The zombie should be the focal point, but the tree demands a lot of attention. Perhaps try adding more shadow on the tree; making it slightly darker than the zombie. Otherwise, this is very cool! Not only the detail is amazing, but the contrast really makes this pop out at you. Great job!
Void-Alpha Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
excellent detailing!
Nebuzad0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This, I love, it definitely has all the nice textures going for it, and transferring the vein work from the gravedigger to the tree really adds some creeep value. ah and the lantern is done wonderfully, it isn't easy to have big balls of light messin around with the shadows but you did it in a great way. awesome work!
Philliewig Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely details on this. Love the shadingwork
SparklingSary Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have been featured [link]
JinCurry Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous. I'm in love with all the stringy (for lack of better word) detail you've got going on. Very eerie look overall.
Bluejotain Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Looks nicely creepy 8D
I like the details here, especially on the tree
KishoKisho Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesoooome, nya, really amazing~ The detail is incredible, nya, and I cannot believe you had the tenacity to go at it for three months with a pen, nya~ xD
I really reeeaally love the simple-but-detailed look on the ground, the tentacles, the tombstone - well, most of it, nya~ The zombie and the tree are much more complex-looking, and it's good on the zombie - it makes sense, obviously, but it also contrasts and draws attention to him - but in my opinion, it clashes on the tree, and competes for attention from the zombie, nya~ The tree is a good composition element, and it's good that it's something "solid" to keep eyes in the frame, nya, but I feel like it's just too hard a clash with that beautiful style on the rest, nya~ >3<

Just my opinion, nya~ Take it as you will, nya~ xP
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eventsandbangREVIEW Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Great piece with a high level of detail that portrays the spooky scene to the viewer brilliantly.Favs.:)
Sea-Sapphire Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Most original style I've seen in a while. :) So many details to keep your eye moving around. Nice work, keep it up!
WolfXGizmosis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Very detailed work, I really like the texture that you have presented in this piece.
I do wonder why his legs appear to be sinking in to the ground.
I would say your light source seems a tiny bit off, as the hole background is black but the top of his head is highlighted white it suggests that the light is coming from more places than just the candle.
constantly-confused Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thanks for the thoughtful comment and for looking at my drawing.

And of course you are right about both aspects you mentioned. Both problems originate from the fact that I did not actually plan this drawing before hand and instead just kept adding stuff that seemed to work. I started out with the gravedigger-zombie, didn't really think about the light source at that point and thought the reflection on his forehead would just look pretty good... when I got to his hands I thought a candle/lantern-thing would be pretty cool. Similar thing happened with his legs - when I did the shovel I imagined him standing behind a pile of dirt, so you wouldn't be able to see his legs... but when I filled in the overall background the pile just kinda got lost... so this is why you get the impression, that he's sinking into the ground.

Anyway - I think it is awesome that you actually noticed these things and took your time to look at the piece this closely and paying that much attention! Thanks! :)
WolfXGizmosis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
You are welcome! All in all your piece is very impressive keep up the great work!
Sephtis Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Very very creepy. and very well drawn :D.
Largits Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
i just can't start to imagine working 3months at a row on one piece.
i'd go crazy i guess :D

your style is unique, i like it a lot!
ball-point gives a very nice effect, and it really works at the dark theme your drawings have!
the composition is well thought, and the details are stunning!:)

i can only say you did an AMAZING job!
Dr-Demon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow. thats insane, thats really haunting looking. I love this. I can tell already that your gonna get a watch from me, thats some great detail work, not to mention the time put into it is apparent from the outset. very slick.
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
EXCELLENT pen work!!!!
...what is your pen of choice? I've just finished a piece using a Papermate fine point and medium point.....[link]
constantly-confused Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Hmm, pen of choice? Good question! I used to work pilot ballpoint - especially with the "PILOT BPS-GP <EF>" and the "PILOT Supergrip <F>". I really like them but sometimes they had the tendency to smudge, so I looked for alternatives. I tried some BIC Christals a while ago, since some artists here on DA use those exclusively. But I was actually looking for a slightly finer ballpoint pen.
This piece was done with a cheap ballpoint pen from a local office supply store - apparently the brand name is "Idena". I'm pretty happy with it, but I'll still try out other ballpoints. :)
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
HAH! I know what you mean about your "cheap ballpoint from a local store"---for the longest time, my favorite layout pencil was a pencil I picked up from our local SUBWAY.

...I've tried the Pilot fine point---it's great!!!
brandimillerart Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome zombie!
TTsutomu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
nice composition:
you have a special style for the line and shadows.
something macabre inside also, which had a special mood to your works.
ravador Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What a nice work of art you've got there.
I love this black and white drawing. Did you sketch this?
constantly-confused Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Thanks for the nice comment.
Actually I did not really sketch any of this drawing. I started out with the gravedigger, then did the foreground (tentacles, tombstone, etc.) and at last the tree on the right and top part of the drawing. It was a really smooth process. Although I did not plan how this drawing should look in the end, it all came very naturally. There are certain parts which I did try out before actually putting them in this drawing though (the shovel for example). :)
ravador Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, and it turned out AWESOME!
Tiny-Pie Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
love the shading, so creepy o.o
Orion12212012 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super detail! Must have alot of patience. Great work.
ffufi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Creepy oO

I like the detail!
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome work! :heart:
Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
:nod: really nice work :clap:
AppendixMan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Amazing detail!
xyphid Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
/me goes to listen to the cranberries :XD:

lovely style, I can see the many hours put into this
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