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NIKON CORPORATION
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Oct 28, 2011, 12:24:04 AM
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The Tree and the Moon by SimonVelazquezArt The Tree and the Moon by SimonVelazquezArt
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:

Just like in a cruel love story, the tree and the moon are destined to pass by each other every day with no hope of ever meeting. Like the girl you fall hopelessly in love with as you catch a fleeting glance of her hair. She walks away, never to return. The memory remains, but with a deeper sense of mystery; and dreams of what could have been, if only a chance was given.

Sorry about that, just had to get it out... and moving on.

OK, so here it is... There is nothing more I want to do with it. And I'm happy about it.

Materials used & time spent:

Done with 3mm hb and b mechanical pencil, 4b graphite pencil, a small amount of charcoal and tortillons for blending.
All together it took me roughly 10 hours.

Progress images:

The Tree and the Moon WIP 1 by SimonVelazquezArt The Tree and the Moon WIP 2 by SimonVelazquezArt The Tree and the Moon WIP 3 by SimonVelazquezArt The Tree and the Moon WIP 4 by SimonVelazquezArt

Reference (my own photo):

The Tree by the Road by SimonVelazquezArt

:bulletorange: Anyone interested in purchasing the original artwork can either send me a note or email me directly at simon.ajijic@gmail.com for more information.

Please feel free to comment :D

Edit (10-28-11): I have added some contrast and detail to the mountains and foreground, and left the natural color for a more neutral tone. Nothing major, but I guess it puts my completion time closer to 13 hours.

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:iconrajah42:
This piece really caught my eye because I've been working a lot with just pencil in my art classes recently and I've really just discovered everything you can do with it! Many people just use pencil for line sketches and then it's always erased but I love the fact that this piece is just in pencil and yet it's so complex. You have a wide variety of values + lights and darks which really help the piece look 3D. I also love the interesting landscape, the tree and the moon work really well together as a center focus so nice work there.

But - Even though the tree and the moon are so well done I just have to wonder why the background and sky is left so untouched. The mountains in the back ground almost look sketched like they're not quite finished. Other then that I'd say this is quite a spectacular piece. There's a lot of mystery behind it so naturally, the viewer is going to wonder what it means to you and what does the tree and moon really represent. Those are always fun things to think about once you've finished a piece like this, to ask yourself what it really means to you. You might find a different reason you created it then what you intentionally had in mind.

Anyway I hope you find this critique useful. Amazing work, there's really not much I'd change about this piece I'd love to see more! If you have any questions please feel free to comment or leave me a note. Thank you! ~ Arianna
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It's such a realistic picture! I think first of all you're amazing for having done this by hand with pencil mostly without the whole page turning into a smudge-fest. I love the work you did on the moon.

I guess my only critique is IF you were trying to make it look like a hill just on the other side of the road that's very close, then you did great, but I suspect you were going more for a mountain in the distance, while showing some of the details? If so the only thing I can think to do differently is less contrast between the dark and bright colours on the left side of the mountain. Because of the 'focus' so-to-say, it makes it look like a ridge nearby. The mountain/ridge/hill seems a little disconnected from the left side of the tree to the right.

No stars? It's a cloudless night? Not sure how you would do that in charcoal/pencils.

Regardless of my critique, overall is amazing work and I could see this in a book easily!
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Cosmic-Void Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly think this looks better in black and white than in any other colours. It makes it look spectacular so well done!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment :D
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Cosmic-Void Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D
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buterfligirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I love the moon
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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burningmountain Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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chesya Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
The subdued tones and the economy of mark-making makes think of a parallel World.
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your comment! That's kind of what I was going for :D
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Agnes17 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing !!!!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconbertc:
bertc Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I really appreciate your comment and support :)
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bertc Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Welcome dear)!And thank you too)):hug:))
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Pumpulaatti Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The details look really great.
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Pumpulaatti Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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sicruz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Very nice!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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jorge269 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
este arbol se ve superfotogenico y nunca le he podido tomar una buena foto... xD la tuya esta chida! :D
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gracias por el comentario! Haz visto este arbol? Eres de Gdl?
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jorge269 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sip! soy de gdl, yo tambien tengo unas fotos de esa flor! y es la unica que he visto, por eso supongo que la tomaste cerca de los cubos, no?
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha No, la tome en mi jardin.
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jorge269 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oohh mira [link] :)
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
:clap:
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IntiStudi0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love the work you've done ,keep creating artwork
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Kairoze Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wonderfully drawn, nice technique!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Isibee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This scenery is totally beautiful! I love the shading and all the detail =D
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I really appreciate your comment :D
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Brandyrose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I can say is holy crap! This is just stunning..
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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LisaCheesa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WoW! Amazing drawing!!!!!!!!!!!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :D
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LisaCheesa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You´re very welcome!!! ;)
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Y-Frost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love the way you drew the moon!
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I appreciate the comment :D
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sParzZ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing draftsman work, impressive line work and shading :)
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks mate! :D
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sParzZ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :D
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discodoener Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful scenery.
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Quite beautiful. I love all the details in the hills and the moon.

~D~
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it :D
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nice drawing, the moon just makes the entire drawing skip to a new level, the landscape feels very classic while adding the futuristic touch with the moon, very nice work.
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I've actually been browsing your gallery and I can say that, coming from a talented person like you, your words mean a lot. I really appreciate it :D
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
It is certainly my pleasure, your drawing speaks to me and that is my main requirement for any drawing, it is very good so keep it up mate. :)
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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RainSoda Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow!! this is very good :)
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SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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