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    trompe l'oeil drawing

    Hello everyone,
    This is another Trompe L'Oeil drawing. For those of you unfamiliar with this type of work the translation is "to deceive the eye". It is artwork that attempts to be so realistic that the viewer is fooled into thinking that actual three-dimensional objects are being displayed rather than a two-dimensional representation of those objects. Traditionally, the preferred medium for this type of fine art has been oil painting, but using my techniques of blending charcoal and graphite I have rendered some trompe l'oeil effects. Graphite and charcoal reflect light differently and that can be useful in creating the illusion that objects are popping forward from the picture plane.

    The gackground wood texture is charcoal blended with felt, the notebook paper is graphite blended with a chamois, and the tape is Wolff's and Conte carbon pencils (which gives the tape a slightly warmer tone) I apply layers and blend.

    I had a real tough time taking photos of this one. I couldn’t get a picture of the softness of the paper shading without compromising the darker background detail. The original has more punch.

    The size of this is 18" x 14" which makes the tape and notebook paper slightly larger than actual size. It will be framed in a shadow box frame like many of my other trompe l'oeil pieces. This adds the the illusion.

    The idea behind this drawing is something like Inner Beauty or The Beauty Within or something like that. I’d like to hear some ideas for the title so feel free to speak up if the perfect title comes to mind. Another suggest made to me recently was Paper Rose.

    If you are interested there is a WIP of this drawing on my web site here:
    http://www.jdhillberry.com/how_to_draw_pg2.htm
    It's about in the middle of the page.

    Thanks for looking,

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    that insane.. i thought it was a photo of the drawing that you had put up on your wall... i didnt even notice the detail on the wall until you mentioned it... amazing work... Welcome to CA

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    brilliant work

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    damn.. nice.


    Amazing, the control and patience you exhibit here. Bravo.

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    Wow!!

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    amazing!!!! the tape looks so realistic i just want to reach toward my monitor and grab it!!!! I've been familiar with your work for a few yrs now! i first saw your website back in 2003 and i've always gone back to check for updates because your work is masterful!!! I was thinkin of a title and i came up with this! "A Deeper Allure" Since it's displaying inner beauty like you said! The rose is ripping through the paper (skin) to reveal it's natural beauty. To me the rose symbolizes the heart and the paper is the skin or the outside of the body. So the inner beauty is shining through! I dont know ahaha just a suggestion! let me know what you think!!! keep up the incredible work!!!!!

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    wow you are really good. just went to your site as well. amazing. welcome.-c36

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    my god

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    fantastic job!
    the bottom right crease in the paper is my favorite!

    cant think of a good title, but ill certainly be keeping it in mind.

    are you drawing the from photo ref, or from life?
    i would think a photo wouldn't even capture the needed subtlety.

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    I thought "Hey, it's awesome how he made the paper look like it was ripped."
    But when I found out you drew the Background and the tape and the paper I was like OOO

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    fantastic job!
    the bottom right crease in the paper is my favorite!

    cant think of a good title, but ill certainly be keeping it in mind.
    are you drawing the from photo ref, or from life?
    i would think a photo wouldn't even capture the needed subtlety.
    I used a reference photo of the rose because the bloomin thing kept changing on me. I drew the paper, tape, and wood directly from life. Actually, I've drawn wood so much I pretty much made that part up.

    I thought I would share some of my compositional ideas for this piece. Even though it's a simple one, there were some things I had to consider.

    Generally speaking, if you divide a good composition into thirds, the center of interest should be placed near where the horizontal and diagonal lines cross. The rose head is placed approximately 1/3 from the top and 1/3 from the side.
    The two planks of wood also divide the composition into thirds and draw your attention to the rose head like an arrow pointing to it.

    The center of interest should contain the highest contrast. Here, the contrast is heightened in the rose head by the largest area of black (the rose shadow) and object that contains the widest range of values (the rose). The center of interest may seem obvious here but if I altered the composition to have less contrast in that area, the drawing wouldn't be as effective. For instance if I had the rose cast it's shadow on the paper rather than the wood, the result would weak contrast in the center of interest.

    The angle of the stem (upper left to lower right) is counter balanced by the majority of the wood grain running from upper right to lower left. The majority of crinkles in the paper also serve to balance the angle of the stem.

    The stem of the rose is purposely bent to give the illusion that it follows the folds of the paper.

    The lower right of the tape and the paper bend upward toward the light. This creates a shadow and a lighter edge so I can heighten contrast.

    There you have it...Why it sometimes takes me 2 weeks of planning before I start a drawing. I try to solve all the problems before my pencil even hits the paper. I know it's a corny saying but I like it anyway. "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail"

    Thanks to all who have commented. It really means a lot to me.

    J. D. Hillberry

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    the level of you realism achieved is is mind blowing.

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    Holy CRAP. I can't think of a real compliment. This is just hard [freaking] core.

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    Serious respect. Uber realism - really nice job.

    Uh - no criticism - just awe.

    *goes off and snaps all available pencils in two.

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    Wow, that´s amazing... The realism of the whole thing is simply mindblowing... Keep up the good work...

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    i'd probabaly shoot myself 1 hour into the piece. nice job

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    Truly, truly, truly a masterful display of skill.

    Until I read the blurb, I was wondering how you found notebook paper with the top two holes smaller than the others I almost thank goodness it's so... otherwise, it looks just too real).

    Just... stunning.

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    That's very impressive! It reminded me of a drawing I saw some time ago... then I went to your website and saw that it was "the frustrated artist" that you did. I remember that I could very much relate to that drawing at the time I saw I discovered it.
    I noticed, there are only drawings in your online gallery, is it just your medium of choice or do you have paintings to show?
    Anyways, awe inspiring stuff, thanks for posting.

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    now THAT kicks universal ass!!! awesome concept, perfect rendition, you really fooled around with my brain for a few seconds there!

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    I am shocked and stunned. I don't know what to say. Even knowing it's a trompe-l'oeil, I almost don't believe it. Amazing, absolutely amazing.

    Drawing wood is something I've been interested in doing (better), any tips?

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    that is sick. you must be a very patient person.

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    You are a very sick sick sick person. And probably the spawn of aliens. Did I mention you wery sick, too?

    That is a drop dead and fall in a hole full of punji stakes gorgeous piece...








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    Nicely done.


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    all I can do is add more praise fantastic piece and thank's for sharring some of the process that went into the piece and more specifically the composition, it is greatly apreciated.

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    hey! I bought your book when I was a freshman in high school!

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    Work of a master.
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    WOWOW. The paper, tape, and wood are spectacular! I just don't like the rose as I feel a bit of flatness from it.

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    I'll have to use my native tounge to say how I feel about this pic:

    UFF!! MEINE GUETE!!

    you are insane... brilliant!

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    An amazing work, thank you for sharing your technic!

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    man..this is real zeal... respect

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