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Gandalf the Grey by keikei11 Gandalf the Grey by keikei11
Here's Gandalf the Grey Illustrated from scratch using photoshop:) I used multiple references to create this piece, and it's not just based in one photo. Basically, I'm not using someone else's exact composition, nor using the exact same colour palette as the photo I was copying. I have separate references for the colour palette, the face, the arms and the sword. I then combined all of those elements to create this piece.

For those who think that hyper realism isn't for illustrators and its basically just a job for photographers, well it's not, because there's always a way around it. Even if some illustrators who draw from photos copy it, it doesn't mean that they can copy it perfectly  It will always be different, there will always be a different interpretation from the artist. It's basically an "adaptation" of a previous art form--a derivative. Just thought I should share my opinion.

Anyways, so here it goes! I used multiple sets of brushes to add textures and other details. It was indeed quite enjoyable. 

Medium: Done in Photoshop CS6. Wacom Intuos 4 tablet.
Time: Around 15 hours.

Inspired by Sam Spratt and Daisy Van Den Berg :icon
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ShawnJourdonArt Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool
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DreamyLory Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
This picture has been hiding in the depths of deviantart for so long! It is awesome!
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keikei11 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
shah thanks!
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Katie-11Six Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful piece! I adore Gandalf and your piece is gorgeous.
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keikei11 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much! <3
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Katie-11Six Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome!
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Sci-FiFanstasy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Wow! Lovely! The sword is my favorite part!
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keikei11 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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NativeFaery Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's incredible!  It looks almost like a real photo, I wondered at first.
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keikei11 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
<3
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