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Crossroads by FallingDark Crossroads by FallingDark
It's that time of year again...time for the Visual Arts Scholastic Event!

I'm an independent. I think the party system needs to end. That's one of the reasons I chose to draw this; while Obama and Paul are undoubtedly divided on many issues, there are things I like about both of them. Main point: for all the party bickering going on in Washington and the media, it seems like no one remembers that regardless of social or economic beliefs, we are one nation.

Anyway. This is one of the biggest things I've ever drawn--12x23 inches in 34 hours' time. Mechanical pencil with kneaded erasers, tissues, and q-tips. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out--let me know what you think. :)
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SketchUnited Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool drawing! :)
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Maurice-Le-Coq Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, stunning work! a real masterpiece! at first i thought it was a black and white oil painting!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I really appreciate it! Thanks!! :aww:
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BloodWillow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm Canadian and agree that these two are the best options, also you captured them very well!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it. ;)
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Knyghtos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great work... nicely done!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it! :D
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MelissaKirst Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Great job !! Looks good.
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!! :love:
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FallingDark Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb Detail
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FallingDark Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it!
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What-about-chris Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
nice work
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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WhoMax Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, looks like a photo!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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DarkSelfie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
I don't give a darn about "party bickering"; it's the policies put in place by the people we elect into office that concern me. They can have loud screaming matches, for all I care, but they better sign laws that they said they were going to sign that got them elected. They can list off each other's flaws, and make fat momma jokes about each other's mother, so long as they stop the abuses from Wall Street, and set up fairness for all of the people who voted them into office, and not just fairness for the small group of elitists running this country. Do you really thing Ron Paul gives a damn about what happens to the little people in this country? He hopes we all turn into heroin addicts and kill each other; that's his idea of "freedom". There won't be any police, or schools, under his ruling(and if you don't think his ruling will be the fastest ticket to a dictatorship, you don't pay much attention, do you). Smaller government means less voting rights, and the dictatorship of Big Business across America. No, I like choices. Let them behave badly in public, so long as they do what they said thy were going to do while in office.
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no, I'm with you 100% on the public policy issue! The very reason I have a problem with party bickering is that doing so takes people's minds off of the real public policy issues...the issues that really matter (and without a doubt, Wall Street injustice and presidential promise-breaking are among them). But I'm not just talking about politicians doing the bickering, I'm talking about everyone.

Well, I personally believe Paul is more honest than a man like Romney, who has changed his position on so many issues that at this point he only represents himself. Rick Santorum is an honest guy (in that he doesn't deny pushing his obviously pro-Christian agenda), but since I staunchly disagree with the agenda he pushes, I couldn't care less if he was an honest man or not. But hey, maybe you're right--maybe Paul doesn't give a damn. But one can say the same thing of any government official.

Unless you think legalizing narcotics will turn the nation into a cesspool of violence, I don't know where you're coming from with the heroin thing. I'll never try heroin because I know what it can do to you--and I doubt heroin would be legalized even if the impossible happens and Paul gets the nomination). But to me, that marijuana is illegal while alcohol / texting while driving is not seems ridiculous.

Even if Ron Paul should become president, it's pretty doubtful he'd actually be able to cut the Department of Education, much less end the federal reserve system. A president can only do so much--he's said that himself. In any case, radical power shifts in government rarely happen just when someone new is elected; shifts are almost always caused by major events, and when major events happen the government gets bigger, not smaller. Look at the Japanese internment camps. McCarthyism. Airport security after 9/11. The PATRIOT Act. The NDAA. Having a bigger government will not save you from having your rights taken away.

Having read a few of your journal entries, I know we share some common ground, but to say that disagreeing with you means that I "don't pay much attention" to the issues is just as hypocritical as a Christian telling you that that you have a flawed understanding of Christianity.
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DarkSelfie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
I was in the middle of another rant to someone when I wrote this, so some of it was harsher than it should have been, and I do regret "don't pay much attention".

Ron Paul did say, in several GOP debates, that he wanted to legalize heroin--and coke. I can't even imagine the chaos that would take place if that ever happened. I know people who have done that, and the only thing that slowed down their self-destruction, was the law enforcement constantly shutting down their suppliers, and even going to jail for having drugs on them. Being frequently tested for illegal drugs, once people have gotten arrested, can mean the difference between life and death for many people who would "choose" badly. And I say "choose" badly because once you fool around with a drug like heroin or coke, it takes over your brain and you no longer have a choice to use or not to use. Pot, however, is less addicting than alcohol. I don't drink or use any drugs, just because none of that stuff has ever sat well with me. But I've seen what it can do to people, and so has Ron Paul, which makes me understand that he would like very much for the people to have the freedom to become drug addicts and eventually kill each other. He is very good at sounding like a rebel, which appeals to young people and older rebels who seek freedom from police(usually criminals who want free reign of the land and have fantasies of being vigilantes riding motorcycles with two sawed-off shotguns on either side, and a hot chick on the back, being king of the town!! 'cause there will be no police to help all the ladies, only bearded rambo...this is never going to happen for them, fortunately for civility-lovers.

By the way, they have been shutting down schools all over the country, for lack of funding, but banks got their bail-outs, and big oil has their welfare check from tax payers(Obama is ending that), and the military's funding hasn't decreased, although Obama did set forward a plan to reduce the size of the military, and take it in the direction of cyber crime fighting.
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I remember hearing him say that.
He also pointed out, though, that if everything were legalized the likelihood of people deciding, "I'm going to start doing heroin now that it's legal!" is pretty low.

Law enforcement and drug tests would not disappear, even if narcotics were legal. People will still go to jail if they're driving while high, and I guarantee that an age limit will be set for purchase--with harsh consequences for getting caught underage. As for the police shutting down suppliers, legalization would put an end to most street dealing. People prefer cheap and safe over expensive and dangerous.

After developing a dependency on drugs, yes, choosing to quit is very difficult. But there is still a choice. People who've been smoking or drinking for years quit all the time. It isn't easy, but it can be done--there are people to call for help, places to go. But the decision to start using was theirs. There are exceptions, make no mistake, but most people know full well what drugs can do to you. They think the benefits outweigh the costs (although I'm inclined to disagree), and that's why the use in the first place.

And I'm sorry, but saying Paul wants to legalize narcotics so we can all kill one another is just as reasonable as saying Obama is a Nazi Communist Fascist Muslim foreigner who hates America. Do you think most people support Paul's message of legalization to satisfy some crazed desire for violence? Do you think that's why I support legalization? If you do, then there's nothing more for me to say.

If people want drugs, they'll get them whether they're legal or not.
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DarkSelfie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
"He also pointed out, though, that if everything were legalized the likelihood of people deciding, "I'm going to start doing heroin now that it's legal!" is pretty low."

A CDC study shows, "About 3,900 teens under 18 start smoking cigarettes every day."

UPI.com wrote, "Nearly 25 percent of U.S. high school seniors and one-third of young adults 26 and under smoke despite 50 years of warnings, the U.S. surgeon general said."

Most people, even wreckless teens, will use a drug that's readily available, before taking a chance at getting caught with something illegal. Ron Paul is a doctor, he knows this. He has turned people down for medications in his doctor's office, because he suspected they were drug addicts. These are people who will try to use drugs legally. He knows that a large portion of people who would use drugs such as coke or heroin, would only do so if it were legal. So yes, I do believe he wants the riffraff of the country to turn into drug addicts and kill each other. I've read his extremely racist Newsletters. I know he denies writing them, but I doubt he wasn't in complete agreement with something in his name. He's no fool, but he sure sure thinks Americans are.

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I don't see how pointing out Ron Paul's failings as a decent human being is the same as pulling things out of thin air about Obama. Sounds like racist hate speak to me. But then you are a Ron Paul fan..
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You gave me statistics on tobacco! Can you not see the distinction between the two?
"Most people" will use a readily available drug before trying something illegal? Change that to "Most people who are already interested in taking drugs" and you have an argument.
Why would he turn people down if he wants them to become addicts and kill each other?

As far as the newsletters go (I have read about them, thanks so much for assuming once again that I haven't been paying attention), no one is trying to say that he wrote them but you. People are debating over how exactly how much he was affiliated with them. James B Powell wrote the article that receives the most attention for its racism, and since most of the newsletters were untitled, people speculate that he was behind them. I don't pretend to know if he is or not.

...but when did we go from Ron Paul Supports Legalization to Ron Paul Is A Racist?

Let me clarify my political stance:
"I'm an independent. Obama and Paul are undoubtedly divided on many issues, there are things I like about both of them."
I have no inclination to favor one party over the other, although I can tell you that I would have voted for Obama in the last election. If Paul doesn't get the nomination this year, I intend to vote for Obama. If he does, I'm not sure which one I'll choose, because I think both of them have serious flaws as well as benefits. If he does, I'll have to take the fact Paul could be a racist into consideration when I make my choice.

If you think my being a "Ron Paul fan" means that I have a crazed desire for violence (I don't know if you do or not, you didn't exactly answer my questions in the end), or that I am tolerant of hate speech, you are wrong, and there's no point in me saying anything else.
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JaleahNZCHUUR Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Far, your awesome man! Im 13 and I've stopped drawing anime and Im starting to draw portraits and real life. I read on your Info that you started drawing Portraits in middle school, no wonder why your art is amazing. Can you please give me some advice, like do you start with the eyes and that. I don't mind if you can't give me any, just say that you just got skills. ^~^ Im faving almost everything in your gallery :)
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback!

As for advice, there's not much I can give. I can say that regardless of what your teacher may say about facial proportions, everyone is different when it comes to things like eye shapes and spacing between the nose, mouth, ears, etc., so one size doesn't really fit all. This page pretty much explains how I approach a drawing: [link] Instead of leaving the grid lines there, though, I draw only the obvious lines (edge of the ears, tip of the nose, line of the mouth, etc.), and once I've gotten the general shape down I erase them for shading and blending. Having looked at your gallery, I can say that drawing with contrast isn't a problem for you; I try to make every drawing I do range from black to white, and you already do that.

Other than that...it's just a matter of practice!
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JaleahNZCHUUR Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome! :huggle:
Yeah, I draw differently from other people, because I don't like to copy other people's style of drawing;I got to find my own style. So when you start your drawings, do you go really lightly then you do the details? `Cos I have this REALLY bad habit of filling in details when I haven't even sketched the face or body yet, I guess it's `cos I have to have time and patience to achieve amazing drawings like yours. ^~^
Wow, really? Thankyou, it's rare for an awesome artist like you to say compliment on my drawings :nuu:
I'm gonna try my best to be like you one day! Your my new Idol!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No prob!
Yeah, I don't press down hard with my pencil in the beginning--the less you have to erase, the better (except for adding highlights).

Make sure everything is in place, then start by shading the darkest areas of the picture solid black. This takes a long time, and can get really annoying. If you look at my self portrait, I shaded the dark side of my face first--it took nearly three hours.

But yeah, you should have everything in place before filling in details (and believe me, wanting to add detail in the beginning is very tempting).
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ZeroElements Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiik. Love it! :D Immediate fav! :boogie: I'm big into politics. I should paint those guys! You sir, may have inspired me to do that now that idea is in my head!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to have inspired you! :D I hope you follow through with that idea!
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eriwyle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! :D Good luck at VASE! For a second, I thought that this was done in charcoal :w00t:
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it. :)
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KippoTec Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I really like how you did Paul here. I think he looks almost painted, compared to Obama, who looks more penciled; both of which are very tastefully done. You did excellent work here, I applaud ye for thyne skillage. :iconsaluteplz:
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I humbly accept thine approval--and bestow thee with my gratitude! :D
The reference photo for Paul had much more contrast than the one for Obama--I bet that's what you're seeing.
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SoraTheAvatar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING. You did Obama perfect!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
W...what about Paul? :tears:
Haha, just kidding. Glad you like it. :D
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Lorelailah Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely incredible. I think you really captured the strife and conflict as well as the symmetrical unity. Incredible detail and skill.
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :)
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Surrendered-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
How did VASE go? (That was today, right?)
Are you going to State?
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I was disqualified. Either political photos are no longer considered public domain, or something else was wrong with the reference photos.
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Surrendered-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.
I'm sorry to hear that.
They should've let you compete.
At least you have another awesome art piece you can be proud of, even if the VASE people have a rule-book up their butt. :p
It's an awesome piece anyway. And the message is great. :D
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, what they should have done was disqualify me when I walked through the door, rather than having me go through the interview (which actually went very well), seeing my piece on display in the "4" room, and finding out it was disqualified just before they announced the state finalists.

But hey, what's done is done. And thanks, I appreciate it. :)
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Surrendered-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :D
So, other than the competition, how has your week been going?
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Busy--which is fine. You?
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Surrendered-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
About the same.
I've been trying to work on a piece for the art contest with my church. I'm drawing the scene of God's throne room, as described in Revelation chapter 4, in the Bible.
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That'll be interesting.
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theperian Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work - and I agree 100% on the politics of it. The two-party system has failed. It's time to stop treating political, social and economic decisions like a spectator sport.

Er, sorry. Didn't mean to rant. Once again, great work & subject choice. :)
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha no, I totally agree! :) I'm glad you like it.
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adrianmork Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I love the movement, like you've interrupted them in the middle of a speech:) I have to admit, I really hate Obama's politics, but Ron Paul is okay. And the drawing is awesome:)
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