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Ziggy Sawdust by DarthFar Ziggy Sawdust by DarthFar
"OH MY GOD, HE KILLED TIMMY!"

(Too bad there's no subcategory for Painting > Humour).

So I was bored, uninspired, and idly doodling the stuff I had laying around my desk, when I realised that my pencil sharpener - which eats lead like candy - was at least slightly evil, and probably a monster from my pencils' point of view. (And who knows what it does when I'm not around). So of course I had to paint this.

I guess a little ennui is a good thing? :laughing:

A certain beta you all know rather well is responsible both for the title of this painting and Timmy the pathetically mutilated pencil, god rest his little carbon soul.

Q: Why is the artist manikin slumped in the background?
A: Most likely because evil sharpener has chewed his legs off. (They *are* made of wood, you know).

A mixture of hard and round brush, and two of my custom-made nibs for the wood and sharpener texturing. Everything was painted except for the picture in the frame, which *was* also painted, just not at the time of the creation of this picture. ;)

Steps here:
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:iconkytsko:
kytsko Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
What a piece! Amazing scene and those details! 
Poor pencil ;_; <3 xD
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:iconlucian900:
lucian900 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
impressive!
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Eyeprey Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahah, I love the idea XD 
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:iconthegurch:
TheGurch Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
This is staggeringly good, amazingly realistic work
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Mirax-chan Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is too good to be true. If it wasn't for little Timmy the murdered pencil I would've thought it was a photo :XD: (well, the category also gave it away ^^)

Why isn't this a daily deviation yet??? :wow:
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Steffel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are insane!

You paint something as detailed as this out of boredom? Now this is just mindboggling. Why are you not totally famous? I just don't get it. *wanders off in confusion*
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the expression on Ziggy and the shiny of the pens. And much more but not so articulate at this time of night with meds on board that give me aphasia and sleepiness. I just...like Ziggy's eyebrows. Yes. And the everywhere shiny. And the kind of, smoking gun effect, but instead of blowing the smoke away...aw heck, you get it, you made it. Yes. Love.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Holy crap. :faint: That is all.

Well, okay, not quite. Talk about realism! I seriously thought this was a photo - and that doesn't happen to me often, except with your stuff, apparently. I'm in awe of your skill here. Amazing.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
:laughing: Thanks very much! Once in a while, I'll do something in crazy detail like this just to see if I can trick people (even for a leeeetle while) into thinking it's not a painting. Looks like I've done a decent job of it!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
You definitely did! This is some crazy stuff. :giggle:
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SkyWookiee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! And so impressively well done, my mind refuses to realise just how well.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thank you very much! :D I'm glad the illusion works.
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EduardoMatias Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome !
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LotusTwister Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a picture. It still looks like a picture. This is amazing. D: And humorous. x3
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FracturedReality Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find that pencil sharpeners of such class generally *do* tend to be evil, whereas the small, finger-sized ones are far too easily lost. Hence, I usually choose to spend a painstaking fifteen minutes sharpening with a knife, or I go the lazy way and find my mechanical pencils :XD:
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theartyst Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
man, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA if it was only a photo :eyepopping: I am amazed, astounded,... and yet perplexed,... somewhat dumbfounded and NOW even out of Adjectives.




nice to see ya around Mr Darth,... I myself am not here as much as years ago when we used to chit chat :nod: more often
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ocelott Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Far, Far, Far. When I see previews of your artwork in my inbox, my brain says it's a photo. Then I see your name attached to it and I realize it won't be a photo, that you're just dedicated to giving us all whiplash from the double takes.

The reflection on the pencil sharpener is making my mind boggle.
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floatfish Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
We've been over this - THIS IS A DRAWING??? Damn, dude. When I saw this in my messages, I was like, Oh, he's showing us his materials. Then I saw the in-progress thing and my mind exploded. Down to the labels, man. Goodness.
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AndrewFroedge Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Woooooooooooow....Woooooooow
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
:laughing:

Thanks?
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AndrewFroedge Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
yes, damn good work. I thought is was a photo.
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NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have mentioned sending me one of your pencil sharpeners before. NEVERMIND.

Now that ‘that’ is out of the way...O-o. I’m disturbed that Ziggy is smoking, whether from satisfaction or because he expended so much energy in his destruction, I’m not sure. But he poor babies in the box! The ones near the edge, leaning over to get a good look, typical gawkers. But look at the one in the corner, the same kind of pencil as our dear departed. [sniff] I’m pretty sure it’s Timmy’s brother.

“Timmy? TIMMY?!? I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to steal your eraser hat. :tears: timmy...

The Lime pencil, “Oooh, do you see the scratch marks in the wood? Those are defensive, he was trying to save himself.”

Big blue brush thing: :O

Black pen at the front: "SO glad I'm a pen."

Lavender pencil hiding near the back, “I can’t look, I don’t want to look, I want out, how can we get out?” :iconpanic01plz:


How you managed to animate these without making a cartoon is pure brilliance. Well done.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
:giggle: I could still send you Ziggy, if you'd like. I think my pencils would be relieved.

And yes, the little green pencil is Timmy's brother. Your imagined comments by the pens and pencils are downright hilarious. :rofl: Bunch of goddamn voyeurs they are. Well, except for lavender, and that red pencil that's obviously trying to blend in with the picture frame.

Glad you like this!
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
And Ziggy Sawdust sang his song of rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

So where are the Staplers from Mars?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
:rofl: Nonono there does not need to be another picture of Stationery Horror.
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IcyAshford Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
It's a painting?! You kidding me?! WOW! It looks so real!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
:laughing: Yeah, it is. Cheers!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha I I love the chalk outlines of the victim pencil lol.. fun stuff Far
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
'Tis a crime scene, David! :D The idea of having a chalk line just killed me.

Thanks!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heheh indeed!! =D
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Firera Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
First thought: "Far posted a picture."

Second thought: "Painting? Nah..."

Third thought: "It *IS* A PAINTING."

Fourth thought: "What the hell."


My conclusion is, you're not human.


o_______o

Ps: Seriously, I'm just gawking at it. I know the shiny part of the sharpener isn't real metal, but my brain's telling me otherwise!! Eg: "You're looking at a photo, Fi, not a painting!"

"But he said it's a painting!"

"It's not a painting."


:iconsnooty-plz: You make me have inner arguments with myself.

Ps again: Have I ever told you you're amazing?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
:rofl:

:rofl:

Oh noes, what made you suspect? Are my wires showing?

But you should know me well enough by now, Fifi, to know that I'll paint anything that happens to strike my fancy at the moment. And details are fun fun fun. Trying to make people think (if only for a moment) a painting is a photo even more so. ;)
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Firera Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Yeah, I kinda do, but still it doesn't lessen the nice surprise I get whenever you pull something like this. It boggles my mind on how well you can capture all those details! (In a good way ;D) I wish I had your patience. XD


*pushes your wires back in*
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Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Thank you, Ric. ;)
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Blissmicly Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
OMG. That is f**king amazing. *LOVE*
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Cheers. :D
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