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February 22, 2011
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Guilt Can Be a Killer by Wicked-Illusion Guilt Can Be a Killer by Wicked-Illusion
Brilliant Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan from the TV show Dexter

„...but with Lumen...I'm someone different. In her eyes...I'm not a monster at all.“ (S05E10 - In the Beginning)

I slightly got tired of seeing works using the same 3-4 different refs of Dexter over and over again, no matter how fantastic the works were, so I decided to go for a ref I haven's seen drawn/painted already, although on site as big as this one there could be X artworks of it that I don't know of. :D

After I scanned this drawing and saw it in a smaller size, I couldn't believe it was my drawing. I guess because of all this reflections in the blood, blurry parts vs. detailed ones etc. made it look quite realistic, despite all the parts I'm not satisfied with and all the areas I did a very sloppy job on (and there are plenty of them!).

I was scanning some WIPs of this drawing for my YouTube WIP animations, so I was able to measure approx. time needed for this drawing. It took 30-35h to complete. That is waaaay over my number of hours I can work on a single piece without getting too impatient and sloppy.

Maybe you didn't know, but I'm a big Dexter fan! The show is simply brilliant! It's very different than any other show I've ever watched. People usually don't love serial killers, but we love this one for sure! :D I like the way the show is made, with Dexter's little inner monologues and everything. Gotta love that black, morbid humor!

Tools used:

:liquisoft: A4 Canson fine grain paper ( 160g/m2)
:liquisoft: kneaded, stick and pencil eraser
:liquisoft: H, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B regular pencils
:liquisoft: 2B, HB mechanical pencils
:liquisoft: white gel pen
:liquisoft: 2H tick pencil
:liquisoft: ref picture


Image ref © Showtime
Artwork © I.P. Wicked-Illusion (formerly "Diamond4girl")
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Given 2011-06-17
Guilt Can Be a Killer by =Diamond4girl
The suggester says: "It's truly realistic pic. No, you are wrong, it's just more than that: it's gorgeous, stunning..!"
The artist was also suggested by *MaidenElf. ( Suggested by AliGFX and Featured by alexandrasalas )
Anna655 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG wowowowow :nuu: 
s-ketchhead Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, you're a genius! 
SkinPeela Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Raspberry-Barets Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
starr0301 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is brilliant. the sketch is amazing no doubt but i am in sheer awe of your concept. its portrays dexter perfectly. :thumbsup: B-)
Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
writingmagic26 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
holy cow. . . that is amazing. it has such symbolism and realism! I love how you didn't just show him strait out, but instead used his reflection. . . AMAZING!
SebbyFan Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! Dexter is alive!
NealMcDannel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work
NealMcDannel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice.
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