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Hold Yourself Together by genni Hold Yourself Together by genni
I wanted to do a different style of self portraiture and make it original and meaningful as well as encorporate my love of photography and drawing. The use of my hands holding the picture together is supposed to symbolize how many people like to keep everything in their lives together by themselves(including myself), and the sullen look on my face represents how trying to 'hold yourself together' can be emotionally straining. It's impossible to be perfect or to keep everything together on your own. That's sort of the general idea behind the portrait.

Medium: graphite
Size: 14"X 20"
Tools: Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B<--I used an entire 8B doing the background :phew:), kneaded eraser, masking tape, tissue, blending stump
Time: I didn't really count, but I'd estimate...about 15-20 hours, the longest I've ever taken on a drawing
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Given 2004-12-03
Hold Yourself Together by ~genni yes folks, it's a drawing. /me picks up jaw from ground. ( Suggested by JoshClarkeDraws and Featured by BronzeRocket )
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pabdoo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Innovative, do love it.
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animedragon12000 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Artist
Now this is pretty cool! I love this one! :D good job!
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marssetta Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my GAH this is amazing. 
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xxDreamDealerxx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Just featured this on my profile :heart:
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12CArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW ..... Amazing Concept and Execution ! ! !


BRAVO  :)
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SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work, the concept is so unique Clap 
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sumiya-maqsood Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
this is amazing
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BAKUOO76 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
really awesome work!
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Rosanna24 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
congrats on the DD! You deserve it
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heyjoehello Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
alive and meaningful !
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GeaAusten Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
this is still one of the most brilliant pieces of artwork I've seen on DA !!
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ArtAgainstSociety Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Hello! I would like to notify you that I've featured you on my surreal and abstract art blog over on Tumblr. Your work really fits the theme, and you can see it on artagainstsociety.tumblr.com. Of course, I have given you credit and linked to your page. If for any reason you don't want it published any longer, just send me a message and I'll delete it pronto. Thanks, and congratulations! Your art is beautiful. 

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urbangurl123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
WHAT. WHAT. WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTT!I think I've fainted. 
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shonam16 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
amazing work
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YourNotMyType-89 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very nicely depicted :D 
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musi1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so artistic 
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manzoniMIC Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome effect!
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ninjacatrocks Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautifully done and the message is well incorparated. I really love this. 
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Blue3Vampire Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful and Meaningful... I'm speechless...
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Paul2960 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!
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LarisaBragina Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow... This is incredible. Excellent work!
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Artworkbymose Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Amazing
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Kori76 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love this!
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Andrea365 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME!!!!!! I thought it was a picture!!!!!!! :O
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miamary123456 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured on a BuzzFeed page by me!! Here's the link: [link]
I hope this will get you more viewers!
Thanks!
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Nollit Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
This looks so awesome
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rokutan78107 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
tHAT'S AMAZING!
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sketchydoodle96 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible! :D
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Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doesn't even need the artist comment to make the message clear. Beautifully done <3
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starlightt1234 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
very lovely :)
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Huffpuff-vivereartes Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow love this!!
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friedinsanity Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Beautiful! A brilliant idea!
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keneudeh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
i love this it reminds me of...J.D Hillberry's works
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Magnolian-Butterfly Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This is far beyond stunning. I have never been blown away by a drawing like this before!!!
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Stretch2012 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
very nice
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detourhk Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
beautiful
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BrankoBabic Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Fantastic, which paper did you used?
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Tinchi147 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very ingenious, love it
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FashionPixie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely
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mjj21 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Brilliant Concept! I can feel the eyes reflecting some life to the portrait... *-*
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rickcorbett Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is truly amazing work! The details are stunning. Beautiful contrast. This reminds me of the work of J.D. Hillberry. Very masterful work!
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natc66 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Amazing!
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pkdjango Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Cool!
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Alex-GTS-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done
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