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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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Hold Yourself Together by ~genni yes folks, it's a drawing. /me picks up jaw from ground. ( Suggested by JoshClarkeDraws and Featured by alphaosiris )
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alive and meaningful !
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GeaAusten 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 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 Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
WHAT. WHAT. WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTT!I think I've fainted. 
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amazing work
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YourNotMyType-89 Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very nicely depicted :D 
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musi1 Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so artistic 
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manzoniMIC Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome effect!
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ninjacatrocks Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautifully done and the message is well incorparated. I really love this. 
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