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As of 7th September 2012, this drawing has had 19 favouritings and 516 viewings.

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This is a portrait I did twenty-four years ago of one of my favourite Victorian artists. I have admired this man’s work since 1974.

Thiose who know me will admit I am not often given to boasting about my work and I am not boasting here, but despite its faults this is a drawing I am not ashamed of, to say the least.

Paul Gustave Doré; January 6, 1832 – January 23, 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving.
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Doré was born in Strasbourg and his first illustrated story was published at the age of fifteen. At age five he was a prodigy artist already creating drawings. When he turned 12 he began to carve his art in stone. Doré began work as a literary illustrator in Paris. Doré commissions include works by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante. In 1853 Doré was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This commission was followed by additional work for British publishers, including a new illustrated English Bible. In 1863, Doré illustrated a French edition of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and his illustrations of the knight and his squire Sancho Panza have become so famous that they have influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors’ ideas of the physical “look” of the two characters. Doré also illustrated an oversized edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”, an endeavor that earned him 30,000 francs from publisher Harper & Brothers in 1883.
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Doré’s English Bible (1866) was a great success, and in 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London. This exhibition led to the foundation of the Doré Gallery in New Bond Street. In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, the son of Douglas William Jerrold, suggested that they work together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. Jerrold had gotten the idea from The Microcosm of London produced by Rudolph Ackermann, William Pyne, and Thomas Rowlandson in 1808. Doré signed a five-year project with the publishers Grant & Co that involved his staying in London for three months a year. He was paid the vast sum of £10,000 a year for his work. He was mainly known for his paintings, contrary to popular belief about his wood carvings. His paintings are world renowned, but his woodcuts are where he really excelled.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Beautifully done Dave, an excellent piece of detailed work …

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 5 years ago

    Monumental achievement,Dave.

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 5 years ago

    Really awe-some detail and texture!

  • Deborah Holman
    Deborah Holmanover 5 years ago

    Great work Dave, I love all the different textures makes for a really interesting drawing

  • dimarie
    dimarieover 5 years ago

    you have so much patience dave!
    great drawing!

  • Orla Cahill
    Orla Cahillover 5 years ago

    Excellent work Dave. Wonderful drawing skills and terrific treatment of various textures. You really have such patience. :)

  • You are so kind.

    – BLYTHART

  • Patricia L. Ballard
    Patricia L. Ba...over 5 years ago

    Dave, it never ceases to amaze me how the creativity just flows from you….and for so many years! Wonderful work. I love the way you took the image and added your own personality and skill to it.

  • I suppose I am one of the few on Redbubble whose first drawings date back to 1965. This one is comparitively recent though, being 1985 … two years before our son was born :) Makes me feel ancient. I had many years where I did no artwork at all, but I try to imagine how many pictures I would have if I’d worked constantly at the rate I now work.

    – BLYTHART

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 5 years ago

    This has a lot going for it Dave. Your drawing skills have always been top rate.

  • Thanks Brian. This was one of the first drawings I ever exhibited … in a BADG exhibition at Blyth Library in the mid-eighties. I’d forgotten that until now. I also exhibited a couple of paintings at Trinity Methodist Church art festival around that time. If I was really successful i wouldn’t be able to remember how many exhibitions I had taken part in, but four is a fairly easy number to remember
    :)

    – BLYTHART

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    OH MY- Nice works Dave, but this is my FAV- how wonderful- I would love to see him in the Victorian Industrial Group, I know its supposed to have an alternative twist, but this ROCKS !!!!
    More Please xxxxxx

  • Thanks Anita … you are so kind.

    – BLYTHART

  • andrea v
    andrea vover 5 years ago

    I’d be proud of it too if I were you. It’s a great drawing. SHows up your skill in penmanship. I like the many textures and patterns you’ve achieved through the creative use of line. The strong black abstract shape in the centre of the image makes for an overall solid drawing.

  • Wow, when I get a compliment from a portraitist I truly respect it makes my day. That doesn’t mean i don’t appreciate the compliments I receive from non-portraitists, but you know what I mean :)

    – BLYTHART

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