First Place and Best in Show at The Kern County Fair – Summer of 2010.
Graphite pencil drawing on paper.
copyright 2010. David J. Vanderpool

Taking what has always been assumed to be rare, natural passionate and talent, David has walked into the world of both fine arts and advertising/graphics with a solid bang, hitting hard and often with a successful result.

A published author, award winning fine arts graphite pencil artist and graphic designer, he currently lives with his wife and sons in California, USA.

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  • dragonindenver
    dragonindenverabout 5 years ago

    I’ve seen the original and this is quite amazing. Excellent work, sir.

  • Thanks… it’s always great to hear from people who has seen the original photo and can compare. :)

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • wigs
    wigsabout 5 years ago

    wow the detail is amazing david….right down to the hairs on his arms, you are incredibly talented

  • Thanks for the kind words and noticing the smallest detail!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • carss66
    carss66about 5 years ago

    awesome work david,never give up your are a master.merry xmas chris

  • Thanks, Chris, Merry Christmas too!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • DarwinsMishap
    DarwinsMishapabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic work in this; so glad you posted this. I especially like the way you’ve added not only the arm hair, but the facial hair and the reflection within the fingernails-very believeable.

  • HA.. thanks for noticing the little detail. And yes.. its the little details that make a drawing work.

    HA.. thanks for noticing the little detail. And yes.. its the little details that make a drawing work.Merry Christmas. More replies to comments later. In off to evening service at church!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • I have decided to use your quote on the back cover of the book. I hope you don’t mind?

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • fullcirclemandalas  is Marg Thomson
    fullcirclemand...about 5 years ago

    stunning work, darl! xoxox

  • thanks

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    It is a sensitive portrayal and a beautiful work of art David.

  • Thanks, Sharon. It was the eyes that sold me on drawing this portrait. However the original photo was very dark so I lightened it in photoshop

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauabout 5 years ago

    Another marvellous work from the master!! I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a wonderful, happy and inspiring New Year 2010!

  • Thanks my friend. Sorry for the silence. I pulled a muscle in my right arm and until it heals that means little time on the home computer or drawing.. but I wanted to return the holiday greeting to you. Happy new year, too!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding work!! :-)

  • Thanks…. after drawing this, the photographer showed me the un-cropped version to the pose and wow…. if I hadn’t done so well with this one, I may have tried the full pose. However I feel the portrait version is more powerful and suits the need to add to my second book.

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • BrettStevenson
    BrettStevensonabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • LovETeaR
    LovETeaRabout 5 years ago

    I couldn’t take me eyes off his !!

    this is really a wonderful piece of art, and you’re its master

    the softness of the shading the lightening all the details are perfectly done

    and yes HE is So Handsome Guy =D

    keep the fabulous work David :) and Happy new year

  • Sorry for the delay. Thanks and happy new year too!

    – David J. Vanderpool

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