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39 x 19,5cm, graphite pencils on paper, 2012

I actually finished a drawing - a rare feat for me lately :D

This is for my school's autumn critique, themed "border / borderless". This is an optimistic view on the boundaries of humanity: our time is limited, but what we achieve in that time is up to ourselves. More or less consciously each of us sets our own boundaries. A case could be made for a negative approach as well, and I intended to draw that too, but couldn't do it for this critique, still plan on doing it later. My goal from the beginning was to create an image with simple, yet powerful symbolism. Is it a success or is it lacking? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.


I can't say that I didn't have enough time for this piece, but parts of it are rushed and I think I could do better but, no excuses this time. All comments, questions and feedback are very welcome! Thanks for looking :)
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Amazing. The strokes are astonishing, the idea is brilliant, and the innocence in children is shown right here. Leave it to the young to discover the joys in every situation. The wood is not missing a single detail, and I'm quite glad you also paid great detail to the background. The only negative feedback I have is on the upper half of the photo. Where the sand is falling down isn't very realistic. Sand doesn't really fall like that. However, the sand itself is covered in little details, so it's okay. Anyways.... your attention to detail is utterly amazing and your obviously very talented. Kudos to you, Senpai. :)
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:iconiskaeldt:
Iskaeldt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Great job!
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:iconfairychristie:
FairyChristie Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Wow! great job! this drawing is really beautiful! i like a lot the details on everything that is in this beautiful drawing!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconpahkinankuori:
PahkinanKuori Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hemmetti, pakko myöntää et hienoja töitä! :)
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
kiitoksia, kiitoksia :)
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:iconalirose91:
alirose91 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work..so detailed and love the idea!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it :)
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:iconsimpleprodigy:
SimpleProdigy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neat concept, nice work!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icondogmajo:
dogmaJo Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Photographer
Here is so much depth ...
we're having our desires while time is fading
Fantastic!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad it evokes feelings :) Thanks for your comment!
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:iconrjrusso:
RJRusso Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013   General Artist
what detail
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconanarchywulf:
AnarchyWulf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this looks extremely realistic! I love the perspective and the details you added for the things happening inside the hourglass! Phenomenal work!! :clap:
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sakaaali Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, and sorry for the late reply :)
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:icontheskyisfullofdreams:
WOW how is this even possible!? *___*
Its so amazing!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, and sorry for the very late reply!
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:icontheskyisfullofdreams:
TheSkyIsFullOfDreams Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
No problem, You are welcome :)
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:iconqntssnz:
qntssnz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is perfect. the level of detail is so high, letting the wood look almost real. great!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! :)
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:iconchesya:
chesya Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
You have chosen the perfect angle to show off your skilled rendering of the hourglass - there is however an intriguing sense of oppression which runs contrary to your concept.
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree to an extent. Perhaps it's the outcome of me being a realist, but the limited time we as individuals have on Earth is an important part of the concept. I don't think it contradicts the positive message. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it! :)
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proxi-mity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
brilliant idea :ahoy:
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it! :hug:
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:iconpeelonika:
peelonika Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist
brilliant concept and well executed...love it! :D
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate your comment :)
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NirschlConboy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I saw one of your other pieces and was impressed so I dug deeper. Boy am I glad I did. This is simply amazing. M. C. Escher is the first thing that comes to mind when I see this piece. I love the way you explained the piece. Bravo!
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sakaaali Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am a big fan of Escher so who knows, he might have been an inspiration on a subconscious level :) I really like this combination of surrealism and symbolism so there will be more... someday :D 


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NirschlConboy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I'm sure some part of his art was. I feel as if we absorb bits and pieces of everything that happens, or is seen within our lives and infuse it into our art.
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sakaaali Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Definitely. I think we are just more aware of certain influences. It's a weird feeling when you look at a piece you finished maybe months ago and only then realize where some of the inspiration came from.. happens to me a lot :D
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leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it :)
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:iconleppakakaklifoth:
leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You`re welcome
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:iconljoni:
Ljoni Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome :iconwowplz:
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconrawrshi:
Rawrshi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
This is amazing! Wonderful job!
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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KingxXxNothing Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I think this is really beautiful, and the idea is pretty original ^^.
I really like the "light heated" way the theme has dealt with the subject of time, usually we would expect to see something grim when there's an hourglass in place. so I think the idea is really original.
the wood texture looks really realistic, a job well done on that, I was wondering if you would mind to share the way you work on it.
I have no criticism for it except that the hourglass perspective looks a little strange to me, though I haven't looked at an hourglass from that angle before, so I really can't judge.
overall, great work.
I wonder how much time you have spent on this though x)
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sakaaali Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
First of all, thank you very much for the in-depth comment :) For the wood texture I just looked at some furniture and might have even sketched a bit to get a feel for it. I try to take my textures seriously :D I agree that the perspective looks a bit odd. I don't have an hourglass to work with so I had to improvise. I even thought about crafting some sort of replica to test the perspective, but there was no time for that. I guess there's about 40 hours of work here, the paper had a texture I didn't like and covering it up took a lot of work.
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kumpan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interesting idea and realization....Love
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:iconsakaaali:
sakaaali Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Blyostochka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist
it's amazing *.*
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sakaaali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :) also, woo 100th comment :D
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Blyostochka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist
:D you're welcome :D
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:iconchazzier:
Chazzier Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Amazing work.
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sakaaali Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :)
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how open-ended this is. As you mentioned in the artists description, this could indeed address both an optimistic and pessimistic viewpoint. As such, it works very well as a "Rorschach" test of where the viewer lies on that scale.

I particularly enjoy the refined realism and lighting of the hourglass, in comparison with the boy and the sandcastle scene. Though the boy and the castle are also well defined in three dimensional rendering, they don't have the same level of high contrast realism that the specular highlights in the hourglass portray, which gives them a dream-like or metaphorical feel that is suited to the theme.

A very successful drawing :clap:
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sakaaali Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I really appreciate such well articulated feedback :)
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome; it was my pleasure! :D
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aprilmge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I LOVE This!
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