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Paul Gray of Slipknot by Irratium Paul Gray of Slipknot by Irratium
My tribute to the awesome bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot who passed away 2010. I really liked the photo this is based on, Paul seems almost shy with his pose :)

Slipknot has always been one of my absolute favourite bands, and is in fact the band that got me to listening metal music in general. I really hope I can still some day see the guys performing live, I never have... I might be doing similar pieces of the whole band eventually.

Done on a page of my sketchbook (A5 paper, HB, 2B and 4B pencils used). I really should get some better paper for the pieces I spend more time with, you can really see the grainy texture the rough sketch paper has. Tweaked ever so slightly in PS to get the contrast right. Photo reference used from a picture I found online.
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Rip Paul Gray...

Very good tribute on him, I feel bad for him passing away... :(

rainbowrupee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is really sweet! I hope you don't mind, but I used this as practice for digital coloring in Photoshop yesterday. I credited you and only put it up on tumblr, if you want I can take it down. Just wanted to let you know ^_^…
Irratium Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Hi, glad you liked the drawing! And you have no need to take your work down, I have absolutely no problem with this (nice looking coloring by the way). I actually tried to look for the original photo which I used as reference, as it was a colored photo - you might have found it useful as a color reference -  but for some reason I just couldn't find it anywhere again. Anyway, it's from the "Voliminal photoshoot" set, so you might find it by googling around.
Zimzgirl13 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May your soul rest in peace, Paul. You will be sorely missed.
luchoryuk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
good work
Irratium Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
TV-OMEGA Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love your slipknot-drawings, this is my favourite. :)
Irratium Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thanks a lot! :)
MagicalGreenPen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this work and agree with what you said about the 'shy' pose. :) A fitting tribute to Paul.
I feel the pain of your paper dilemma, it seriously took me a long time to get paper that I liked to draw on that also scanned well. Surprisingly, I've found that a relatively good paper at a relatively low cost is from my A3 WHSmith's sketchbook. Some parts still look a little grainy but it's mostly fine. Although that's probably unhelpful if you're not from the UK, I don't think WHSmith's exists anywhere else...
Irratium Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Thanks for your comment. Although the paper is far from optimal, I thought of doing all the nine members on same material to get similar results on all the pieces. The drawings look a lot different in real life, much smoother and better looking in my opinion, but ain't that always the case with scanned drawings, eh? I haven't really been looking around for some better paper yet (I got some cheapo A4 sketch paper which is a bit better than this) but I'll keep an eye for WHSmith and give it a try if possible, thanks for the recommendation :)

I think I should re-scan this, though, as fiddling with the scan settings has given me much better results than this, this is way too bright actually.
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