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I have been a fan of Samuel Silva since the first day I joined Deviant Art, before either of us had no more than 10 watchers.
I have been considering having Sam do a commission for me for some time. Especially after seeing works like these:
Baby Cradled in Dad's Hands - Bic Ballpoint Pen by VianaArtsChild Smiling - Bic Ballpoint Pen by VianaArtsTiger - Bic Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts
  I tried to convince my wife to have him do a drawing for us, but she thought I was crazy! She didn't understand why I just didn't draw one myself. I tried to explain to her I thought Sam would do a lot better than me, and besides, I didn't work in color. Then Sam drew "The Redhead Girl":
Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts
  My wife needed no further convincing after seeing this masterpiece. I ask Sam to do a commission for me the next day, and my wife was finally in agreement. So I sent him a picture of my boy and this is the result:
Pool Boy - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts
That's my boy!!, (and he is also my avatar)... cutest boy on Deviant!
And a link with me holding the finished drawing in my hands: sta.sh/01o7d1kwxnwc

  I have never been interested in doing anything in color, partially because I'm slightly colorblind, and I didn't feel the need to. After seeing this drawing in person, and holding it in my hands, has motivated me to give it a try. When Sam would say he lost 20 percent during scanning, my thoughts pfffft... sure Sam. But I guarantee, after seeing Sam's work in person, that 20 percent is an understatement! Trust me. This drawing is more colorful and vibrant than I could have ever imagined. Even standing 3 to 4 feet away it looks like a photo. I found the inspiration I needed to work in color. I can only pray to be half as good as Sam.
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Weissboard Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Stunning Ron!! I tend to be a gear-head in that I think too much that the quality and variety of art supplies matter. But he uses plain-old Bic pens from Staples Office Supply.

There is that old saying, "the magic is in the magician,not in the wand."
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ronmonroe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree 100 percent Gene. Some things you have to be born with.
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Weissboard Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
That's good attitude. You can appreciate someone else's talent and look to it for motivation, but just be yourself.
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so cool! I just love this piece too :D
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
That's so wonderful :dance:
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Vishw Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :clap:
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ronmonroe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And look... my other inspiration! you know, Vish, your Rubert Duval inspired my to try the art pen!
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Vishw Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe! You know, it feels kind of weird.. someone calling me an inspiration! ;) But it also makes me very happy! Thank you, Ron! :)
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VianaArts Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very kindly Ron.

You see? The really loose 20% quality during scanning :)
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ronmonroe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, Thank you Sam, and I'm sorry I ever doubted you! lol
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