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:
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":
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:
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.