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1. 10 Dec 2014 18:27


I was telling my students in sculpture today about how Rodin worked on his "Gates of Hell" continuously until his death. It was never quite what he wanted, but now that he's dead, we consider it finished. It was his favorite piece. But as a public, the one everyone always remembers of his is "The Thinker". In fact, that piece came from his "Gates of Hell". Whenever he asked people what they thought of his ongoing project, they would say something like, "Meh. It's okay I guess, but I love that guy above the door!" So Rodin decided to make that a separate piece.

Anyway, that got me thinking. What is your own pet drawing that you think is your very best work regardless of the ratings or comments of others? Is there one that is just your little baby? Maybe two or three?

For me, there are two that I've always been a touch partial to, but you might never guess.

The first is one of those for a few reasons. First, it is small and took tremendous care. It is mostly background. As small as it is, it says more than most of my drawings ever communicate. I also like that the rule of giving a figure room in front of them has been broken and also says something.

The second one is this one. Perhaps it is because it was one of the first ones I did that I felt like I had something to contribute. Maybe it's because of the slight subtlety of the bubbles in a crystal ball making the skull. At any rate, these were my two that I felt like were my "Gates of Hell".

What are yours? I'm curious to hear from all of you.

2. 10 Dec 2014 18:57


Here are Baldur's personal favourites:

he hate me

the running game


Oddly 2 deal with football. I need to be in a certain mood to spend hours and hours meticulously positioning tiny pieces to get each nuance correct. One reason these get my vote is because the pieces themselves did much of the work for me.
They came together fast with rather broad strokes.
'He Hate Me' was the first piece that Baldur was completely happy with.
I sat here at the computer staring at the image before daring to hit 'Submit'. I couldn't think of one more bit within my personal skillset that would improve upon the picture.

There were golden periods around each of these pictures where I thought I was working above par. Those are always short lived.

3. 11 Dec 2014 09:25


Thanks for sharing, Baldur!

I really love the one titled "Out". It is a powerful image. I think that the simplicity adds to its power too. The flower gods were smiling on you that day.

4. 11 Dec 2014 14:32


I feel my personal favorites are these two:

Neither of these made it to Top 5, although 3 other pictures I made in June did. I like the Sour Lemon face because I think it captures her face well, and I really like the eye in the second one.

5. 14 Dec 2014 07:28


Gnnarrll.. I just wrote - and then accidentally deleted - a full reply to this.. and now don't have time to retype

All the entries so far have been brilliant - and what a great topic this is - definitely one that everyone can enjoy replying to !

Here are three of mine, anyway - not necessarily faves, but too hard to explain - suffice it to say that each pic is a time&feeling&context / message !

.. this one was done early on New Year's Day, and meant to be what it says

.. this is definitely under the influence of Terry Pratchett

.. and this one was heart-felt.. so probably a bit maudlin

Waiting to see what everyone else selects from their personal galleries and thanks again, bugoy !

6. 14 Dec 2014 22:56


My favorites of mine ...

7. 15 Jan 2015 07:18


Love this topic, as sometimes I just whip something out and it zooms in rating, and then another that I put my whole being into just limps. So the three that have my soul that I was surprised limped:

8. 7 Feb 2015 15:54


Three of my own favourites, chosen because:
a. I didn't slave over them
b. because they came out of my head ... i.e., not copied
c. because I didn't want to take them back to correct the errors

9. 7 Feb 2015 15:59


Bluebell Wood

Winter in the lane

It's the sound of the men working on ...

Winter in the lane

10. 7 Feb 2015 16:00


Ooops ... sorry about the duplicate (bungling oaf).

11. 21 Jun 2015 15:24


Hi everyone! This is a great topic and I looking forward to see more answers.
My personal top is below (had a hard time deciding between the last 2 ones):

I feel this one reflects well the serene state one should have when looking back, a moment of contemplation:

This one is a bit more different, it's related to what one would call a 'boiling point', a bad call, result of anger and desperation:

As for the wings of fire...well, it hopefully speaks for itself

The last one is my omage to the sea which i adore ever since I was a kid:

12. 22 Jun 2015 06:05


Hard to decide but my favourite three -

This one literally started off as a doodle with nothing in mind when I started

This one was hours of work as I had to do it twice! Clicked on the wrong thing and lost the first one

This one because it was the first time I got the courage to try portraits on TD

13. 13 Apr 2018 17:37


the deer cat totem which i feel inside me -

14. 22 Apr 2019 03:32


A very hard task! I started with 15 pics, then 9 left, now have just 5 - I can't go less than these.
These are my pics that mostly I'm fond of.

this guy moved me while I was draing him:
A pic i feel really just as I wanted to be
A lot of work, but it worth
the last to, about my beloved sea