Firstofall: many thanks for comparing me to my absolute myth...I could not ask for more!
Secondof all ...
Well,the orange thing.
It is a kind of energetic nucleus, not actually flesh, but more something like the underlying energy of the living stone which liquifies and turns around the centre of this picture.In fact, you may see it's like it was illuminated from inside (can u?).
Pimple?!? er... damn google translator... what is a pimple?
The grainy look was not intentional, it comes from using soft pastels (pencils,dunno the exact term in english, wood sticks with an inner stick of color) on paper: the grain is given by the softness of the pastel, the grain of paper - this was very smooth though-, and the speed at which you trace lines on it.
I think nobody is born with the ability of doing things, there are just people that discover a kind of natural ease in doing some things. As u said, I taught myself by tring, rubbing, redrawing one million times, until I was (almost) satisfied. It was very frustrating, but worth all the effort.
The fact you can shade realistically should make you happy! DO IT! Speed will come after trying many times!
Lolz google bad for translation! pimples (aka zits) are those things that teenagers get on their faces when they go through puberty and you squish them and white puss comes out
I use a free English - English dictionary called WordWeb - it says "A small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne"
Me born in Romania but me live in New Zealand!
And i thought this whole piece was done with a brush and paint . . . I've had the chance to use pastels in art class but i'm one of those people who don't like to get their hands dirty I never liked smudging with the finger, dunno why.
The truth is, i find pencil shading way easier than using a paintbrush.
Thanks for the motivation - that is one thing that i rarely have