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Putting it Together by JD-Hillberry Putting it Together by JD-Hillberry
My two-year old son was the inspiration and model for this drawing. At this age, he was just beginning to learn about himself and what the world has to offer. I believe that this self-exploration and development continues throughout our lives in our quest to make ourselves whole. When we keep our minds open to new experiences, we are continually "putting it together".

This drawing has been one of the most popular drawings I have ever done and has been copied many times here at Deviant art. If you do this, please give credit and do not offer prints for sale. You would be violating my copyright which I defend vigorously.

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Putting it Together traditional drawing by ~JD-Hillberry This is an incredible piece. The puzzle is divided up evenly and it is amazing to see the drawing of the little one putting the puzzle piece in that matches the rest of the drawing beautifully. ( Suggested by pbird12 and Featured by WDWParksGal )
GreenOrbs Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  New member
I used to teach psychology classes and tried to show how amazing is the fact that, in his cognitive development, a child builds a representation of the whole world, including himself. This is the best illustration for it -- and a superb rendering. Thanks!
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first thought: They say 50% of our intelligence is gained by age 4.  This little guy is certainly above average in intelligence:)
azhogisheck Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am humbled to be writing you this comment. I am one of the copiers of your art concept. I was a lot younger when I drew my rendering of yours. I saw the reference in an art book I bought to learn on my own. I am sorry if I violated you in anyway. I do want to tell you that you are one of my greatest teachers in my quest to master my pencil. I am Honored and Humbled.
JD-Hillberry Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
The art book you probably saw this in was my technique book "Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil". Many people copy my work and as long as their copy is not for sale, they reference me and do not take credit for the concepts I usually don't mind. I consider it advertising. However, when someone copies my work, and presents it as their own or is selling it, they can get in some pretty serious trouble. I'm glad I've inspired you though.
Keep Drawing!
JD Hillberry
AmandaCCardoso Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :clap:
myway8D Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This must have took a long time or you're way too amazing to be a normal human that's genius
firefly6661 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Photographer
Am i the only one to think that this technique is insane? ^^
You've got all my respect sir!
You're an excellent artist, i hope you can live from it <3!
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
MaddyMonstahh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are an inspiration :heart:
alexvan64 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
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