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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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Given 2012-01-13
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 )
SketchyImages Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!!!!!
TReiss59 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
We have this number 262 of 500, of all our art it is the most commented on. I is located in our entry way, first thing you see entering our home. We love it. It was purchased many years ago.
GreenOrbs Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
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
yarrowroots Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really loved the idea of this drawing and had a go at it myself with my son instead. Have only started to draw so its nothing in comparison! Huge admirer, and just love your concepts. Only wish I was in the USA for a class! :)
KittyKana Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
that is amazing im speachless :Q
ButterflyFish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
:wave: Your artwork was featured in my journal: [link] :butterfly:
Th3EmOo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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Your beautiful artwork was featured in our Journal features :star:on this [link] :star:

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Greetings :)
snt91 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Creative! :D
alonsomm Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
fk awesome....
sergbel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome :)
PoledraBehemoth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow so cute! Love your concept here, very clever!
bibcon-byair Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
that is simply amazing!
1792 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply amazing.....
daharid Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work!! it looks great!
Shilajuly8 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Woah that is just.........woah
bloodyhat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
beautiful!very good work
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
This is so awesome! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
BigMasi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Great work! Awesome!
Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Escher lives!
MairaBlanco Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
wooooo (: very nice!
AliYaqooob Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your amazing work have been featured here [link] :aww:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really cool. Love the idea, love the drawing. A well deserved DD.
the-nika Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I like it!..
kurri123 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this picture has so much meaning. it's really amazing.
Of-Remembrance Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, makes me want to cry. This is excellent work and a great dedication to your little son.
isafloyd Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
very original and good work! :D
werekitty13 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. That is amazing. I love it.
MrEdison Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
This is so perfect!! I haven't seen anything this creative in a while... Thank you very much!
dodden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
This work is absolutely amazing as is the rest of the work in your portfolio. The work shading and the realism of the hand placing the puzzle piece is rather contemplative! Kudos!
Facetious-Glory Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Love the message behind this incredible drawing. I've still got a few pieces left of my own to piece together.
JRHARVEY Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is an awesome illustration, killer artwork.
SnapDragon4 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
My dad has this hanging up in our living room. I love it.
IceFireX Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Now this is beautiful, my daughter would look so cute in a drawing like this.
inkmlab Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
kitsunefox2001 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing :)
HonnuArt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
W-what? Oh my gosh! This is amazing! I'm blown away!
Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!!!! What a sweetie! The 3-D bit with his fingers and the puzzle peice... wow.
crazybean13 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
this is so cool!
ERbear26 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is so beautiful, it really speaks ya know
JessiJellibean Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All your pieces never cease to blow me away. Not only are they amazingly executed, but the idea behind them, the message and inspiration are also always incredible <3
MotherOfDefiance Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
i have seen something like this before. i do love this concept. always will. have been seriously considering doing on myself but i have no sn or daughter or children to inspire me thus
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