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Drawing Forum and Art Community • View topic - Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished
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Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:49 am
by adrianwells
Hi Guys,

A couple of months ago I did a portrait of our Ex President and Global Icon Nelson Mandela. Well I sold that drawing after exhibiting it for about R7000 (about $900).
This was that drawing...

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Well I've now started another one due to the response of that first one. This one is a bit different in that I think he's a bit younger and the shading is going to be quite a bit darker. It's again on the same A2 sketch pad I used for the previous drawing which is Heavy Duty 200gsm paper.
Heres the start of it...quite a rough textured paper. Probably been 3 or 4 hours into it so far...

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Let me know what you think, and will update it asap.

Thanks
Adrian

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:25 am
by Xartist
A very promising start, i am looking forward to the process. :)

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:11 am
by adrianwells
Done a bit more...starting to look like Nelson Mandela now...

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Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:42 am
by Tanner05
Beautiful beginning, can't wait to see it finished.

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:07 am
by adrianwells
A bit more added...always enjoy doing ties and getting them to look realistic...

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Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:48 pm
by Xartist
Looks very good, especially the tie. :) How many hours are you working on it by now?

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:33 am
by stanya
Like the eyes,,looks very real,,nice work so far

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:56 pm
by adrianwells

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:57 pm
by adrianwells

Re: Another Nelson Mandela WIP

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:59 pm
by adrianwells
Did quite a bit this weekend...probly been about 30 hours so far...

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Re: Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:07 am
by adrianwells
Finally completed. It took approximately 35 hours.

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Re: Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:44 am
by pillharrier
Adrian

You have a beautiful style that shines through even if the reference lacks finite details. Both of these portraits are sublime.

I'm so impressed that you managed to sell the first for that price. Well done.

A few questions - Where did you source the reference photos? Are they just from the internet? Did you need to consider copyright? This is always at the back of my mind if I work from a photo I found on the net.

Did you ask for that price or did you invite offers??

How many hours would you typically do in any one session when working on a piece?

Thanks in advance,

Regards.
Mark

Re: Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:36 am
by Russ
Not sure the left-hand highlights work..too much contrast..just my opinion Adrian,nonetheless,a superb piece of Artwork =D>

Re: Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:02 am
by adrianwells

Re: Another Nelson Mandela Portrait Finished

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:20 pm
by pillharrier
Thanks for the answers Adrian. Interesting food for thought. I also typically do 1-2 hours per session, but a piece takes me 80hours or so.