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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:17 pm

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I studied the picture I wanted to do for about 15 minutes before I started drawing. Just looked at it and saw the shadows and stuff but I just can't get the detail in and I also can't get the dark tones that everyone else can seem to achieve. My drawings just don't come out that dark and I feel like that is something that helps.[/quote]

Great Picture OP.

The easiest thing to do is what was stated before regarding drawing what you see and not what you think you should be drawing. Especially in grid situations you can break a confusing area down into shapes and value. You dont have to tune out the overall picture but try to analyze the surrounding area for tone and countour to keep things consistent.
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Post Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:11 pm

Re: Mandela Portrait - WIP

An Update Guys...

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Astro...you seem amazed at the texture of the skin on this, so let me be honest....it's really just normal shading, the catch is the texture of the paper that I'm drawing on. I couldn't get a really smooth shading even if I wanted to :wink:

Now for the difficuly part...the hair!!!
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Post Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:07 am

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Simply Awesome!!!!
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Post Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:32 pm

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Oh wow. That's looking very nice.

Good job!
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Post Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:15 am

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Really struggling with the hair!!
I know once i've covered the full head of hair I can get an overall view of it and be able to fix and blend it...

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Post Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:51 pm

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great shadework and contrast.
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Post Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:27 am

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A bit more hair done...is it looking more believable? :?

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Post Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:15 pm

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It looks very good Adrian. Would you mind posting the reference picture you are using? I feel that the face needs more values. Are these scans or pictures? because scanners sometime change the values of the drawing completely.
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Post Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:52 am

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It's looking beautiful. Good job.
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Post Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:44 am

Re: Mandela Portrait Finished

Finally finished...all in all it probably took me about 30 hours (but thats just a guess).
Here's the reference as well as the finished drawing...(not the best lighting but you get the picture :wink: )
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Post Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:33 am

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I think your drawing looks better than the original photo! A great portrait, very well done.
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Post Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:44 am

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Adrian,what can we say?
That is one picture not many would have attempted,fantastic staying power and Artwork mate!!! =D>
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Post Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:28 pm

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Far more detail on the drawing that on the photo itself! Truly amazing...congrats!
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