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Idris Elba - WIP

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simplymars9

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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:31 pm

Idris Elba - WIP

Hi everyone!

This is my first portrait, heck my first real serious attempt at drawing. Before this, the only exposure I had to art was a watercolor class I took in undergrad, and I did mainly landscapes and still life.

I'm a graduate student, so my budget is extremely tight. I'm doing this with a #2 mechanical pencil, q-tips and cotton balls and computer paper. Hopefully by the end of March I can purchase some real materials.

I didn't learn about gridding until finding this website two days ago, and by then I already started this, so the proportions are a bit off.

Well here it is (sorry if the pictures are a bit off, my scanner doesn't work, so I had to use a cell phone)

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Also I have a question about doing the hair and beard. He has afro textured hair and I was wondering if there's any special techniques to doing this?

Thanks, and criticism is greatly appreciated!
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:55 pm

Re: Idris Elba - WIP

Hello simplymars9,I would suggest the circulism method for his hair (although i found it very difficult to master the one time i tried it :( )
You'll find a tutorial on this method in the Dueys Tutorials (homepage).
I'm a bit concerned with the dimensions,try and plot your major markers and use a ruler for latitude and longitude.
Eyes,nostrils,lips and ears = major markers.
Also us a sharp v shaped eraser for the beard and hair highlights,use a sharp knife to shape it.
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:37 pm

Re: Idris Elba - WIP

Thanks for the tips! Now that I look at it again, the dimensions are more off than I thought.
I'm not sure what you mean by plotting the major markers? I understand that you mean eyes, nose, and whatnot, but how would I plot them? Sorry, this is really new to me so technical terms and concepts are foreign to me.
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Post Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:53 am

Re: Idris Elba - WIP

Measure the reference photos eye, this will be your reference measurement. Now, measure the distance between the eyes. Now, see how many eyes it is to the bottom of the nose.....example 1.5 eyes to the bottom of the nose. The width is one eye wide. The distance between the eyes is one eye. See where I'm going with this? :D
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Post Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:50 pm

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