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jazzman147

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Post Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:36 pm

WIP New portrait

Hi all

I started a new portrait a bit of a challenge this time, it's an older man with wrinkles and a white beard, lots of negative drawing there then!!

About 10 hours in so far and obviously a long way to go.

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C&C welcome!!

Cheers
Paul
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Post Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:57 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

Looking =D> already
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Post Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:14 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

His eyes are looking great, very realistic and livley!
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Post Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:47 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

Awesome!!! [-o<

One question:

Is there a person inside the eyes?
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Post Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

Thanks for the comments.
Johnathon - Yes I'm assuming it's the photographer, one eye is slightly lighter and allows more of the figure to be seen than the other.
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Post Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:46 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

Hi all
I haven't posted or drawn anything in quite a while, been mad busy with life and work. I spent another couple of hours on this piece this week, thought I'd update the post and hopefully get some helpful criticism and advice on drawing wrinkles, they just look too flat and linear.
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Cheers

Paul
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Post Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:46 am

Re: WIP New portrait

looking forward to see the result :-)
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Post Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:12 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

That's looking fantastic. The only criticism I can give is to work with your value. The way the light hits it and the subtle shades mean everything especially in eyes and wrinkles. There's a guy on YouTube that explains all this extremely well. Look up 5 pencil method. I guess what I'm trying to say is the gradation of it all however subtle has a huge impact. Search through my threads and you'll see the jack Nicholson joker I did. That's one example of what I mean. It took forever but if you keep building those layers it will come out I promise. Maybe you could post the reference photo and we could explain further.

Lazy link http://dueysdrawings.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=5963 I could have done so much more with the hair but that's my weak point. The left eye shows more of what I mean. It's all eraser and fine layers of graphite until I got it the way I wanted. I tried to stay away from bold lines to make it appear more natural.
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Post Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:18 pm

Re: WIP New portrait

Dreaddinit thanks for the reply, the joker pic is fantastic (I wish you'd left the colour out but that's just my taste :D ), I can see what you mean about the gradation of tone associated with the wrinkles, I think I might try to introduce more of a tonal gradation into each dark wrinkle and progressing to a lighter tone to indicate roundedness and volume.

Then the next hurdle is the white hair and beard, I think I might make him bald :D

Cheers

Paul
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Post Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:27 pm

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Thanks. I didn't put any color in it. What your seeing is bad lighting and a not so great camera haha. Im looking forward to seeing more of this. The eyes are cool to I didn't see that there was a person in them. Hope I helped. Mike.
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Post Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:37 pm

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Looking very good. You've captured his mood!
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