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Not a Rambo freak or anything like that, ha! I just ran across this a while back, and saved it b/c I liked the range of contrast. It's pretty small, about 4.5x5 inches (11x13cm)

I couldn't really tell what was going on in the photo in his hand area? So I did the best I could.

I've been drawing on Strathmore Bristol Smooth, but their 400 series vs the 300 series, which is thicker. I think the 400 thinner paper is a little harder to get perfectly black areas? Maybe b/c it's thinner and the tooth is harder to crush? Or maybe it crushes too much? Who knows, just a thought...:D
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Done on Bristol smooth
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My fav Kevin Spacey movie is probably "Pay it Forward".

Yeah I know, the shirt sucks. It was out of focus in the photo and I did not feel like spending any more time on this one. The day I can give 100% all the way through a drawing is the day I will produce my best work :D:D

This 400 pixel wide view (enlarged) is the EXACT size of the original drawing.
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1st day on this site. Trying to figure this out?!? Hope my avatar doesn't load again with this ha! I will be adding about 75 others soon...
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Done on Strathmore Bristol smooth 300 series with Staedtler Pencils H, F, HB, B, 2B, 4B
Size = 5-1/2 x 6-1/4 inches
Time = approx 6 hours
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This style was a little different for me? It felt like more of a sketch, due to the out of focus, and old looking reference photo. I couldn't make out 100% what was going on in the hair area, but reproduced it the best I could
:D:D
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I was first attracted to drawing this because of it's intense light sources, as well as being an exercise in patience for drawing all the highlighted hair :D

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover made a great pair, and were of course was very popular in their Lethal Weapon movie and it's sequels.

I used Bristol VELLUM this time, because I find that Vellum responds very well to scratching. I took a nail and a needle, and FIRST scratched out the highlights in the hair area, then drew around them. It was a lot of "negative space" drawing, which I never seem to have the patience for doing?

Paper: Bristol Vellum
Pencils: Staedtler B, 2B, 3B
Size: 6-1/2 inches tall (16cm) x 8-3/4 inches (22cm) wide
Time: Approximately 7 hours

It did not require much blending at all. The zoom view is actually larger than the drawing, but 600 pixels is too small. I wonder why they don't give us an option at 700 pixels wide???

Hope you like it?
:D:D:D
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Kinda of a quick one for me. I had trouble with the eyes. They seemed too small and the quality of the photo was not good, so I had to make up details. I made his beard a little thicker than it was.
:D:D

Only 4.5 x 6 inches
About 4 hours?
Bristol Smooth

Enlarged view at 600 pixels wide to show details, but is larger than actual drawing
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This was one of those "center focused" photos. There were not a lot of good photos of Tobey, so I chose this close up, because it was high-res.

Size: approx 14x17 cm (5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches)
Time: about 6 hours
Strathmore Bristol smooth 300 series paper
Staedtler Pencils H,F,HB,B,2B,4B
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After 5 years, I finally started watching The Office, and now I am hooked! I truly LOVE Steve Carell :D

I really had a hard time trying to get the subtlety of his mischievous smile. "That's what she said" lol
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