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a little different look for him??? :D:D:D
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I have it displayed in 700 pixels wide, which is about 1 inch WIDER than the actual drawing :D:D 2 years later (7/1/12) I see many areas I could improve on today ;)

* Strathmore Bristol Smooth
* 6 x 6-1/2 inches (15x17cm)
* Staedtler Pencils: H, HB, B, 2B, 3B
* Approx 9 hours

I've seen others draw this in the past, and I always knew I would one day. Well, I finally did it? I was most challenged by all the tiny buildings in the reflection of his glasses.
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I did Sir Anthony Hopkins over a year ago on 1/28/10
View my old drawing HERE [link]

Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Size: 5-3/4 x 7 inches
Pencils: Staedtler Mars Lumograph - B, 2B, 3B, 5B, F, HB, H
Time: Approximately 8 hours?

The enlarged view of 600 pixels above is larger than the actual drawing :D:D
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I liked the contrast in this photo :D In the photo, his ear was out of focus. I tried to duplicate that effect, but I need more practice at that technique.
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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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* Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper
* Approx 8 hours
* Approx 5x6 inches (13x15cm)
* Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencils (both Wood & Clutch)
H, F, HB, B, 2B, 3B
* Loew Cornell Blending Stumps
* Kneaded Rubber Eraser
* Magnifying Glass

NOTE: I also used a large sewing needle mounted in a Clutch lead holder to scratch out the lines in his hair and small whiskers. Then when you go over it with a pencil, the lines magically appears (warning: practice first before you ruin your drawing)
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I watched the first half of Season 1 of Dexter about 3 years ago. I recently joined Netflix.com and started watching Season 2. In the past 10 days, I watched Seasons 2, 3 & 4!!! When I get into a show, I really get into it! This is the reason it's been 2 weeks since my last drawing, ha! I'm the same way with LOST, 24 and most recently Breaking Bad. (Yes, Bryan Cranson is probably my next drawing). Season 5 of Dexter starts this fall, so I will probably have to order the Showtime channel so I can watch it?

For those who don't know the show, he is a Forensics Detective for the Miami Metro Police by day, and a vigilante serial killer by night. However, he only kills murderers.

This photo is from the Season 4 DVD cover. He has his new son Harrison on his shoulders, who dripped what appears to be blood on his face, but it's really juice. I had a little trouble with his mouth, because it's unusual? The photo also has a LOT of different light effects which made for more trouble. I also kinda rushed his shirt at the end, which I normally do. I don't like drawing clothes, as I'm sure you noticed? ;)

I hope you Dexter fans like it?!? :D:D

PHOTO REFERENCE HERE
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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?
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I drew JD back on 8-11-09 but I found a really good photo of him with lots of contrast. My wife is starting to think I have a thing for him lol :wow: I will post them side-by-side soon for comparison
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I first drew this with a white background, like the original photo. I thought it needed something else, as his features were too bland, so I next did a gradual shade from the lower left corner toward his face, getting lighter toward his face. I felt that still didn't look right, SO I darkened the whole background black. However, that made the hair shorter. I'm not 100% happy with his mouth. It looked a bit un-natural in the photo, and of course here? His lower lip looks to thin? Oh well...on the to the NEXT one! :D:D:D
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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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