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
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?
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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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?
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...
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!