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Finally found a good photo of this guy and just had to draw it! :D:D

5.25 x 5.75 inches
Bristol smooth

The UN-ENLARGED view is larger than the drawing :D
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I am half way through teaching my third Portrait Drawing Class now, and since most of the students are women, I didn't think I could go wrong choosing Brad Pitt for us to draw :D:D

The enlarged view, is about 1 inch taller and wider than the actual drawing...
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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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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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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
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It's about time I did one of Bono? I was challenged by trying to get the glasses dark, yet still barely able to see his eyes. I know his nose looks disproportionate, but the photo looks off too? One of those cases where I should have drawn him a perfect nose? :D

6.5 x 5.7 INCHES
Bristol Smooth
About 6 hours?
H, B, 2B, 3B

The UN-ENLARGED view is the EXACT size of the drawing. See ENLARGED view for details
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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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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 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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The UN-enlarged view is actually larger than the drawing, like most of my drawings, ha!

FIRST...cool story about MJ! When my son was about 14, my parents sent him to a Michael Jordan Basketball camp at Elmhurst college, near us. Anyway, Michael ran the camp all week. I got to meet him many times, shake hands and even talk with him a minute! I hate to use this analogy, but it was like meeting God! Now this was back in 1998 and he was still playing with the Chicago Bulls. He is arguably the GREATEST BB player (maybe athlete?) to ever run the hardwood floors! Kobe who? If you ever witnessed this guy in action, you would swear it was supernatural! He has 6 (two - three-peat) championship rings! I was never a BB fan UNTIL the day MJ came out of retirement (the first time) and my son and I never missed a game, and saw them go on to win 3 more championships in a row.

This was kinda tough, because the darker the pencils used, the softer and waxier they are, and it doesn't blend that easy because they add more clay to the graphite.

I used B for most of the black background, followed by a layer of 2B & 3B. See the technique used in my TIP GUIDE here www.drpencil.wordpress.com

To view the REFERENCE photo, and step-by-step scans, go here [link]

SIZE: 5 x 5.75 INCHES
TIME: 7 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth
PENCILS: Staedtler B, 2B 3B

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