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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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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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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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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 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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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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This photo of Cage was already cropped in half, like I drew it. I figured it was 1/2 the work, HA!
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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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