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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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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 UN-ENLARGED view is the ACTUAL SIZE.

I think this is my 4th Johnny Depp in 2 years?

Put in 2 hours last night, and put in another 5 or 6 hours today.

SIZE: 6x5-1/4 inches
TIME: about 8 hours
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B, 3B

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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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BOTH VIEWS here are larger than actual drawing. For even more details, go to steps link below and/or click Download to view :D:D

Size: 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches
Time: about 9 hours
Paper: Bristol Smooth
Pencils: H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B
Blending stumps and rubber color shaper for blending

For Reference Photo and Step-by-Step Scans
Go here: [link]
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I was asked again by Rosebud Magazine in California to draw Jack Nicholson, because they are doing an interview with him, and he's on the cover. They said he will most likely view my art work!! :D:D

VIEW the FULL ARTICLE HERE: [link]

I've created a Google Doc with all the scans of the steps I took, so I don't have to SPAM everyone with all the WIP updates. The only problem is, you can't see the fine details very well, because they are pasted images, not attachments.
GO HERE: [link]

To see a HIGH RES SCAN so you can see the scratch marks and details - go here: [link]

SIZE: 7 x 8 INCHES
TIME: about 10-12 hours?
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B

PLEASE NOTE: The ENLARGED view is slightly larger than the actual drawing. See the high res scan link above for CLOSE UP details :D:D Speaking of which...the details in his eyes drove me nuts! I prolly spent over 4 hours total on the eyes!

PS - note I drew the entire head? I ALWAYS crop the scalp at least a little. It is so you get the most face in the space allowed. However, Rosebud Mag insisted that I drew the whole thing, and that they are also going to do some type of "watercolor effect" to the drawing? I will post that when I see it.
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VIEW is about the actual SIZE of drawing

Tony Stark - Iron Man - Robert Downey Jr.
SIZE: 6 x 7 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth
TIME: about 8 hours

This drawing is dedicated to my friend [link] for gifting me a Premium membership!! Thanks BROTHA!!! :D:D

My newest Tony Stark ~ August 2012
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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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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
:D:D
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Bristol smooth
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