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SIZE: 6-3/4 x 6-1/2 INCHES
TIME: about 7 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth

*Check out my Youtube Video Drawing Tutorials at [link]
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The ENLARGED VIEW is the EXACT SIZE of the ORIGINAL Drawing

I recently got into the HBO series "Entourage". My fav is Jeremy Piven as "Ari Gold". I loved the shadows and values in the photo!

I met Jeremy Piven's make-up artist on Twitter and she is getting him the image, and maybe the original. How cool is that?!? Imagine if he re-tweets my drawing to his 1.6+MILLION followers lol
:D:D

SIZE: 7 x 8.5 inches
TIME: 12 hours
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B

Reference Phot0 & WIPS
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***This view is about the same size as the drawing***

This is the drawing I did my tutorials on. If you haven't had a chance, check out the videos when you can at [link]

SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-1/2 INCHES
TIME: about 8 hours
PAPER: Bristol SMOOTH 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, kneaded eraser, sticky tack, Q-Tip, Make-up cotton pad, Color Shaper

Reference photo vs. Drawing
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NOTE: UN-enlarged view is actual size of drawing.

This is Jeremy Lister, singer-songwriter. He toured with our son in the "TEN OUT OF TENN" tour in December of 2009, and was most recently on NBC's hit TV show "SING OFF". He and his group, the "Street Corner Symphony" made it to 2nd place, and is about to start a tour with Ben Folds.

Here is a cool video of our boy Andrew Belle, playing in the back of the TOT tour bus, along with Jeremy Lister, Matthew Perryman Jones and Andy Davis
[link]

SIZE: 6.3 x 7.5 INCHES
TIME: about 8 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stump, color shaper, Q-tips and Tampons :D:D
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*** UN-enlarged view is Exact Size as actual drawing ***

Well...it's about time I did a self portrait huh? The photo was taken by my daughter Maggie, when she was shooting me for business cards. Between shots I just made a goofy face :D
It is the same kinda face I made when I was 2 years old, my parents entered me into the "Little Mr. Dallas" Baby contest. I took 2nd place lol. I should post that baby pic of me for grins? On a side note, the lighting in the reference photo makes my right (your left) eye look very dark, and slightly larger?

SIZE: 6x7 INCHES
TIME: about 5 or 6 hours?
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler H, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Q-tip, Tampon :lmao:

Going to take a break and hang with my mom and dad for the weekend. Gonna try to make the video where I answer questions for ya'll
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This 600 pixel wide view is about 1 inch taller and 1 inch wide than the drawing.

This is Tyrone Wells, singer-songwriter. My son Andrew Belle is on a 35 city tour with him now. We got to see 2 shows this weekend while they are coming through Chicago! He's an awesome artist!

Check him out at www.TyroneWells.com

The reference photo is from his most recent cd, and is blurred around the edges of his head, ears, etc. This is a technique I'm still teaching myself, so hopefully I pulled it off somewhat?

SIZE: 5 x 6 inches
TIME: About 7 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B,3B
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UN-enlarged view is slightly larger than the drawing :D:D

Dave Matthews of the "Dave Matthews Band"

SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 Inches
TIME: about 7 hours
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser

One thing you will notice is that there are no "highlight reflections" in his eyes. I noticed that too in the photo. Makes it look different.
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UN-enlarged view is about the size of the actual drawing :D:D

I've had the reference photo of this saved for over a year. I loved the highlights and the challenge with his hair and the "negative space" work required. I'm still too impatient to do it correctly, but this is the best I can do for now.

SIZE: 5-3/4 x 7-3/4 INCHES
TIME: about 8 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B
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(The drawing is smaller than the ENLARGED view but larger than the small view)

I think this is from the movie "THE ALAMO"? That's supposed to be dirt on his face, not shadows :D:D

I've been meaning to draw John Wayne for my father for a long time.

SIZE: 8 x 10 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth
PENCILS: Staedtler 2B, B, HB, F, H

REF photo and step work
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NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is the ACTUAL SIZE

I've been wanting to draw Vince for over a year, but never found a photo that made me say, wow! This was kind of a simple one for me, in that there is not a lot of details, so most of the time was spent drawing his eyes, and trying to match the tonal values, which I felt had a nice range.

It had some blurry areas, so the focal point is his eyes.

When I look for a reference photo, I look for the following:
1) High Resolution
2) Wide Range of Tonal Values
3) High Contrast
4) Expression
5) Subject
6) Level of Details
7) Degree of Difficulty

The original photo had a completely white background, so I thought there would be more contrast if I darkened it just above his shoulders? That way there was dark next to his white shirt, but I faded it as I went up, so that it left a nice contrast between his dark hair and a white background? I actually tested this background by drawing on the reference photo, which I always print on Matt Presentation paper, so it reacts well to graphite.

TIME: about 4 or 5 hours (half as much time as usual)
SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B

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