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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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*** 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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ENLARGED FOR DETAIL

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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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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ENLARGED view is about the same size as the drawing

WIPs

Reference Photo Credit goes to:
Danny Vasquez
[link]

I FINALLY finished my commissioned drawing for Tyrone Wells and his wife Elina.

First about the drawing...
SIZE: 13 x15 inches (edge to edge) depending on how they mat the borders? I left the top end open and adjustable for matting and framing, not knowing what they'd like best, or what may fit a certain frame size.
TIME: close to 20 hours! (Longest EVER spent on a single work!)
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol SMOOTH 300 series drawing stock
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B, 4B and my new favorite toy, a Pentel 0.5 mm mechanical pencil using B & 2B for the "stray hairs" and for redefining tight spots and final adjustments to imperfections.

I had to photograph this drawing, because it is too large to fit in my scanner, so it lacks some details as a result. As we all know, originals are better than photos or scans?

Photo vs Drawing


About them: I met Tyrone and his wife, Elina at 2 concerts (October 22 & 24th 2010) because my son (Andrew Belle) was touring with him. They are both singer-songwriters, who recently got married. I started to draw his photo from his cd cover on the 22nd. See that drawing here

When we saw him again 2 days later, he liked my work, and asked if I would be interested in drawing him and his wife, and he held up his laptop with the photo, which struck me right away as inspirational. Both for it's contrast, design, facial expressions and because I really like them! (Google Tyrone Wells and/or check out his music on iTunes and Youtube)

Check out his myspace here: [link] and give Sea Breeze a listen?

I'm also posting separate cropped sections of each of them alone, as well as that cool microphone! View them here...
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On a personal note: I put 100% effort into this one! I held NOTHING back, and even when I "thought" it was finished, I spent a few more hours with a magnifying glass and my mechanical pencil sharpening, and redefining the dark areas. As a result, I consider it to be my BEST work to date?

I get asked all the time, "how did u get the dark areas so black?" Long story I explain in great detail in my TIP GUIDE: [link]

CHALLENGES:
1) I have never done a complete side-view profile, and was worried about the ability to "capture" someones eye from the side. Think about your eyes being different from the other 6.5 BILLION on this earth?!?
2) Going so large. I have spent 2 years and 150 portraits to discover the perfect balance between size and time required (6" faces). This is my largest drawing to date. I had to tape sections of paper over the areas I had not yet drawn on, to protect them from getting touched. And then when I was almost done with him, I taped him up to protect that area while I drew her, and then covered both while I drew the microphone & background.
3) Ears: I always seem to mess up the ears, but was happy with this one?
4) High Res: Of course we look for the highest resolution photos as a reference, but the one he gave me was SO high res, I felt I had to draw the pores on his head!? I did draw a few hairs I saw in his ear (click DOWNLOAD to see)
5) Hair: As you know, I don't like drawing hair. It takes too much time. I killed at least 1 full 2B on hers, but made up for it with his! :D:D
6) His shirt: My portraits concentrate on faces only, so therefore I don't have practice with clothes. To make this worse, he had a ti-died shirt on, which would require a lot of details (2 hours alone?) I got his permission to change his shirt color. At first I thought I'd just go with black, but then started pulling out some graphite with my kneaded eraser and I like the texture look, so I just worked on it more?
7) Blending such a large background
8) I thought, "oh, it's two profiles, that's kinda like ONE whole face?" WRONG! :D:D

VIEW THE REFERENCE PHOTO AND A FEW STEP-SCANS HERE: [link]
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I drew this for a friend I've never met on Twitter, for his daughter's birthday, in exchange for a pumpkin carve. I know what you are thinking, but this guy is crazy talented. He does what we do on styrofoam pumpkins!

Definitely check out his site www.ThePumpkinGeek.com

SIZE: 7.25 x 6.75 inches
TIME: 9 hours?
PAPER: Bristol Smooth
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B & 2B
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(BOTH VIEWS are LARGER than the original drawing). For larger view of details, click Download?

This is Ben Folds, singer-songwriter. My son "Andrew Belle" opened for him in Seattle WA in September 2009, and his is currently on tour with the last guy I drew (Jeremy Lister) and his a Capella group, "Street Corner Symphony".

SIZE: 6 x 7 Inches
TIME: about 10 hours (2 more than most)
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, B, 2B
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NOTE: UN-enlarged view is about 1 inch wider and taller than Drawing

This looked a lot easier than it was. I thought all I had to do was make black everything that was NOT Arnold, but there were many challenges to this one!

SIZE: 6 x 7.5 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H,B,2B,3B
TOOLS: Blending stumps, Kneaded eraser, TUFF-STUFF stick eraser, Chisel edged color shaper, Magnifying glass, Makeup brush, Mechanical Pencil .05mm 2B, Staedtler "clutch pencils", Swing-Arm lamp for Direct and Indirect drawing light.
TIME: about 10 hours
REFERENCE PHOTO: [link]
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FYI...both views are larger than the drawing, and that WHITE spot where HER left eye should be in the dark I thought was cool on the reference photo HERE [link]
I first converted it to B&W then cropped it down to a head shot :D:D

SIZE: 7 x 6-3/4 Inches
TIME: 7 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, F, B, 2B
TOOLS: Color shaper, Blending Stumps, Kneaded eraser, Blu-Tac, Q-tip, Tissue, Make-up sponges

For a ZOOM VIEW go here: [link]
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NOTE: the UN-enlarged view is the ACTUAL SIZE of the original drawing :D:D

This is the FINAL. I've had a lot of people ask me to do some step scans for Blonde hair, and thought this would be a good one.

Katie Herzig is a Singer-Songwriter from Nashville, and is amazingly talented! She is also part of the highly acclaimed group of Singer-Songwriters known as the "Ten out of Tenn" (Tennessee), along with my son, Andrew Belle. Katie is the one who sang on his song "Static Waves"

See that Music Video HERE: [link]

SIZE: 6.5 x 8 inches
TIME: about 10-12 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler H, HB, F, B, 2B

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