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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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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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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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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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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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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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NOTE: the UN-ENLARGED view is the actual size of the drawing

Alfred Hitchcock was an English filmmaker and producer, mainly known for his horror classics. See the Wikipedia entry here: [link]

SIZE: 8 x 7.3 inches
TIME: 6 hours
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series by Strathmore\
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph. I used B for about 95% of this, with a little 2B

Here are the 6 reference photos I chose from. They were ALL inspiring?!? [link]
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Bradley Cooper from The Hangover, Wedding Crashers and The A Team.

My son has a friend who looks exactly like this guy!!

The UN-ENLARGED VIEW is the ACTUAL SIZE of the drawing

See the STEP SCANS HERE: [link]

For a SUPER CLOSE UP [link]

SIZE: 6x7 inches
TIME: about 8 hours?
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B, 3B
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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

www.twitter.com/rickfortson
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