From my TIP GUIDE: "A LOT of people ask me, HOW DO YOU COMPLETE SO MANY DRAWINGS? It's because I draw so small! Yes, size does matter in drawing! I read that if you make a drawing just 20% larger, will take up to 50% more time to draw. So a drawing that takes me 10 hours, would take me 15 hours if I only increased it by 20% in size! I spend at least 10 minutes JUST planning the perfect size of the drawing. First, I set my printer on draft setting, and I print 2 or 3 test prints of the reference photo, then I compare them to my past drawings, and based on that, I can pretty much tell how much time it's going to take me to draw!
This helps me to determine how long it will take, and how much detail I can fit into a certain space. I have personally found that the IDEAL size for ME is to keep the total face size between 5 to 6 INCHES from the hairline to the bottom of the chin. If itís TOO big, there are too many details to ignore, it will take forever to finish, and I also find that the larger size affects my wrist motion while blending. If it is too small, then obviously you cannot draw the details. However, there is a perfect size, at least in my mind, which is the perfect compromise of time vs. details allowed. For ME, it is about finding this balance, between the level of details and how long it takes me to complete, because I personally loose interest fast, and want to move on to a new subject. I have my total AVERAGE drawing time down to somewhere between 6 to 8 hours."
UN-enlarged view is about the size of the actual drawing
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
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
Hey everyone...I decided to create a blog on wordpress just for drawing tips, since Google docs keeps upgrading, which changes the whole appearance. You can find me at DrPencil.wordpress.com or click here [link]
This is a TIP GUIDE that I have been adding to since 2010 and is basically everything I think I have learned about drawing. It includes materials and tools I use, with illustrations. It is a Google Doc so it will change and grow over time, so be sure to bookmark the link [link]
(WIP UPDATED 1/5/11 NOT DONE YET and 8 total videos uploaded so far)
Be sure to check out or subscribe to my NEW YouTube channel (DrPencil777) [link] as I have already uploaded 8 tutorial videos on various aspects of drawing...
1) Workshop Tour and Self Intro (meet me) 2) Self Intro - take 2 (meet me) 3) Drawing "Hard Shadows" 4) Blending - Part 1 of 5 5) Blending - Part 2 of 5 6) Blending - Part 3 of 5
I plan to do SPECIFIC and concentrated tutorials, up to 15 minutes long each, on various subject's such as: 1) Blending and Rendering 2) Eyes 3) Lips 4) Noses 5) Teeth 6) Hair 7) Tools 8) Facial Hair 9) Wrinkles 10) Contrast, Light Source and Tonal Values... and what ever else I can think of, or I get suggestions for doing in order to help my pencil buddies out there!