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Old school actor Paul Newman

SIZE: 5.5 x 6.75 inches
PAPER: Strathmore's Bristol Smooth 300 series
TIME: about 7 hours
PENCILS: Staedtler 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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***BOTH views are LARGER than the original drawing***

Any "Entourage" fans here? I recently got into the show, and have watched almost all 7 seasons in the last few weeks.

Previously was Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold)

I plan to draw all of the main characters soon. However, I start teaching a portrait drawing class at a local college tomorrow, so I will be drawing someone different next

SIZE: 6 x 6.54 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B & 2B
TIME: 10+ hours?
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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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I know...there are too many drawings of this guy, but I hadn't drawn him since January 2009, when I first started drawing, and I wanted to do a larger piece. This old one below only as a 3 inch face.

OLD DRAWING


The reference photo was actually lacking in some details, so I added some of my own. There was SO much BLACK in this, I basically just blacked out everything that WASN'T Jack :D:D

SIZE: 8.5 x 10.5 inches
TIME: about 12 hours?
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph F, HB, 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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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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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
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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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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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