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NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is the exact size of the drawing

SIZE: 6 x 8 inches

PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series

PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B

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 12 hours

REFERENCE PHOTO: [link]

FAV song by Stevie: "I Just Called To Say I Love You" [link]

NOTE ABOUT THE DRAWING: As much as I enjoyed drawing all the details in his glasses, I hated drawing his hand. I HATE drawing hands! Also the ref photo was not high resolution (see link) and while I know teeth are NOT suppose to be pure white, the photo made them appear that way. Anyway, I have an 8 out of 10 on the satisfaction scale with this one. CLICK DOWNLOAD for a SUPER CLOSE UP VIEW? :D:D
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*** I just uploaded a HIGHER RESOLUTION scan so you can view details better *** The UN-enlarged view is the actual size of the drawing

I've been told SO many times that I should draw more women, so here's to you! :D:D

I'm not some huge Jessica Alba fan, but I ran across this photo of her while searching for someone else, and like I've said, it's the PHOTO that gets me excited to draw, not so much the person. When you find BOTH, it's pure heaven!

SIZE: 10 x 7.5 inches (larger than my normal drawing)
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B
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 12 hours
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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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Hey, CBS.com just used this drawing in their gallery for PERSON OF INTEREST 4-22-2013!!! :D Check it out here: [link]

PRINTS AVAILABLE HERE: [link]

NOTE: The UN-enlarged view is a little larger than the drawing.

This is Jim Caviezel. He played Jesus Christ in the movie "The Passion" and now he has a new show with Michael Emerson (Ben from LOST) called "Person of Interest". It's a GREAT show!!

SIZE: 6 x 7.5 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler 3B, 2B, B, F, H and blending stumps
TIME: about 10 hours

Progress Scans


View a HUGE close up for details [link]

How do I get dark areas so black? View my TIP GUIDE


Follow me on Twitter. I often post WIPs of new drawings and random TIPS I do not post on DA
[link]
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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark (Iron Man)

YOUTUBE Video of progress slides [link]

SIZE: 6.5 x 7.75 inches
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B
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 12 hours

My previous drawing from EXACTLY 2 years ago in August 2010
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Well, I FINALLY finished this! It wasn't because it was too difficult, but because I've had so much business in the past 6 weeks, and I've either been too busy, or too tired :D:D
Also, I recently got a new computer and decided to get Modern Warfare games, which I love. Another reason, is that I had finished this all the way to the hair and hand, the 2 things I enjoy drawing least. Anyway, it's TOO large for my scanner, so I had to use a digital camera. I will get a better show one day, and replace this, because it is not 100% in focus to see the details. This was the best shot out of about 50 so good enough :)

SIZE: 13 x 10.5 inches
PAPER: Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler 3B, 2B, B, HB, H
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NOTE: THIS IS NOT MY DRAWING. This is a drawing from the COVER of a new book from Platte Productions entitled "Amazing Pencil Portraits 3"

I am very honored that they asked me to contribute my drawing of Tyrone & Elina Wells


Description: "AMAZING PENCIL PORTRAITS 3
is a collection of the best portrait art from around the globe from the hand of 52 artists in 29 countries! 70 Pages, Publish Date: November 18, 2011"

PREVIEW THE ENTIRE BOOK HERE. MY DRAWING IS ON PAGES 56 & 57 [link]
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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...
:thumb185126036:
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 have it displayed in 700 pixels wide, which is about 1 inch WIDER than the actual drawing :D:D 2 years later (7/1/12) I see many areas I could improve on today ;)

* Strathmore Bristol Smooth
* 6 x 6-1/2 inches (15x17cm)
* Staedtler Pencils: H, HB, B, 2B, 3B
* Approx 9 hours

I've seen others draw this in the past, and I always knew I would one day. Well, I finally did it? I was most challenged by all the tiny buildings in the reflection of his glasses.
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This UN-ENLARGED view is the ACTUAL SIZE.

I think this is my 4th Johnny Depp in 2 years?

Put in 2 hours last night, and put in another 5 or 6 hours today.

SIZE: 6x5-1/4 inches
TIME: about 8 hours
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B, 3B

:D:D
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