Breaking Bad fans know this is Aaron Paul, who recently won an Emmy Award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" for his role as “Jesse Pinkman” in AMC's hit show "Breaking Bad". I don't allow myself to obsess over any TV shows or celebrities, but Breaking Bad is my SOLE exception, ha! So you can imagine that we were thrilled to meet Aaron at Hard Rock Café in Chicago in 2010, while watching our son Andrew Belle perform. He is a super nice guy, and when you spend literally dozens of hours with a TV character, you feel as if you know them? A few days ago, I @ mentioned Aaron (@aaronpaul_8) on twitter and said that if he followed me on twitter, I would draw him a large double portrait of him and Bryan Cranston" and he agreed! (twitter.com/rickfortson) However, he would rather I create a different drawing that he would hang in his personal home
Last week, I finally mailed my original “Walter White” drawing to Vince Gilligan (show creator) who is having it framed and hung in the official Breaking Bad office! Last December, Vince Gilligan had somehow seen my drawings and had his assistant email me to get my home address, and then sent me some fan SWAG from the show, along with a hand written thank you note. Of course, I remain blown away that he did that!
SIZE: 8.25 x 6.75 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 Reference Photo: picasaweb.google.com/101099472… My past Breaking Bad drawings:
Synopsis: Breaking Bad is an American television drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.
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?
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
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
ENLARGED view is about the same size as the drawing
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! 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!
VIEW THE REFERENCE PHOTO AND A FEW STEP-SCANS HERE: [link]
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]
Finished this yesterday with a bit of a struggle. It was my first time using a charcoal pencil in larger area, and obviously I needed to sharpen my charcoal pencil several times. How on earth do people sharpen a charcoal pencil? I knew charcoal is quite fragile so I tried to sharpen it very gently... but it kept breaking!!! I was so close to throw a big tantrum Lol.