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Sully Erna

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Pencil on paper

approximately 10 hours

reference photo by Clay Patrick McBride

Sully Erna is the founder and lead singer of Godsmack, one of my favourite bands. The photo I used for reference is on the cover of his book "The Paths We Choose" ***PLUG WARNING*** which is a terrific read even if you're not a fan of the band and has enriched me spiritually in many ways.

Ok, to be honest with you... I'm quite proud of this one. I think this might be my best pencil drawing so far, and it taught me a good lesson. About half way through I noticed something weird about the glasses. It became clear that i messed them up in the early stages and didn't realize until I had already detailed them. I thought that the drawing was screwed. The lesson I learned is: always pay attention to the proportions and never neglect any mistakes if you notice them. Instead, get at them mercilessly and you might be able to save the drawing. I just hope I will remember it.

I used a blending stump this time, and it was a pleasant surprise to see what it can do.
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Love the different textures on this, especially his facial hair. The reflection in the glasses is a nice touch, and it's Sully, so you can't go wrong there. :P

I agree with you that his memoir is very good. I tried reading Anthony Kiedis' memoir (he's the singer from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who I don't listen to), but Sully's memoir was MUCH more readable to me. In fact, I couldn't even get through Kiedis' book. I felt as though Sully's had a better message, although I might be a bit biased.

What are your favorite songs from Godsmack?