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Anton Antipov by GregStevens Anton Antipov by GregStevens
Portrait of fitness model Anton Antipov, drawn from a reference snapshot taken of him about 10 years ago.

I have discovered "workable" spray-on fixative, which has helped my charcoal work a lot! It's a spray that I can actually spray on while I'm still working on a part of the piece to "fix" it so that it doesn't smear, that I can then still continue to work over and draw on. It's AMAZING. (Thanks, mom!)

In my previous attempts with charcoal, I was very timid about shading. The problem was, if I used a blending stump or tissue to shade enough to get nice realistic gradients, I also would end up blurring ALL of the lines so that the picture would lose definition. I ended up with a lot of blurry messes... so to prevent that, I did a lot of "blocky" shadowing with no blending at all, or with blending that was so controlled it didn't look "right". In this case, I was able to do some crisp lines, and fix them, and then do blended areas, and fix those, and so on, back and forth.

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Black, gray, and white charcoal sticks on oversized (19" x 24") charcoal paper. Used tissues and q-tips for smudging and blending.

I did this piece in stages, helped by applying the workable spray fixative between each stage. First I did the outline in dark gray charcoal, and the deep shadows. Then I did the dark-gray shadows in the figure and the deep black background, using tissues and q-tips for blending. Then I added the white charcoal highlights (non-blended).
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dachsieboy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, Greg.  I quite like everything about this sketch.  The pose, the shading and the technique.  Very nice work.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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GreysonFurrington Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fitness model or complete asshole?
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What makes you say that, Greyson?
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GreysonFurrington Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way he treats people. If everyone suddenly stopped looking at him or paying him any attention and especially if his sponsors took back their money I suppose he could go back to being a bartender but then where's the glamor in that? Oh right, there is none. Sure, no one is infallible or above reproach. But if you're going to purposefully put yourself in front of the crowd you might show some dignity and humility and not berate and harass people who don't agree with your false statements. Fans don't want to listen to bodybuilders gripe and complain about how "fat" they are when in reality they're bloated from their "supplements" to give you the example.

Note: I did not interact with him but read all of this online. I've tried to talk to him but the only thing bigger than his biceps is his ego.
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SamGuentherArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your stuff is awesome! I think you could do a little darker shading in the area right under the arm and on the side of the chest. But awesome foreshortening!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the compliment!
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SamGuentherArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Anytime! I'd love to get together on here and talk about your drawings, I would love to learn from you
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Jaggerjackk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
what you are doing is just great!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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carol137 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job, and thanks for the information!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I love making discoveries that help improve my work. :)
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RainbowTart Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I think this is a vast improvement on your other pieces, the shading is softer - more accurate, and the pressure is less harsh , Keep it up !
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! As pretty much a beginning with charcoal, I'm amazed at how much having the right tools matters -- knowing when to use charcoal pencil versus compressed charcoal versus "willow" sticks and so on. All part of learning. :)
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GaspardART Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I badly speak English, and I am not familiar with traditional art, but I very much liked this drawing. Initially I was interested by Russian surname as I from Russia, but then was pleasant also drawing. :)
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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