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Scott Vetere by GregStevens Scott Vetere by GregStevens
This is part of a new series that I've decided to challenge myself with: quick pencil sketches of gymnasts in different gymnastics events. More to come soon.

I know there is something wrong with the extreme foreshortening on his right leg and foot. That part was extremely difficult for me, because it's coming right at me, and he is moving so fast in this move that the reference photo that I was using had it blurry. I did my best.

Technical Details:

H2, B2, B6 and H graphite pencils on A4 sketchpad paper, using tissue and cloth for smudging and shading.

After scanning, I did do some "clean-up" (using Corel PhotoImpact). Specifically, I adjusted the contrast up to make the image stand out more, and used "photo dodge" and eraser to even out the white background.

However, I resisted the temptation to do too much "clean up", either with my pencil and eraser on the paper, OR afterward digitally. I like being able to see the lines in pencil sketches... I'm really not a fan of complete "photorealism". So, in case you are curious, the "rough" feel to this is quite deliberate. I know it's not everbody's cup of tea, but I like the feel of it. To me, it's a way I can make the image into my own expression of it... rather than just trying to "re-create a photo using graphite."

Others in this series:

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systemcat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like it :). It looks like it should be a photo converted by some auto filter to looking like it had been draw :clap:.
systemcat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
oops *drawn*
Radiance-Eternal Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet work! What a cool pose. ^_^
The angle of the foot is a remarkably tricky one. Might I recommend making more distinction between the foot and the leg, if you ever do one like this again? (via shading, etc) I've come to recognize that sometimes it serves the picture better if artists take a little artistic liberty with a piece to make something more clear, because in a graphite drawing we don't have the benefit of color to show variance.
GregStevens Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the compliment! AND thanks very much for the suggestion... I think what you say makes a lot of sense, and I'll be sure to give it a try. I agree that it should be a way to give more distinction to that area so it's easier to make sense of what's "going on" in that part of the picture.
25Nanao16 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
whats wrong with his left..leg?
GregStevens Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The perspective is very difficult, and I had a hard time capturing it correctly.

The problem is that in this position / pose, the leg is pointing almost directly at you (the viewer), which causes extreme foreshortening. His foot is angled down and out, pointing in roughly the same direction as his hand, but with the bottom of his foot facing you.

So that's what I was trying to capture: and like said in the description, I'm not totally happy with how well I pulled it off. It's a very difficult angle to draw.
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July 25, 2011
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