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Master Obi-Wan Kenobi

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By Jon-Snow   |   
© 2011 - 2020 Jon-Snow
"Chancellor Palpatine, Sith Lords are our speciality." - Obi-Wan Kenobi


EDIT: March 3rd, caved in to popular demand and reworked the background to make it smoother. The silver part is 6B black, but I lighted it for the photo to make it shine.


Phew, this was a big project! It took over two weeks to complete, and a few of those days were pretty long, but it was (mostly) a fun drawing! I watched Episodes III-VI and listened to John Williams' soundtrack several times while working. I even read the Episode II novel to get in the mood.

Obi-Wan is my favourite character from the series; I love Ewan McGregor's portrayal of the Jedi Knight in the prequels, so when I decided to do some Star Wars art, Kenobi was an easy choice, and I found a good reference pic online.


Medium + Tools:

Strathmore Bristol Smooth 400 series, 14 x 17".

Staedtler Mars graphite pencils, primarily H, 2B and 8B. General's hard-ex.soft Charcoal and Carbon Sketch pencils. Fabel-Castell and Laurentian colored pencils (only two colors used).

Blending stumps, kleenex, kneaded and stick erasers. I like the Tombow Mono eraser. which is like the Tuff Stuff, but has a smaller diameter cartridge, so it can do some pretty fine work.

Notes about the drawing:

I discovered charcoal halfway through. What a magnificent substance: so dark, without glare, and easily blended! A mess to work with, but I think charcoal will prove indespensible in future drawings, because I love the contrast I can achieve with it, and I hate glare. The Staedtler 8B was also extremely useful and doesn't glare.

The black pattern in the background has a metallic shine from a purposely thickly layered 4B that looks cool in person but is tricky to photograph.

Another new technique I tried was circulism, a shading method that I used almost exclusively for the skin. It's the drawing of tiny interlacing circles to produce a realistic, bumpy, irregularly pitted surface. It's time consuming but gives an excellent texture.

Two things I found extremely difficult: the light surrounding the lightsaber blade ( where the color had to mix with graphite...I had no idea how to do it, so I just did it, but it didn't go well), and his mouth, which never truly looked like Ewan's. I considered wrapping a scarf around his face.


I appreciate all comments, critiques, and suggestions (for future art). I'm curious what others think of the one color/B@W combination.

Thanks for looking. :)
Image size
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Shutter Speed
1/3 second
Focal Length
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Date Taken
Feb 25, 2011, 6:46:39 PM
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PharmArtistHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow wow wow
An artist never finishes their work but simoly abandons it. I wonder how hard it was for you to stop and think it's finished. Because the level of details is insane. On bigger spaces you can add more detal but this is just awesome, Obi Wan is my fave too!
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scheemyStudent Digital Artist
oh god
its so realistic 
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ArtistEamaneHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really awesome, it looks just like a B&W photo! :O Nice work!
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Wow, this is wonderful
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Paul-ShanghaiProfessional Traditional Artist
This is incredible - fantastic portrait (you have made me want to draw Obi-Wan now :))
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mattheath76Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic drawing and great notes. I always find the process (including my own) fascinating!
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blanket86Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great drawing! :-)
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MariCollHobbyist Digital Artist
Incredibly great!!! :clap: Love it. Added to my favorites.
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the most identifiable character
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Sketchy-on-DetailsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful. I'm hardly good enough for a critique so if it suffices I'd just like to compliment. I enjoy traditional art the most, with of course photo realism being the pinnacle of the craft. With that said I really enjoy being able to see the line development in a drawing( in other words being able to tell its a drawing). Not having the reference photo I can't speak to the preciseness of Ewan's lips, regardless the work on his eyes is superb. They draw me back as I look around the picture and convey both the kindness and strength of the Master Jedi. One can practically feel the texture of the fabric on the hood of his robe. Keeping it to B&W w/minimal color works splendidly ( imaging another b@w with red being the color used would make a splendid Darth Maul piece). Thank You for your progress description. Reading about the implementation of circular shading really makes sense. Will keep stroke patterns in mind when I doodle from now on. Love :devart: (having access to super talents and their works is inspiring). Glad to:+fav: your work. Thank You for sharing!! :wormnomnom:
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Thank you so much, those are lovely comments and I appreciate you taking the time to write them! Good luck on all of your future doodles! :thanks:
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Sketchy-on-DetailsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome. Appreciate the positive vibe. Thank you! :thanks:
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Fantastic!! You did an awesome job!!!
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Hi. I have featured your drawing here >> [link]
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skellyskooHobbyist Digital Artist
Dude! That is so good! at first i thought it was a photo. ...HES SEXY :D
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i like Obi Wan hes cool i like the star wars movies ive seen them all
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SvalaWHobbyist General Artist
I really like that idea that you combined color with black'n'white. Looks fantastic! Really outstanding artwork!
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parag457Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome art work:)
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Thank you! :D
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