Graphite pencil portrait of Gior, who is 88 years old, from the Cơ Tu
ethnic group in Vietnam on A4 Daler Rowney Airbrush Bristol board..
Pencils: Mars Lumograph (F, H, B, 2B, 4B,5B), Faber Castell 9000 (6B and 8B), Koh-I-Noor Progresso 8B, WH Smith Woodless 9B, mechanical pencils 0.2mm/2B, 0.3mm/2B, 0.5mm/4B and 0.7mm/HB with Ain Stein leads.
Blending: Blending stump from Boldmere and paper tissues.
Erasing: WH Smith kneadable eraser, Tombow Mono Zero Ultra-fine eraser, Jakar battery electric eraser.
Photo adjustment using GIMP: Removal of barrel distortion; Cropping to A4 ratio and removal of perspective distortion; Cropping unfinished edges of drawing; Adjustment of histogram.
My sincere thanks go to Réhahn Photography
for permission to use his photo of Gior
as reference for this drawing. His photo is Copyright Réhahn Photography.
This was quite a change for me. I mostly have drawn portraits of children with young, smooth skin. Gior's 88 year old skin with its many wrinkles was a real challenge, even greater than the fur of the animals that I have drawn recently. There is a lot wrong with my drawing, but I am reasonably satisfied with it.
The drawing process and notes can be seen here
and an animation of the progress photos here