Graphite pencil portrait of a cheeky Madagascan girl on A4 Daler Rowney Airbrush Bristol board.
Pencils: Various Mars Lumograph (6H to 5B), Faber Castell 9000 (6B to 8B), mechanical pencils 0.3mm/2B, 0.5mm/4B with Pentel with Ain Stein leads.
Blending: Blending stump from Royal Langnickel, Daler Rowney 3/8 Dalon brush and Kleenex paper tissues.
Erasing: WH Smith kneadable eraser, Blu-Tack and Tombow Mono Zero Ultra-fine 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.
I owe my thanks to Yves Picq , the photographer, who has made his photo Madagascar_0577a available for derivative works, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
I have uploaded a 'drawing process' for this .
This is the third drawing that I have made from a photo by Yves Picq. All three references were from Wikipedia.
My other Yves Picq drawings and Other recent drawings
The reference I used was a photo in a million in my opinion.
Also thank you very much for the 'Watch'.
I have no doubt that you could draw like this if you practice, have patience and an eye for detail. I am no innate artist and when I took up drawing as a hobby almost 50 years after I had last drawn for my GCE 'O'Level my first drawings were, looking back, laughable, but I felt pleased with them at the time and they got me started. If you are interested, I have written about my drawing 'journey' in my First Year Journal illustrated in my Scraps.
I hope that you get as much pleasure and inspiration from this site as I have done.