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Graphite (3B-7B) on smooth Bristol, image size A3.
Mirrors and photo's used. Further practice with the darks on a dark background.

Updated Feb 2015 with a larger file.
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1349x1926px 1.28 MB
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Chameleon2u's avatar
Just amazing love it
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SueJO|Professional Writer
Wonderful work. That DD was well deserved. Congratulations.
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
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oMimic|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the beard and the detail in the shirt! Your blending is so smooth, mine always look grainy. Should I use softer graphite leads and just use pressure control to create lighter tones? I usually use a 2B graphite and use a 6B charcoal.
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thanks, yes i rarely go below a 3B which makes blending so much easier to manipulate. multiple layering helps and i use a very light touch only adding pressure for texture or darkness. i never or rarely use pressure for lighter tones.
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oMimic|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, thank you very much. I'll give it a go the next time I draw. I'm interested to see how it'll turn out. :D
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
You're welcome and good luck :D
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SketchyImages|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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SketchyImages|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pleasure is mine!! :)
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Jojemo|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb draftsmanship, Mark.  You set a high standard for the rest of us to follow.  Some of us may never reach your level; but seeing your work inspires us to keep trying.   :icondragonwant:
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Many thanks :D
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I forgot to say! NICE WORK SIR.
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
:D
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I have never seen your photo before but after seeing this drawing i don't prefer see any photo of you.
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Jenalis's avatar
it's sooooo good.
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Nanikona's avatar
Beautiful work!
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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tdcooke|Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work
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markstewart| Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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tdcooke|Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure
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Love it!
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