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Leonardo DiCaprio by Paul-Shanghai Leonardo DiCaprio by Paul-Shanghai
Following on from my first Leo drawing Leo by Paul-ShanghaiI thought it was time to draw another famous Leo - this Leo is of course is Leonardo DiCaprio.

One of my favourite actors from great films like Inception, Django unchained and Gangs of New York (Plus many many more - but listed just some of my favourites :))

Drawn on locally sourced Bristol Board type smooth paper, measuring about 40cm square and taking a good 20-25 hours using traditional pencils ranging from 4H thru to 8B and using a Staedler Mars Lumograph 8B for the background.

I have just uploaded a short animation showing some of the drawing stages - you can check it out by clicking the thumbnail below :)

Leonardo Drawing Animation by Paul-Shanghai
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:iconpardo2k:
pardo2k Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Paul, do you trace the original subject or use any kind of aid? Or do you sight it?
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, no I do not trace (sacrilege in my view :lol:) dependant on the size/quality of the reference and/or the final drawing I will use varying sizes of grid - I.e. for a large drawing I may just use cross-hairs, for a more detailed drawing I may use a 5-10cm grid lightly drawn in HB pencil.    Getting the outline of a drawing is only 5-10%, the rest is in composition,the ability to shade texturise and recognise tonal values!
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pardo2k Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for explaining, Paul. Your drawings are superb!

One quick follow-up question: is the hair stylized or is that what it's like in the reference? If stylized, what led you to make that artistic choice?
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment - well the first thing to understand is just how much i hate drawing hair :lol: it doesnt matter how much I try to leave it 'natural' it always comes across as 'stylized' - which was probably true in this case!
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pardo2k Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, and how are you able to achieve such smooth continuous shading? Thanks.
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andrianalima Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
perfection
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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FloatingAnchor Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful <3
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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periman2 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and significantly original style!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you - really appreciate your kind comment :)
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PhotonLights Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I especially like the shirt in this one, it just looks so real! Great work!
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zhc1995 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The detail on this is amazing! :D
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so - appreciate the feedback :)
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
such a beautiful work!!!!Summer Love Dance by KmyGraphic
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful flowers - thank you :) Oh and thanks for the comment :)
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ArtCrusade Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, like always. 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
And a really big thank you from me - as always :D:D
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ArtCrusade Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. :wave:
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lousephyr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
don't know how you keep coming up with such stunning Art work;
Awesome Portrait, like looking @ image on screen or photo
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you liked it,  it is a fairly large drawing so when reduced to fit a normal screen size you get a more realistic picture (smooths out some of the detail!)  - appreciate the feedback :)
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just perfect...woow!!!
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - as always :)
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome:heart::hug:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I really love this composition and style! Congratulations!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it - thank you:)
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manasi3194 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved it!! Well, everybody is familiar with the awesome details that you give to the facial features...  but those realistic details that you've given to his watch and his shirt..i mean wow! omfg Love 

And the hair, i always love the way you do the hair! A tutorial please! ::squee: 

I really loved this.. and it inspires me to make a portrait of him. :) 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you are too kin d- i hate hair, and i think it is terrible - but i keep trying and i am sure one day i will improve :)  I love combining the subtle facial/skin tone details with hard details like watches, glasses or helmets etc. it adds to the enjoyment of drawing.

Glad you like it and thank you for the comments :)
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manasi3194 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You kidding? You call this terrible!? :O I could never give such great detailing to the hair, ever..  
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aliursa Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Looks freaking awesome and realistic as always!! :nuu:
Leonardo DiCaprio is a really good actor and Inception is awesome!
-kayla
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Inception is in my Top 10 films, and every time I watch it I see something new :)

Glad you like it and thank you :)
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aliursa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
What are your Top 10 films??
I haven't watched in a while, need to see it again!
and you're very welcome!! :glomp:
-kayla
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colorpoet Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is so amazing! :O) i really like it.. he looks like he's chiseled in marble
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the kind comment :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
WoW it is an honour - thank you so much :)
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :ahoy:
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vanLierop Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!! And love Leo Heart Heart 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Whats not to love :lol: Love the comment - thank you :)
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V-4-VENGEANCE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I think I missed your birthday - sorry :(  A happy belated birthday :D 
Looking forward to seeing some new stuff from you :)
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V-4-VENGEANCE Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Paul
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shuckaby Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really gorgeous work!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - very kind of you to say so :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - very kind of you to say so :)
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Amazingly realistic & perfect likeness! The details on the shirt & watch are incredible!
Stunning work Paul as always! I think I've fainted. Clap Love Love 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers Dears - appreciate all the support (and time) you give me to do these :)  :love: :kiss: :love:
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stormspanner Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
As usual, I love it :D 
You've really captured his image, and the little details like the slightly blurred effects on the shoulder farther away or everything on the watch really make it stand out to me. :D
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
and as usual I love your appreciation and kind words - the watch was especially difficult - i always have the desire to do the detail crisp and sharp, so making it blurred was painful :) 
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Vickyx22 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So crazy!!!!!!!!!!
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