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'Heath Ledger' Graphite portrait

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I was going to attempt this drawing of heath ledger in the future as i didn't feel ready to do it justice yet. But after messing up my sisters portrait, my confidence took a bit of a knock and the only way i know how to get my confidence back, is to really push and challenge myself, so i did it now. This may sound strange but some of my best drawings have been done when i've been annoyed with my previous drawing which normally makes me want to prove to myself i can actually really draw.

Also 'heath leger' is one of the greatest actors, for his portrail of the joker in TDK. Which is my favourite film and his performance as the joker is my favourite to. I am planning to do more 'joker' drawings in the future but i am holding off until i can create the best joker pieces i can (the 2 i did a few months ago are terrible).

Drawing was done A4 bristol board with graphite standard and mechanical pencils and took approx 25-30 hours.

Here are some of my other graphite drawings.


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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Ok well, as always, negatives then positives. Also, I will always judge harshly. You know why <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

First up, the shirt, the shirt on this one is very "plain" in terms of both texture and depth. Even though the reference picture seems to have a completely black shirt, I think it's actually better to have some more depth into it. Or it just looks stuck on, also there is no subtle shadow on the neck via the shirt which makes it again, look stuck on. But I do say, you copied the reference picture quite well <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>.

Secondly, I will talk about the wall, normally, I think it would be fine. However, Mr hyperrealist, I think that since your goal is hyper realism, having an obvious crosshatch pattern doesn't cut it. Compared to the reference picture, your shadow is just a grey blob. A real shadow needs the wall texture shaded darker than the rest of the wall. Not a dark blob you see.

Next, the skin detail. Most of the skin detail is good, awesome in fact. Theres a few things I would like to draw attention too though. Ok, well first, I think the overall skin texture is too defined. It makes him look as though he has just been fighting and has got "grit/dirt" all over his face. Quite rugged indeed.
However, the reference picture clearly separates the hair from the skin, whereas yours is more merged. In the reference pic, his skin is much more subtle and soft, in contrast his hair. This doesn't mean it looks bad, it's still great <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>. His skin in general is also more shiny in a way, if you take a close look at the reference picture it's extremely detailed, yours is pretty close, you just need a little more work my friend <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

Now, one more thing. The hair on the top is quite defined and sharp, which kind of retracts from the soft fluffy kind of look which he normally has. His stubble is good, as it looks sharp looking, but the hair on his head is softer, more... fluffy haha.

Now for the positives.
The neck skin is beautiful, you have nailed it quite well, in comparison to the reference picture. The reference picture has a quite blurred neck area due to depth of field of the photo. I personally like it like this.

Next the eyes look as good as ever, and really gives realism to this, well done as always <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

The skin texture itself is detailed, capturing the blemishes like that is very well done <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

For all parts of the face, you have proportioned them perfectly as always, it's really now just the detail you have to work on <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

As always this is an awesome piece <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>. I hope this helps in achieving your goal. Oh and of course, I can't wait to see more of your work. Good job <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.