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'Heath Ledger' Graphite portrait

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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XelfrepuslaX's avatar
: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="…" 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="…" 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="…" 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="…" 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="…" 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="…" 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="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

As always this is an awesome piece <img src="…" 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="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.
wessica88's avatar
I feel like you have captured his soul in the eyes! Amazing!
alexkajf's avatar
very lively figure , feel the inner world of man, really fascinating
TheCaroeline's avatar
Oh my god, it is so amazing!
t-dove's avatar
Fantastic portrait of a beautiful man :love:
1994-LR6's avatar
I love the way you draw, and it's so emotional ! 
Lmomjian's avatar
This might be your most realistic drawing. There's something about its style that is very real and raw.
Pen-Tacular-Artist's avatar

First of I just want to say thanks for the watch. And i'd be real interested in your feedback In the future as you got a real talent. And I totally agree with you, in fact this drawing is only A4 and almost looks like a photo in real life, and it was actually done on Bristol board. But the Bristol board becomes difficult to draw portrairts on when you go up to A3 because the details can look harsh against the white paper. So I started using cartridge paper for my A3 portraits  as from my research allot of the best hyperrealists only use cartridge paper.


And my next portrait is going to be pretty tough as i'm trying a brand new technique and changing my approach in order for me to hit the next level, as my current technique has hit a brick wall. And don't worry about being critical of my drawings as I now that I feel I've got to know you a bit better. And I know your feedback is coming from the right place and will really value someone who has a critical eye rather just praising my work regardless of the standard XD.

Lmomjian's avatar
No problem, my pleasure.  I will look into cartridge paper - haven't heard of it. A lot of hyper-realists I know of work on illustration board, which is similar to a heavyweight vellum bristol.

Your technique is very interesting.  It is almost hard to believe that the same artist of this work also drew this: pen-tacular-artist.deviantart.…
And this: pen-tacular-artist.deviantart.…

Usually artists have a fairly unique and established style, but yours varies. I personally think that a style like this is the best.
Pen-Tacular-Artist's avatar

Having not drawn for 11 years and being from a product design (i used ink & markers) background i've never really been a pencil artist before either, so I never really had a style per se. So when I started drawing again last year September, I was still trying to find whats right for me. And after lots of experimenting, I think i'm only now finally settling into my own style which is going to incorporate the best aspects of what I've learnt.


And the differences are even more stark as I've started using cartridge paper with graphite & charcoal whereas my older drawings were only done using graphite and Bristol board.

Lmomjian's avatar
Interesting. What fascinates me is that you are consciously choosing your style. For others like myself it just happens, and there is nothing I can do to change it.
Pen-Tacular-Artist's avatar
I think you've misunderstood, my style naturaly develops and changes as I try new techniques and processes. But it probably looks more extreme as this has happened in a very short space of time (as i'm very obsessive). And I've just uploaded a WIP drawing of david beckham uses everything i've learnt in the last year and i'm now confident that after a year of practising I've finally hit a point now that i'm comfortable with the technique and approach i'm now using.
Lmomjian's avatar
Oh, I understand now. I took a look at the WIP, the style looks good. Interesting how you have initially laid down dots for the skin tone around his eyes.
lillior's avatar
I really love this. Fantastic portrayal. The expression is absolutely spot on.
LordHayabusa357's avatar
Rest in Peace Heath...
Salve-S's avatar
The man who never deserved to die. Great work Pen-Tacular-Artist !
elizile's avatar
Beautiful portrait. I miss him.....
Reilune's avatar
Absolutely fantastic!
BOYKINS's avatar
i like the fact that this  is super realistic and you also see the hard work that went into this  ....
SamanthaLouiseWalker's avatar
Love the detailing in his flesh, the contrast, and how you capture the real life of him.

elysian-autumn's avatar
just immaculate and breathtaking and awe-inspiring are the only terms i can use to describe what it is like to view your art. passion manifested through graphite. and u know, this is a proper and perfect tribute to heath. he was a truly unique actor.
AliceArin's avatar
I really like this one. I thought he was an amazing actor and I'm sadden that he is gone. This is a nice portrait of him. I was amazed.
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