20 December, 2009

Pencil Portraits

Have been drawing like crazy to get these portraits ready for Xmas. They are done on an acid free board and I use various pencils from a #2 school grade pencil to a DEsign pencil called Ebony. Also use Faber-Castell 6B and 7B. I also use a projector to block in the basic shapes. This saves me alot of time and erasing. Erasing graphite is a messy business and having the right shapes at the start keeps the portrait fresh. For those who might think that using a projector is cheating, I challenge them to try it sometime. What you are given is a sketchy cartoon--the shading and nuances of expression and personality are up to the artist.

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