Graphite pencils on 14X17 Strathmore Bristol 400 Series 2 Ply Paper, about 7.5 hours.
The sheet of paper was 14X17, but i made the drawing smaller, about 9X11 as presented here, so that it would fit into a standard mat opening.
I still have proportional issues, but i was able to get closer with this drawing than i did with the warm up sketches...so i continue to improve in that area.
His hair is too stiff. This is particularly frustrating as his hoodie looks really nice and soft. In particular, his beard around his chin appears too forced and contrived...not natural.
On the hoodie i elected to only faintly suggest the zipper, as i did not want the viewer’s eye to be pulled down there.
I was not at all happy with the paper as it curled when i sprayed the final drawing with fixative. One of the reasons i like the Fabriano Artistico, 140 LB Hot Press Watercolor Paper is that it is on a block, and so it does not go and curl like that.
Overall, i am content with this effort as it is my first portrait drawing in years. I think i got a good return on my seven and a half hour investment. However, i still have a long way to go yet.
Here are two warm up sketches. daniel-storm.deviantart.com/ar… daniel-storm.deviantart.com/ar…
Here is the reference photograph. daniel-storm.deviantart.com/ar…
Next up is another portrait.