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An old Sailor by kmurph47 An old Sailor by kmurph47
I came across this photo [link] by :iconrob-best: and thought I would like to draw it. I haven't done a pencil drawing in years, but seeing other DA artists work inspired me to give it a try.
With the photographer's permission, I lightened the picture so I could see it better. So my drawing is intentionally lighter than the photo.
I used graphic pencils 4H - 4B on 11"x14" Strathmore vellum paper. I think I could have used at least a 6B for the darkest of dark or maybe a different type of paper for a smoother effect? I sure would like some opinions on this.
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I think you did a great job capturing the man's likeness, especially considering how small and dark the photo was. The details are nicely done, and the over all portrait looks completely realistic! I would point out that you left the handkerchief under the man's hat out, but I think the image is better for it.

I do agree that you should have used a darker pencil for the shadowed areas. Even though brightening the image was a good call for visibility, adding a fewer darker shade to some of the shadows would really help the range of light and dark look more complete. (Of course, you could always take the easy way out and tweak the curves in Photoshop. ;) )

A smooth paper would have been nice for finer details and smoother textures, but given the nature of the subject, a rougher finish isn't totally a bad thing. Of course, I can't stand drawing on the rough stuff, but I digress.

Disregard my ratings for the most part. I don't see that "Vision" "Originality" or "Impact" have much bearing on a drawing of a photo--the main thing is "Technique", and you did quite well. Congrats! :D
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jovichic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome job :)
PigeonGuy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Every line is so perfectly captured!
SkeetersBytes Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Looks like an old sailor I once met and spent an evening waiting for a bucket of crabs to cook over the campfire. A crusty old soul with a lot of tall tales to share. your image is gorgeous. I love your work and how you help other artists. Thank you. For sharing!
Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: this is done so well. Very beautiful. Glad to hear DA inspires you too :D, seeing to many great drawings and paintings makes my fingers itch :squee:
kmurph47 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww, thank you, and thanks for adding it to your favorites, AND the watch! :hug: I think we like a lot of the same kind of art. :iconjoyplz:
Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I think so too, do you also like all the fantastic emotes here? :ahoy:
kmurph47 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the emotes, :iconflyingheartsplz: but I can't always get them to work (I try several different ways). Then they become too time consuming. :iconsmartyplz:
Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I know what you mean, same problem here :stupidme:
Rayelity Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!! Looks like a black and white Nikon D3 picture!!
kmurph47 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, a Nikon no less! Thanks for the great compliment! :D
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