Friday, September 10, 2010

A pencil portrait of KIM HYUN JOONG 2





Hello again!

Here are the ingredients once more to do a simple pencil portrait...












...and the very beginning, a rough sketch to position the figure on paper.
















I think I'll do a special feature on proportion this time... it's the biggest thing I can't overlook every time I try to do a portrait. Following the reference to dead accuracy is no easy work.

Step 1, the eyes, nose, mouth & chin...















Step 2, more face and teeth...

















Step 3, the neck, ear and some hair...



















Step 4, the hair and the shirt...















Finally, the pattern on the shirt. It took me 2 hours to get here and by the time I was here I was so bored out of my wits already when I had to do the lines on the shirt...

















Gratefully, the shading with tortillion begins... but watch out... it's going to be another long period of toll on patience...













Here's the shading of the face in 2B pencil.



















Next, the shading of the neck.

















Time to do the hair.


















I had to draw every single strand of hair one by one till they look like a hair-do...



















Completing the hair with darker tones of a 2B pencil...

















At last it's time to shade the shirt, which is another killer because it was supposing to look white...














I decided to shade the background this time to bring out the whiteness of the shirt. I used a cotton bud to do some of the work so I didn't have to damage too many tortillions.











Here's the complete picture all in 2B pencil shading. It looks flat and lifeless, the hair is too light and the face is pale. The shirt still looks too dark despite the additional background shading. (Which I'll make a point to improve on, I don't think I do good backgrounds...T__T)











Let's see if the darker 4B and 6B and 8B pencils can save my work.

I habitually leave them for the last, just to get the kick out of seeing drastic changes. They add depth and life.












...and here we have it, the finished drawing...it's the best I can do at this stage without getting myself killed.











This took me 15 hours and 40 minutes to complete, spread across 2 weeks. I'm working way too slow. Need to practice harder to get everything right within a shorter time.

Then I'll live to see more works from me.

Hope you like it!

4 comments:

  1. just awesome..!! love the detailed snapshots!

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  2. Nice one..I especially liked the shirt. I think I am going to try this kind of shirt sometime :) Loved your article really helpful!

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