Comments of all kinds welcome! Please feel free to make suggestions, I don't bite!
I'm calling this one done. Notice I use the word done
and not complete
. There is an important distinction. There is more that I could have done here and I shall list those things now:
- The face is a little bit too light
- The eyebrow on the left needed a bit more work
- The whole face might look better with some subtle textures
- The upper lip is off ever so slightly
- I didn't spend enough time making the lips look as shiny as they are in the actual picture
It's all relatively minor stuff, but everything I have tried to edit in the last hour of work seems to create two more problems for every one solved. So, I wanted to wrap it up because I started to feel like adding more might only make it worse at this point.
Beyond that, while this project was started for a few different reasons, In the end, I wanted to see exactly what I could do with 10 hours of my time (since that was what I had estimated it would take in the beginning). I feel pretty good about what I did in that amount of time.
I have a few other portraits I want to do for myself now (This one is for my British friend, Shawnee). The subjects for these future projects are closer to my heart and will probably have more time spent on them. Don't get me wrong, Hemsworth is wonderful
to look at, but in the end, he's really just high fructose corn syrup for my eyeballs.
Anyway, all minor and major flaws aside, I really enjoyed the time spent on this and am pretty proud of the product. If there are any artists out there with experience in this medium that have tips or hints on how to achieve a more accurate or efficient piece of work, let me know.
And, again, I feel the need to point out that I lightly traced the position of the eyes, nose, mouth and hair using my desk as a light table. This was to achieve accuracy as this is a well known image and incorrect proportions would destroy the essence of the subject. I don't feel bad about tracing, though. Even Leonardo Da Vinci traced landscapes to learn and better understand perspective.
Thanks for looking!!Supplies:
Derwent Graphite Pencils (3H up to 9B), liquid frisket, 8x10" Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (80lb)Time:
About 10 hours