Graphite pencil (3b and 6b) on A3 UPM Digi 190gsm bright white paper. Kneadable eraser, wedged eraser, makeup pads and cotton tips for blending.
I created this piece to challenge myself and to give myself something inspiring and intricate to draw – it’s very differnt to the usual ‘smile for the camera’ poses which my commission work so often involves. It is certainly the most time I’ve ever spent on one piece (I’d estimate around 35 – 40 hours all up) and it’s the piece I am most proud of to date. I loved the challenge of creating all the wrinkles and crevices and shadows and contrasts.
The subject is actually my beloved Dad. I asked him to pose for a few reference photographs and I ended up taking dozens. He has such an interesting face – wonderfully expressive and illustrative of a life well lived. Dad is at a crossroads in his life. My beautiful mother, Dad’s wife and best mate of 37 years, passed away a couple of years ago, and, consequently, many things have changed in his life. He is a little uncertain and somewhat introspective about his future, as most of us are on some level. “Time will tell” for Dad…. and all of us I suppose.
Featured in the groups Graphite Pencil Artists, Strictly Human Faces, #1 Artists of Red Bubble, The Eyes Have It, No More Colour, Solo Exhibition, Top Favourites, Fine Arts, & Photo Realistic Artwork. Winner of avatar challenge – Pencil Drawing Group, Winner of “Headshots – not a lot of hair” challenge – Headshots Group, Top 10 “Faces Up Close” – Art Up Close Group; “Art Only Challenge” – No More Colour Group; and a STAR group challenge.
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