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Daniel Radcliffe - a drawing in progress by David J. Vanderpool

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Daniel Radcliffe - a drawing in progress by 

Sometimes the most interesting part about a pencil drawing is seeing the work in progress and then deciding what will the next step be. Such as: Do I draw the horse from the original photo and change it all together and give the background a blended shadow.. and making it my own?

I am leaning towards the idea of a shadowed effect much like the one I have ona nude titled AIRSKIN.

What do you think?


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Taking what has always been assumed to be rare, natural passionate and talent, David has walked into the world of both fine arts and advertising/graphics with a solid bang, hitting hard and often with a successful result.

A published author, award winning fine arts graphite pencil artist and graphic designer, he currently lives with his wife and sons in California, USA.

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  • mardiez
    mardiezover 5 years ago

    Great Work !
    LOL MMarrkks

  • Thanks…. well, do I draw the horse or a shadowed background? How would you finish this drawing? His pose reminds me of Michielangelo’s David or his painting of Adam during the Creation

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • Faizan Qureshi
    Faizan Qureshiover 5 years ago

    If I was you, I would leave it as it is. Unfinished drawings have a special feeling that finished drawings cannot achieve. It’s a really nice drawing. :-)

  • Thanks… that was I was thinking to. If I was to add a blended shadow to the back, and leaving the bottom right hand corner unfinished it might look nice.

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • mardiez
    mardiezover 5 years ago

    Your base image already says so much…..another object may distract from it.
    I think you have the right idea by creating some shadows , it might add a bit more mystery to it, instead of distracting with another object in the composition.
    regardless it is a great piece of work ! KUDOS

  • Thanks, my friend! I knew I could get some feedback by sharing here!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • rubyred
    rubyredover 5 years ago

    Very nice technique you have. Love to see a bit of pencil skill.

  • Thanks for the kind words…. sometimes I feel like giving up on pencil drawings since I cant get art galleries to take me serious. They say they love my work but then ask , what else can I do? AHH…. I do however have an art magazine interested in my work so maybe I just need the right exposure?

    Again, thanks!

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • meltaylor
    meltaylorover 5 years ago

    This drawing is beautiful, David!!
    I like your unfinished drawings, too.
    You are the best!!

  • Thanks my friend!!! I have been working in my yard for the last two hours or so and Im beat. But I hope to have this drawing done today , or at least most of it.

    – David J. Vanderpool

  • wiccanrider
    wiccanriderover 5 years ago

    This is looking good David. How about a little more muscular definition, a little less shadow on the right eye and light shadowing behind the torso as you thought about doing.

  • I though about adding more muscle to the kid but then realized I didnt want to make him too sexy and not be him. After all the focal point (at least for me when I see him) is his eyes. I will be adding more definition as you suggest since that would be the real Daniel, but I want to make sure I don’t over do it. And yes, a light gray show behind him will help him to stand out off the paper.

    The shading is a little darker on the original so I am afraid some of the detail here is lost. On the final one, I’ll make sure to scan it at work!!!

    Again thanks!!

    – David J. Vanderpool

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