I think I'm getting the hang of this ink thing . Actually, at the moment, I like painting with ink more than drawing with pencils; it's faster, less messy (I love not having to worry about smudging the annoying pencil dust!), great for creating contrasts, and you don't have to keep sharpening your pencils. So be warned; there are more ink paintings to come !
OK, where was I... oh yes. It's Ewan McGregor, one of my favourite actors of all time. Trivial fact: I wanted to draw this reference picture for a very long time, probably for more than 8 years. I didn't wait this long because I waited for my drawing skills to improve (although that would have made a pretty good reason ), but because I forgot about the picture... until about a week ago. I watched I love you, Phillip Morris (crapy movie, b-t-dub) and was reminded again of how great an actor he is. So, naturally, I googled for drawable pictures of him, and that's how I rediscovered this particular one. I immediately knew I had to paint it! And THIS time, I even stapled the paper to a chipboard .
I'm very content with the result, although the background... meh! Didn't quite turn out the way I had imagined it, but I guess it's OK. The hair was easy to do, and - as I rediscovered - hands are actually pretty hard. Yep, so, hope you like it as well. Comments are greatly appreciated .
Time: I'm guessing about 8 hours Size: 12.7cm x 18.4cm / 5'' x 7.24'' Materials: Acuarela paper from Oxford, 240g/m2 HB pencil for sketching Black ink from Pelikan Small and medium paint brush Dip pen Reference (no idea who the photographer is, but kudos!)
It's exceptional, excellent and exquisite! Well done, girl! I thought it was a pencil drawing when I saw a miniature in my inbox, and taaa daaa, I was wrong, because it's an outstanding ink painting.
I think choice of the time and tools was perfect. I'm glad you didn't find this pic until this year It turned out flawlessly! I can't even imagine how you did his stubble and his hand, not to mention the wrinkles at his forehead. I love how dark it is [thanks to the blackness of the ink of course ], how detailed and simple at the same time. The hair looks fresh and fluffy [as if they were just washed]. The background is very good as well, it reminds me wooden wall
I also fancy the reference photo itself. It made an extraordinary, interesting portrait!
I can't find any failure, sorry Keep up the great job, dear!
Awww, thanks so much, I'm so happy right now !!! I'm really happy that you like it so much, I'm very proud of it so it's great to see that it's not just me . Hehe, believe it or not, but you weren't the first to think that it's a pencil drawing . It would probably have taken me AGES to do this with pencils...
Honestly, in retrospect, I don't know how I did his beard, either . Somehow everything in this painting went so easy; his hair, his beard and eyebrows... okay, I had stuggled a bit with his hand, but it wasn't that bad . So, yeah, I discovered a way to make drawing - or rather painting - hair easy . Yay me .
When I was doing the background I though about a dirty window, you know, with a lot of coom on it, and then rain pouring down and leaving these traces. But that's not what I wanted to paint, it was just an idea in the back of my head. But yeah, now that you mention it I can see the wooden wall as well .
I think, overall, this is a fantastic piece of work. The contrast is brilliant, and you've done a great job getting the soft blended tones with the ink. The eyebrows and beard are particularly impressive to me
I do think there are a few things that could be improved though. (I won't mention the background And to be honest, I didn't even notice it until you mentioned it in your description - I was too captivated by the beautiful portrait!)
First of all, I think the fingernails are really too dark. It just looks wrong, like he's wearing nail polish (although I don't know which reference photo you used, so...! ) I guess it's the sort of thing that can happen if you're working in ink - since you can't really erase anything - but you've been so sensitive to tones and shades everywhere else, that the fingernails really stand out as a mistake to me.
The second thing - and this is really a small thing - is his hairline. The bit at the top right, where his hair meets his forehead: to me it looks too clean, the line is too distinct. This is really just my opinion, and I don't know what it looked like in the reference photo, but I think it would look better here with just a little bit more blending in that area, to make his hair and his forehead a bit more organic
But those are really quite small things. My first thought when I saw this was "wow!", and even after mentioning all those things, it's the same thought that's going through my head now Lovely work!
First of all, thanks a lot for taking the time to write this comment, I think I already told you that I really appreciate it a lot .
I'm also happy that you like the painting, getting good feedback on my painting-with-ink skills encourages me to continue working with it (and hopefully getting better).
As to the rest of your comment: I always try to put the link to the reference picture in the artist's comment so that people have the possibility to compare my drawing / painting with it. There's also a link to this drawing's reference, so you can take a look and judge for yourself if the fingernails are too dark. But I agree with what you wrote about the hairline on the upper right side; now that you pointed it out to me it does seem too clean. But I think that - like you said - it's a small thing and it doesn't bug me, so I'm gonna leave it as it is.
Oh wait, what am I writing.... . I DID use a HB pencil for sketching, but I think B is pretty similar to HB and they're both not particularly hard to sketch with. I quite like doing the sketch with HB - no particular reason why I didn't use a B pencil, I'm just a creature of habit .