Thanks so much, and thanks for faving! I actually find 6B the easiest to work with because I don't have to push too hard to get the dark tones, so I'm really just lazy ? What do you use? This is on A4, and probably took me 5 hours in total, though I did it over a week or two when I had the time And the background took shockingly long!
Your work is really amazing. I try to use dark levels like that, but I tend to smudge my work unless I keep using a lacquer on it so I use probably 4B-F generally. I'm trying to get into the darker tones though- they get such nice effects. And that's really quick for that level of detail in that size. Your work just keeps getting more impressive- even people I talk to agree with me on it. I'm trying to get semi-realistic works under the six hour mark, and you've got such realistic work in such a short time.
I bet the background would have taken a long long long time. How you managed to keep it all looking so clean is beyond me, but I guess that's a skill you would have worked to develop.
Oh well thank you I'm so glad you think I'm improving because sometimes I feel like I'm going backwards, I honestly can't tell anymore, so thanks so much for the encouragement The background DID take a really long time! Now that you bring it up it probably took me an hour more than I said, just because of the background... and the hair, I'm horrible with hair. By the quarter mark I was really hating myself for even trying to colour in a background, but in retrospect I'm glad I did. And the texture of the paper added a bit of something to it that I wish I could take credit for xD I don't know what you're talking about with "semi-realistic", your drawings are pretty damn realistic already. How long does it take you to do them at the moment? Love the RDJ one! I use 4B sometimes as well because I keep running out of 6B (so much sharpening!), I find that it can be just as good All I do to stop smudging is place a sheet of paper over the bit of the drawing I'd normally rest my hand on. Obvious suggestion but it works! But I also studied architecture at uni, where even the smallest smudge is noticeable when you're drawing the thin lines of a floor plan. You end up being really paranoid about smudging so I'm sure some of that must have rubbed off (no pun intended!) on me And I should tell you that I do adjust levels in Photoshop before I submit; nothing drastic, but as I'm sure you know, even the darkest pencil turns out a washed out grey when you bring it to the computer. So I adjust the tones until I get it looking the way it looks on the actual paper.