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Sherlock by markstewart Sherlock by markstewart
Pencil on A3 Bristol.
Image from google.
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syyzygyy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist
WOW amazing job on the shading!!! 
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markstewart Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :D
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agnes21 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :) (Smile) 
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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NickMoscovitz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Interesting how while the likeness is skewed a bit you captured Cumberbach essence even more than he normally projects... Incredibly impressive. My interpretation is not as expressive as yours. 0ACT039-BenedictCumberbach by nickmos  
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markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks, i usually use the grid method but every now and again i will go freehand. This was the first time i had done so in a while but oh it was close lol. Nice hair on yours by the way, i enjoyed doing the hair on this one.
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NickMoscovitz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
As I said: freehand or grid... Likeness is more than physical arrangement of facial features.. It is an essence that is projected from the entire sum and your portraits truly explode with essence. My portraits - which are mostly freehand but basically done with a mental grid I developed... Truly lack this essence - and try as might, I get glimpses of this essence way too seldom. Every time I finish a portrait I check myself and usually admit that it looks like an ok map but not as a portrait with a soul... But I have learned to live with that. I just couldn't bear reworking my drawings, or putting more than 2 hours into a single portrait - and that is why I draw with pens, no eraser at all. If I make a mistake that is too great, I scrap it altogether. I do that 30% of the time, and it hurts... But I have learned to live with that too. I am getting a lot better though... Again, my admiration goes to you, and I am lucky to have crossed your path. Cheers.
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markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yes yes that's exactly what i try to get in there, a likeness is all well and good but to go deeper than that is a stimulating challenge especially with cellebs and who so easily fall into character whenever a camera is pointed at them. I study a reference photo to try to find the thoughts and emotions going on behind the expression and i try to get that in there if possible. I must say that to get to this stage has taken a great deal of persistence and practice and it doesn't always pay off but it is a strong motivation for me when i find a nice shot. Just keep at it and as long as the enjoyment and motivation is there one can only get better.
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NickMoscovitz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
What a thoughtful reply. Thanks. It is evident that there is more in your drawings than the technique. You framed the thought well, and I am grateful again to learn from you.
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wyvern713 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
:la: GAAAHHHHH!!! AMAZING!!!! :D
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markstewart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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agfox49 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Excellent once again ... even the scarf!
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markstewart Featured By Owner May 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many thanks.
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MayaOsina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great !
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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ALEX-NORDIC Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Diese Zahlen sind sehr realistisch=D
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :ahoy: :D
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C-irca Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
How did you get the shading so smooth..?
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. I use soft grades of pencils only (3B-8B) which helps and i build up layers from light to dark using circulism technique. I also use tissues and cotton wool to blend as well as stumps and tortillons.
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C-irca Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What exactly is circulism..? I just started to dabble in portrait drawing so I know have muuuuch to learn.

It would mean the WORLD to me if you could take a look at my recent portrait of Dean Winchester and tell me what I could do to make it more life-like.

I want to master this art and I know that cannot happen without help from seasoned artists.
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Here is a quick tutorial [link] .. it's a nice technique for rendering flesh tones and textures and it's so easy to do you will see results really fast. I've had a look at your drawing and it's good, it looks like him so that's good. You're not afraid to go dark which is good too, i think you should concentrate on the tonal range between the lights and darks. I try to use the white of the paper for the brightest parts (highlights in eyes ) and a very dark pencil (7B) for the darkest darks .. in between these two i try to achieve 4 mid tones using 3B,4B,5B and 6B. It's worth trying to get a beter quality upload to fully show off all the hard work you put into your drawings too. This can make a lot of difference and improve the look of them. Keep going and keep learning, the more you do the better you get and have fun ;)
One more thing .. try to eliminate all outlines, this takes practice but makes a big difference, my first art teacher used to tell me all the time "there are no outlines in nature". I always remember that.
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C-irca Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am sooo sorry for not replying sooner, I could've sworn that I did, anyway, I've been studying your drawings a lot lately and have been practicing on trying to eliminate hard lines when it comes to drawing the nose, eyes, mouth, etc; along with trying to create skin texture And pores. I also treated myself to some brand-new Derwent Graphic pencils. The ones I was using before weren't very good and were stupid cheap so, since I decided to start getting serious about portraits, I figured I need good pencils. And I'm waiting to get some Bristol paper. All of my portraits have been drawn on charcoal paper, I honestly didn't think it'd make much of A difference but hoooo man I was wrong. I really hope that when I get the paper that I'll be able to start busting out some good pieces. Thank you so much for the advice darling!!
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's great news, good equipment and bucket loads of enthusiasm are great foundations to success. I wish you all the best and i hope you have lots of fun and satisfaction on your artistic journey :D
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adavesseth Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work! The details are so crisp and well done, especially in his face.
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markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Many thanks :D
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kruemelTHEmonster Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
All the details O.o wonderful!
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markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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SuperEggBox Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Writer
This is so good :O
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markstewart Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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SuperEggBox Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome :)
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drawman61 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The level of detail is just fantastic.
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markstewart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work - I love this! :love:
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you, you drew him so well i was inspired to draw him as well :D
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Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm honoured! Your talent resulted in wonderfully amazing results! :love:
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JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Wow, I love the texture of the scarf!! And the hair is pretty amazing too.
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :sun:
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robdolbs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god, that scarf is insane! the whole thing is brilliant though :clap:
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you .. and yes the scarf has been mentioned quite a lot so i think i'll just draw scarves from now on :giggle:
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nikz87 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!! no words!!
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nikz87 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you, i appreciate it :D
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zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!! excellently rendered. :)
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :D
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Wow, maaan, this is amazing!:heart:
Love the contarst, shading and especially the scarf! It looks so real!:o :clap:
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markstewart Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :sun:
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poetxonxjunex91 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WoW splendid~
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markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Illustr8yourdream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is top notch great job!
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markstewart Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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