Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Watch a pencil portrait being drawn

A pencil portrait artist showing some work on YouTube. There are things the artist does that should be noted. The piece of paper under the hand keeps the graphite from being smeared as well as protecting the paper from absorbing oil from the artist's skin.

The artist uses a mechanical pencil. You may want to use a mechanical pencil for fine details like eyes and eyelashes, but for the entire portrait using mechanical pencil takes way too long. You'll notice that the artist switches to a regular art pencil later. I also prefer Tombow Mono pencils because of the rich graphite content that mechanical pencil leads just do not have.

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