A very young Cary Grant. I had planned to wait until I had more experience under my belt to go for this reference. I wanted to be sure I could do it justice but I was craving to take it on, so here we are. This turned out to be a great exercise for that soft focus effect. I used to be set on hard, angular lines and definition but I’m finding that softness and lack of definition is just as important…and really fun if I might add. The angle of the face was oddly tricky and I found the hair more complicated than I had imagined (this has to be the most structured hair I’ve ever done), but this was a relaxing drawing otherwise – it seemed a bit more simplistic than my last few, so I felt I had further room to focus on the details of the face alone, instead of a hand or the sleeve of a shirt. I really enjoyed it. About halfway through I moved and ended up with better lighting for drawing in my new place, so I think that helps things. I didn’t realize how poor my lighting had been before! Still could use one of those nice drafting lamps.
Mechanical pencil with #2 lead, 6B pencil, q-tips, Kleenex, and white vinyl eraser on 19” X 24” bristol paper.
I put down a base layer of soft grey prismacolor in the background because I thought it might set the background apart from his skin, maybe give the picture the “pop” it really needed. I tried the circulism technique too, which I ended up liking for the skin texture. I like the more textured yet soft look of circulism.
Took about the same time as my others…roughly 40 hours.
I uploaded the full size image because I thought it looked interesting this time in actual size.