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Cary Grant by casparofambrose Cary Grant by casparofambrose
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.
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:iconsjhowell11:
sjhowell11 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. :)
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:iconmrsgrapejuice:
MrsGrapeJuice Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Beautiful work.
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BearTrack Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It looks so real! :jawdrop:
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GTracerRens Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a detail! The hair, the eyes and the mouth, absolutely wondeful! :D
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artlunatic23 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!Terrific drawing.He's my favorite actor.
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Aotenshi Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I love how the eyes are very sharp and the rest a bit more blurred...amazing !
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^-^ I'd like to try that effect on something else sometime, because this remains my favorite piece of mine mostly because of that.
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:iconmusicgal3:
musicgal3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Incredible! :faint: :heart:
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you! And thank for the watch and the favorites. It is much appreciated.
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:iconmusicgal3:
musicgal3 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
You're very welcome. Your work is incredible.
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:iconfruksion:
Fruksion Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
This is ridiculously amazing...I can only wish to draw this well one day. Thanks for the inspiraton.
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you! That is the most gratifying compliment ever - to be an inspiration. I really appreciate the kind words.
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ThePenniesInMyShoes Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I am literally speechless this is so amazing i cant even explain it wow just wow :faint: you extremly talented ..... eeeppp love carry grant ^^ <3
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This is actually my favorite thing I've ever done...and I think it's because I love Cary Grant too! =D I definitely want to draw him again someday.
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:iconthepenniesinmyshoes:
ThePenniesInMyShoes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
would love to see it :D
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OLIVEGIRL Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
woow
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!
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:icononeedge:
oneEdge Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely mond blowing ..well done..do you mean?

when you say you used a #2 lead Mechanical pencil what exactly do you mean..thx =D
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I mean I used a mechanical pencil (ex - [link]), with #2 lead inside. Sorry for the strange wording. =P
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oneEdge Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe no problem..thanks :)
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TheEgyptianOne Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
oh yea and how did u make part of this drawing out of focus? did u just smuge the places u wanted to blur or does it tale more than that?
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TheEgyptianOne Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
i want to ask u 2 things, how in the world did u do the skin tone so realistic?!! and how did u manage to do the litle wrinkles under his eyes
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
The skin was done with circulism. If you download the entire document to look at the drawing in real size, you can see tiny circular strokes in the skin. Essentially, you softly shade in tiny circles (I use mechanical pencil for this), rub it out with a q-tip, then do it over again until you’ve built up the tones. In between layers I lightly dabbed the skin with an eraser to add texture. The idea is to slowly build it up, leaving you with many layers. This gives the illusion of depth - very important, as the entire drawing is simply an illusion of light and shadows. Underneath the eyes is the same principle. I dragged the eraser back and forth between layers of shading to create the lines and texture, penciled in some lines, rubbed it out, did it again, rubbed it out, repeat. It starts to look more lifelike and 3-D as the layers build up. In the end I think I went over the under eye area with mechanical pencil to define the texture, as you lose a lot of it when you keep rubbing it out.

The blurred/out-of-focus effect is simply lots of blending and soft circulism around the area to minimize the definition. You don’t want hard lines and blending alone won’t get rid of the "hardness" of a line. Instead, shade the edges and directly on top of line you want to blur, then blend it and repeat until you’re satisfied. Hope this helps!
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:icontheegyptianone:
TheEgyptianOne Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
thank u so much!! u should right book on this. on the blurred effect, do u do some erasing untop of the main thing to make it look blurry too. for example when i looked at this drawing of urs for a long time i started noticing that their are some erased lines outside of the main outline to make it look blurry, if so how do u do this? do u blend after u do the litel erasing to give the illusion. i tried to do that with the robert de niro picture but i was too lazy to really work on it lol
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
No problem - thank you. As a rule, I don't use the eraser to blur lines. If there is a blurry highlight on the skin, I generally work around the highlight so as not to soil it, and this can give the look of a gradual gradient (this is how the highlight just above the lips, on the philtrum, was done). If there are sharper highlights that I want to make blurry (i.e. the highlights on the right of the forehead), I will use the eraser. The key is, whatever you do, do it in gradual layers and keep blending between layers. It takes time but the effect is worth it. I think the effect did work on your De Niro drawing - but with more time and more layers, you can give it infinite more depth. (:
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TheEgyptianOne Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
WOW!! i kinda did that with the de niro picture how did u know? i even told my self that the secret to realism is putting shades on top of shades and never leave a really white spot of the paper or ells it wont look real. so even the light spots is still kinda shaded with a pencil. yea i thought that was the trick but i wasn't so sure thats why i did maybe 2 or 3 layers of shading on the de niro drawing and left it. but now u gave me the assurance
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:iconlivneeson:
livneeson Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Wow....amazing :clap: The details are so real, especially the lower eyelids! And the hair is great :)
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! The eyelids/area around the eyes are always my favorite part to do. Oh, and thank you for the favorite as well!
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:iconlivneeson:
livneeson Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
You're welcome :)
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Fantastic job on the focus, how the eyes and center of the portrait is so sharp and then it blurs at the edges.
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's the main point I was aiming for.
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Marcurell Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work again :jawdrop: ! Well captured reflections aswell as the shifting focus.
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Much appreciated.
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jujubeeze Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Oh... my... gosh!
That is phenomenal! I LOVE the focus/out-of-focus look this has... the detail of his face and eyes especially has a great energy to it. This seriously has a spirit to it, that your other one's don't all have. This is just... wow. Amazing. :star:
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow, Juju! I think my jaw dropped after reading that comment. =P That's so amazing to hear - to have captured a sort of "spirit" in it for you. Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad you like it.
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jujubeeze Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
You're very welcome!! :star:
You are really getting good at that craft!! :boogie:
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Piper282 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. The focus you've brought to the eyes by softening out the rest of him is mesmerizing. Instant fav.
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Exactly what I was going for. I found I was pretty mesmerized when I first saw the reference, so I really wanted to be able to capture that in a bottle in this picture.
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crepes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Wow no matter how many times I see your artwork it still takes my breath away every single time. I love looking at your work and taking in every little detail. It is like a vacation for my eyes to look at something this good. The shading and details... Thanks a lot for making my day!
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you! What an amazing comment. I've never heard anything described like that before, let alone one of my own drawings. Thank you for making my day!
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crepes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
I don't know why. I think they are some of the best work I've ever seen. You deserved that compliment and I can't wait to see what you put up next.
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:iconthblanchard:
THBlanchard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! Awesome depth of field! :love:
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! And thank you for the watch!
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:iconthblanchard:
THBlanchard Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your welcome! :) You are so talented can't wait to see more from you! :meditation:
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Der-Bayer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
:faint: :jawdrop: :worship: :+fav:
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
=D
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granthiekel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
lordy.... i still can't stand how good you are!
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
Are you kidding? I can't stand how good you are. =P

Thanks for the comment! I always appreciate your support.
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Netta628 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
OMG!!!!!!!!this looks beyond realistic it's crazy...Your good!
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! =D
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