Gene Tierney is one of the first actresses I knew I wanted to draw when I thought of doing a bunch of classic Hollywood portraits. The reference I used for this is far from being my favorite picture of her, but I knew it would translate nicely into a drawing. I had a lot of fun with this (although, like always, I underestimated the difficulty of the ref) and she is now officially on my growing list of people I will have to draw again. I got a little reading lamp for now that substitutes quite well as a drafting lamp. I felt like I was making good progress on this and Im pretty sure it came down to having sufficient lighting Im not sure why it never occurred to me before. I thought my biggest challenge with this would be trying to make her skin texture look subtle, even, and soft, as my last few portraits seemed to have me in the habit of sort of doing the opposite. Instead it was the hair that gave me the most headache and slowed me down. And I had a little trouble in the end getting my signature to show up (you can see it, right?). Worth the frustration, though. (:
Mechanical #2 pencil, 6B pencil, q-tips, Kleenex, and white vinyl eraser on 19 X 24 bristol paper.
Time: Woah, probably around the 40 hour mark, most likely higher. I spent a lot of time messing up on things and having to rework them.