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James Dean by casparofambrose James Dean by casparofambrose
The reference I used for this picture is a page that my dad ripped out of a book more than a decade ago. He gave it to me years ago because I liked it so much. He had plans to draw it in the past, but he never got to it. I thought it needed to become a drawing at long last. It was begging for it. I must say Jimmy had an incredible connection with the camera. What a great face. By far the best pair of eyes I've ever had the pleasure of drawing. I didn't expect much from this piece, but I was thoroughly gripped by it from start to finish. I suppose that's what makes portraiture so interesting to pursue.

I noticed, sadly, that this does not photograph well in sunlight. Although it delivers much more clarity and detail, the sun makes all my solid blacks give off this awful glare that takes away from the picture. So I photographed it in dim indoor lighting. Even then there's a slight glare on the left - what can you do? XD The WIP shows a good detail shot of the face (albeit unfinished) if you were interested: [link]

I've decided to do a few Old Hollywood portraits. I've noticed they tend to make good portraits. Vivien Leigh is next. (:
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Danymckoy84 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my god , ur so talented ! incredible work !!
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You ask "what can you do?" I've read that one can use a matte varnish over a pencil with no harm at all to the work. Don't know, haven't tried it and one might not want to "remove" the gloss from his pencil works anyway. In any case who doesn't know that any online image cannot compare to the original.

Now to further take over--one might say "take away from"--your artwork by saying nothing about it, I offer a story about James Dean.

I've never seen a film with him. So it didn't mean a lot to me when, in an email, a buddy said about this photo [link] "I like the James Dean look." In the photo we'd just finished setting up the fighting hole and someone snapped a picture. Note that the M60 machine gun is pointing right at you. And behind the photographer were, unknown to us at that moment, enemy watching us. Now in this photo [link] you see the M60 and me on the radio. The enemy knows to take out the radio man and the big gun first, so that night most of the fire was directed at the two of us. I was frantic on the radio down behind the rocks and firing overhead my M16 with my other hand, and worried about losing that hand. This is really a very short story about that spooky night and I've taken over your picture for too long as it is. Please forgive me or simply hide my comment. In my defense I'll say that looking at your drawing propels me back to memories 44 years old. For that, and for your nicely rendered drawing, I thank you.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Pencil glare is something I've learned to live with now, but I may have to look into trying a matte varnish. I worry about a finished drawing smudging sometimes too and I've heard that using a varnish can prevent that.

No need to apologize - I'm flattered that my drawing brought back such powerful memories. Thank you for taking the time to share them.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That first link is here:

[link]
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DeboraMilano Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
That's tooooooooooooo cute!!! Love it!
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kennan1234 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome. is it because of the lighting that the pictures are so good? Anyways, awesome reference. I really don't know who this is but I most certainly will find out because of this. This is so very beautiful, the pencil work. Awesome, like I said. :)
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VillalobosDStudios Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Kool
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KuroInu1801 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES....... JUST YES
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the comment! =D
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KuroInu1801 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre welcome!! :-D
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