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Bruce Willis by earlierbirdscenic Bruce Willis by earlierbirdscenic
Bruce Willis, umm, it took me about 8 hours cumulative across a span of 3 days. I did the drawing with mechanical pencil first then went over with a 6B to get some of the darker shades in.
I don't have an A3 scanner so I had to take a photo of it. The photo doesn't really do the drawing justice in my opinion. It doesn't really quite capture the minor details properly. Oh well

Doesn't look like him entirely but I'm quite happy with the effort. For once I didn't really rush it.
I took more time than I ever have. I started with his clothing because I usually finish those bits in a drawing last and ruin it because I try to get the picture over and done with. So this time by doing the clothing first I took time in getting the details right.
Hope you guys like it!
Enjoy :)
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:iconmiamary123456:
miamary123456 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing job! He is such a wonderful actor! Wow! How old are you? :heart:
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Kaleatha Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
OMG awsome :P
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:iconneko-tran:
neko-tran Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean by not having a A3 scanner and taking a photo of it. Good job :)
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Illum1nated Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vey nice :D
Just one question: How did you draw the black areas?
My only problem in my draws is that I can't paint the background with normal pencils because it tends to appear the direction in which I paint and because normally, the black doesn't appear in an homogeneous way (there are always some white spots that don't get painted due to the pores of the paper).

Congratulations...
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
charcoal is very effective at covering those white areas. It gives you very nice and even black matte.

But i did use pencil in this case, i think a 6B if i recall correctly. There is no shortcut to doing this with a pencil. The trick is too press the pencil really really hard on the paper. It may destroy lower quality papers if you press to hard, so try and get at least a good quality cartridge paper.
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Illum1nated Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmiko26:
miko26 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Wow...
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:iconblacknimproud:
blacknimproud Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You should be proud of this...hard to pull off those dark shadows!
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:iconwhoredaughter:
Whoredaughter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
that's an amazing work...it seems that you see Bruce the way i see him )
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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OzarMidrashim Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Awesome work
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanku
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BenavolutionArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
its excellent it looks like a screencap!
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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BlueAngel271183 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! You are featured in my journal [link] ! Hope you don't mind! :D
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not at all, thanks for displaying my work. appreciate it!!
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Creedysgirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconearlierbirdscenic:
earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanku
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Alice-fairie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow...I love this!
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank u
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kl3r1k Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Love it! Sin City is one of my favorite movies. ^^
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanku
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Emerlist-Davjack Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Excellent work! Mistook it for a photograph at first glance!
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:iconjiinarts:
JiinArts Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
yeah... with Sin City style i like it
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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kasumisman Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
great
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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manicolorz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great Job!!!!
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solidensity Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Haha, that's what I do when i draw. I start with the eyes and then the rest of face, and then the clothes. But by that time I get bored so i jsut kinda rush it. I'll try that next time. Good work =]
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adz313 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008   Photographer
truly amazing piece of work..
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matt-williams Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Although you weren't entirely happy with the likeness, I can assure you that you've really captured his essence. If it doesn't quite look like Bruce/Hartigan in every detail, it certainly feels like him. It's a remarkable drawing... sharp, bold and definite. I aspire to someday get this good.
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Fruzsina Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
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theshinyrock Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
wow super job :clap: I like Bruce :)
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LilNando Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
thats magic mate
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RichardBurgess Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Astonishing, simply astonishing.
I want to say thanks for finding my gallery because it led me to yours.
This is not simply a thank you response to your comments, but really your work is amazing.
Also, I have learned something coming here and reading your conversation with Matt.
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DreamingOutloud Featured By Owner May 10, 2007   Traditional Artist
How the hell does this only have 4 favorites??? Sheesh. People now-a-days are just too hard to please. :) I love this. It's very, very, close to being perfect.
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner May 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thankyou, words like that motivate me to keep at it. :)
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DreamingOutloud Featured By Owner May 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
Glad I could be of some service. :D
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saadgenie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
wow, nice bro...
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AndyBuck Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
the effect is great, good job :) very good :ahoy:
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WizardOzZ Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Student
this iz awsum shadin' iz... ! WOOW .. jus .. gr8 ! ... :D
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nikkigal88 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Wow, this is brilliant!! Really fantastic work :D
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mattyrich Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
This is unbelievable...and I think the photo is just fine. And call it my need to know thing..but the background, just pencil or was it drawn on black paper? Not a big deal, just wondered. But this is great, and one of my favorite roles by one of my favorite actors. Instant fav...
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, it all done in pencil on a white sheet of A3 cartridge paper.
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mattyrich Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
I think we've had this conversation before, but how do you get is soooo blackened (wow, just had Metallica come to mind) I usually give up, and leave it sort of greyish...
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jus get ure pencil and eat in to the paper. dont be afraid to rip those blacks in. really let the paper feel it. plus i used a 6B but regardless u shud be able to get pretty dark even with a 2B, but with more difficulty.
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mattyrich Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
So in other words...before doing a dark background like that I should just be really angry, and only work on the background. Hmmmmm....Ok, i can do that, I just have to go call my brother...10 minutes of talking with him, and I could be ready for that....
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earlierbirdscenic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, if that works for you, then i'd say go for it. But its a very good way to convey depth. Look up some paintings on a technique called "chiaroscuro". It was used in the renaissance where artists painted pictures with a definite light shining upon the objects. The light would cause great areas of brightness and also great areas of darkness. Its almost like painting in the dark. But yeah i've always been intrigued by that technique. Giving that contrast really gives the art more depth. It gets you one step closer to achieving photorealism.
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mattyrich Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Ya know...I became an artist to avoid all kinds of research that I hated doing in school. (didn't we all) But lately, I find myself doing more research than ever before. (Does that sound bitchy..cause I don't mean to) I googled it, and see exactly what you are talking about....and I think I like that. I never realized that my favorite painter used it...Rembrandt...I should have known that, but most of his paintings have that extreme dark background...(at least his portraits)
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JESR Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
great portrait. nice ligthing and shadows effects.
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