60 hours of drawing later...

I have been very forcused on drawing for the past few weeks. I almost finished Ludwig's nose and eye, and just kept going. I've pushed the drawing further than I have with any artwork so far, and it has payed off I think.

I've had the help of a couple of great audiobooks to keep me sitting in front of the easel. "IT" by Stephen King was particularly helpful. (Almost 45 hours of listening!)

The lower left corner is starting to look more like a painting now, while the rest of the piece still looks like a drawing. I like it when you can't tell at once that it is a drawing. I've almost used up my Caran d'Ache Luminance white pencil. It gives such a soft and smooth look when I put it over other colors. When I bought my Luminance colored pencil set this summer, you could only buy them in sets. Luckily things have changed in the past 6 months, and now tegne.no does sell them open stock. They have a shop in Oslo, and I'll have to make a trip before the year is over if I am to finish this piece before the new year starts.

I already have plans for my next drawing. It will be smaller, since I seem uncapable of leaving any part of the paper unworked, and I want to finish a piece a bit faster this time. And it will not be as detailed as this piece, I want to practice making backgrounds that are out of focus.

 The first day of drawing. It took me 30 minutes to trace the image, and 1,5 hours to do the rest.

The first day of drawing. It took me 30 minutes to trace the image, and 1,5 hours to do the rest.

 About ten days and 20 hours later, I've almost done what I set out to do. The nose and eyes look quite realistic, but still more layers are needed.

About ten days and 20 hours later, I've almost done what I set out to do. The nose and eyes look quite realistic, but still more layers are needed.

 This is where I'm at right now. I've learned so much about using colored pencil to create photorealistic images. I'm guessing I have about 20 hours of drawing left. And that probably means it will be closer to 40!

This is where I'm at right now. I've learned so much about using colored pencil to create photorealistic images. I'm guessing I have about 20 hours of drawing left. And that probably means it will be closer to 40!