Shadow Falling It was a great relief to get back to some graphite pencil work, a medium I feel very at home with and although this wolf portrait is very detailed, I found it relaxing to create. I've been wanting to draw a portrait like this for quite some time but been unable to find a suitable reference photo to use. Those I had were either not sufficiently detailed or not quite the right pose. I really wanted an intense look. As an experiment what I did was to take one of my old reference photographs, crop it in half so I just had the left side of the face, then flip it horizontally in Photoshop to give me the right side of the face before joining both halves together. The result was a very symmetrical face with an intense stare. With the addition of some dramatic lighting I ended up with just what I had in mind. 'Shadow Falling' 10.25 x 9.25 inches graphite pencil on Arches cold pressed watercolour paper, now framed and for sale on the Mighty Fine Art website.
If I'm going for a dark background as I did here, I always like to get as dark as possible so my method is to start with black ink (hence the more suitable watercolour paper rather than anything too flimsy) and once dry, finish with layer after layer of my darkest darks. Once burnished I can achieve a totally dark and even background which retains depth rather than the flatness of plain ink.
'Butter Wouldn't Melt' 9.5 x 6.25 inches coloured pencils on paper. Framed and ready for sale from my Mighty Fine Art website.
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'Drifter' 14 x 7.5 inches watercolour on paper.