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Step by Step with Tennant by Sterin Step by Step with Tennant by Sterin
I decided to upload a step by step process of my portrait of David Tennant.

I wasn't really sure what category I should submit this under... so I went with Traditional Tutorials. Now, I wouldn't necessarily call this deviation a "tutorial" (as it lacks any explanation or tips, etc)... However, I do believe a lot can be gathered from how I approach a piece from this deviation. Thus, my choice of submission.

If you're looking for a true pencil portrait tutorial from me, follow this link here: [link]

The specs for this portrait (such as materials used) can be found on the finished piece's page: [link]

Find it on tumblr here: [link]

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x--randomgirl--x Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Rly good, but i actually think the first version is the best! xD
shoujoSUNRISE Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Wow, you are soooo good! I would kill to have talent like you! :iconiloveyouplz:
greyfin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
burn me at a stake, but i like the non-finished third picture best!
yes, there are no pin-stripes, but the folds of the jacket are so much more interesting.
i also think the light background brings out much more of the graphic richness.
Sterin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for your opinion. i actually agree with you about the jacket's folds. it was a hard decision to go ahead with the pinstripes and sacrifice that detail... but i am glad i tried my hand with the pinstripe print.

thank you once again.
greyfin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
welcome :)
Gl00myRubix Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that's really great, thanks for the step by step drawings, it really helps to see which parts of the drawing you did first etc. just one question: did you use a rubber to rub out some of the lead for the stripes on his coat? because i can see that on the picture before the last he has a fully black coat and the finished one he has the stripes.... just wondering. :)
Sterin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good question.
i had never worked with pinstripes before and i was extraordinarily nervous about them! so, i avoided them and shaded the jacket to my liking first. i then went back with a mechanical pencil's eraser (to ensure thinner lines) and took out some of the pencil.
however! i HATED how messy it looked and ended up filling in all of the eraser pinstripes again. to get the finalized version, i erased a little bit but shaded the jacket a bit darker to create more concrete, defined stripes. after blending all of it (with m finger tip for the most part), it turned out looking a lot cleaner and more finished (in my opinion anyways).

and that's THAT story! ;)
Gl00myRubix Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh right, i got you know. ;)
sounds like a very long process but i guess it only seems that way and was much easier to think about when you were actually doing it. clever though! some great ideas you have there. :)
Bekkye Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Student Digital Artist
this is great! fantasic drawing, it's nice to see all the steps :D
Comic-Cywink Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
looks sick
abolatinge Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no it doesn't! I think it looks fantastic!
mason4300 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
nice work :)
madobe Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
i love him!!!nice one!
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