Colored Pencil Portrait: Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Well, I did it.  Geez, it felt like forever. The scan of the pencil portrait worked great as a sort of grisaille which saved me a lot of time.  I didn’t have to build layer after layer of shadow.  I really admire people who work in colored pencil. There is so much discipline involved. You have to be even when applying strokes. As you can see my background is pretty uneven because I wasn’t patient enough to really move my pencil in a way that would ensure even color. Oh and working on vellum Bristol board didn’t help either. It was nice to have the texture at first because you can apply so many layers of color. The problem with that is that I realized that I don’t have the patience to apply the number of layers needed to really do this right.

It took me days to finish this, and I’m sorry that I rushed the background. It’s no masterpiece, but the flesh looks fleshyenough to suit me, so I will put this in my success stack. This was a wonderful exercise.  It was definitely worth doing.  I see potential here and if I stick with it I could be pleasantly surprised by the results.

So bless all of you colored pencil artists. There should be a special medal for you.

It’s been a wonderful two days. The sun has been out and my daffodils and crocuses are up. It’s feeling like spring and my heart is singing with it!

Pencil Portrait: Daniel Craig


After all of the drawing from life I’ve been doing, I thought it would be interesting to draw a portrait from a photo. I had been reading a post on Ujwala’s blog Draw the Line and she asked folks to comment on whether they preferred to draw portraits from photos or from life. There are lots of interesting comments. The link will take you directly to the post if you want to check it out.

Later I was watching the last James Bond movie, Casino Royale and I decided that I just had to try that guy’s face. Daniel Craig reminds of the tired private eyes that Paul Newman played in the mid-60s, like Harper.  I guess it’s the tired expression and the icy blue eyes.

My aim here was to draw in a more controlled fashion and be careful about really looking for the values. I wanted to get away from my usual haphazard sketching and make a real drawing. I’m really pleased with how the nose came out. I drew this a couple of weeks ago, but then the other day I printed it out on Bristol board and started going over it in color. It’s looking pretty good so far. If it turns out well I’ll post it here.