Well, it's finally finished. After many, MANY hours spent on this I never thought I'd actually manage to get it done!! After the first week or so I locked it in my drawer, with nothing but a half-drawn face, with the intention of never touching it again because I knew just how long it was going to take - but a month later I finally plucked up the motivation to complete it and I'm sure glad I did.
Done with a HB mechanical pencil on A3 paper.
Fingers crossed I'll be getting a new camera soon which means the quality of the photographed piece should be nice and crisp, I may re-photograph this piece but for now It'll do
A *mechanical pencil*?! Wow. You're nuts. The results are beautiful, but it must have been quite tedious. It looks a little like some kind of lift-off technique, like when you cover a surface with soft charcoal or an oil wash, and then create light areas by removing some of the background tone with solvent or an eraser or what-have-you. So if I could zoom way in on that, would it all be tiny little hatch marks?
At any rate, it's a really nice piece... sufficiently gritty-looking that Mr. Eastwood would almost have to approve.