A while back (seriously a while, I usually forget the blog exists), I decided to draw a portrait of one Mr Jeff Goldblum. Why? Because he’s a great actor, and seriously interesting looking. I like the guy. For this piece I decided to break out the old drawing pencils, as usually I’m just using a BIC clicky pencil for everything. I wanted more depth, and I ended up really happy with the final result of this drawing. I even sold it!
Onwards to the progress pictures!
First up is the loose, light sketch. I found the photo I wanted to use as reference, zoomed in until I was happy, and then held my paper up against the computer screen to very lightly trace out the proportions correctly. I could never get the hang of measuring or using a grid like some other artists, so this is what works best for me (though I always make sure do freehand art once in a while to make sure I don’t ever lose that skill). After this initial ‘tracing’, I do not place my paper on the screen again. As you can see here, I did begin drawing the left eye before I remembered to take a photo.
Below is the finished initial drawing. It’s clear what and who I am drawing, and I’ve added a few extra lines in places as a guide for shading. Whenever I reach this point, I’m always hesitant to start the next step, afraid that I may ruin things.
Now begins the shading and filling in. I used Staedtler drawing pencils. I’ve had this particular set for probably close to 10 years. I’ve only just now finally found a pencil sharpener that actually works for me, which is what made me think to dust these bad boys off. In particular after doing this portrait, in which there was a lot of darkness, I need to pick up some more pencils now! I had a really good time with them.
Here, you can see that I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to work next. I had finished the glasses, and normally I always begin with the eyes. Honestly, I don’t remember why I switched to the ear after outlining that iris.
I did not utilize blending for this drawing, and focused more on (kind of) cross-hatching. I prefer to shade in this style because it’s cleaner on my fingers, and can be much easier to control (for me, anyways). I also like that it gives the completed drawing a sketchier look, rather than straight up realism. I like that you can tell my drawings are drawings.
And here we have, at last, the finished Goldblum. I’m really proud of this drawing, and while I would have been glad to frame it and hang it in my bathroom (not even really joking about that), I’m also happy that it found a new home with someone else. It’s good to share the Goldblum love.
Jeff Goldblum movies that I like, and you should watch: The Right Stuff, Silverado, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Thor: Ragnarok, Earth Girls are Easy, The Prince of Egypt, The Grand Budapest Hotel.