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A Work in Progress - Sam in the Moonlight

I should have posted this a while ago but better late than never. This is one of my other works in progress. I was inspired by the many lovely high resolution images of Sam and Dean that are out there on the web. This one is based on, I think, a second season promo shot. I love the high resolution shots because I can really go in and study the light and shadow play on their faces. Sheesh, its a hard job, but someone has to do it.

I started with this sketch.

I hadn't been planing on documenting my progress, so I don't have a lot of pictures of the initial steps. Below is one I took after I had already done a lot of work on his face and hair and started a little in on the background. The surface is a 11 X 14 grey toned Ampersand Pastelbord. I'm using Prismacolor colored pencils.

I bought this Pastelbord years ago and it's been packed away with a bunch of other stuff that I never had the time to try out. Unfortunately real life has a way of interfering with my good art intentions. Why now? Because my brain has been hijacked by the Winchesters!

Anyway it seemed like a good time to try out the pastelbord. I’m still looking for that perfect surface to give me the results I want. My initial reaction is that it I like it even better that the Colourfix paper. It has less texture making it a little easier to get the smooth blending of colors. So far it seems like a winner to me.

At this stage, I have added a lot more layers of color to his face, covering up more of the grey background board. This board is fantastic, it can take layer after layer of color and using more pressure on the later layers  will blend the colors together beautifully. I love the fact that you can layer a lighter color over a dark one to add highlights. You can't get super light highlights like this but it's enough to give dimension and contour. If you want a really bright highlight you have to make sure to layer only your light colors there.

Ironically I’m having more trouble with the background than with the face. For me it all comes down to having good reference material. I have a good reference for his face, not so much for the trees and clouds and things.

Now that I have the right side of the background kind of sketched in, the left side doesn't make sense. I  really need to change it.



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Jun. 18th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
You are an incredibly talented artist. You just not only blew me away, but also a couple of my peeps away also. Thank you for sharing your work with us! *hugs*
Jun. 18th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
:-D Thank you for that enthusiastic endorsement! I love doing this stuff and I'm glad others enjoy my efforts too. Please stop by anytime. I have a few more in-progress works I will be posting soon.

Jun. 18th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
honey you amaze me, I'm back at school doing art but faces are my downfall.

I have so much love for these.... do you have a completed one you would be happy with me printing out and presenting to Jared this weekend?

I think he would love it. Make sure (if you want me to give it to him) that you sign it though. I would hate to let the credit for such wonderful art go unnamed.


(oh i live in Australia so... we meet him on Saturday/Sunday my time so I'm not sure what time zone you are in but there are a couple of days for you to play with if you want me to do it for you)
Jun. 18th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh WOW, I would love for you to show it to Jared! I'll try to finish this piece or at least get it more presentable in time to send you a high resolution file of it.

I'm in California, BTW, so I think we are just about on opposite sides of the world. I always get mixed up trying to figure out time zones and such, but I'll give it a try. For example, if it Saturday morning for you, that means for me it something like 18 hours on the day before (Friday), right? Sheesh, I'm an engineer, you would think this wouldn't be so confusing for me.

Anyway, my direct email is Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Jun. 18th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
oh wow! this is stunning! absolutelly stunning!
Jun. 18th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for letting me know! :-)
Jun. 18th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is beautiful...I always wished I could draw, my drawings resemble Sam's efforts in 'Bedtime Stories'!!!

Many thanks for sharing.
Jun. 19th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
I am in awe! It's very rare to see portraits this realistic and accurate. These are perfect, really, as is the Dean one you just finished. Thank you for showing your works and how they progress, very interesting.
Jul. 19th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad your enjoying them. I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment :-)
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