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Pencil portrait of Lady Madonna, after one of Michelangelo Buonarroti's sculptures. I completely fell in love with his work after I got to read this huge book about his sculptures, paintings and buildings.
I drew this with 5 Derwent Coloursoft pencils on grey paper. I got questions on Facebook about how I achieve a soft & realistic look on a tinted surface
Well... it is a matter of blending with a soft pressure on your pencil. I first drew the outlines with white pencil only, and blended the slightly darker parts with White Grey (#710) and Dove Grey (#670). By outlining the shadows with a black pencil and Persian Grey (#660) I managed to create a pop up effect. As for the subject matter
: I'm open to many religions. Nothing specific really! I'm not extremely religious, but I like the divinity that most of the religions possess. There's a certain truth behind everything. But that's just my philosophy. Stuff used:
- Derwent Coloursoft pencils #720, #710, #670, #660, #650
- grey paper (12x24cm) by German brand Ursus
Estimated time: 5 hours of work