Double Portrait 12 by helanker ()
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Graphite doodle on my Moleskine.
Have a lovely sunday.
We are back to rainy and grey weather, but now I can add WIND too.
Thank you so much for your kind comments to my previous posts. :)
Image Comments (13)
Mark-David-Rogers () 8:44AM | Sun, 07 December 2014
Sometimes bringing it back down to just pencil on paper is the best way to go and this work shows exactly why that can be creative and enjoyable. I like the crosshatching technique used here.
magnus073 () 11:00AM | Sun, 07 December 2014
Wow Helle, the attention to detail in these portraits is outstanding.
Chipka () 12:51PM | Mon, 08 December 2014
Really super work, especially since pencil drawings are not one of my own talents; I like the mood of this. It's incredibly well done and it's quiet and calm and relaxing. Even though it looks like something a little more formal, there's still a lot in the image to show personalities. This is really nice! I can see it framed.
anahata.c () 2:19PM | Fri, 19 December 2014
Pencil gives you the freedom to shade subtly---even though you use cross hatch too---and it makes a different kind of portrait. These are more of your insightful faces, the man on our left seems lost in thought, even though he's looking "at" something---this, again, isn't easy to capture. You've captured a lot of "in between" moments in this series, a very delicate thing. His shaded side (our left) is done with real spatial feeling, as are his lips and the groove going to the nose. His eyes seem almost sad, but not too much so; again, delicate 'in-between' feeling. And the other man seems more concentrated, like he's either looking at something, or lost in thought. But it's a gaze that's lost WHILE looking "at" something---like when someone's looking right at you, but you realize they're a million KM away...that kind of face. And his upper lip seems rather rigid, perhaps he's in a gripping thought. And you've defined the space of his head and bust so well, with your strokes. (Lots of straight lines in his forehead and the side of his face: You do your shading so well.) Another terrific pair of portraits, with yet more well-defined "moments". These just do not lag: Each new entry is as good as the last. You're accruing an amazing series here, Helle. (Ok more boring background: "Pencil" originally meant a "tail", something long and thin. And it's related to the english word "penis": Think about THAT the next time you draw with pencil! That might slow you up, lol...) ("Pen" is not related---it means "feather," like the feather quill that was used for writing. "Penne" pasta is pasta shaped like a quill. And even "panache"---from "pen"---meant someone who wears feathers in their hats. Ok, I'll stop. This is the end of the etymological portion of our lesson...there will be a quiz...)