After looking at this drawing for a while I am still amazed at the small nuances that really bring this piece to life. Every little shade change and bit of texture and every shadow and wrinkle seem so realistic. Congrats on a very successful piece in my opinion.
hello,and thx for faving a couple of my works.like you i am an entirely self-taught artist and everything i do is learned through trial and error until ive found a way that suits me.as you can imagine i get asked a lot about techniques etc and so to avoid having to re-write after every enquiry i started a blog at www.artofclivemeredith.blogspot.com i also have a facebook page entitled clive meredith graphite art where you can see drawings and paintings coming together as well as explanations on techniques used.do have a look and i hope it helps.best wishes
thanks,i think some images need backgrounds whilst others stand on there own merit without.The important thing is that the image has impact and doesnt get lost amongst the myriad of other drawings out there.
Fear is good it helps your concentration! i always draw the backgrounds first to overcome this particular anxiety,its also easier to judge the required depth of tone on your main subject once the backgrounds in.nothing worse than having to re-work an image to suit a background applied later!