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Details and Drawing Small by Doctor-Pencil Details and Drawing Small by Doctor-Pencil
WIP Ben Linus
Step-by-Step doc here: [link]

From my TIP GUIDE:
"A LOT of people ask me, HOW DO YOU COMPLETE SO MANY DRAWINGS? It's because I draw so small! Yes, size does matter in drawing! I read that if you make a drawing just 20% larger, will take up to 50% more time to draw. So a drawing that takes me 10 hours, would take me 15 hours if I only increased it by 20% in size! I spend at least 10 minutes JUST planning the perfect size of the drawing. First, I set my printer on draft setting, and I print 2 or 3 test prints of the reference photo, then I compare them to my past drawings, and based on that, I can pretty much tell how much time it's going to take me to draw!

This helps me to determine how long it will take, and how much detail I can fit into a certain space. I have personally found that the IDEAL size for ME is to keep the total face size between 5 to 6 INCHES from the hairline to the bottom of the chin. If itís TOO big, there are too many details to ignore, it will take forever to finish, and I also find that the larger size affects my wrist motion while blending. If it is too small, then obviously you cannot draw the details. However, there is a perfect size, at least in my mind, which is the perfect compromise of time vs. details allowed. For ME, it is about finding this balance, between the level of details and how long it takes me to complete, because I personally loose interest fast, and want to move on to a new subject. I have my total AVERAGE drawing time down to somewhere between 6 to 8 hours."

To view my TIP GUIDE in FULL go here: [link]
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:iconarisjackson:
arisjackson Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
You have a lot of those pencils. I only have like 5 xD
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eeemila Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
i like these pencils too! ;) and i missed your work! it;s been ages since ive seen your updates! great job as always!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks so much!! :D:D
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Suther23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
The total face size from the hairline to the bottom of the chin with my portraits is always about 3,5 inches. I was absolutely mind-blown when I found out most people draw much bigger than this
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I said 6 inch faces? That's what it is anyways :D:D thanks a lot!
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:iconsuther23:
Suther23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Do you think I draw too small? Should I draw bigger to compensate the fact details are harder to draw small?
Sorry for bothering you !! =)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no bother! It's totally up to YOU and what YOU feel comfortable with? I like 6 inch faces because it is (for me) the perfect compromise between details and time. Your drawings are good! :D:D
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Suther23 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thanks so much !! =) That really means something coming from you.
I suppose every traditional artist should draw the way they are most comfortable with =)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for sure! Don't just draw what you DO see, also draw what you don't see :D:D
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:iconkamachka:
Kamachka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Were did you get that magnifying glass?
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my dad found it in a garage sale. I think it's used for making fishing tackle? :D:D
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:iconkamachka:
Kamachka Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
haha lol thats cool
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Cerzus69 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It sucks that you drew the mirror image! As a LOST fan I was really looking forward to seeing this finished. Any idea when you will finish it?
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, ha, I just started Zachary Quinto, but will re-do and finish Ben before the weekend is over. My had is bigger than that drawing? I also plan to draw Desmond and Kate again. All eventually? Here is Zack so far

[link]
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:iconcerzus69:
Cerzus69 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you a series guy as well? Seeing as you're drawing Zachary and all those guys from LOST. Great subjects! Nice progress so far, by the way. You captured him quite well. I did a quick sketch of him as well, but that didn't amount to succes. He's still on my wish list though at the moment.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not really but wish I had the time to do them. Like everyone in LOST, Criminal Minds, Dexter, etc. I ended up putting Ben on hold till I finish Zack. Somehow my printed reference photo was reversed. Yeah it would look like him, but our faces are not perfectly symmetrical? In other words, a mole on his left check would look weird on the right? I had an hour into that, and just didn't feel like starting over ha
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Cerzus69 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean. People who would look at the drawing wouldn't notice what, but certainly that something is just off, because like you said faces aren't symmetrical at all, well most of the time. Try mirroring your own face in the middle for instance. Be prepared for some laughing!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes I remember seeing that somewhere on the web lol :D:D
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:iconcerzus69:
Cerzus69 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We did it at school, some people really look weird like that, me included :)
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Binockula Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
wow, can actually see how ur doing it now, thats a good help, u must be drawing alot to get that quality of work out in those numbers, i havnt sketched in a wile now, airbrushin and graffiti portraits are taking over now, sketchin will come back now the winter is coming
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
drawing small is the key to speed! But it's finding the right compromise between size vs details allowed? 20% larger takes 50% more time! :D:D
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:iconbinockula:
Binockula Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
ohh that much! wow thats good to know thanks!
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:iconargentinian-queen:
argentinian-queen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!! For me, drawing that small is even harder than a A3 piece! :/ you must be reeeeeally carufull with those tiny details! :wow:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gotta use a magnifying glass :D:D
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:iconargentinian-queen:
argentinian-queen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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:iconkadajkaiba:
KadajKaiba Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa, where can I find a magnifying glass like that?
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my dad found it at a garage sale? I think it is used for making your own fishing tackle? It has up to 4 clips :D:D
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:iconkadajkaiba:
KadajKaiba Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow. Haha, nice find!
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:iconanemone89:
Anemone89 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wooooooooow:iconohnoesplz:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS!! :D:D
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madam-lara-croft Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooo... so thats how u work
cool
lots of concentration & effort shows :thumbsup:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey thanks so much!! :D:D
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:iconkarthik82:
karthik82 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! It's always great to see behind-the-scenes stuff like this. You should do a video tutorial sometime.

Yay for Ben Linus as well - an amazing character!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, I put him on hold cuz somehow I printed the reverse image, so he's backwards? Doing Michael Jordan now [link] should finish tonight :D:D I need to get a web cam?
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karthik82 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, no problem, take your time (at least for me, one important ingredient in a piece of art turning out nicely is that your heart must be in it)... I'll wait to see Linus either in the "mirrored" version or the regular one :)

These days, even a mobile phone can produce decent quality video. My videos are recorded with a Nokia N82 cellphone (which is more than 2 years old). The video is in 640 x 480 resolution. I guess phones nowadays record in high definition, as do entry level digital cameras. Either of these are probably better than a webcam.

What camera do you photograph your images with (the "behind-the-scenes" photos)? Unless that's an entry or mid-level DSLR, I guess it would record video as well.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's a good idea. I will check that out soon :D:D Sorry I don't type more. TOO many comments ha
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humnabuzz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
i love your drawings..tips are nice...and useful at times...but you draw totally different then i do...i dont use all those tools...someday i will reach my goal just by practicing...drawing is pleasurable for me..i dont need it to be so technical...that would bore me more than the time....in fact..i never finish a piece from start to finish...i dont have time for that...i do a bit here..a bit there...which also gives my eyes a break so i can look at it with fresh eyes and find my mistakes...i dont know why im even commenting here...im no where near as good as you...im happy if i get a good likeness...lol...but i will try your this tip next time the hair and the background are both black..ill still use a bigger sheet of paper..ill just crop it..lol...so thanks
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey thanks so much!! :D:D I understand. We ALL have our own "style"? I like to just draw tight head shots, while others draw the whole body, etc. With BLACK backgrounds, most important is the PAPER and the method of applying. All in the tip guide haha
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:iconhumnabuzz:
humnabuzz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
yeah...well let me give you a tip...draw ville..lol...im impatient...
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol I know, but TRUST me, I MUST feel inspired in the 10 minute window I search for what to draw next? He'd be good for Halloween? I thought I'd do some monster stuff before month is over? hehe
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:iconhumnabuzz:
humnabuzz Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
now thats just mean...although..there are some pretty scary pics of him from back when he use to drink, right before he went to rehab...do you know...he only did 29 days and has been sober for 3 years..plus..he quit smoking after smoking 4 packs of cigs a day..cold turkey.....ok..now im being all fangirly again..lol..but..this is why he inspires me..*sighs*
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow good for him!! I will get to it. I have 150 photos saved, and even what inspired me before, may not today, etc. :(
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PhoenixGR Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you are extremely better than me ! if that helps in any way... lol

i work/draw the same as u do, basically cos im too lazy to finish the things i started and cos i want to take thing at my own pace (which a really slow pace btw)

It all comes down to practise in the end, never mind how many portraits u condture in a day !
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:iconhumnabuzz:
humnabuzz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
i agree...practice..thats what it comes down too..and shut up..i just went thru your gallery...you are extremely talented and creative...
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:iconphoenixgr:
PhoenixGR Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
haha yeah, but in terms of portraits u are lightyears beyond me !
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blacknimproud Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
that's a big drawing dude! lol Awesome technique
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx! Doin Michael Jordan now [link] :D:D
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blacknimproud Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
man I wouldnt know how to explain that if I drew it myself, lol. You're good at that. Can't wait!
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meathive Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Complicated drawing setup! I use a pen and paper and simply scribble in the areas that require more detail. :D
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
COOL! Thanks for sharing this. :D
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