You're very welcome! I didn't know if you draw for fun or sell your work professionally? I'm trying to get a grasp on how much to sell my work for. Though, I have been told I cannot sell my work if I did not take the photograph that I'm using unless I get permission. Anyway, I didn't know if you had any suggestions for me?
I think it's just about what your time is worth to you AND will the client pay that? Look in my journals and see the one I just did on WHY I NO LONGER DRAW FOR COMMISSION. I have done it, but do not want to any more, and one of the probs was not really know what I could charge...sorry
I just LOVE how you can include every wrinkle and crease, every character line in his still-handsome face, and yet not make them harsh or over-emphasized... I adore H. Ford's work, and admire him as a person, too--this is a stunning portrait. The contrasts are delicious, and add a wonderful intensity to the piece--it goes perfectly with that piercing stare, which you captured so very well, too... Amazing work!
Scanners can be a blessing and a curse: they can capture more of the detailing, but can also wash out the contrasts on the original...it's a love-hate relationship for me! They're great because they can capture the piece flat, without too much reflection or distortion--but they can alter colors and contrasts... May your relationship with your new scanner be one of peace (there are times when I want to throw mine out the nearest window! lol!)!
I use a B or 2b, hold it sideways, and do small areas at a time, and I SCRAPE the graphite into the tooth of the paper, which by the way, should be a thick paper, like Bristol. Read the TIP GUIDE in my gallery folders. I explain it better there