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Tyrone and Elina Wells by Doctor-Pencil Tyrone and Elina Wells by Doctor-Pencil
ENLARGED view is about the same size as the drawing

WIPs

Reference Photo Credit goes to:
Danny Vasquez
[link]

I FINALLY finished my commissioned drawing for Tyrone Wells and his wife Elina.

First about the drawing...
SIZE: 13 x15 inches (edge to edge) depending on how they mat the borders? I left the top end open and adjustable for matting and framing, not knowing what they'd like best, or what may fit a certain frame size.
TIME: close to 20 hours! (Longest EVER spent on a single work!)
PAPER: Strathmore Bristol SMOOTH 300 series drawing stock
PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B, 4B and my new favorite toy, a Pentel 0.5 mm mechanical pencil using B & 2B for the "stray hairs" and for redefining tight spots and final adjustments to imperfections.

I had to photograph this drawing, because it is too large to fit in my scanner, so it lacks some details as a result. As we all know, originals are better than photos or scans?

Photo vs Drawing


About them: I met Tyrone and his wife, Elina at 2 concerts (October 22 & 24th 2010) because my son (Andrew Belle) was touring with him. They are both singer-songwriters, who recently got married. I started to draw his photo from his cd cover on the 22nd. See that drawing here

When we saw him again 2 days later, he liked my work, and asked if I would be interested in drawing him and his wife, and he held up his laptop with the photo, which struck me right away as inspirational. Both for it's contrast, design, facial expressions and because I really like them! (Google Tyrone Wells and/or check out his music on iTunes and Youtube)

Check out his myspace here: [link] and give Sea Breeze a listen?

I'm also posting separate cropped sections of each of them alone, as well as that cool microphone! View them here...
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On a personal note: I put 100% effort into this one! I held NOTHING back, and even when I "thought" it was finished, I spent a few more hours with a magnifying glass and my mechanical pencil sharpening, and redefining the dark areas. As a result, I consider it to be my BEST work to date?

I get asked all the time, "how did u get the dark areas so black?" Long story I explain in great detail in my TIP GUIDE: [link]

CHALLENGES:
1) I have never done a complete side-view profile, and was worried about the ability to "capture" someones eye from the side. Think about your eyes being different from the other 6.5 BILLION on this earth?!?
2) Going so large. I have spent 2 years and 150 portraits to discover the perfect balance between size and time required (6" faces). This is my largest drawing to date. I had to tape sections of paper over the areas I had not yet drawn on, to protect them from getting touched. And then when I was almost done with him, I taped him up to protect that area while I drew her, and then covered both while I drew the microphone & background.
3) Ears: I always seem to mess up the ears, but was happy with this one?
4) High Res: Of course we look for the highest resolution photos as a reference, but the one he gave me was SO high res, I felt I had to draw the pores on his head!? I did draw a few hairs I saw in his ear (click DOWNLOAD to see)
5) Hair: As you know, I don't like drawing hair. It takes too much time. I killed at least 1 full 2B on hers, but made up for it with his! :D:D
6) His shirt: My portraits concentrate on faces only, so therefore I don't have practice with clothes. To make this worse, he had a ti-died shirt on, which would require a lot of details (2 hours alone?) I got his permission to change his shirt color. At first I thought I'd just go with black, but then started pulling out some graphite with my kneaded eraser and I like the texture look, so I just worked on it more?
7) Blending such a large background
8) I thought, "oh, it's two profiles, that's kinda like ONE whole face?" WRONG! :D:D

VIEW THE REFERENCE PHOTO AND A FEW STEP-SCANS HERE: [link]
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:iconwissamwsy23:
wissamwsy23 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
perfect (y)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS so MUCH!! :D:D
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:icondeolindadi:
deolindadi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Artist
So real......!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tyvm! Still my fav I think?
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LexyWright454 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need a new favorites folder... One that says "I mistook it for a photo." This belongs there. Beautiful image
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha, thanks so much!! :D
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simpleman89 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable!!! GREAT WORK!!!!! I Hope someday I can draw half as good as that!!!!! I love drawing portraits but that is just beyond words...............TRUE ARTWORK!!!!!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx a LOT!! :D
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful and realistic! :-)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks SO much!! :D
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:iconalexanderfacuria:
alexanderfacuria Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
This is madness!!!!!!!!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks SO much!! :D
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:iconorinoco1973:
orinoco1973 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Perfect realistic drawing
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :D:D
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:icontoppa23:
toppa23 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
It's a draw ? OHHHHH.........damn is ..............fantastic is not enough......realy :shocked:
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D:D
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:iconryanoftroy:
RyanOfTroy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   General Artist
I am blown away! Thankyou for posting this and how you go about it.
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate it!! :D:D
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:iconsigma1984:
sigma1984 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
this is just perfect!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate it!! :D:D
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:iconroartar:
RoArtAr Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
muy bueno!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey THANKS!! :D:D
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ArtByMerleen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what, Rick?
I had no idea who Tyrone Wells was, but recently I found
his music and I am a huge fan now plus I'm pretty
sure that's Tyrone who's following me on twitter!
And now when I was like hey maybe I should draw him
some day I saw you've done him and I was like oh you
did HIM! That is Tyrone! Haha. :D
Now I appreciate your drawing even more, because
I seriously love Tyrone Wells, he is a total genius!
Just wanted to stop by and say this is PERFECT! :)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah my son toured with Tyrone Wells for 6 weeks in 2010 and they are very good friends. I got to meet him, his wife and band when they came through Chicago in the fall of 2010 with Andrew. He's such a nice guy! His dad is a pastor and he lives by his faith in Jesus Christ, as do I, my wife, all 4 kids, and parents :) Before their show, I got to go in the "green room" (what they call all back-stage rooms) and got to sit and talk to him and his wife Elena for a while. That's when they asked to hire me to draw that photo of them. You DO know Tyrone is giving away his METAL & WOOD CD now on noisetrade.com yes? Just go here, and enter a valid email and you can download it for free. [link]

My son is also giving away his song STATIC WAVES there now too [link]
He gave out his cd THE LADDER at one point.

and thanks too, I considered that to be the ONLY drawing I've done where I was 100% happy with the results :D:D
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ArtByMerleen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is SO AWESOME! Firstable your entire family
is so talented including you and gosh you have a son, who's
a famous star plus you've talked to Tyrone Wells!
That is just...Ah, like a dream for me!
Yes, I think I saw that, but I didn't know how to download it
at first, but thanks for explaining! I'm gonna do it
right away!
Wow, so cool!
You should be VERY PROUD, Rick!
I think your entire gallery is perfect!
You're a true artist! I seriously look up to you!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, been SO busy!!! Just moved. Have not been able to draw in 4 weeks! I'm DYING!! :D:D
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ArtByMerleen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I already started to think where were you! :D
But I understand! It's kinda hard for me to find the time
also because of school. Busy times. :)
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Check out this bottle of Tyrone Wells wine he have Andrew after the tour (Note Andrew's name below his) :D:D
[link]
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:iconstellagoesrwarr:
StellaGoesRwarr Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
That is literally amazing :D
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Sooooo Much!! :D:D
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:iconstellagoesrwarr:
StellaGoesRwarr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
No worries :D
I wish i could be able to do that ! ^u^
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:iconthetommy:
thetommy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you boss!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a LOT!! :D:D
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sparrowsong83 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can barley tell between the photo and the drawing, just amazing work! I hope I can get that good!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! :D:D
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:iconbacht:
BACHT Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well done My Friend!! :D
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!! :D:D
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:iconbacht:
BACHT Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey you are most welcome. Btw I have some interview page too in somethingwelike.com... It's a good site :D

Cheers!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh cool!! :D:D
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Judge-Jeege Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL . . Infact, i think i prefure your drawing to the photo ! . . . that's it, i'm going to have to watch you :-)
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rich35211 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Photo real!!! Top work here!!!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS! :D:D
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:iconpaulmellor:
paulmellor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
great work
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey THANKS!! :D:D
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:iconpaulmellor:
paulmellor Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
no worries :) i draw a lot myself .
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:iconpieterbo:
pieterbo Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Well, Mr. God... It's devine :-D
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha thanks man, but there is only ONE true God, and it ain't me :D:D
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chrisillustration Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
WOW!
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:icondoctor-pencil:
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :D:d
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