Tiger Face Work in Progress Pencil Drawing
This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. This will be a day to day update on a drawing that i’m working on. This will be a work in progress pencil drawing, so you have an idea of what goes into making one of my drawings. Keep coming back everyday for a new update and leave your comments below and discuss the progress.
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July 6, 2016
Well is what i have so far. I have done the outline and have indented the hair. It’s taken me a while because I’ve been doing a two step process with the hair. In order to get more realistic hair, I’ve been indenting first with a thicker stylus and then over that i go over it with the needle stylus. This gives the hair a more realistic look when i start adding pencil. This is what i have so far.
Since this drawing will be a closeup of the tiger face, i’m making sure the hairs will be visible much more. This also allows me to add much more detail because its a closeup. I’m filling in the dark areas with pencil and slowly it will all come together. I still have a long way to go but, its looking good so far. I paid special attention to the eyes since this it will be the main focus. Drawing something this close, especially eyes, means that i need to get the right detail in the eyes. The more detail i can add, the more life the eyes will have.
July 7, 2016
Ive begun adding pencil to the indentations. I love this part of the process because it’s like magic. With each stroke of my pencil, the hair is revealed. It’s great to see all the planning and work come to fruition. I’ve got a long way to go but i love the way its looking. The way i like to reveal the hair is to add some pencil with a chamois towel. By doing this i reveal the hair without adding to much pencil. I then go in and begin adding more pencil with a 6b by layering it in order to bring out the shadows
With this drawing im going for a messy hair and o do this im adding lot of individual hairs that overlap the hair below. I love how these single hairs look. They stand out and it gives the pencil drawing a bit more realism. I always say that the secret to realism are the small details. Still long way to go but it’s progressing nicely.
July 8, 2016
I’ve added the dark areas for the stripes. Doing this, not only allows me to see the overlapping white hair over the stripes, but it’s also good reference for the value that i need to add to the hair. It allows me to tell whether i should make the hair darker or lighter in comparison to the black stripes. What you are seeing there is the basic foundation for the drawing. I will be rendering layer by layer the detail until im happy with the way it looks. So far I’ve used only only 6b,5h and a Lyra pencil for the darkest areas.
July 11, 2016
I find this part of the drawing so fascinating. I don’t know if its because of all the years of drawing animal that i find searching and picking out the layers of hair fun. It’s an interesting process and after so long its become so much easier to spot the layers. Once i spot the layers of hair, i add the shadows using 6b pencil and bit by bit darken the shadows until the layer of hair becomes more visible. From this point on i will move my way down until i connect the top to the bottom. I can’t wait for you all to see it all come together. These pencil drawing images will hopefully show you what goes into making these art pieces. Drawing in pencil is my passion and i hope you feel the same way and you get to see what i love to do most.
July 14, 2016
This section of drawing will be lighter because light source will be coming from this direction. Drawing realistic hair is also understanding of how light behaves with the hair. Apart from the light, this area will also have much more white hair. Drawing white hair is a bit more tricky because its a balance of how much graphite to add to paper. Adding too much will start making the hair look like darker hair. I’m primarily focusing on the shadows that the white hair casts. Of course, any area that area under shadow will be darker in value, including white hair. There lots of things that i need to consider when drawing the hair.
By adding graphite on indented area, im able to see much more clearly where to add the shadows. It’s coming together nicely. From this point on i will begin layering the values, slowly darkening the necessary areas. For this, i use a 6b pencil. It’s soft enough that i don’t need to put too much pressure to get graphite on paper. Tiger drawings are my favorite. I just love the way they look and the contrast of dark stripes and lighter hair looks beautiful. For this drawing, i decided to make the hair a bit messy and a bit longer in order to give the hair much more texture.
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