Friday, November 13, 2009

Inspired Sketch



I was looking on Phawker.com the other day and saw a New York Times Magazine cover containing a photo of Stanley McChrystal. I've never been a very good photographer myself but this photo really blew me away and I felt like I had to draw it. The photo really tells a story just in the expression on his face. The photographer is Peter van Agtmael and I hope I did his photo justice in this sketch.

12 comments:

thomas pitilli said...

Beautiful. Really great rendering.

mick statham said...

That is a woderfull rendition Alex. Justice has definitely been done.

alex fine illustration said...

thanks for your comments, I'm going to start posting more pencil drawings soon.

prestonsinfield said...

i really dig your work, especially these pencil drawings. have you tried digital coloring these like you do with you ink pieces? i am an illustrator starting out and am glad to see that you're doing very well for yourself from the content of your work to your list of clients. all the best.

ratu lakhsmita indira said...

wow 0_0
cool.

alex fine illustration said...

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work. I actually tried coloring one of my pencil drawings last summer and I might start doing it more often. I just wish I could find more of a market for the realistic portraits because they're so fun to draw.

Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Yeah, real nice.

Mark Harmon said...

Holy crap! This is WAY good. I think you definitely did the photo justice. It's also really cool that you showed your reference photo with your piece. A lot of artists don't do that. Maybe they feel that it shows off too many weaknesses
However, I like to do it. So what if you can see my weaknesses. I'm not claiming to be the greatest artist on the planet, so why not show a little process? I think it shows whats going on in the artist's head when you do that.
So, anyways, I commend you for putting the two next to each other.
And, not to buttkiss too much, but I like your sketch more than the photograph. I just like drawings more than photos.
Anyways, Nice work.

CarolAnn said...

Excellent wrinkles! The drawing was definitely more inspiring and interesting than the photo!

larry said...

..."I hope I did his photo justice in this sketch."
You did.

alex fine illustration said...

Thanks everyone, I just got my internet back after moving and appreciate all the feedback.

Ammon said...

Really amazing.