1000 Hours

Between 1st January 2012 and 1st January 2013 I will commit one thousand hours to drawing and painting, and progress will be posted here.

Jess and portrait

Submitted by Sam on 6 September, 2012 - 22:45
Jess and portrait

Jess next to the work-in-progress portrait, the weekend before she left for Canada.

Slow but steady progress

Submitted by Sam on 30 July, 2012 - 21:39

Since the last update, progress seems to have been slow. I lost a lot of time trying to get a smooth gradient in the upper left, which for some reason proved surprisingly difficult. I've moved on to the more complex areas recently, and feel like every few strands of hair I define has been making a marked improvement to the overall piece. I'm looking forward to having blocked-in the whole hair, then working in some highlights using an eraser.

Jess in Apron - slow but steady progress - 30th July

Submitted by Sam on 30 July, 2012 - 21:29
Jess in Apron - slow but steady progress - 30th July

Adding detail to the hair

180 hours - Portrait update

Submitted by Sam on 6 June, 2012 - 23:32

I'm about 180 hours in to this pencil portrait. I have spent a lot of time in the past month adjusting the darkness of the apron in order to give the shadows the intensity that they need.

Since the last update, I have also made an attempt at the hair, which is phenomenally intricate. It's going to take a long time to get right!

Overview of Jess portrait - 6th June

I have been using a 5B to make the darkest shadows as black as possible. 

Apron detail from Jess portrait - 6th June

Jess in Apron portrait - detail - 06th June update

Submitted by Sam on 6 June, 2012 - 23:16
Jess in Apron portrait - detail - 06th June update

Jess in Apron - Portrait progress - June 06th overview

Submitted by Sam on 6 June, 2012 - 22:37
Jess in Apron - Portrait progress - June 06th overview

Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 100 hours

Submitted by Sam on 29 April, 2012 - 23:34
Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 100 hours

Excuse the colour-cast and darkness of the photo -- it was taken at night, in a room lit by a low-energy bulb!

Around 100 hours in to this portrait.

Portrait progress after Easter

Submitted by Sam on 9 April, 2012 - 21:11

I have spent another 25 hours on my pencil portrait, and still haven't rendered a single part of it to a finalized state. I'm happy with where it is going, but progress is slow. A1 really is big, and even 45 hours of work gets stretched thin!

Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 45 hours

Below is the detail of the apron. Whilst it looks patchy here, it comes together nicely when viewed at a distance. I intend to shade everything as carefully and as accurately as I did in my Bargue plates, which will ensure the finished picture looks good even when viewed up close.

Detail - Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 45 hours: A1 pencil portrait after around 45 hours of work. No part is 100% done yet, I still feel like I'm just sketching in the base layer!

Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 45 hours

Submitted by Sam on 9 April, 2012 - 20:58
Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 45 hours

A1 pencil portrait after around 45 hours of work. No part is 100% done yet, I still feel like I'm just sketching in the base layer!

Detail - Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 45 hours

Submitted by Sam on 9 April, 2012 - 20:58
Detail - Pencil portrait progress: Jess in Apron - 45 hours

A1 pencil portrait after around 45 hours of work. No part is 100% done yet, I still feel like I'm just sketching in the base layer!

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