Wow! Gloria Swanson. The likeness is uncanny. You picked the perfect reference, because I always thought she had a noteworthy profile. The way you handle light, contrast, and detail - especially in this drawing - is simply breathtaking.
Really stunning work Micheal.. as always. I love her hair, each stroke both light and dark really shows and gives the feeling of movement and depth. The depth and texture to her coat makes it looks almost as though it could be stroked. I also really like the pose you chose, it shows a sense of despair or helplessness. Wonderful work.
It's funny, the coat ended up being the most time consuming aspect of this picture. The paper I had chosen has such a smooth finish that I had to create texture where there was none! This involved countless small strokes with a mechanical pencil (like drawing terrier fur). Thanks for the great critique!
Argh terrier fur.. don't mention that. I've been trying to do a portrait of my Dad's late jr terrier and the coat has been driving me nuts! You have my sympathies.. some things seem to be difficult and time consuming no matter what media we choose to do them in. And you are more than welcome - it was a pleasure to view and critique.
This is really beautiful. I love how you show the light coming from both sides, that spot of light in her hair is etherial. It draws your eye and lets you travel around the page. Extraordinary for pencil work!
You're welcome and I disagree about taking credit for the composition. Just because it was in the reference photo, you still have to have the skill to know how to put it on paper. I think a lesser artist would have toned it down or left it out all together. It's these decisions on how you interpret the materials you use that separate good artists from great ones. and this is a great job!
Woow this is insanely beautiful, I absolutely love it! I didn't know this star, but do know Norma Desmond. I probably have to watch one of those silent films. Superb work on the hair and shading, truly, it looks so soft and delicate...