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Patrick Stewart Pencil Illustration/Portrait

Pencil/graphite on 120lb cotton cardstock - bright white - extra tight weave. 5B, B, F, HB, H, 2H, 4H Mechanical Pencils & Faber-Castell - Castell 9000 Professional Illustration Pencils Koh-I-Noor electric - fine draftsman eraser
Completed November 3rd, 2015
Recently as I've started utilizing a delicate layering process where I start with very light cross-hatching strokes using light 2H or 4H leads - loaded into my 0.3mm mechanical pencil (in the photo above you can see how smudged it is... it's the yellow one - It's really my favorite illustration tool); I have discovered I need a bright light source I can adjust the placement of. You'll note the LED light - on an adjustable neck - clipped to my clipboard. It is a Mighty Bright light - made right here in Santa Barbara, CA by Gold Crest, LLC. I always try to buy local if I can! :D It is a great tool that's a real game-changer as I focus on deeper layers of detail.
I used the "negative space" illustration style that is more typical of my pen & ink illustrations - I learned from one of my many illustration instructors in my youth - the amazing Linda Thorne - that what ISN'T on the canvas is often as important and can define the composition as the strokes that ARE present. This has had a profound affect on my illustration style through the years.
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I have such respect for this man. His talent is immense and the roles he's brought to life are iconic... and in truth all of these things are easily surpassed by his generosity and kindness - if you are not aware of what I am referencing look up Sir Patrick Stewart's work with abused women and children - and his work with combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He is truly a gentleman and a scholar - so this is difficult because what do I call this illustration? He's Professor X - sure. But he's also Gurney Halleck (one of the most important characters in the Dune Universe). There's no question that he's beloved the World over as Captain Jean Luc Picard. Recently he's taken on the role of Walter Blunt on the offbeat dark comedy series "Blunt Talk" on HBO. Some of his less talked about roles - but roles that are notable for being memorable - He played King Leodegrance - Queen Guinevere's father in John Boorman's masterpiece, "Excalibur". His distinguished voice has brought animated characters to life in films such as "The Prince of Egypt" and "Jimmy Neutron"... and he was the narrator "A Nightmare Before Christmas". He's simply one of my favorite actors... one of my favorite celebrities... favorite people. So I think instead of making this illustration about a character - it'll be about him. Yeah. That feels right to me. It should be finished today. Working on the final touches now. The finished card is here - https://www.vingle.net/posts/1177100-Patrick-Stewart%0APencil-Illustration-Portrait