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'Will Smith' graphite portrait by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'Will Smith' graphite portrait by Pen-Tacular-Artist
I decied to draw will smith for 2 reasons, firstly to practice other races and the different skin tones, hair and features. And secondly, although i don't really like u.s comedies, the fresh prince of bel air is still one of my favourite ever comedies. Although I do love curb your entusiasm, but overall i prefer more edgier british comedies like peep show, uk office, Alan partridge, red dwarf etc.

Although there isn't a huge difference in drawing will smith, there were some new techniques i had to learn. The main one being drawing the hair, which was confusing at first, but is now alot easier than drawing long hair. The darker skin tone and the features, in particular the nose was a bit tough at first, but i'm fine with it now.

The drawing was done on A4 Bristol Board paper using standard and mechanical graphite pencils. Approximately 30 hours to complete.

Here are some of my other graphite drawings.


Here are some of my other graphite drawings.


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:iconkaru619:
Will Smith !
Hey Hey now we're talking!

Forgive my outburst but I am a real big fan of Will Smith. He's a real cool guy if you ask me. It's a pity that you did him with a beard. It would have been real cool to have him in his typical clean shaven avatar, but this works just fine too. I like The texture you gave his suit, it came out real well. The collar and tie are real nice too. I especially like his expression. His hair looks a tad weird but taht doesn't matter, Great job as always :D
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Definitely a stylistic portrait of Will Smith, almost caricaturesque. I am not a huge fan of the caricature style, mostly for aesthetic reasons - it was developed to mock political opponents when direct insult was labeled libel, and has less aesthetic value as a result. I am unsure in this case if the style was intentional, or simply a result of skewed proportions.

Regardless, there is a lot of fine detail in this graphite portrait, and a quick peruse of the rest of the artist's portfolio shows a similar style prevalent throughout most of his works in this medium. The reflections in the eyes are canted interestingly, and there is good use of facial topography to add detail and interest to the portrait.

The proportions are skewed, though, and even if for affect it detracts intensely from the aesthetic interest of the piece. There are some weird lines and facial details that seem out of place/forced, and the hair is just freaky lookin'. The use of studs in the ears to add to the whole 'ethnic' theme seems forced, given how often Will Smith is seen wearing ear studs of that size or thickness (never, basically, unless again skewed proportions). Ears are an odd shape. Something vaguely grotesque about the shape of the teeth, although teeth are hard to do well in general.

Overall, the artwork is striking but disgusting. Definitely an acquired taste, and if unintentional, work on proportions/face drawing definitely needed. Also, celebrity face-portraits are not exactly original, so it loses a few marks on composition due to that.

Not a particularly impressive piece, but showing signs of technical skill and dedication to the craft.
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GigiSovereign Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Best actor in the world! Great job
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pBiZZZ1e22 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow,I'mSPEECHLESS!!!!!
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Awesomenesokatu Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks really good!
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I'm running out of words to describe your drawings with lol!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks and don't worry, as everytime i finish a new drawing the comments i read have the same positive impact as if i heard them for the first time, even if i've heard them a million times before.
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice and humble, that's good!
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, for featuring me again.
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FoxWithRedHat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I love this actor he is hilarious, Great work on the picture :dummy:
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, i'm not a big fan of his movies, but i loved him in the fresh prince.
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thewolftroll Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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thewolftroll Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome C:
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Jodi-Mahaffey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
You did an excellant job. It looks like him.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, male portraits aren't to difficult compared to the female ones.
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is really amazing :D
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, glad you like it.
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are more than welcome :D
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Geffenleffens Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Neato, the hair (eyebrows, beard, and head) really attracts the eye with the tiny details... I love it. :D
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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CreativeExistence Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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CreativeExistence Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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KristSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Digital Artist
You did an amazing job on this, rich with detail from facial features, the clothing, earrings and lights and darks, you are awesome!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, slowly improving and your feedback is really appreciated.
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KristSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Hey no problem, you are such an inspiration, keep that awesome work coming.
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
It definitely looks like him :D. I love the jacket you drew, it looks really good. I still think there could be improvements with the hair (I think the lighting is a little weird on his forehead) and the wrinkles that go to his nose looks a little too defined for me. Everything else is pretty much perfect though, good job :D
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, the jacket was actually the easiset bit. The hairs a bit of a problem as there wasn't any real defintion in the reference pic, and as i haven't draw black peoples hair before, i decided to just keep it simple.
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Ahh, the parts that always amaze me are the easiest bits xD. Maybe you could take another similar pic with more definition and just take parts from both haha xD. (Obviously little parts, it would look weird if you took an ear from here and a mouth from there xD). As for simplicity, it still looks great :).
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome work, you really captured him in this picture. :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Rocks-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
One of your best yet!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, learnt alot from this one.
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Rocks-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
You're welcome!
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Graphitetech Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
great job the hair is very impressive well done.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, i see from your id your black, so i'm glad i've got your seal of approval.
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Eyes have a very wet and natural look. Cool...:sun::skull:
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.:sun::skull:
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ZephyrGold Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
if i'd try to draw that, i'd smudge the whole page. I'M IMPRESSED AS ALWAYS :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, the technique to not smudging is to spray with fixative as you finish each part.
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xtrapoint Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a black person, and I approve this drawing. :iconobamaplz:
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, i'm glad the black race approves, XD. I'm from an indian background, and drawing them is pretty similar to drawing white people, except for the darker skin. So this was a bit different at first, but i'm now used to it.
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xtrapoint Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Especially the hair, I wouldn't dare draw my own hair; maybe if I shaved it first...
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deceptional Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
you don't understand how much i love will smith. i've loved him my entire life. when i was little i was upset that my skin couldn't be dark like will smith's.

and fresh prince is awesome.

and this portrait is awesome.

and looking at them, all of your other work is pretty damn splendid, too.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, i'm glad your pleased especially coming from such a will smith fan.
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