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Old 09-11-2019, 12:43 PM
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Sketch of Winston Churchill

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Title: Sketch of Winston Churchill
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Medium: Pencil
Surface: Paper
Dimension: abt 8x10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
My main 2019 New Year resolution was to lea<br> to draw faces of famous people and an early one was of the famous British wartime leader, Winston Churchill, as he was on his 1941 visit to Canada. It was never really intended for other than my own (and wife's) eyes so I sketched it in HB pencil on an old sheet of high-rag-content bond paper that was intended for handwritten pen and ink letters…you can even see the watermark bleeding through in the attached photo.

After doing a few faces I really got into this whole drawing thing and broadened my focus considerably and since then have tried animals and landscapes.

I have now settled on a style that's not "just a sketch," but falls well short of photo-realistic...I love photography also, so I'll leave realism for that medium.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Now I'm thinking of going back and redoing the Churchill sketch on proper drawing paper...Strathmore 400 drawing or Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum are the best I have on hand. What do you think of the sketch and which of the two papers do you think would be best for a finished drawing?
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:25 AM
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Re: Sketch of Winston Churchill

Hi Cycroft,

I've never worked with these two papers so maybe someone else can tell you more, although both papers are of good quality. Of course there are the usual considerations such as surface texture, paper weight, color of the paper, etc. I think the choice of paper (especially surface) is very personal though, so trying out is maybe the easiest.
Personally I want paper that's really white (so not grey or creamy), so highlights will stand out. In addition I want my paper to be strong enough to resist my abuse

As for the sketch, I don't know how accurate you wanted it to be. I think it's a nice starting point. When looking at the images on the Internet, I can see differences. Especially the top of Churchill's head needs to be broader (on the side of the ear). There are also differences in the nose (especially nose bridge) and right eye (I mean the eye on the side of the ear). The lapels on the suit should be rounded toward the neck. I hope I'm not demotivating you with my comments. I just think you'll get a better result if you make some more sketches, comparing very accurately with the reference photo. I hope this helps!

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Old 09-13-2019, 02:40 PM
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Thanks, Edith, you were very helpful.
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