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Ian Somerhalder 05 by Ilojleen Ian Somerhalder 05 by Ilojleen

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Basic info

:pointr: size: A4
:pointr: Koh-I-Noor pencils: H - 6B, a kneaded eraser, a regular eraser, a white gel pen, a blending stump
:pointr: time: lost the track of time, but over 35h for sure.
:pointr: the reference photo: taken in 2003 by Robert Erdmann
:pointr: an entry for the TVD contest:…

Ian Somerhalder 05 - WIPs by Ilojleen

About the drawing

Ian Somerhalder, this time, as himself. Yes, I portrayed him again just because I like him, his acting skills since LOST and I find him attractive. Yep, a few sensible reasons :B
For many years [perhaps 5] I've had the reference photo saved on my PC in a folder called "Da sm3xY'n'CuT3 guYz I w4nnA dR4w sUmd4i x3 xDDDD"[just kidding :lol:] and finally made up my mind and drawn him. I started in June and finished yesterday. Over one month. I found out that long breakes/long creation process doesn't work for me as I hope it would have turned out a lil' bit different.

Funny thing is that some time ago I'd had 'drawn' all those white dots and zigzags on his tie by leaving unshaded places. But when it came to drawing the tie, I figured it would be easier - and probably more effective - to draw this pattern with a white gel pen. It doesn't mean I'm not so devoted to art as I used to be, I just wanted to try out a new trick which also makes drawing easier :) I used the white gel pen to correct these 2 white spots in his eyes as well.
I resigned from drawing the pattern of his shirt as I thought too many patterns in one drawing are... too many.
This crappy background has been drawn on my own. Wish it would be more smooth, but I have never been good at plain backgrounds :B Didn't want to blend, but I did. A little. And I also blended an itsy-bitsy part of his shirt [not the collar, the part which covers Ian's torso]. These are my all sins.
Somehow I have a strange feeling as if the portrait was still not finished, but I don't know what else I can do :shrug: Maybe it's because of his plain shirt?
I'm thinking of portraying Ian from the same photo shoot, but from the picture in which he's widely smiling to make a serious against happiness diptych , but it's only a random thought which might or might not turn into a real drawing.

I hope you like it! Thanks for your feedback in advance :happybounce:
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Broxmonkey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Very amazing artwork! :D

But there this person who I don't know if he got your
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much cute blush
Yeah, I am aware of this guy, he stole many artworks and we're currently reporting him. Thank you for the info, tho!
Narsisa92 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's wonderful!
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :boogie:
Indigoblau Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kudos to you! Wonderful! =D
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :boogie:
Indigoblau Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :hug:
01vultur01 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done eyes...Congrats
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :iconheartemote:
ArtByMalloryMorsa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you for entering this piece into my Vampire Diaries Contest! Your entry can now be seen in the contest gallery. Remember, as many as 4 entries are allowed per person, giving you more chances to win!

Be sure to watch me, *dark-fantasy so that you will be notified by journal update when voting starts, how to vote and when the winners are announced. Also don’t forget to spread the news so you can get more votes – if you haven’t already, a great way is to link to the contest in your “artist’s comments” on the entries!
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