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Aragorn Graphite by Kalgoras Aragorn Graphite by Kalgoras
My 3rd attempt at practicing drawing faces, as it's not my usual thing. I was a bit too ambitious!

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn from a really popular reference image link below :)

For :iconfantasy-masters: 'Middle Earth' competition.

Well I thought I'd have another go at portrait art to try and work on technique again as I have learned a lot since my 2nd attempt over a month ago! I took some measurements for the key bits to try and make sure it actually looks a bit like Viggo. I've tried to blend my shading a bit better and make sure my tone and contrast are improved from my last portrait. All my 'Work in Progress' pics are in my Scrapbook if anyone wants to see how I built up the drawing! :) [link]

Major thanks to the Tutorials, hints and tips from the DA community, especially Meks :iconaxpleasurexhatingxu: , Rick :iconrick-kills-pencils: (make those blacks..BLACK) and Li :iconthe-li: .

A4 Bristol Paper, 2H 8B, Eraser, Blending things, Time (lots!) and frustration! :)

As usual folks, I'm really trying to improve and I think I have over the last 9 weeks, since I started; however there is still so much to learn!

Please comment and criticise, as it's the best way I can improve! :D

So far for me...this is my masterpiece!!

Kal :)


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*Re-uploaded image, just spent 10 mins on a couple of minor changes to hair bottom left and right as it looked horrible. It's a present for my dad, so I had to being sprayed :P*
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DeadlyNightshading Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is amazing. I am also a LOTR fan and i use graphite. The eyes are fantastic! 
Nestor-Pavlovsky Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is not Aragorn! I mean - emotionally this is really another hero. Sorry..
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries :)  I enjoyed drawing it, however art is a subjective thing ;)
Nestor-Pavlovsky Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
))) You know.. The Aragorn is, simply,one of my favorite characters and I love the LotR like no other - even nor less, then You are, for example. Looks like You are unlucky with getting an audire with the whichsoever worthy critic. I'm not critic, as You can see, and I do not know, how may I objectively help You, so You can better understand - to what I'm incline. But, if You deem that my passive contribution, I could aid You: I may try to expand your vision and elaborate the idea. I do not pursue for selfish goals.
Nestor-Pavlovsky Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
..only - if You deem that my passive contribution helps You..
SwissMangoes20 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
so much detail!! so pretty-I love looking at this
Warmpiexx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Wauw this is amazing.
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou :)
SourEasel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing I can't stop looking at it.
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