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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 :)

:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:

Reference Comparison:

*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 tweak...now being sprayed :P*
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:iconluckyspirit14:
LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Amazing!!!!!
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:icontouchofthesoul:
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!
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:icondeadlynightshading:
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! 
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:iconnestor-pavlovsky:
Nestor-Pavlovsky Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is not Aragorn! I mean - emotionally this is really another hero. Sorry..
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries :)  I enjoyed drawing it, however art is a subjective thing ;)
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:iconnestor-pavlovsky:
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.
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:iconnestor-pavlovsky:
Nestor-Pavlovsky Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
..only - if You deem that my passive contribution helps You..
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:iconswissmangoes20:
SwissMangoes20 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
so much detail!! so pretty-I love looking at this
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:iconwarmpiexx:
Warmpiexx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Wauw this is amazing.
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou :)
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:iconsoureasel:
SourEasel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing I can't stop looking at it.
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much :)
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:iconlittleamissepic:
LittleAMissEpic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nope. No way that was done in graphite. that must Be a grayscale copy Dude.=) Kidding, i'm not calling you a liar, that just seriously looks like the original in gray, i take my hat off to you!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comments :) Yeh I'm proud of this one, apart from the end of the hairs and the chain mail, which looks a bit rough hehe, but otherwise it looks decent. :) My parents have the original in a frame on the wall and I'm pleased how it turned out!
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:iconlittleamissepic:
LittleAMissEpic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well i agree with your parents, its absolutley amazing!:)
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get a little bubble of selfish pride when I see it heh :) But I've been so lazy recently I also get a lot of guilt. Not picked up a pencil in about 3 months now :( Need to get back into it :)
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:iconlittleamissepic:
LittleAMissEpic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i just got out of that rut myself,so i completely understand=P
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just printed out a reference photo...so...hopefully going to start tomorrow after work hehe :D
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:iconlittleamissepic:
LittleAMissEpic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It will be awesome if I actually DO start hehe :) I've had a few false dawns...
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:iconfingerprintsairbrush:
nice...
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconairyfairywish:
AiryFairyWish Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
stunning!!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconshelleymags:
Shelleymags Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
It sure is a masterpiece wow!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
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:iconwaynecampbell-art:
waynecampbell-art Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Totally captivating! Well Done! It goes in my Faves.
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a ton! :)
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
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:iconakronadorer:
AkronadoreR Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Amazing work!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a ton! :)
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:iconmaska13:
maska13 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Very beautiful work!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much :)
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Artist
Awesome!!!
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ;)
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Welcome!:nod:
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:iconarte-de-junqueiro:
Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!!! :thumbsup:
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
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:iconcarryn:
Carryn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would agree that this is a masterpiece. You are inspiring me to pick up the pencils and work again. This is amazing. You were almost able to make his eyes seem like they have color. How did you do the white in his hair? Did you leave it blank at first or is that the eraser?
Thank you for sharing. I'm off to look at your gallery.
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was a big step for me as my 3rd portrait I tried hehe...took hours and hours, but it made me realise what I could do with a bit more time and effort :D It's not as good as it could be now, but it was a long time ago last year hehe :) One day, I may redo it :D
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:iconcarryn:
Carryn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I know what you mean though about it not being as good as what you can do now. I look at my first portrait and think, "I thought that was good?" We just keep improving as we work.
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:iconcodina:
codina Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
amazing...im speechless..i wish i could draw so good
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :) This was an early piece, but it's still decent ;D
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ArwenGernak Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
you're featured here: [link]
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconarwengernak:
ArwenGernak Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
good luck : it's a great drawing
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconaftertherainn:
aftertherainn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
3rd attempt?? heh:) no way, man you are great, people practise many years until they get such skills ...amazing:)
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :) Yeh I learned a lot from people on her pretty fast :) I've been really pleased :D
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