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Legolas Graphite by Kalgoras Legolas Graphite by Kalgoras
Well it's been a while since I did an A4 portrait, as I've been doing smaller images recently. I've been meaning to go back and do some more Lord of the Rings portraits after watching the films again recently (Best. Trilogy. Ever.).

I have improved a bit since my Aragorn picture ([link] ), but have been struggling with getting my contrast right and have not been going dark enough on skintones, so found a great picture of Legolas, which had some nice contrast to use and practice on. All the Works in Progress are in my Scrapbook here: [link]

Capturing the fey magical beauty of elves on the big screen is an impossibly hard job, but they managed it pretty well in the films apart from the odd dodgy camp elf here and there :)

I was pleased to find this ref, where Orlando doesn't look like he's about to go running off to pick flowers or hug a tree right after the shot...

So Orlando Bloom as Legolas on A4 Bristol Smooth paper using 2H-8B pencils and 8B Mars Lumograph for the background. Not sure how long, but around 20hrs or so.. (That poor lumo took a bit of a hammering :P) The picture probably looks better digitally than it does in real life, but it still looks decent in reality :D Full view is about actual size :)

Reference comparison pic:

How it starts WiP's (Had somebody ask on FB :) ). Some are links as I have maxed out my thumb allowance!:

[link] [link]

Really pleased with the outcome; probably my best drawing yet, so I'll try and get my tonal values better in future! :D

I might have to come back and do something about the hair near the braid...that area looks a mess :(

Comment or critique away! - Kal :)

**Photo update to answer questions on background and stuff, showing the reflections at the risk of disappointment :) - read text:
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guitarrayaccion Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
cooll thank for show de process, i use a grid like you to do my draw
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Jjnelly91 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Just spied this as I was browsing, and I'm blown away! I'm just starting out with drawing in general, hoping you could give me some tips and tricks on how you are able to obtain the depth? The detail in this is a little out of my league at the moment, but I'll try my best to get there! If you find the time, please take a look at mine, see if you can give me some pointers! Thanks
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Jjnelly91 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Just spied this as I was browsing, and I'm blown away! I'm just starting out with drawing in general, hoping you could give me some tips and tricks on how you are able to obtain the depth? The detail in this is a little out of my league at the moment, but I'll try my best to get there! If you find the time, please take a look at mine, see if you can give me some pointers! Thanks
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EmilyRose481 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Awesome portrait! Very well done! :)
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TripleS-Art Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent job!!
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iPadawan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love it.
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McDoss Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly inspirational Kalgoras!!
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juliarr Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy crap. I love it!!!!!
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:iconamalia00:
amalia00 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
very very nice ;)
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Artsygeek117 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
i love orlando blooom
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sashgee Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy SMOKES MUTHHSSFHNDFIOHRSOG ERMAGERD I'm in love
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Sorry for the late reply hehe, not quite as active as I should be :(
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jexass Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
bueno , bueno , bueno
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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StacyMB Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another amazing job! I really like the WIP pictures.
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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jdsvtx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist
amazing, you are very talented ,
John
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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ChristianCowgirl116 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the BEST portrait of Legolas I have ever seen... Amazing work! Amazing!
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks so much :) *blush* :D
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ChristianCowgirl116 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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Esther414 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thanks! :)
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Warmpiexx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Wauw, just WAUW. This is wonderfull; i thought it was a photo, wauw.
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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zlgriff Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dang.....im flabbergasted, you did WONDERFUL!!!!! any tips on how you draw such an accurate portrait? seriously, i would love to find out...my work sucks compared to this, this is awesome!!!! excellent work! i want to give you a "wow" and "love" emoticon but don't know how to do it , just know your work is awesome!
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :) I use a grid to help me get the proportions and positions, so it ends up where I want it. It's not perfect, but I find it a lot better than doing it freehand as I have a lot to learn for that :( Grids really help when judging the positions of things, as you have many more reference points to work from. ;)
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zlgriff Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i tried grids long time ago but could never master it. i always do freehand, ive always managed unwittingly to do things the hard way...in drivers ed in high school i hit the cone driving through them forward but not going backwards...im in my own twilight zone...lol.....thanks for getting back to me, i may have to try the grid method again...love your work, i love how you shade them, they look so real. im still working on that..my latest one i finished yesterday, a collage of anakin skywalker, i think it turned out ok but i did learn a really cool way to do hair which is one of my strong points without this tip but if you get a crochet hook and make indentions on the bristol and then run your pencil across it in the direction you did the indentions, you get instant highlights, it looks really amazing :)
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeh I've used that last bit a couple of times on Bristol :) You can also use a pin or a needle to make fine scratches which also highlight hairs really well :) Only problem is you can't rub them out! I've been so lazy, not really drawn for nearly 5 months :( Must get back to doing something soon :(
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zlgriff Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me too, my last hiatus was 2 years, before that it was a 5 years...can't draw i you don't feel like it, at least that's been my experience but you are very talented :)
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AdyDay Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which pencil type can make such a dark trail?
1000000B ?

:D I wish I had it.
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mars Lumograph 8B :) A very dark black pencil...almost more a carbon pencil than graphite :)
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AdyDay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guessed so. :blush:
Are those the dark blue ones?
I think I have it somewhere... :D
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeh it's a dark blue one :) For some reason it still counts as graphite, but I have my doubts. It's a bit wierd as you can't layer it with normal graphite as it won't write over other pencils. If you want to use it, you have to put it direct on the paper first. Other pencils can write on the Lumo, but it's so waxy, it won't work on others :)
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ladyalita Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great values! You captured him well.


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My heart and soul: [link]
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment! :D
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capatel5101 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
this is awesome im obsessed with LOTR
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you liked it :D
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krisy3791 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
wow, this is a fantastic drawing! :) I really like it a lot! Love the contrast and shading!
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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mipic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Inspiration=CHECK!

amazing work, amazing and unreal,

Love,

Mipic
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, it's still my fav piece I've done so far :D
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mipic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I understand why^^ I want to be able to draw like that one day...work, work and work ;)
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Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, well it was my 3rd portrait, so it just takes a bit of time! There are some really good tutorials on here for drawing and it makes a huge difference. It's very easy to improve in big jumps early on, so just try and improve one thing every time you draw a picture! It will come :)
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mipic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thanks loads for the tip! I am just amazed that it was just your third attempt:S I thought the first one was good...:)
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Rodelrosario Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
What kind/brand of paper you are using?
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's Daler and Rowney Bristol Smooth paper :)
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Rodelrosario Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
amazing
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:iconkalgoras:
Kalgoras Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Fantastic work!
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