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Benedict Cumberbatch by OzVisual Benedict Cumberbatch by OzVisual
This is based off a photo by Jimmy Kets which I absolutely loved. Pretty impressive when he only had literally a minute to take photos.

anyhoo, the reference pic is copyright him :)

I've been watching Benedict's past work. I am amazed at the talent this man has. Third Star: Go watch it. Take many tissues.

A4, Prismacolor Pencils, 2011.
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agnes21 Mar 1, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfect! :) (Smile) 
This is absolutely gorgeous, thank you!
Ace-of-the-Spade Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely brilliant! Third Star is such a heart moving movie.
I cried like a little girl :) Thanks!

it looks so realistic :D
lizzib7292 May 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i actually thought it was a photograph when i first saw it!!! absolutley amazing!!! have you got any tips on how you draw so well with coloured pencils? :love: i want to start using them properly myself! :)
thanks Lizzi
Cheers Lizzi :)

I learnt a lot from forums like and, Ann Kullberg's website is brilliant too. I'm always happy to give what tips I can though :) Do you know what you want know specifically?
lizzib7292 May 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ok thanks i've checked them out and to be honest i think your art is better!!! not being rude to Ann Kullberg as hers are amazing too! you should start your own website!!! :)
dont you have to pay for the courses on those sites though?
well i wanted to know how you made the skin tone so smooth and (for lack of a better word) not scratchy yet capture all the different colours and light and dark tones? do you use a blending tool? are your pencils expensive? although these are just three of the many questions i can think of!!!
i'll watch you so i can see more of your brilliant art and harass you further in the future!!! :hug:
I found her books a great resource when I was getting starting even though I've kind of moved onto my own style and methods now :) I am working on the website currently!

Skin tones: lots of layers! About 23 layers all up - using really fine circle-type movements on the first few layers (usually cream and light peach in the prismacolor range) with a light touch and a really sharp point on your pencil so all the white (or whatever colour you're drawing on) is covered up smooothly, then i build from there - all in fairly light touch so i don't burnish the paper so it won't hold any new colours. The type of paper is important too - i like a heavy gsm - about 120 or so. Stonehenge is really brilliant and holds a lot of layers. I don't use a blending tool, though on the skin i sometimes will go over the highlights pressing quite hard with the white pencil to make them look smooth - the darker colours tend to blend themselves simply because there are so many layers to them.

did that make any sense? I really ought to do a tutorial one of these days...

Pencils are pretty much exclusively the Prismacolor Premier range - cost depends on where you are. I'm Australian but I order mine in bulk lots from which makes them cheaper than buying them in Oz.

questions are fine. I really don't mind :)

cheers xjen
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