Charcoal on Paper
A portrait of Matt Damon from his role in The Martian
In the fall of 2015, I took an art class at Diablo Valley College.
A passionate art student, I was excited to take a class that genuinely interested me.
When the semester came to a close, my professor was conflicted on whether I should earn an A or a B.
Mind you, I was on the border and the class didn't have pluses or minuses.
Much to my dismay, my chum bucket professor decided I was deserving of a B.
Out of spite, I drew The Martian to prove myself and my artistic skill
(at the time this was drawn I thought this was really great).
chum bucket n. one who makes poor choices
Some fun facts
As any artist will tell you, drawing can be incredibly time consuming.
This particular drawing took about 15 hours.
The portrait is 2x3 feet.
Everyone says the area in the top right corner looks like shattered glass but actually it's just supposed to be a reflection on glass.
Find a photo or image to grid
Grid the paper very lightly
Use soft graphite to draw the original image, using the grids to maintain the integrity of the proportions
Erase the grid
Cover the paper with charcoal dust
Develop the image based on the faintly visible graphite by an erasing (draw by taking away)
Breathtaking hyperrealistic charcoal art
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