Posted here is my simple, no frills drawing of President Abraham Lincolnâ€¦ Honest Abe -with his humble birth-place log cabin home seen in the background.
I always have a ton of material, books, etcâ€¦ all making a mess of my drawing table, such that I have to always push stuff out of the way to make space on the surface to actually make my art. This morning I just happened to have an old 1958 encyclopedia with all the important information on things starting with the letter â€œLâ€ -so I flipped it open and was thumbing through and came to a striking photograph of President Abraham Lincoln.
I picked up a piece of paper, and with an orange crayon roughed in the sketch of Abe using the photo as my referenceâ€¦ and obviously I exaggerated Abeâ€™s leanness. This took about ten minutes. Then I used a brown ink â€œpen-brushâ€ to further delineate his face, followed by darkening some lines and areas with a black pen-brush, this process taking about another Â½ hour. I scanned the drawing into Photoshop where in stacked layers I painted the color digitally. (the lettering of â€œAbeâ€ was also done digitally) Maybe another half hour in all. Done.
Normally I do not work that quickly unless I am just sketching of doodlingâ€¦ but in this case case I simply wanted to breeze through doing this portrait in a short period of time and move on with my dayâ€¦ I came out nicely.
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See full post here: Steven Salerno Blog2015-10-28.