Most commissions I have received are for pencil portraits.
I think part of the appeal is the simplicity and directness of a pencil drawing. There is just something different about recognizing yourself, or someone you know, in a picture that was created with nothing but the humble pencil and paper.
Of course, creating realistic features, expression and depth requires some careful work and layering, just like in painting. Here’s a quick montage of how this portrait came about!
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Thanks to Lee and Giulia for your generosity in letting me use this as an example!