altocello: sam heughan (sam heughan)
By now it should be obvious that I've gone and fallen for another show.

And I'm genuinely pleased with this drawing, which is not something I feel like I can honestly say all that often.

This piece was an effort on my part to learn to draw Sam's face better, and to aid in that I used a technique I'd never tried before to attempt to keep me on track with the likeness. And as much as I wanted it to not be so good, because setting up the grid is kind of a pain, I have to admit that using a grid really, truly, does make it easier to get the likeness right (you can see the grid in the gif I made of the WIP shots).

Thank you to Miranda Penn Turin with Emmy Magazine for taking the amazing photo of Sam that I used as a reference!

Thanks also to Lord Huron for creating the Strange Trails album, which was playing on repeat in the background while I drew this. I will forever associate this drawing with that whole album, but especially "The World Ender." :D

And last but not least, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] jelazakazone, [livejournal.com profile] rocknvaughn, [livejournal.com profile] amphigoury, [livejournal.com profile] gwyntastic, @csophae, [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves, and [livejournal.com profile] k_nightfox for being the best cheerleaders and enablers an artist could ever wish for.

Drawn with pencil (HB, 4B, 8B) on white drawing paper and photographed. Contrast adjusted and signature added in GIMP.

This is a non-profit fanwork; no harm intended, no money made.







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Date: 2015-06-30 06:34 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] amphigoury.livejournal.com
Fantastic work!! That grid really helped hold it together, eh? Amazing likeness - and I love the leather jacket seams and designs!! I kept thinking his hands were too small, but realized he's hiding them in his sleeve/glove, LOL! Tricky! LOVE IT CELLO!!

Date: 2015-06-30 06:55 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thanks, Amph!! I'm really happy with this one, I'm glad you like it too! <3

I really didn't want to like the grid, I really really didn't. I hate having to set it up, and until I learn how to make it bend to my will it seems like it's really inflexible. BUT DUDE. That was the least trouble I've EVER had capturing a likeness, and holy crap getting the folds and detail in the jacket was so much easier too. (LOL, yes, it's one of those thumb-holes-in-the-long-sleeve coats).

Date: 2015-06-30 10:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
It's wonderful and it's great to see the progression. The detail in that jacket is stunning. I don't even watch Outlander and I'm suddenly a fangirl.

Date: 2015-07-01 12:42 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
\o/ Job well done, then! Thank you! The grid was worth it's metaphorical weight in gold while doing that jacket, the designer of it put so much detail on the damn thing, lol. The best part is who is IN the jacket though. :D

Date: 2015-06-30 10:29 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
*falls over* *faints dead*

Date: 2015-07-01 12:43 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
*hands you pillows* *puts your feet up* I would hand you a Sassenach to finish the first aid job, but she's otherwise occupied with her Jamie :D

Date: 2015-07-01 12:57 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] jelazakazone.livejournal.com
LOL, well, he's probably in more need of her aid than I am. Just had to come over here and drool some more. <3

Date: 2015-07-01 04:10 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
There's no question that he's needed her since the moment they met, lol. :D Thank you for coming over and drooling! <3

Date: 2015-07-13 07:31 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] supernutjapan.livejournal.com
That's beautiful! Good job <3

Date: 2015-07-13 08:39 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! <3
Edited Date: 2015-07-13 08:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-07-13 09:52 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] besamislabios
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This is gorgeous, love his beautiful face!! :D

Date: 2015-07-13 08:40 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! (I love his face too, it's why I drew it! :D)
Edited Date: 2015-07-13 08:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-07-13 04:38 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] sireesanwar.livejournal.com
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OMG! That is amazing. You've got some talent there. I love it. You really captured how good looking Sam is!

Date: 2015-07-13 08:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
I'm so very pleased to know you think I've done him justice, and thank you for the lovely comment! <3
Edited Date: 2015-07-13 08:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-07-31 08:10 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] thalialunacy.livejournal.com
Love it! Esp love that you showed us the progression. So cool. :D:D

Date: 2015-07-31 09:54 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thanks, Thalia! I really enjoy seeing how other people create things, so I wanted to share a peek of my own process; I'm glad you enjoyed it! <3

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