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FinePix J20
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1/21 second
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6 mm
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Oct 14, 2010, 12:36:24 PM
Digital Camera FinePix J20 Ver1.01
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Details and Drawing Small by Rick-Kills-Pencils Details and Drawing Small by Rick-Kills-Pencils
WIP Ben Linus
Step-by-Step doc here: [link]

From my TIP GUIDE:
"A LOT of people ask me, HOW DO YOU COMPLETE SO MANY DRAWINGS? It's because I draw so small! Yes, size does matter in drawing! I read that if you make a drawing just 20% larger, will take up to 50% more time to draw. So a drawing that takes me 10 hours, would take me 15 hours if I only increased it by 20% in size! I spend at least 10 minutes JUST planning the perfect size of the drawing. First, I set my printer on draft setting, and I print 2 or 3 test prints of the reference photo, then I compare them to my past drawings, and based on that, I can pretty much tell how much time it's going to take me to draw!

This helps me to determine how long it will take, and how much detail I can fit into a certain space. I have personally found that the IDEAL size for ME is to keep the total face size between 5 to 6 INCHES from the hairline to the bottom of the chin. If itís TOO big, there are too many details to ignore, it will take forever to finish, and I also find that the larger size affects my wrist motion while blending. If it is too small, then obviously you cannot draw the details. However, there is a perfect size, at least in my mind, which is the perfect compromise of time vs. details allowed. For ME, it is about finding this balance, between the level of details and how long it takes me to complete, because I personally loose interest fast, and want to move on to a new subject. I have my total AVERAGE drawing time down to somewhere between 6 to 8 hours."

To view my TIP GUIDE in FULL go here: [link]
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arisjackson Apr 26, 2011
You have a lot of those pencils. I only have like 5 xD
i like these pencils too! ;) and i missed your work! it;s been ages since ive seen your updates! great job as always!!
Rick-Kills-Pencils Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks so much!! :D:D
The total face size from the hairline to the bottom of the chin with my portraits is always about 3,5 inches. I was absolutely mind-blown when I found out most people draw much bigger than this
Rick-Kills-Pencils Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I said 6 inch faces? That's what it is anyways :D:D thanks a lot!
Do you think I draw too small? Should I draw bigger to compensate the fact details are harder to draw small?
Sorry for bothering you !! =)
Rick-Kills-Pencils Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no bother! It's totally up to YOU and what YOU feel comfortable with? I like 6 inch faces because it is (for me) the perfect compromise between details and time. Your drawings are good! :D:D
Thanks so much !! =) That really means something coming from you.
I suppose every traditional artist should draw the way they are most comfortable with =)
Rick-Kills-Pencils Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for sure! Don't just draw what you DO see, also draw what you don't see :D:D
Were did you get that magnifying glass?
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