Rest in peace David Carradine. Like Jon mentioned in his tribute sketch, we lost a huge inspiration to many and a hero to all. I decided to work this sketch in a demo format, sketching and scanning at each stage to show the progress. I used just simple trace with black verithin-prisma. You will be missed…
Step 1: This initial sketch is done with basic straight lines.
(A). You start by breaking the page down with lines that extend off the page. These lines are the dominate composition lines, that help to dictate the main shapes and force of the sketch.
(B). Next you use Medium length lines (built off of the extended lines from A.) to help rough some of the bigger shapes, head, hands body are usually roughly formed.
(C). Using smaller lines, you help complete some of the rough shapes and help to begin the detail elements of the sketch.
Step 2: Using the sketch from Step 1 as an underlay, here we begin a new sketch by blocking out the basic shapes. Circles, triangles, cross section lines and roughly blocked out lines.
Step 3: Using the sketch from Step 2 as an underlay, we start a new sketch using the underlay as the “framework” to hang the more gestural/ expressive line work. Here we are looking to shape most of the final details, begin to build hierarchy and contrast in the line quality and look for value shifts. As the building of line work continues, its important to sketch “inside” the lines…using the cross section lines as reference, you can shape areas like the cheek, nose, mouth, eyes, etc.
Step 4: Here we have taken the sketch from Step 3, a little further with shading, cross hatching, feathering, etc. Using different techniques to help build in value, keeps the sketch alive and dynamic. Working with those different uses of the pencil, you can sepreate skin from cloth, etc. Finishing the light details on the face and hands, help to finialize the sketch. The last few details, I like to rough in a background, to help the portrait step off the page. Hope you can get something from this technique I was taught in a Figure Drawing/Painting class. Enjoy!