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Drawing Jared Leto by RayPelesko Drawing Jared Leto by RayPelesko
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Righteous-Scalliwag Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this one.  Of all your portraits, this is the most lifelike.  Isn't facial hair fun to draw? :)
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thanks! It is fun! When I was drawing both Jared and Johnny Depp's beards, I realized I couldn't go too wrong with drawing facial hair. Compared to the hair on top of heads, I don't have to worry to much about keeping a consistent direction, and enjoyed having some freedom. :)
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Righteous-Scalliwag Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)  I know, right? It's almost impossible to mess up.  I just start scribbling and zone out.  The portrait I'm working on right now includes a mustache & beard, so I understand the feeling.
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alwaysbelikelol Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
woow! so realistic!!! how do u draw hair like that??? for me it's really difficult :P
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thanks Diana!! Let me tell you, I definitely struggle with hair too. Shorter strokes is easier for beards like his. But for longer hair, it's honestly hit or miss for me. I try to pay most attention to highlight areas, and hope it looks believable, lol. Check out some free videos of drawing realistic hair on youtube. Just watching the techniques others use definitely helped me get a better handle on hair. [link] [link]
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alwaysbelikelol Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
thank you ray!!! :D
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TalesOfNightWing Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Phoenix!! A rare photo of myself that I actually liked, haha! :D
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TalesOfNightWing Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
What pencils do you use? Sorry, I am just an aspiring artist, and I can draw, and I am working on drawing better, and I think good tools will help that. I admire your work, it's flawless.
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Don't be sorry! I'm more than happy to share. I use a variety of pencils, but my favorite is the one in the picture. It's just a typical Pentel clickable mechanical pencil, the kind you find in an office supply store. I get the most use out of that one, with regular HB graphite refills. But, I also use a variety of Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils, ranging from 2H to 4B. I rarely go outside of those values. Having a number of pencils will help you achieve many tones that you wouldn't get with just a normal HB pencil. I also use tortillons a lot, to blend skin tones.

I'm flattered you like my work! I'm definitely learning as I go, and always trying to improve. Let me know if you have any questions! :thanks:
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