Some time ago I finished this drawing of actor Brad Pitt. I especially loved the light setup in the original photo that resulted in dark and deep shadows. This is the ideal image to draw since there are many levels of value allowing the artist to create a realistic pencil portrait.
The entire drawing was done using a 0.7mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead. Mechanical pencils allow for great details. The drawing was done on 2-ply Bristol Paper. Bristol is a tough paper that allows for many layers of graphite enabling the artist to create nice dark tones.
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