Pencil Drawing of Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit


After drawing Tauriel, I decided it’d be cool to do a Gandalf drawing. However, I didn’t quite realize the horror of trying to draw his dang beard until I tried to. Needless to say, I ended up having to take several breaks while working on it, and only work on it in spurts of time, to make sure I pushed through it. Honestly, if I’d tried to draw this several years ago, I would have quit before finishing!

It was drawn entirely using graphite pencils.

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  1. I draw groups and individual hairs within the groups – stuff like that. then use erasers to clean it up. but I don’t just shade an area and erase detail into it usually. Maybe if it’s a background with a highlighted object standing out though

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