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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2 thoughts on “Pencil Drawing of Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in “The Hobbit””
With all the white hair, was your approach to draw around each strand (or group of strand)? Or did you do any eraser drawing?
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