01 April 2007
This is one of the simplest, but most-complimented early sketches I did during the Lord of the Rings era, Gandalf.
Which is funny because you only have to get a few details right. I did not yet adopt an Art Noveau style of sketching, as you can see, the details are very soft and my objective was only to exercise my facial anatomy (er, sketching the facial anatomy. I wasn't exercising my face).
As is with the Art Nouveau style, the hair is stringy and my shadows are hatched, not shaded. I actually already received a request for this sketch but I found I couldn't let it go.