The above is a portrait drawing for user / DrMeezy on RedditGetsDrawn. It was drawn on 9×12-inch Canson 1557 bright white drawing paper. For the body, I used graphite pencils (8B-4H) and blending stumps. For the rose petals, I used markers and 2B graphite. The rose petals weren’t in the original reference photo, but I thought they would make for a more striking contrast in the final drawing. I don’t have as much experience with figure drawings, so I struggled to provide contrast in the body without the use of hard lines. The ripples in the water were also difficult, especially while attempting to preserve the opaque quality beneath the surface. All-in-all, I found this to be a challenging piece, but I am satisfied with the way it turned out.
RedditGetsDrawn is a community for people who want to get drawn and artists who want to draw them! Anyone can post a photo of themselves or a loved one, and artists like me may choose to turn that photo into artwork. Everything is done on a volunteer basis, and there is no guarantee that a person’s image will be chosen by an artist. Different people use RedditGetsDrawn for different reasons. I use it as a way to sharpen my skills, try out new mediums, and experiment with different techniques, all while providing high-quality custom artwork to those who may not otherwise have access to it.
About the Artist:
John Gordon is an artist based out of Denver, Colorado, specializing in portraiture and realistic drawings. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in finance from Purdue University, John moved from his home in rural Indiana to Colorado to further pursue his career. While his background is in finance, his passion has always been, and always will be, art. With his drawings he works to preserve memories, capture relationships, and illustrate meaningful moments. With a belief that great art, and images that capture stories, should be available to everyone he works hard to provide affordable custom drawings to his clients. He is an artist by trade, an art aficionado since birth, and is devoted to bringing great art to more people. For more information on affordable custom drawings visit his contact page here.