Time-Tested: 100

reddit11-100cYes, here we are again – time for another lionhearted spin of the wheel, and this week it brought me 100 minutes in which to create a drawing from the ever expansive selection of Reddit Gets Drawn volunteers. After last week’s terror with thirty and sixty second rushes, it was a relief to be gifted one hundred leisurely minutes for this week’s exercise. A good job, too, because this guy deserved every second.

I’ve continued my streak of making the subject look twenty years older than the photograph submitted suggests – the side in shade I think is largely responsible for that, and this chiaroscuro style of portrait is a concept I need to practice more – but I’m happy with how that rather sumptuous beard came out, well within the time limit too, actually, though I decided against any Photoshop fiddling. I also like how in trying extra hard to create the texture of his jumper, I actually ended up giving him what looks to be either a leather jacket or raincoat, I can’t decide which. It’s okay, though, we know how badass both of those garments are.

I’m not sure what to do with this series as we head toward the point where I’ve cracked virtually every space on the wheel. I feel I’ve sped up quite a bit with the aid of these challenges, and that was the only real aim, so perhaps I’ll just redress the wheel with more specific spaces, or maybe I’ll just tackle them at whatever speed I want, so that I can try some completely different approaches without having to rush. Who knows? Either way, I’m sure the Reddit images will continue. The site is a goldmine for those out for practice – do check it out if you haven’t already.

You may also wish to have a peek at the comment thread, in which many others have uploaded their interpretations of this photo.

See you next time – you be sure of it!

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30 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Beautiful drawing, the beard is so real and looks almost soft. Great work Jacob!! ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Geke! It’s a magnificent beard… very strokeable, and certainly better than my own!… so I’m glad I made it look soft!

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    • Jacob said:

      Very handsome indeed. Thank you for your comment!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Tori! Apart from the whole aged thing, I’m really pleased with how it came out!

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  2. Bill Fufkin said:

    The beard is excellent and the painting has a pleasant but hard impact. Perhaps spend longer lighting the eyes to reduce the aging…they look a little sunken compared to the photo. But great work, Jacob. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Hi Bill, thanks so much for following – yes, you’re right, it’s the area around the eyes that’s causing the ageing. The time limit can deter me from spending too long in a certain area sometimes, I think!

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      • jmnowak said:

        I like those eyes — especially his right eye — it has that ‘far-away’ look in it. Captured beautifully.

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      • Jacob said:

        Hi Janina – thanks very much! I was pleased with how the right eye came out, though looking at it now I should probably have revisited the left.

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      • jmnowak said:

        Oh, I dunno! That right eye really draws you in…as the saying goes, the eyes have it! Even ‘tho I do like the beard, too! 😉

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  3. Drawing is beautiful. But, I prefer face without a beard. It’s too much hair around the mouth and I don’t like it – that’s my feeling ✄ Camilla

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    • Jacob said:

      We’d better keep an eye on you with those scissors, then 😉 Thanks Camilla!

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  4. Yep…that is sure one sumptuous beard you have there! It’s amazing! Very well done!! I can’t grow a decent beard so they also impress me in general. Hehe 😊

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    • Jacob said:

      Cheers, Charlie! I doubt I could pull such a masterpiece off either… too much grooming involved. I’m sure you would look great with any degree of a beard! It’s Decembeard next month – there you go! 😉

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  5. I’m in awe! The eyes and beard pulled me in for a closer look. Wonderful art Jacob.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, Sharon! The beard turned out better than I could have hoped!

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  6. Rebecca said:

    It’s a beautiful portrait, and the beard is phenomenal! (I love a furry face, although I don’t sport one myself).

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Rebecca! I’m with you on beards – any degree of face fuzz will do me.

      Haha! Well, Decembeard is coming up if you fancy it… 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      You can… when I’m done!

      Many thanks, sir.

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  7. Wow! Seriously beautiful. May I post as a beard of the day? I’ll happily give credit where it is due.

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    • Jacob said:

      As a huge fan of Beard of the Day, this would be a real honour! Thanks so much!

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