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Michael Graves
01-27-2012, 06:38 PM
This is a self portrait done in colored pencil.

01-27-2012, 09:22 PM
That is awesome. Not only a self portrait but also in colored pencil and you did great with both. Thats hard to do. Kudos!!!

Michael Graves
01-28-2012, 12:29 AM
Thanks a lot Chanda! You inspired me to try them and I really like the medium. I did myself first to see if I could pull it off. Lol

01-28-2012, 11:03 AM
nice job Michael. way cool.
I might do one like this some day..yep..if I ever save enough for my pectoral implants, that is.
sheesh-young, talented and the physique of a cage fighter. (Im starting to hate you Mike.) :)

Michael Graves
01-28-2012, 04:04 PM
[email protected] Jeff! I'm not all that in shape, notice I'm covering my I think I'm gonna post the real pic. Thanks Jeff!

Michael Graves
01-28-2012, 04:14 PM
This is the original photo. I did it without tattoos or jewelry

01-28-2012, 05:01 PM
Michael, That's absolutely astounding. My wife's been checking out your work too and really likes it. And coming from her, that's a big time compliment! Not sure if I'm going to show her this one though. As Jeff said, "...young, talented and the physique of a cage fighter." ;)

So, how do you like colored pencils? What kind did you get?

Michael Graves
01-28-2012, 05:44 PM
Thanks Sean! Tell your wife I'm very honored. I used a very cheap brand I bought from the NSU bookstore. Its called Prang, what are the best brand to get?

01-28-2012, 06:05 PM
Well, the top of line of colored pencils are Caran d'Ache Luminance, but the cost is almost prohibitive, well over $300 for a set of 72. My personal choice is, well there's two I like. Prismacolor Premier are great. Very soft vibrate colors and they blend well. My other favorite is Derwent coloursoft. I like these because they are encased in a thicker wood than the Prixmacolor. They just feel better in my hand. Yet, I like the Prixmacolor's texture when applying, smooth, thick and easy.

But the bottem line is, " It's the Indian, not the arrows", as was just testified by your wonderful drawing.

There's a site that tells all about the various brands. If memory serves, it was called Colored Pencil Studio. I tried to post a link, but apparently that's a no-no here.

01-28-2012, 06:12 PM
Thought I'd try one more time.


Michael Graves
01-28-2012, 06:57 PM
Thanks again Sean!

01-29-2012, 02:02 PM
Wow!!! You really did nail it! I use prismacolors and love them. I can't justify paying the really big money for the top of the line pencils...prismacolors are very nice..I like the feel as they go on and in comparison are a much more affordable option. If you can do this with the cheapies I would love to see what you do with a set of prismas!


Michael Graves
01-29-2012, 03:02 PM
Thanks Chanda! I'm definitely gonna look for this Prismacolors. Seems like the best deal pound for pound. My goal is to make a sketch look like a painting like Chanda. Lol

01-30-2012, 10:05 PM
Judging from this piece I don't think you will have any problems mastering the art of blending colored pencils to a paint like appearance. You will see a HUGE difference once you get that first set of prismas. No turning back. :)