Ludwik Benoit from the movie Ewa Chce Spać (06.05.2015)

About the drawing: This is my fifth and latest portrait drawing and the last drawing that I made for a few years to come. It is the second pen drawing in which I use crosshatching and dotting techniques. I kept the drawing quite clean and orderly in contrast to the previous pen drawing in which I used the cross-hatching technique (see drawing of the old lady). There are not so many different skin tones and the depth is mainly visible around the eyes and eyebrows where i did crosshatching. For the rest I mainly dotted in order to create depth. I pretty much like how the combination of crosshatching and dotting worked out. 

Ludwik Benoit is an actor that I know from the classic Polish movie Ewa Chce Spać / Ewa wants to sleep (1957), directed by Tadeusz Chmielewski. It is a sweet comedy that I enjoyed watching a lot. I'm generally a big fan of Polish cinema and I'm especially fond of the old classics. I really liked the stills in this movie and they inspired me to make this drawing. My first portrait drawing was also based on this movie. It is a drawing of "Ewa" or Barbara Lass in real life. Below I have added a trailer of the movie. Unfortunately it is not subtitled, but it is still nice to watch for the cinematography. I have also added a video of the fairy-tale-like intro of the movie. I love the song that the movie starts with.  

Materials: I used pigma microns / fineliners in all different sizes for this drawing (0.2mm-0.5mm). Usually it is recommended to use thin and paper for pen drawings, for example 80 lbs. However, I used fine grain (rather than smooth) heavyweight paper of 120 lbs (Daler Rowney). Since the surface is not too smooth it was perfect to use graphite very lightly to create a skin pattern in the whiter parts of the face. Here I did not blend the graphite into the paper, while in the darker parts where you find the shadow I did. I like the combination here of the pen and graphite. The format of the drawing is A4. 

For different colored versions of the drawing click here.

To see more pics of the drawing process click here.

Trailer from the movie Ewa Chce Spać (1957) Tadeusz Chmielewski

Intro of the movie

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