Clive Owen and digital editing

I often wonder while browsing through how some of the top pencil artist get some perfect blacks in their drawings, without a blemish or visible stroke. I think I’ve figured it out: Digital editing. Whenever I finish a drawing, I first take a picture of it. I do this outside since I don’t have good even light in my house. Then I import it into photoshop and do some adjustments to make sure it looks as close to the original as possible. Sometimes that doesn’t translate too pretty when there is tons of black, in my opinion.


Graphite is reflective. So it’s difficult to make it look great and truly dark. I like the drawing in person but on the computer it’s lacking.

So I took a chance and went bold on this one and really darkened it up while still trying to make look like a drawing. This was the result.


Better or no? I told my husband that I felt like I was cheating since the drawing isn’t black, it’s gray. He assured me it’s not cheating since I was adjusting the drawing to be better viewed on a computer screen. He may be right.

Anyway, about the drawing itself. I followed a tutorial about how to get detailed skin tone and texture. I had a blast doing it and loved the result. Amazingly, this drawing only took a total of 5 hours! I guess I was just into drawing this one.

It’s  11×14, 2B-8B pencil used and all that usual stuff.

What’s your favorite Clive Owen movie/performance? My favorite is Children of Men.

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2 thoughts on “Clive Owen and digital editing”

  1. Shannon says:

    Unbelievable!!! I love the boost in contrast as seen through the computer. It makes it so striking, and I don’t think it can be considered cheating. Way to go!!

  2. SunnieWicker says:

    i felt digital editing was a cheat too, until I realized the majority of commission work I do it sent back and forth via email and predominantly viewed electronically. A pencil drawing just doesn’t translate as well to screen as it looks on paper and in the new age digital editing is the way to go.

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