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Albert by jjkiefer Albert by jjkiefer
The beards took longer than expected but am pleased. I want to thank the photographer for allowing me to use his work as reference: fav.me/d4npk77

I like to experiment with lines and shadows so I made a few changes from the reference photo but hope I still got his likeness in the process. I used a 2B mechanical pencil on Canson Plate/ Smooth paper and spent roughly 40 hours on it.
Thanks for watching, everyone. Cheers!

People's Choice Award Sept. 2013
Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery
Fort Wayne, IN
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wattart Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great. I am a portrait artist too and your work is very inspiring.
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Chris!  Welcome to DA.  You will find many great portrait artists here.  Your two portraits are a fine example.  Cheers!
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HirokazuTomimasu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Splendid work!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!  Thanks for the fave as weel and welcome to DA!  Cheers!
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ShawnJourdonArt Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
how? wow
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:iconjjkiefer:
jjkiefer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  It takes a lot of practice, patience, and observation.  It also depends on the paper and pencils you use.
Welcome to DA!  Cheers!
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ShawnJourdonArt Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. your art is amazing skill level is that of a master and i am astounded at what you can do with time paper and pencil 
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always glad to help.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great style! I love this composition! Really great!
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:iconjjkiefer:
jjkiefer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I enjoyed browsing your gallery - great work!
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Chazrobert Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gnarly.
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:iconjjkiefer:
jjkiefer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ArtKosh Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
but the beard looks so great! It's worthy of it!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!  I really enjoyed your gallery of work!
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LOOSEGERMS Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, excellent composition.
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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silverwingpam Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

This is totaly awesome. The realism is incredible...right down to the sparkle in his teeth. You have what  I am striving to do.

The photgraphic detail is there. but it goes beyond that realism to show the art involved. Great work.

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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your very kind words.  If this is what you're striving for, be prepared to spend a lot of time drawing one piece.  It takes a lot of patience and a lot of observations of the details involved.  I use to be able to draw a complete portrait in 4 -5 hours.  This piece took about 40 hours.   Cheers!
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matthewmoe13 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I could never do something this detailed and exact. It's awesome. :)
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!  Thanks for the faves and watch as well!
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matthewmoe13 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome. I love how you can display what the person looks like perfectly.
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate your comments as I do all others - It's why I am still drawing.  Thanks!
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FractalDust Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Are you kidding me? This is so great, it is obvious that you took great care to get it just right. It's the first piece of 'trad' art that I have favorited, and I'm not done looking around your gallery yet.
Keep up the great work.
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I have been drawing portraits for about 7 years now and still have much to learn. I just started messing around with fractal software a couple of days ago. It's so addictive! Thanks again and thanks for the fave! Cheers!
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AletheiaLi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is really awesome!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You have a wonderful gallery of work. Thanks for the fave as well!
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AletheiaLi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
you are most welcome. And thank You! :) i'm glad to hear that ^^
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thomasidaho Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
impressive, highly skilled
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much and thanks for the fave!
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Stephanie-Sheila Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
The texturing in his beard is fabulous...
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:iconjjkiefer:
jjkiefer Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you so much! It took a good 5 or 6 layers to get it the way I wanted it. Cheers!
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Claerichen Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. marvellous!!!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much and thanks for the faves and watch!
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Claerichen Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Your art is awesome!
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:iconjjkiefer:
jjkiefer Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Claerichen Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
nice.
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NCIS413 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! the depth in the photo is very well done. :) just realized the shadows you have for the glasses and that too looks very well done :)
tell me kind sir how do you draw a beard ? if someone asks me to draw something i pause when i see facial hair... it's just hard to grasp a way to draw it....
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and thanks for the fave! To draw a beard takes many layers of drawing and erasing. I use the eraser to draw the white hair but you have to do it in many layers to get the depth. Cheers!
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I just found my equal heheh

Details are VERY well done! kudos to getting the depth!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We're all equal in this world - shouldn't have to look too hard. Thanks so much for your kind words and thanks for the fave!
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inkkubus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Great Job!!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and thanks for the fave! Welcome to DA as well. There are a lot of very good pencil artists worth viewing on here to help inspire . Cheers!
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absolutemadman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Incredible jjkiefer!
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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incasent Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Fantastic work !
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really love your work as well! Thanks for all the faves! /Jim
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camarogurl13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering if you would be interested in being featured on my new website for professional artists www.graphitegods.com? Let me know :)
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to be featured. Tell me more. Is there anything else you need from me?Thank you very much!
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