Why not give it a go and draw some of my favourite stars like James Dean. I absolutely don’t expect it to come out as two drops of water but I will try my best.
James Dean was an American actor. He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement in a movie Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
As a child I got a t-shirt from my dad with Jame’s picture on it not even knowing who he is but I thought it looked cool. When I grew up my dad introduced me to his movies.
I will try to recreate this iconic picture with plywood and pyrography tools. I used to make book covers using a nail that I would heat up on the hob but now I am a bit more advanced. This also is going to be a preparation to do my book cover for William Blake’s poem “London”
Here is a quick sketch to start with. As I have learnt along the way I should’ve have drawn too much on plywood as graphite is not so easy to remove or should’ve used softer pencil than HB2
So pyrography tool happened to be fun but I may need some gloves. Burning yourself is inevitable. Loving the smell of the burning wood though but not my flesh 🙂
Here is my weapon itself. I like to learn by putting it into practice rather than watch hours of tutorials.
I have given myself a challenge to do both a portrait of someone famous and try to make it at least recognisable and to use a tool that I haven’t used before. It’s like I like to complicate things for myself.
The colours of plywood itself and and when its already burnt will have a little bit of sepia tone and it will make the portrait look vintage.
It’s important for me that I am having fun in the process and I get to practice on not rushing through my artwork and being more patient and maybe improve my accuracy as well.
I will update my post once the picture is finished.