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Orson Welles by SRaffa Orson Welles by SRaffa
Graphite Pencil and Prismacolors 5" x 7" 1990
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Jshect Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
What colors did you use for the skin tones if you don't mind me asking? Great work
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, John! 
The best way to answer that question is to show you the tutorial I worked from, from the May, 1987 issue of The Artist's Magazine, from the work of Michael Gnatek:

sta.sh/02dyr2yxz8ny and sta.sh/0k519f14qsr

Download those, and there you'll have it. I worked really small, because all of that repetition, particularly of the graphite steps, prove to be very time consuming!

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majorstephen52 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great job. One of my favorite authors
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I love the guy-- if I ever have a netflix account again, I finally am going to schedule the all time great Orson Welles film festival. :iconseriousnod:
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majorstephen52 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sounds like a fantastic idea. I don't know if I would start with 1984 or end with it. Hmmmm...
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visceraldagger Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the clear luminosity of his eyes compared to the soft textured look to the rest of the piece. Feels rather alarming to scroll up and see him assessing me with that look, heh.

Well done on the realism, likeness and arresting art =)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much-- I've been meaning to get around to an Orson Welles festival on dvd for years now-- gotta make it happen!
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CoreyAMurray Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
"Rosebud Frozen Peas... Full of country goodness and green pea-ness...'
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
:lmao: Now THERE'S an obscure John Lovitz reference...
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010   General Artist
Wonderful!. :-)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :icondancetogetherplz:
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morganobrienart Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Such a piercing portrait...reminds me somewhat of the description of the figure, 'Big Brother' in George Orwells completely unrelated book '1984'
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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morganobrienart Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
No worries!
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MihaelaLeuArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow..this is great..i love the pencil stroks..
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Its almost like Heeere's Orrrson!

Looks great.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
He does remind me of another actor, Horson Buggi, but maybe not.
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anitadunkl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
It's great! I love the colors and the shading.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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thyghostboy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
very nice the right side shading is quite masterful.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you-- I need to set up an Orson Welles film festival on netflix-- too many years since I've seen some of those...
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thyghostboy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, good idea. My dad just told me his friend owned all those old sci fi films.
Perhaps we'll have one of our own marathons.
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oyah Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Orson Welles is one interesting man. For some strange reason, his name keeps resonating in my ears.

Color pencils!! :eager: And the drawing is as old as me...
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
:lmao: That was a fine year, then!
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oyah Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
I'd love to think so too. :lmao:
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161before Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
:heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
:icongrineagerplz:
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SC4RF4C3 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Rosebud..."...
Excellent work
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Miguel!
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Rubius Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Colored pencillls... :faint:
His eyes are crazy amazing...
I know nothing about his man. :(
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
:glomp: For his own capacity as a director, I'd send you to A Touch Of Evil even sooner than his Citizen Kane; as an actor, Welles as Harry Lime in The Third Man... :faint:
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Rubius Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
I'm so joining netflix... *______*
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
:dance::dance:
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BobRock99 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Orson - genius man ..you catch character
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks Bob!
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i just watched his adaptation of franz kafka's "the trial". :omg:
it's such a shame this man wasn't recognized for the genius he was while he was still alive.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Agreed-- it could've been worse I suppose-- he could've been a wholly ignored genius, but yeah, a gifted visionary, largely obstructed by Hollywood... Have you seen A Touch Of Evil yet?
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i saw "touch of evil" once several years back. the long uninterrupted shots were mind boggling. i definitely interested in seeing it again now.
i've actually got carol reeds' "the third man" here and i'll be watching it shortly.
ever see tim burton's "ed wood"? vincent dinofrio plays orson welles in a 2 minute cameo. (ed wood idolized welles.)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's one of the best scenes I've ever come across in any movie, ever-- the idea that America's most gifted director would've met up with its least gifted one, and have found more in common with each other than anyone could've guessed-- just that simple love and obsession for film that both clearly did have-- is so good, you just sit there hoping that maybe something like this might've actually happened-- I'm not a huge Tim Burton fan, but I think Ed Wood is one of the best movies about movies I'm ever going to see... :faint:
Carol Reed's The Third Man is one of my 5 favorite movies of all time. :nod:
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amosis55 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Amazing.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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amosis55 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
You're Welcome. It's fine work.
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rocamiadesign Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008   Digital Artist
This is a great portrait of a great man. Orson Welles was my father's hero.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Definitely one of mine, too, Kathleen; thanks for taking a look!
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marziiporn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely spot-on!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Marley! :hug:
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lolly Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
Brilliant! Orson Welles is just such an interesting person. As cliche as it may sound, Citizen Kane is my favorite movie of all time.
I always liked it, but when I got into school and we had to do a crit of movies and break down composition, lighting, camera shots etc, the full weight of the brilliance of that movie hit me like a ton of bricks.

Not too mention the insanity he went through to get it made and the battle with the Hearst empire.
Welles was punk rock long before the term was coined.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks man!
I finally got to see "Kane" on the big screen out here some 10 years ago, when Denver Pavillions launched its theaters; Welles understood and attended to the full palette of cinema in a way that makes the finished product something that's always going to be new and surprising; I'd have to say the same for his "Touch Of Evil", even with Charleton Heston as a Mexican guy... =P
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