This is the next one in the series of portrait practices I’m working on. The photo is a lot grainier than the actual drawing (I adjusted the sharpen on it).
When drawing someone with a dark beard against a dark shirt in shadow, and the two darks are the same value, how can one make the separation line more distinct? I choose to go with making the beard a little bit lighter. Not certain it has really worked. (And I apologize for the messy edgeline in his hair… I got a little lazy near the end of the drawing.)
As always, looking forward to your feedback and suggestions.
(Chad Coleman in character as Fred Johnson in The Expanse)