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How It’s Made : Sharpie Portraits

 
 
Here's a rundown of the steps involved in creating the large portraits.
 
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I. Framework

Using various rulers, templates, french curves and some ballsy freehand work,
the basic frame(based on smaller sketches) is done with a fresh sharpie:
 
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Here's a closeup of the framework:
 
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II. Edging

Before rendering the large portions of black, the initial framework is given a little padding to make filling in a little easier:
 
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III. Finished Linework

At this point, it's just a matter of staying within the lines. Adding the edging first allows the final Sharpie layer to go on in one direction giving the final piece a sharp clean look:
 
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IV. Finishing Touches

Here the black gets a quick once-over with a Charpak marker to cover up any streaking.
The gold is applied freehand using a Prismacolor paint marker:
 
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The photo doesn't really do the gold justice… it really glows when the light hits it.
 

This is how my week was spent and I couldn't be happier.

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