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Artwork: Daniel Sharman as 'Medici' (portrait)

It's been over a month now since my last art post. Since I had been heavily job searching and focused on getting my writing updates done, my art sessions had to be pushed aside. Inside, I felt like a piece of me was slowly dying - my art side. Two days ago, I set aside some time and sat down and drew. Below is the result of my fiery passion to wanting to draw!

Let me preface this by saying that recently I've been watching the show 'Medici' on Netflix. Though the show only had three seasons and ended in 2019, I had not heard about it until a week ago. I had opened Netflix, and as usual they showed me an ad. The first thing that came up? Medici as a suggested show. I saw some of the cast from 'Game of Thrones' (Robb Stark) and LOTR (Boromir) and knew I had to watch it. I'm glad I did, because the show is fantastic. But what surprised me the most is this actor who played 'Lorenzo de Medici' - Daniel Sharman. I loved the unique look of this man, and how well he portrayed the role of Lorenzo. When I was watching the show, I felt the need to draw this man.

I started off drawing this in pencil, which included some shading. After I felt satisfied with the pencil drawing, I took it into photoshop and fixed some of the proportions and added more core shadows. Then finally, I painted more layers of highlights and shadows using a textured brush. I am very happy with the result. I can't tell you how much I studied the original photo, going back and forth to try and get the proportions correct. I haven't worked so hard on a drawing in a really long time. I have to say that this piece pushed me in many artistic ways and I learned a lot. I think I will do more of these studies in the near future.

Above you can see the art progress in four stages. I also included this piece in my art section of the site. Enjoy!

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