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Pharoahe by Joey-Zero Pharoahe by Joey-Zero
Another sketchy sketch sketch. This time Pharoahe Monch, of Organized Konfusion (formerly).

I've really been trying to nail likeness with these past couple. I draw out a super-quick, sloppy grid so I can get the placement of the eyes, top of head, bottom of chin and nose right. If those things don't match up, it tends to throw the whole thing out of whack in my opinion.
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Villje Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Very nice! Is it freehand drawing then scan and edit/trace it to greatness in photoshop?

I am impressed. This was unique.
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Joey-Zero Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep. Pencil drawing, scanned in, colored in photoshop with some texture overlays.
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Villje Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Well done. very distinctive look. I had a question also regarding the Jay Dee image you reworked. That background blocking is very nice for a illustrative look, and wondered if you could share some info on how to get it done. Would you be so kind and point me in the right direction ? ^^
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Joey-Zero Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I sort of cut up the reference image I was using and pulled the contrast up, used threshold, selected just the black area and made a path from it and exported that path to illustrator. Once you open that in Illustrator, you can specify color to it. Then I just drew in different fields of color behind that main shape. I don't know if that makes any sense at all!
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Villje Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
It made some sense. Thank you for letting me know :)
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DesignsByFro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I too have tried to work on likeness. You are 100% correct if its off a little its off a lot.
You did a great job. You could post these with no titles and I would know who they are off.
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I77ustrat1v3mind Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
very sick piece, I like the fact that it resembles Pharoahe Monch in every way possible, knew who it was in the very beginning, and I completely like the new style that you decided to try out, really suits the hip-hop genre. This is completely awesome.
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Joey-Zero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man. I'm definitely digging this technique too... It's bringing back to my roots on a few levels. I used to draw all the great emcees back in high school just rocking straight pencil, so it's nostalgic for me.
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I77ustrat1v3mind Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, you are very welcome man.
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tedikuma Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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