Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ewan McGregor

Done for a Drawing Jam on the actor. About 90 minutes, pencil and Photoshop.

The texture overlay is a map of London's railway system. It's a reference to the movie which launched Ewan's career, 'Trainspotting' in which he portrays a junkie. The 'tracks' going up his arm, was one of those artist's happy accidents which occured while I was positioning the map.

Since he's wearing a suit, I'm also submitting this to Illustration Friday's current topic 'Suit'.


Blogger Piotr said...

wow this is a really nice one chris! awesome use of texture, great stuff:P

1:59 PM  
Blogger SRH said...

Love the "Tube" map as a textural element, but I am cartographer by trade, so I guess that makes sense. As you can see by my continuous run on sentences, I am not a grammarian.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Forbes Browne said...

Amazing! I love the texture and the wrinkles of his coat.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Marion said...

Great drawing Chris, and only 90 minutes!
I'm jealous!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Fossfor said...

great work!

10:34 PM  
Blogger Greg Hartman said...

Excellent drawing skills! You've definatly captured him and the reference to Trainspotting is brilliant.

11:16 PM  
Blogger mouseypapel said...

very nice illustration, all a feat for 90 minutes!!!!

11:58 PM  
Blogger Tina Poe said...

Gorgeous work!

12:35 AM  
Blogger heri said...

solid as always! good to see you active at the DB again.


4:43 AM  
Blogger Sam Nielson said...

Extremely well done likeness and pose.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Nelson Santos said...

I think the likeness(too much elongated face?) is a bit off but its a great draft as always Chris love the 300 sketch.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Great pic, love the attitude. Very appropriate.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Matt Jackson said...

Damn fine work,
And next time you do an illo of 300, let me know mate.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,

Just discovered your blog (yes I'm a bit slow I know). So this is what you've been doing down there at the foot of the mountains (it was -4 in Katoomba last night - brrr)!

Absolutely awesome stuff.

- Matt Hatton.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

This is really impressive! I love the colours and lighting - and the white text works great

1:22 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone for the great comments!

Nelson- Initially I wasn't too worried about getting a likeness, just wanted to capture the pose. But when I started to add the shading, Ewan's likeness came through but by then I'd already elongated the face shape etc.

Matt Hatton- Good hearing from you again, mate. Still doing movie work?

-4. Brrrr is right. It's a sweltering 6 degrees here in the valley :)

1:57 AM  
Blogger dobby said...

superb chris!!. someday i'll draw like your style.

2:07 PM  
Blogger papercut assassin said...

Wow you did that in 90 minutes? That's crazy good!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

dobby, cmj- Thanks guys!

9:56 PM  
Blogger J. Nowland said...

Hey Chris.... nice work on this... I always find the happy accidents a welcome feature.... diggin' the tracks.... PEACE!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks J!

5:20 PM  
Blogger dobby said...

your drawing so amazing to me!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Hey Dobby. Thanks for the comment.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Dan McDaid said...

Just terrific. You made him look so cool in this pic - pure James Bond material. Love it!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Dan!

Love your work.

7:00 PM  

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