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  The Drawing Process of Joshua Diliberto  

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DRAWING EVERY WRINKLE IN THE SKIN TAKES HOURS. THE ENTIRE SURFACE GETS A SHADE OF GRAPHITE.
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I NEVER TOUCH THE PAPER WITH MY HANDS TO ENSURE THAT THE OIL IN MY SKIN DOES NOT DAMAGE THE PAPER OVER TIME.
 
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GRAPHITE IS A VERY CLEAN MEDIUM. IT DOES NOT MAKE A MESS LIKE CHARCOAL. IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO GET REALLY DARK TONES WITH GRAPHITE. I TRY TO MAKE THINGS DARKER THAN I THINK THEY SHOULD BE.
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DRAWING MULTIPLE FIGURES IN THE DRAWING TAKES MORE TIME. I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME ON FACES. THEY HAVE THE MOST DETAIL. IT IS EASIEST TO SEE DISCREPENCIES IN FACIAL FEATURES WITH THE HUMAN EYE.
 
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THIS IS MY MASTER WORK AT ABOUT THE TWO MONTH MARK. THE PROJECT TOOK SIX MONTHS TO FINISH. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I TRIED TO CAPTURE IN-FOCUS AND OUT-OF-FOCUS SECTIONS WITHIN THE DRAWING.
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THERE IS NO OUTLINE, NO FIRST DRAFT. I START WITH THE EYES AND WHEN I'M DONE DRAWING THE EYES I DON'T GO BACK.
 
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IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE GRAPHITE WILL TOUCH THE PAPER, BUT I CAN MAKE PREDICTIONS. OVER TIME, THE ACCURACY OF THOSE PREDICTIONS BECOMES AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION.
 
 
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