Bene dictus, Benedict

(Well spoken, Benedict) A couple of weeks ago I ran a poll to determine which out of three photos of Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch I should draw. You voted, and there was a clear winner. So last weekend I finally found a spare hour and started the portrait. I have, however, a confession to make. I drew the photo with the fewest votes. Which is of course completely against what I promised, but I hope you will forgive me. I was just really in the mood for a portrait en profil! And I promise to draw him again, although which photo shall probably be entirely up to whim again. Star Trek Into DarknessToday I will be presenting the portrait, in honour of Star Trek Into Darkness, which I will be seeing in cinema tomorrow. For those who do not know, Into Darkness was only released yesterday in The Netherlands (June 6th). For some reason, the movie people thought it would be a great idea to release it a month late here… So,the portrait. I drew it in approximately 2 hours, and then I spent another hour sighing over how it isn’t good enough. Nonetheless, I am very happy with the likeness. It is not an exact copy of the photo reference, but I feel that it does look like Mr. B. It’s the technique that I’m not pleased with. One part of that is the paper I drew this on. It’s fancy drawing paper, but it has too much texture. Actually I already drew this on the ‘wrong’ side of the sheet because it has less texture, but really I want NO texture. Fortunately I only have about 3 sheets left on this paper block, so then I’ll switch to water colour paper. Not because I’m going to do water colour portraits (although I might), but because I found myself some wonderfully smooth water colour paper 🙂 Of course I can’t blame it all on the paper. The hair, for instance, is completely and entirely my own fault. However, I will now stop pointing out everything that is wrong with this portrait and conclude by presenting the portrait and once again stressing that I do feel happy about the likeness!


There you go. Let me know what you think! I promise to try harder next time. And also feel free to send me good photos to draw, if you have any. Preferably with a decent resolution (800×800 pixels or more, if possible).

I will now go and mentally prepare myself for Into Darkness tomorrow. Which I will do by leaving you with one of my favourite quotes from Sherlock series 1, episode 3 (The Great Game), which reminds me I really need to send those three extraordinary writers a thank-you letter soon! This is the kind of wonderful word crafting that makes me yearn to write. Imagine writing something like the scene below. How amazing that must feel!

Sherlock: Look, it doesn’t matter to me who’s Prime Minister or who’s sleeping with who.
Watson: Whether the Earth goes around the sun.
Sherlock: Oh god, that again. It’s not important!
Watson: Not important? It’s primary school stuff. How can you not know that?
Sherlock: Well If I ever did I deleted it.
Watson: Deleted it?
Sherlock: Listen. This is my hard drive and it only makes sense to put things in there that are useful. Really useful. Ordinary people fill their heads with all kinds of rubbish. And that makes it hard to get at the stuff that matters. Do you see?
Watson: But it’s the solar system!
Sherlock: Oh! How? What does that matter? So we go ’round the sun. If we went ’round the moon or round and round the garden like a teddy bear it wouldn’t make any difference.

One response to “Bene dictus, Benedict

  1. It’s a fine portrait to me. I’m especially fond of the clothing, again this is one of your greater talents, drawing textures and such. The likeness, well, I think it’s great. B. probably suffered a bad hair day which most likely resonated into your drawing.

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