Having to try out for the army!

I drew these weapons past the last days. I don’t know a lot about guns, therefore I just chose the ones I thought looked cool xd
I think they turned out alright.

The reason I went with this theme is because I recently got an announcement.
Every year my country choose 25% of people of a certain age. These are individuals that gets obligated to try out for the army. The ones who seems to “fit” the best gets picked.
I never imagined I’d get picked…
It’s required for everyone to apply in the first place. In the end, 12% has to serve.
Conscription counts for both genders. The national service is equally compulsory for both men and women.

I’m not so sure if I want to risk serving a year in the army. I enjoy exercising and the outdoors, but I’d rather proceed studying art and design, which are my true passions.This was the hardest weapon to draw. Here I had to watch a lot more out for the lenght. I tried getting everything to fit in it’s place. A tip to get proportions more accurate is to sketch up and measures out what hits where before you actually start drawing. I also like to enhance the shadows. I feel like this gives more depth and life to the piece.

Hitler.

This is the beginning of my Hitler portrait. I start by getting the proportions right. This is one of the most important steps in portrait drawing.

Here I start adding more contrast. I get darker colors by using softer pencils. I layer the color instead of drawing too hard.

These pencils are high quality and works for many types of drawing. My most used pencil is the HB. This is the most basic pencil in here and it works good for most things. Though when I started to add shadowing I went more over to 6B.

Here we see that I added the darkest colors too early and that made it more difficult to blend it with the softer lighter shadows.

When the portrait was done I was very satisfied with the realism. In my opinion it is not hard spotting the person who is drawn. I’ll have to choose this as my best drawn portrait til now. You might find the choice of person to draw very odd, but it was all part of a school project so don’t worry ;P