Sketch o’the Week- Ian McKellen

June 12th, 2013 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Ian McKellen ©2013 Tom Richmond

I am really swamped right now coloring a big job on the computer, so this week we are going to have to go with a quick digital warm up sketch of an easy target. Here’s Ian McKellen in his role of Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings and the recent first installment of the Hobbit films. This took about 12 minutes including the gray washes. I did a Gandalf for the SotW some years ago but never really liked that take… even though this is a loose, speed drawing I think the results are better.


  1. Hi Tom
    Nice job. Here is my effort done for national newspaper a while ago.

  2. Paul Duff says:

    Hi Tom. Yep – sometimes the quick sketches capture the essence of the subject. I always aim to re-catch that first impression that happens in an instant. So maybe that’s why an instantaneous sketch can work better than one the caricaturist slaves over……


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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