Portrait of Keanu Reeves from publicity photo circa 1980s, graphite and colored pencils

Fan portrait of Keanu Reeves

By DoctorPlatypus | Doctor Platypus | 9 Feb 2023

Saw this old photo of Keanu Reeves just loving his life today, and thought we all could do with being reminded what joy looks like. So I decided to give it a try, drawing from that as a reference photo.

Here's where I ended up:

Portrait of Keanu Reeves, circa 1980s

I am happy with how his body came out, and how the towel came out especially. As always I need a lot of work on his face. I think next thing I practice will be trying to draw just his face from this same reference photo. In particular, his head is generally too small for his body here, and his neck, which is pretty long in the real world, is nevertheless not THIS long haha. 

Hope everyone is enjoying February so far. I can't wait for March. :D

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Current projects: writing a literary history book about Victorian and Edwardian fiction as successor to the medieval dream vision genre. Learning to draw. Slooooowly learning the fancier ins and outs of the roll20 VTT.

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