Another example of the Magic of Photoshop. In this illustration, the shadows and highlights are blurred and made into little "blobs." However, there is enough suggested detail to show the shading and structure of the face.
Some artists use a "blob" technique in their artwork (though not quite as blurry as in this example). They don't draw or paint every tiny detail in their artwork, but indicate shadow, shape and form through the suggestion of light and dark. And this technique can work quite well. The picture above, though quite blurry, is still easily identifiable as a portrait of a man. Your eye "fills in" the missing detail.
Here's another take on the "blobs of shadow" technique, but using a different "brush stroke." (I used a filter in Photoshop called "charcoal.") And once again, even though there isn't a lot of detail, you can tell that this is a portrait of a man. The lights and darks are strongly represented.
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