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A woman's look Pencil Drawing by MattDeakinFineArt A woman's look Pencil Drawing by MattDeakinFineArt
At last!! Finally completed and boy am I glad. Actually, despite this being a huge hurdle for me at times, I feel the hard work has paid off. Okay, so it's not perfect (slight blotchy areas due to overblending etc) but it's certainly the best I could have done.

I'm massively proud of this piece and I definitely feel I gave it all the love and attention that the reference photo demanded.

Many people commented on how her iris's seemed too small and the whites of her eys too white in the WIP's leading up to the finished piece and so hopefully I've adjusted them enough to get it right......finally. Let me know what you think.

Massive thanks has to go to :icondarnara-stock: who gave me permission to use her stock image as reference. The reference photo had everything I needed for my first real portrait attempt. The contrast and subtlety of the lighting, together with quite challenging hair, out of focus areas and the sheer beauty of the woman in this pic and her coy look is just perfect.


2b - 8b solid graphite pencils

Electric eraser and putty eraser

Make-up remover pads for the blending

Bristol smooth board

I'll say thanks now to anyone who comments and/or fav's this piece as I don't have much time to reply to every comment these days o thanks in advance.
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This is absolutely incredible work. I know that you have worked a long time on it and your time and effort really show. This is truly amazing work . The texture in the hair and the skin is wonderful and the face turned out perfect.

You seem to have fixed the errors that were found in the work in progress. I love how the eyes turned out, as well as the earrings. These little details really make it look like a photograph. I also think that you captured the depth of field well. This is truly outstanding work, Dez! I wish I could draw this well in pencil! :3
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I'm so excited to see the completion of your hard work, you should absolutely be proud of this piece! I can't believe this is your first portrait!

The first thing I notice is the way you accurately captured the focus of the piece, the earrings and hair in the background look fantastic. I just can't get enough of the earrings!

The face is also done with expert precision, the features are especially striking. The highlights on the nose and lips are so soft, real, and lovely. I think you corrected any proportion issues with the eyes, but I think the eyeliner could be darker. In the reference the the darkest values can be seen around the eyes, and it would really make the eyes pop if they had that contrast. I thought at first that it might be the fault of the scanner, but I can see some darker values in the hair that are darker than the eyes.

The only other little thing I noticed is the forehead area above the right eyebrow, it looks a bit flatter than the rest of the face.

Enough nitpicking though! This is a beautiful portrait, and I hope it won't be your last, I can't wait to see what you do next!
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JohnnyPickAlot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Writer
Absolutely fantastic. I'm completely blown away.
DC141197 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Hello :)
beautiful drawing! :D
Just wondering if it is okay for me to use your image here for a school project :) Its going to be featured in a book trailer....maybe if i use it >.< So yeah i'll credit you and everything so yeah PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE please reply :)
Imbricated Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
I really enjoy the way you've captured the focus of the image... the fuzzy locks of hair to the left and bottom of the image against the sharply in focus face really stands out!
My only wish for stunning work like this is that photographs didn't so terribly flatten the human face... it makes the resulting drawing, when drawn to complement the photograph, look less realistic.
Stuliny Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
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HornedButterfly Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Really really really amazing! Beautiful woman, beautiful drawing.
opelier Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Too beautifull...
SakeBandit Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Wow, excellent work.

Her neck/shoulder area is a touch confusing to my eye, but that might be just me, and/or that's just how the photo looks.

Your drawings have a hyper-real look to them, which keep them slightly behind the world's best pencil artists, but as a first portrait this is an incredible achievement and you can only get better.
Egil21 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
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Firework-Sparks Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
This is an absolutely gorgeous drawing. :+fav:
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