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« on: August 10, 2011 11:36:30 AM »

this was a wedding gift for two friends of mine who got married a little while ago.  i would have preferred one in which you could see their eyes but i wanted it to be a surprise so i had to ask his mum for a referance photo, hence the perhaps unusual choice.
there are a few things i didnt get quite right but overall im kinda pleased with this  Smiley
unfortunately the scanner has exaggerated the graininess particularly on the darker areas Roll Eyes



approx A5, black faber castell pencil on cartridge paper. i love drawing on cartridge paper i find it has enough texture to pick up the pencil well but not so much it takes over on areas of delicate shading, the big draw back is that isnt not as tough as say water colour paper and even a moderate (let alone) serious correction tends to ruin the paper making it hard to fix something if it goes wrong Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011 01:27:33 PM »

I think that has turned out amazingly well.  I don't see any mistakes. You have captured their likenesses exactly and you should be very proud of this piece of work.  A lovely memento for them.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011 01:28:38 PM »

I really like this and I don't think the picture was an odd choice. I actually like that the eyes are dark and you can't see them. I think it will give it a sense of timelessness if they hang it up.

You did a really good job with the shading of the faces. For some reason I find the shading on the woman's cheek (our left) very pleasing.
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