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« on: July 10, 2008 10:14:51 PM »

I recently joined Craftster (I was a lurker for a while) because I'm pretty clueless as to how to sew, knit, etc and these forums are incredibly inspiring AND very helpful. But I'm still a fine artist first so I want to make myself acquainted with this section of the forums too  Wink

Unfortunately my scanner is a piece of junk and it basically ignores all of the mid-tones with graphite. My camera didn't pick them up any better either. Just imagine them with less contrast-y white.
These two self portraits were made about 6 months apart. They were done in pencil and some ink and I completed them relatively quickly, around 1.5 hours each. I did the first based on a really bad quality picture I took with my camera phone. I liked the odd shadows that were on my face in the picture so I recreated it.
The second was drawn mostly from my mind, but I had to look in a mirror to get the shadows from my lens frames right.

And this one is of my friend Auna, done in colored pencil. It took a lot longer than the ones done in pencil. I love working with colored pencil but I get seriously obsessive about blending. For some reason it just really bothers me if I can see the slightest bit of paper tooth through the strokes, hahaha. Needless to say, my colored pencil techniques have caused me to form an early case of carpal tunnel  Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008 10:25:59 PM »

i made a portrait once in my art class in school, it took forever  (it was a dark piture) Tongue
is was made with graphite pencil, i can't even imagine how hard it is to do it with color pencils
great job!

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008 10:26:41 PM »

Well done, and welcome to craftster.  I'm a lurker turned newb, also.
Its also nice to see some other budding pencil gurus.  These are really nice.
Go you!


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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2008 10:32:55 PM »

Wow nice work! I love the detail in the shading you have put into your work!

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2008 10:40:04 PM »

these are so awesome! you are very talented. Smiley i wish i could draw better.

« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2008 12:13:01 AM »

these look really nice!
i get obsessive about blending, too.
if you haven't already tried them... colorless blenders are the best thing on this planet.  no joke.  Wink

« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2008 03:44:27 AM »

You do an amazing job with hair.  Seriously fantastic.  That was the biggest thing for me to conquer with drawing and you've definitely done it!

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2008 06:22:31 PM »

your self portraits are fantastic! great job!

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