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The finished product. I couldn't really say how long this took, but I'd guess around seven hours, using HB and 6B pencils. I'm pretty happy with most of this, I think the hair and eyes worked well, but something about it still bugs me, I think it just doesn't look enough like her. I'll try and do better with my next one.
I also put my brand new trial version of open Canvas to the test to put in the odd stray hair and highlight because up until now I've had no way of putting highlights back in well. I'll have to learn how to use the program better so I can try some digital drawings, but I really have no idea what I'm doing yet.
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QuallityGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist
When I'm looking works like that, I became understanding that I'm nothing in art of drawings :(
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Not at all! We're all walking the same road, trying to get better. We all have people ahead of us, and we all have people behind us, but if we keep walking, keep working hard, there's no limit to how far we can go.
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:love:
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NadeemZurba Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011   General Artist
outstanding :)
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ruby73 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010   Digital Artist
nice!
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LLLLLXXXXX Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010   Photographer
Sharp work
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appelt65 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Simply...PERFECT!!!
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Edgers Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
omg..awesome detailing
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Shane-01 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Grrrr, Liv Tyler. So in love. Amazing portrait of Liv, absolutely magnificent.
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andomedo2010 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
and i want this one pless??
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andomedo2010 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing work ..... realy good work
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envoyzero Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Interface Designer
original photo, just added blackwhite effect, isnt it? :D
just kidding - just amazing!!
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aja626 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Ahh nevermnind I didn't see the other comments about how to create those white strands, LOL! I will try your tips - Thanks So much!!!
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aja626 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I was curious to know how do artists achieve those 'white' stray hairs that like, stand out? Those single, white strands of hair? I dunno how else to say it, lol. Do they use a special kind of pencil or eraser or something? I draw too and several of my portraits I do for people are blonde haired, lol! It would help if someone could please let me know how its done?? THANKS! Keep up the GREAT work!!!
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kirkkerndl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
GREAT JOB!
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stickyextra Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Beautiful drawing. The hair is really good, I wish I could shade hair properly xD
Good job =]
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joshuagarrett Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Student Digital Artist
the hair is great! bravo
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Alicecullenwannabe Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
are you kidding?it looks so much like Liv Tyler.that's actually what first came to my mind when i saw this.AMAZING job.
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Roxtarsime Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
This is really awesome!
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abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Thanks for telling me. I often tried to do white lines with a kneadable eraser but as I work very dark aswell, they still wouldn't come up white enough to have that nice contrast. I've never tried to do more shading to the background afterwards though. I'll try that next time. :D
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The trick is to keep it light at first, then when you use the eraser it should get it close to white. Then when you darken it, just shade around the strands, keeping them sharp and light. (although you might have to re-lighten it if you're as smudgy as I am :P)
There is another trick that I haven't really tried yet. Supposedly if you use a pin or something to put an indentation in the paper, when you shade over the top of it, you'll leave that part of the paper untouched, so you could create very fine, crisp white lines.
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Right. That might really work. Thanks again for explaining. The second hint sounds much easier than the first one but I'm afraid to have bends in the finished work. I'm selling most of my stuff so that's not an option. But it might already work to stick real hairs or very fine pieces of sellotape to the back of the drawing. Then again - the first method sounds like less work
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Wow.. the way you draw is simply amazing. How do you do those really fine white hairs on the very left of the picture. When I try to do those with a very fine eraser, they still won't come out like yours. And one more question: did you edit the picture digitally or did you really manage to get the dephts so black with a pencil???
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Back then I cheated, and used Photoshop to do those fine strands that I couldn't do with a pencil. These days, though, I've found that it can be done using a kneadable eraser folded into a sharp edge to lighten an area, then shading it again to create a clean line. It's hard to explain, but it works.
I might have darkened the picture slightly, but I tend to work very dark anyway. I can't stand seeing light pencil lines in an area that's supposed to be black. A 6B or 8B makes it easy, but it can even be done with an HB if you're patient enough.
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schecterrocker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
geeze
this looks like a photograph
so amazinggg
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AliceDunn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
it's great and I personally think it looks like every inch of her!
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hysterialist Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
nice work!
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antitodo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Wow! I think this is amazing!

Gotta a question for you. What do you use to make the thin white hair pieces? I've tried to use some white pencils for that, but for some reason white pencils don't draw on on nnormal pencils. I don't know if you really understand me, my pronunciation is not ver good... anyway, great work! Thumbs up!
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
There's a few different ways of doing it. I don't know of any pencils that can draw well over the top of graphite. There are some that work over charcoal, though. I think for this one I cheated and touched it up afterwards in photoshop or something.
The way I do it these days is with a kneadable eraser. You create a sharp edge and use it to draw some lines, then go back in with graphite and neaten them up.
You can also use a pin or something to create grooves in the paper, so that when you shade over the top with the pencil, it leaves a fine white line. I haven't really tried it this way, though.
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antitodo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thank you very much! This is really helfull, I may try one or all the option you gave!

Thanks again and keep up your amazing work!
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saphira2008 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
wow these pics are amazing at first i thought they were photos till i realsied they were pencil work. you are trully talented
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verryyuri Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
That´s amazing! It´s impossible to draw this just with pencils! Please, tell me, how you draw this kind of picture exactly? I can´t imagine...
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's possible to draw anything with just pencils, if you think about it. A photo is just a bunch of 2 dimensional dots on paper, or a screen, and so is a drawing. For me, it's just a matter of breaking down an image into its basic shapes, then recreating it as accurately as I possibly can.
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verryyuri Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
yeah, thats right, i agree, but if i look on my pencile work and yours... i mean the looking of pencils drawing - what pencils do you use? and is also paper important? and the hair of liv tyler, it is so detailed, it has so small and fine details... it really looks like a photo, and for me it´s impossible to draw such hair with an ordinary pencil. could you send me some of your half-finished work or something? to see the differences among different parts of drawing.
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I have quite a few unfinished things in my scraps.
I usually just use an 0.5 mechanical HB pencil for most of my drawings. I sometimes use something darker, like a 5B or 6B, a tissue for smudging, and a kneadable eraser (very important).
To me, the paper isn't really that important, but the smoother the better if you want high detail.
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verryyuri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
What´s kneadable eraser, how does it look like? I just hope the shop assistants will understand the English expressions, I was told they should, is´t quite a good art shop or how to say in English :)
So I want to thank you for your advices, I appreciate it.
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Uh, a kneadable eraser is kind of like blu-tac, or putty, so you can shape it however you like. It's also useful to lighten large areas evenly (I use it to lighten sketch lines before I start shading). Good luck with your drawing :)
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Proman-3000 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
Sorry...forgot to say...please don't look at my gallery...I'd be so ashamed ;'(...Oh noes...now I did that reverse psychology thing didn't I? Have mercy!
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't be ashamed at all. I wasn't drawing as well as you at 14. I didn't even start drawing portraits until I was about 19 or 20, so you've got a big head-start on me.
I think you have a lot of potential. I notice that you draw very faint, which is what I used to do. You could try drawing with charcoal, which is very very dark, and has the added challenge of being messy. Also, try not to leave anything white. Think about when we print out a black and white photo from the computer, even the lightest areas are shades of grey. It should be the same when we draw.
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Proman-3000 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you by me too! ^^

There aren´t many artists out there who give information about the materials...specially for those who aren't from the enghlish speaking countries...

BTW: Wow! Soo detailed...(Chinese accent) You funny, and you draw good! Hou do you do those light hair in those dark areas?
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theangryfish Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think for this one I cheated a little bit, and used a painting program to touch it up a bit :O
These days, though, I'd either use the kneadable eraser trick, or if it was in charcoal I have a white chalk pencil for that sort of thing.
There's also another way I've heard, where you draw the lines with a pin, or something, and create a dent in the paper. Then if you shade carefully, that little dent should remain white, get it? I'm bad at explaining things. I haven't had much success with this method, though.
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verryyuri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thank you for the info! :-)
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DrowsyPotato Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done :D Keep up the good work !! :D
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phalancs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
yes this is really detailled and well done.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love her hair and eyes...just..:faint:
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vis151 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
wow I think this is the best Liv I have seen. Far better than mine. What size paper is she drawn on?
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L-Oki Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
incredible man; i think you captured her perfectly, soft, elegant, enigmatic. awesome stuff dude.
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WingedJedi Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
Wow, this one is awesome!
I think the thing that could look "off" is that you get the impression that her lips are quite large at the right corner of her mouth. (from our point of view)
But I still think that it's a great drawing!

PS: Sorry if you get three messages that I've added your drawing to my favs - I'm still new to DA and haven't gotten used to the fact yet that I don't need to press the back button on my browser window to get back to the smaller view. xD
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missmeganradface Featured By Owner May 5, 2007   Traditional Artist
Really love the hair. Very good job.
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