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I'm a little, well, a big bit nervous about posting this :fear:

Some of my lovely dA friends have asked how I draw unblended skin. I also get asked a lot about the different papers I use, so with a little nudge from :iconacjub: I've put together a little tutorial type thing to cover them both. Christina sweetie, this is for you :heart:

I hope it's helpful to some of you :hug:
Paula

P.S. I ran out of space on my tutorial, but just to say these scans are pretty close up so you can see whats going on. To see the skin unblended in a drawing, I used this method in these drawings -

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I love this reference and it was calling on me to draw it right away :) I don't actually know where it came from, it was a random google search, it's not my photo though :no:

EDIT - I found the link finally! www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=Adam…

Materials this time:
Extra Smooth Bristol (The drawing measures about 8"x8")
Graphite - 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
Erasers
Blue Tac
Tissue
White Gel Pen
Time - About 10-11 hours

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…

Thank you for having a look :heart:

I have some WIPs if anyone likes these things

NOTE: I know some of you lovely dA friends get a bit miffed about the Black&White Club rejecting art, so I thought I'd share the reason this one was declined :) The highlight on her nose is too white ('tis the paper and my scanner, it's just like that, I didn't do a thing) the highlights that look like glitter are distracting (um, they were put there on purpose) and the eyes are unapportioned (that's great to know, I though they looked about right). So there you have it :P Another one bites the dust :crying:
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A drawing for my friend, the very talented *robdolbs We did a trade and Robyn wanted Ryan Gosling. Michelle Williams is just in there for good measure :) Thank you for being patient with me lovely :huggle: I do hope you like it, I'd like to think it looks better in the 'flesh' so hopefully some surprise will still be there when you get it :fingerscrossed:

Materials this time:
A4 Mellotex (the drawing is a bit smaller than A4, so maybe 10" x 8")
Graphite - 2H, 2B, 4B and 8B
Tortillions
Eraser
Blue Tac
Time: About 12 hours
Ref: It's a cover from 'W' magazine

Robyn drew me this gorgeous man! If you don't know Robyn, her work is beeyootiful and a gallery browse is essential!!

Thank you very much for having a look
Paula :heart:

WIP - Details -
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3 down, who knows how many to go :) I finally got one of my WIPs completed :dance:

Some details of this drawing is in the WIPs here

Materials this time:
A3 Extra Smooth Bristol
Graphite 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
Tortillions
Tissue
Erasers
Blue Tac
Reference
Time: Not sure, about 18 hours or thereabouts.

Thank you for having a look :love:
Paula

Note: Since a couple of people have actually recognised this as Hilary Duff, I thought I better give her a mention! She started life as Hilary, but I thought it a good idea to freehand and didn't catch the likeness at all .. I thought, so she became 'Just a girl'.
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The raindrops are over :dance:

This was fun and I'm quite pleased overall with it.

Materials this time:
A4 Mellotex (THE best paper EVER) the image is about an inch and a half shorter than A4.
Graphite (wooden, H, 2B, 4B and 5B; lead holder 2B)
Erasers
Blue Tac
Time: About 18 hours or thereabouts.

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…

So, this is an unblended drawing for the most part, I wanted to have a texture difference for the raindrops and the out of focus shoulder and background. I think it worked okay.

Thank you to anyone who takes a look :blowkiss:


There are WIP's here if you like to see - pbird12.deviantart.com/art/New…

Ref - www.portrait-photos.org/photo/…
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She is such a pretty lady and she wears very good gloves, I had to draw her :la:

Materials this time:
A4 Mellotex (the drawing is about 8"x9")
Graphite (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
Blue Tac
Eraser
Gel Pen
Time: About 12 hours
Ref - I actually don't know who this is or where I found it, but courtesy of tineye it is here www.verycd.com/topics/2869714/

Thank you for looking :heart:

WIP - Details -

A LITTLE NOTE AND SOME INFO - I've had several people ask how I got the black so black, I actually get this question all the time, so I thought if I did it in a video it might be a good idea :) The video isn't the best, but you can see what's going on, it was a livestream so it stops and starts a little bit :( I'm redrawing part of the left side glove. The pencils I used were, in this order, 2H, 2B, 4B and 6B.
10 min version - www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZUDag…
5 min version - www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyvrYN…

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…
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I've been looking at a lot of minimal drawings for a while and I really love some of them. I especially love *IleanaHunter style. So I decided to have a go at something along these lines too, with her permission of course :nod:

So this is my version of a minimal style drawing. I love this reference picture, but have no idea where it came from :( But I can say it is not mine, I just drew it :)
UPDATE: I found the ref - www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=318+…

Materials this time:
A4 Mellotex, the drawing is about 8"x9"
Graphite pencils - 2H, 2B, 4B, 6B
Erasers
Tortillion
Time - About 8 hours or so

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…

Thank you very much for looking :love:

I also used this reference before for a painting
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:hooray: I finally got it finished!

Materials this time are:
A4 Mellotex
Graphite 2H, 2B, 4B and 6B
Eraser
Blue Tac
White Gel Pen
Time: Not too sure, about 12-14 hours maybe.

I used a reference which is not mine, but can't remember where I found it, but I'll pop the link in once I do. Here it is - www.photosight.ru/photos/12201…

Thank you for having a look :heart:

There are WIPs here and details here

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…
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This is a re-creation of one of the very first portraits I ever drew. There's about 18 months between each version, I wanted to play the 'am I any better game' :happybounce:

I chose to re-draw this one because the original drawing turned out to be pretty important to me; it's where my friend Annika *JustABeautifulDream and I began chatting about drawing something together and the beginnings of :icondraw-along: was born :happybounce:

Materials:
Hot Pressed Watercolour - 8"x9" (ish)
Graphite
Polychromos
Tortillion
Eraser
Gel Pen
Time: I allowed myself 5 hours, to keep the time similar to the first attempt. I would have preferred 10 hours, but that would have been pretty pointless.
Ref - From the gorgeous *ValentinaKallias [link]

Thank you very much for having a look :heart:

Comparison - WIP -
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I absolutely love this reference of Liv Tyler. Hopefully a more minimal approach works with it :aww:

I'm not very good with scanning and stitching, so I'm a little sad that this doesn't really do my drawing any justice, but I tried my best and this is as good as I can get it :ashamed:

Materials this time:
A3 Canson Bristol Board :bleh:
Graphite (Wooden and Mech) 2H, 2B, 4B and 6B
Erasers
Tortillion
Time: About 11 hours

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…

Thank you very much for having a look :love:

I have WIPs here - and details here -

Also, the lovely *Ilojleen is drawing this same reference, once she has finished, I'll pop a link in here, her's is looking fantastic :la:

NOTE: I don't really know for sure where the minimal type style drawings originated, but as I said in my last minimal drawing, *IleanaHunter is the person I admire most for this style, so credit goes to her from me. Hopefully a bit of me is still in here though :fingerscrossed:
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