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My first drawing of 2015... Smoke, a lovely grey unicorn... Sorry I've been absent for awhile. I  haven't drawn anything since before Christmas and my muse was on vacation... Then we went to Cuba for a week and now that I'm back, I think my muse has decided to co-operate... :D

Colored pencils on colored Mi-Teintes paper with a bit of black and white Sharpie paint pen...

Thanks for any faves and kind comments, they are, as always, greatly appreciated! :D :hug: :la:
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Amadi13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing :) (Smile) 
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Sorry for the late reply. I am rarely on DA anymore. You can see all of my new artwork on my Facebook art page... www.facebook.com/LindaSayeghFo…  Hope to see you there. Have a great day! :) 
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Amadi13 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do, your art is quite impressive. :) (Smile) 
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank  you! :)
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CORinAZONe Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful unicorn
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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tamsinrj Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Ahhh This is amazing. <3 Must have taken you so much practise to be able to do this but adhkfh I wish I was as good. <3 Art goals! That at this rate I'll probably never reach but hey, I can still aim for being this good. :iconepiclaplz:la in love 
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thanks so much! And yes, this takes years of practice. But I've been drawing horses since I was 5, albeit not so good way back then lol! I am now 57. So yeah, a looonnng time... You can do it! Just practice, practice and more practice...
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tamsinrj Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student General Artist
I started drawing so early I don't even remember ever NOT having done it. xD But yeah, you're 57 and I'm 16. Stands to reason there's rather a difference in experience. :p But hopefully I'll get there one day. ^_^ Oh to see drawings this good of my story characters... <3
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep it up, you can do it! :D
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tamsinrj Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student General Artist
I made a pretty big jump recently with figuring out how to do fur. I can only do straight fur and it doesn't always work but it's fur. xD

But yeah, definitely keeping it up. I'd dedicate more time than I do to it but I have other interests as well and jobs I need to do around the farm. *headdesk*
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When drawing fur it is always a good idea to have a good, clear reference photo. Keep track of how the fur grows, in which direction is grows and know that not all fur is the same length on every part of the body of an animal. It will be longer usually on the body and shorter on the face, ears  and paws for the most part, but not always. Don't make it look too neat, fur is like hair and not every strand is in place. The trick to making it look more realistic is to have a few out of place. This is also true when drawing people portraits. Not everyone's hair is strictly in place, there will always be some fly aways. Have fun with it. It's not work if you love what you're doing. :)
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tamsinrj Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student General Artist
For some reason, trying to follow a reference often chucks me off. I'll follow it for direction, but I've been unsuccessful actually trying to copy the texture. (And it could be years until I can handle curls... xD) My way of doing fur basically used jaggedy edges on the shading to give the appearance of fur... No-one given me a full crit but most of the people I've shown my text piece of say it's really good. xD sta.sh/0s054u7ank1 Though, I didn't get the highlight of the blue lighting right there. I've got that top part better in attempts since.

It sure makes shading take longer than it already does though. xD (And as for the quantity of pencils I have to use.) For some reason, I can't make it work using sketching pencils, I can only get it to work correctly with coloured pencils. Probably just cause of how the different things work, I need to practise more.
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It just takes patience and practice. The more you practice, the faster it will become, until you don't really have to think about it too much to accomplish the texture.

Your drawing is a good start. Try making your strokes slightly curved unless you're actually going for a spiky effect. Drawing with colored pencils is best accomplished by doing layers. Start light and work your way to the darker shades. Using a reference photo doesn't mean you need to follow it precisely. It can be changed to suit your purpose. If you have pets, try paying attention to how their fur lies when they are in different positions. Remember, good art is not accomplished quickly. It takes time to get it right. Have patience. My simple animal drawings without a background take about 7 or 8 hours each... That's for an 8.5 x 11 inch drawing... The time flies when I work. So it doesn't seem to take that long.

Using strictly graphite pencils is a bit different. It is helpful to use a black and white reference photo at first until you get the  hang of it.
Keep trying, it will come. :) Using a stomp for blending is also helpful. Even just a Q-tip will work. Or your fingers, but that leaves them messy and will also leave behind an oily residue which will get all over your paper and everything if you're not careful.
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Shootingstarthehorse Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student Photographer
WOW...
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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KSt-P11 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Brill!
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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NighteLight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic usage with the color pencils here, absolutely beautiful!  I should use color pencils on colored paper if cool effects like this happen.  The unicorn looks very noble in this drawing, and knows it. :D (Big Grin) 
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank  you very much! :D Yes, the colored paper is fun to work with. I tend to pick a color that I can use as part of the shading process.
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NighteLight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Dango-smile  And that makes sense, thanks! ^^
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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RebeccaMArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning! I love how the blue contrasts with the grey :)
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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RebeccaMArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :)
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :D
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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TAS71 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really love this a lot! Love all your work, but this is one of my favs of yours! <3
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D :hug:
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CloudDoodle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so amazing!! Great job!! :D
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ilwin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Whoa, great job, well done!
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :D
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EveeLover Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
beautiful
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank  you! :D
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Beautiful!! :love:
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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JohnAshleigh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   Writer
You certainly have talent.
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D :hug:
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JohnAshleigh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   Writer
You are welcome. :hug:
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Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, what a beautiful drawing :heart: I really like that blue patterns on the unicorn, and so much sparkle...very very pretty!

You are an really great artist, I have seen your other drawings and they are absolutly amazing Gumball Wow Icon 
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, that's so very sweet of  you! Thank You! :D :hug:
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Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Wink/Razz 
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Magical! Beautiful drawing, Linda :iconflyingheartsplz:
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much Mayumi! :D :hug:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, Linda :hug:
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Elena-Clio Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful Heart 
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Artsy50 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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evatheshyva Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautyfull!! *-* *-* *-* :D
look at this AroonCat
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