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By popular demand, how I do my pencil portraits!

Enjoy, and, it's really late, so forgive any spelling/logic mistakes in the tutorial and please point them out to me if you could. Just please check in the comments to see if someone else has already said it.

Um.... OH. And the drawing in the tutorial is this one over here:
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shadowfaxgait's avatar
shadowfaxgait|Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this! I finally found the tutorial that "speaks to me" :)
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superpower-pnut's avatar
I like that you don't knock tracing (like my painting teacher does)
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Red-EyesBlackDragon|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool tutorial! It's really helpful for highlights in the face and hair!  ^^
I also like how you mention that you trace guidelines for your drawing. I do this myself, usually only with important bits like the general shape of the face and position of the eyes, so that the eyes don't end up too close together or the nose too far up. Not many people admit that. :) (I don't over do it though, my art must still contain my soul! :D)
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jane-beata|Professional Traditional Artist
Hello :)

Your work has been FEATURED in an article Artist's Toolbox: Pencil, Graphite & Charcoal. Thank you for sharing it with all of us :heart:

:iconprojecteducate:

:frail:
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Girl-on-the-Moon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH. WOW.
Thank you! That's really awesome and I'm terribly flattered! :D
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jane-beata|Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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Dhysis|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to do a project inspired by another artist for my Studio Art class.
I've had an unfinished portrait of my grandmother sitting around... I think I'll finish it and do this with it, because you're really inspiring!

I love that you're not afraid to tell us that you loosely trace, to get started; Everyone is always afraid to say that because they don't realize nothing is ever original.
ART IS THEFT.
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kupieckorzenny|Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I used it to create this portrait: [link]
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android65mar's avatar
Excellent run through, thank you very much
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The-Tinidril|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for this simple tutorial, just wanted to let you know it works perfectly with Paint Shop Pro 5X as well (I'm too poor to own PS). I'm going to give it a whirl in ArtRage as well, I think it will work there, too. ArtRage is my poor-starving-artist substitute for Corel Painter, giving it a free test.
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Girl-on-the-Moon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw cool, good to know! :)
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The-Tinidril|Professional Traditional Artist
I uploaded my results... not as good as yours, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. For one thing, your scanned drawings are more sparse than mine... because I was trying to achieve those mid-tones by using cross-hatching, not having any digital additions in mind at the time. Thanks for sharing your art and tutorials, love everything I've seen in your gallery :D
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Girl-on-the-Moon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you will get the hang of it! Those look marvellous!
I had fun making the tutorial, and I'm glad it's helping other artists try new stuff. :)
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DragonsAndDreamscape|Professional General Artist
Thank you! I just got Photoshop, so I'll be using this!
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yellowsprout's avatar
Thank you <3
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Koritsia|Student General Artist
wow that´s some good advice thank you, i´m definetly going to use it :) <3
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Felizmango|Student Digital Artist
thanks this will definitely
help my drawings!!!
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classicbluebell|Hobbyist General Artist
:-) Thank's
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Oncoming-Storm|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! Great tutorial, might give this a go myself, with due credit to you of course :)
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HarlequiNQB|Professional Digital Artist
Would you mind horribly if I linked to this from my blog at some point?
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Girl-on-the-Moon's avatar
Girl-on-the-Moon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all! :)
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HarlequiNQB|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much - when I link to it I'll let you know :)
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StarlightWhispers|Hobbyist General Artist
You make it look so easy! *is inspired* I must try this out now.

Thanks a ton for posting this! :D
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Arinen's avatar
Arinen|Professional General Artist
Oop, I started doing something similar after seeing your drawings where you'd mixed digital and traditional BUUUUT didn't really know how you'd done it so I have a very different (and possibly somewhat redundant in some places) method now.

[link] thoughts would be very much appreciated.
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