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Jana Lepejova
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It's such a feeling to finish a larger piece! And how great is to see the model and the painting pose together, I love it :) Another thing, I didn't do her much justice in the painting, she is much more beautiful in real and I really have a long way to go before I can call myself an advanced oil painter :) I am so excited for the journey!!!

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Siren, watercolor painting


I have to new works in my gallery on DA, how is that possible :) (Smile) Actually I find it kind of hard to cater to all my social media these days, anyone feels the same? When I have some time, I only post to those that are the quickest and DA sadly isn't one of them. Fingers crossed for a friendlier posting form in the future :)

This painting took me one year to finish O.o Sounds a long time for a watercolor work :) I started the sketch and skin layers during a portrait workshop last year, and than I forgot I had it, it was lying unfinished in my drawer. Until I found it about two weeks ago and finished it during a single painting session, I am very happy about how the watercolor abstractions turned out. 

If you like my work, let me know and I will have a better day Huggle!

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Portrait sketching practices

Tue May 28, 2019, 6:40 AM by jane-beata:iconjane-beata:

People & Portraits Week

Hello everyone and welcome to my entry for People & Portraits week here at projecteducate. I was tempted to include a watercolor tutorial (my usual stuff), but instead I opted for something more challenging, hoping this might be helpful to starting artists in particular :)

This article will be about the best portrait sketching practices for a starting artist. As a painter, I fell into a trap of spending twenty hours of painting to one hour of drawing and this cost me a lot. Painting is fun for me, moving water across the paper, playing with pigments, detailing with tiny brushes for ages is a great way to relieve stress. Drawing, on the other hand, demands more focus, thinking and planning, there is a great deal of technicalities that often makes me want to put it off to a time when I have full energy available. 

However, the importance of being a skilled drawer is undeniable, even when your main focus is painting. Even when not using lines in your work to communicate, your initial sketch must be as perfect as possible - its a skeleton of your painting and you can have the most beautiful textures in the world, once the proportion or perspective is off, the painting will miss the connection with the viewer.

With that being said, I noticed that my drawing skill lacks and this year I challenged myself to draw daily, as much as I can but for a minimum of two hours. I bought a few books, watched some video lessons and found a few methods, that work very well. I want to share them with you today.

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1. Keep it small

My first tip is to downsize. Unless you are in a life-drawing session, it is convenient to make smaller thumbnails for two reasons. First one is time - when starting out, you will benefit from drawing 4 thumbnails in about 20 minutes much more than if you were to spend those minutes trying to do a larger drawing. 

Exploring four different subjects makes you learn faster than exploring one. Also, the more time you have to create a sketch, the more caught up in details and insignificant things about the subject you get. 

2. Keep it simple

As an exercise, I would suggest avoiding details in your sketching practices. By details I mean mostly individual hair strings, lashes, drawing eye browse as individual hairs etc. Your sketch should provide a very simple statement, in its rawest form. If (in the future) you wished to explore the subject in a more elaborate drawing or painting, only then it would be a good idea to spend more hours on detailing. In the sketching process however, the "detail trap" can cause you to lose your focus and get you off the point quickly.

3. When in trouble, turn it upside down

Have you ever experienced the proportion problem? (I do on a regular basis) It's the moment when you just can't get it right and the whole thing looks seriously off. The problem can sometimes be solved by turning your reference picture upside down and trying to draw it this way. By turning your reference, you force yourself to only evaluate shapes, angles and sizes without your brain attaching meaning to stuff. You will be surprised by the results, seriously, give it a shot :)

4. Keep it regular

I still have to point out, that only regular practice can help you really improve your drawing skills. The good news is that regular or even everyday drawing doesn't have to take long. The best idea is to make a daily practice that fits your schedule, 20 minutes is more than nothing and in my opinion, if you break that down into already suggested 4 thumbnail studies, this can work miracles. If you have two hours however, even better! (But don't spend them drawing lashes, seriously...)

5. Practice plus knowledge makes perfect

Practice makes perfect only so far. Hours of practice, if you have time to spare, can surely help, but unless you know what you are doing, your time spent practicing might just be ineffective. Sometimes it is needed to study for a bit to be able to "level up". Anatomy is one of the most fundamental things to learn when it comes to portrait sketching, and the internet is full of written and filmed resources to learn. Find the medium that makes it easiest for you to learn (for me it's video, might be a book for you) and give it a few hours, every month.

Some resources you might consider checking out:


Drawing references for practice (site lets you set your own interval to change photos to sketch):


Bullet; Pink   Do you have your own portrait sketching practices that work?

Bullet; Pink   Share them with us in the comments!



It has been a wonderful week and we would like to thank to all the artists, who were kind enough to put their time and efforts into all the content, that has been created for this week. We really appreciate!!! :heart: :heart: :heart:

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Here is a recap of all the articles presented this week:

Monday 27th:

Bullet; Pink Intro by GeorgeXVII
Bullet; Pink Portrait Sketch Challenge by TheGalleryOfEve

Tuesday 28th:

Bullet; Pink Portrait sketching practices by jane-beata 
Bullet; Pink Hands and how to handle them by Kiki-Tayler

Wednesday 29th:

Bullet; Pink Discovering GothicNarcissus by GeorgeXVII
Bullet; Pink Light and Colour in Photomanipulation by ImaginaryRosseArt

Thursday 30th:

Bullet; Pink Making Eyes Pop using Photoshop by Ulysses0302
Bullet; Pink Figure Drawing Tips + Tricks by Strooitje

Friday 31st:

Bullet; Pink Traditional collage tutorial by crystal-chidori

We hope you enjoyed these articles and learned a thing or two during this week, and we are looking forward to another one, sometime in the future :)

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As you might have seen, we hosted a portrait sketch challenge this week, where everyone was a winner, because no single winner is chosen! Indeed, this was all about participation, which means everyone who participated and followed the rules will win 300 Points !

We are so happy to see how many people decided to participate! Your sketches are all so lovely! Heart

So without further ado, here is a feature of all the entries that followed the rules and thus are "winners" ! La la la la

  Dark Days Indeed (sketch challenge) by FrerinHagsolb  georgia by btchdirectioner  Indonesian girl by Strooitje  A Bandit Portrait Sketch for a Challenge by Eiliakins  Face by Samantha-dragon
Portrait sketch by GeorgeXVII  ma face by Wolf-Artist-01  Untitled Drawing by LindArtz  Portrait: Kuro by Iduna-Haya
Sketch by W4steland-Rang3r  Tyrosine-Sketch by FireBlazeDragon5  Portrait Contest Entry by L-L-arts  Bird Looks Like a Cat by barananduen  Makoto by craftsbyblue
Sketch for PortraitSketchForPE Challenge by vanndra  Portrait Sketch by Escargot-Aircraft  Portrait Sketch practise by Dahkur  Cordelia VOn Hoefer sketch by hieronymushoefer  Portrait Sketch by Silverdapple359
Jul Sketch by Felizias  Flow by Imperator4  Lookit a self portrait by Willow-the-Wispz  I Always Challenge Myself by TokyoMoonlight  Female Thinker and Scientist by Hiddenbehindcolour
PE Sketch Contest by Lyricanna  Lineaments by jampixel  portrait by ShoukoSan  Blue Sunflowers by wren2002  greybird sketch by silverheart-nine  Naga sketch by Calluna-Draconis  Autoportret by Gash-ren  criying makeup by D0llette  Iceburg {OP} WIP by androdgynass  Portrait Sketch Challenge by SavageFrog

Please be patient with the prizing as it comes from communityrelations and can take up to 4 weeks Heart

How often do you buy new art supplies? 

41 deviants said Once in a while...I like new art supplies but I try to use the old ones before purchasing new ones.
18 deviants said Every time I have money to spare - I am such an art supply junkie! (let us know your favorite ones!)
12 deviants said I avoid investing too much into new supplies, I prefer techniques that do not require buying plenty of art supplies.
10 deviants said I create digitally, no paint problems for me!
5 deviants said (Other - please comment)


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Yksittainen Featured By Owner May 28, 2019  Student General Artist
Hello there! I've come to say your manner of using watercolour is stunning! You're doing great job with your drawings and articles Huggle! 
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Kellsyy Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Howdy! :)

Apologies for the late notice, but I'd like to congratulate you for being in my first ever Art Feature (for a newly-born Feature Project called Art Exhibition:DYour work has been hand-picked to showcase the best DeviantArt has to offerOn behalf of the rest of the community, I'd like to thank you for being an amazing artist!

To view the Feature, please click the thumbnail below (let me know if you consider this advertising within 24 hours of this post (so that I may remove it)). If you'd like to suggest any other artworks in the near future, do send me a message.

Art Exhibition: Vol 1.
Hello, fellow artists! Welcome to Volume 1 of Art Exhibition (AE).
AE is a non-profit project solely run by Kellsyy to promote various artistic abilities. Each Volume will feature 55 unique artworks from all categories including Poetry, Traditional, Digital, Anime/Manga, and Animation.
This Feature comprises of 5 primary initiatives, each aiming to help other artists gain praise/feedback from other Deviants. Each Volume is published bi-weekly on Sundays around 8 PM EST.
With that being said, enjoy! La la la la 
AE 1: Project 10,000.
Project 10,000 aims to showcase 10 Deviations that should have 10,000+ views. This can be based on the artwork's originality and/or the story/emotion behind the art piece. Hand-picked by Kellsyy herself, these artworks show excelling talent.
Remember to support these art pieces with a comment or favourite!

Stay awesome, and continue being creative! :la:

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haunted72194 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work!!!
MGRESA Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Student General Artist
El Grupo 7Dias ya tiene su sitio en Facebook, animate y unete :) (Smile)…
GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice gallery

Have a bunny
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specialized666 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Hi, have a very nice day :D
ShaileeVajracharya Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Jane,
I am absolutely inspired by your paintings. They are super amazing!!! Your gallery has some really good masterpiece. Also, I have been having artist block for some time and your words have really inspired me to continue painting. Thank you so much for everything!!! Have a great day.
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ZinaZoo Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched!
You make some of the best art I've evr seen and you inspire me to make things!!
I hope one day I can get into watercolors too.. >u<
Oh, I also have to mention those amaaazing articles 
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MelissaKuri Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Amazing drawings!!
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx

Hope to see you there some time :heart:

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SpotlessDestiny Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Thanks for the deviantwatch ^^
lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to :icontraditional-art-draw: - a group of traditional artists. We accept all different kind of styles, as long as folder guidelines are followed and, of course, the artwork is traditional. Looking forward to seeing your work in our galleries, and your ideas in our notes! 

If you have any suggestions, or questions, please feel free to contact us!

Have fun!(Enjoy!)
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Seriiko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
When will this week's watercolour journal come out? :)
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roguenotvogue Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
I love your art style! *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) Llama Emoji-81 (Heart You) [V4] Custom heart [Crystal Blue] 
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natenutron Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've said this before, I just love your flow. Eye skittles
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
Nice gallery:)
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ariiada Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Student
Love Your portraits so much! amazing syle <3
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CR45HnBURN Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful display of natural talent!
FrerinHagsolb Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Your art is just awesome...
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LochyG32 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW keep the great work up
mascotruby Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!!... i really like your style!!.. beautiful artwork :)
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cheche2000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :o I was wondering if I can use some drawings of yours for a fake website that I'm doing? 

It's for a class project to help build my portfolio, it's going to be a coffee web design where it'll also show off other artists works. 

And if you allow it, I could send you a link xD
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YnnaK Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your art work so much!!! Love Love Love 
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