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Pencil portrait of a Himba Woman by LateStarter63, visual art

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Artist // Hobbyist // Traditional Art
  • United Kingdom
  • Deviant for 8 years
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My Bio
I draw in pencil simply as a hobby. I started drawing at the end of 2009 after a break of getting on for 50 years, since O-Level at school.

When I started I drew portraits from newspapers, magazines and TV, and progressed to include nudes from the same sources.

When I went onto the Internet in late 2011, I had access to better quality photos and took inspiration from the fantastic drawings I saw on sites such as DeviantART, which prompted me to improve my drawings.

For my drawings I use fine surface heavyweight cartridge paper, graphite pencils from 5H to 9B, tortillion, kneadable eraser and occasionally the handle of a small paintbrush sharpened to a point. I sharpen the pencils with a helical sharpener and glasspaper block.

More recently I have used extra smooth surface Bristol board for most of my drawings, and added a battery operated eraser, eraser pencil, paper tissues and a small synthetic bristle paintbrush to my drawing equipment.

In October 2011 I started to attend a self-help, untutored, life-drawing class.

I listen to a lot of classical music, from CD, radio and live concerts.

Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Period insrument baroque orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music; Symphony orchestras, Solo artists, all too numerous to mention, playing music from the baroque to the present day.
Favourite Books
Lolita (Nabokov); Never let me go (Ishiguro); Lucky Jim (Amis); The God of small things (Roy)
Tools of the Trade
Graphite pencils
Other Interests
Making bread and richly-fruited yeast buns.
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Over the last few months I have gradually lost all interest in drawing. I was half-way through a new drawing when the last bit of any remaining interest vanished. I have not touched my pencils since. I have been here before, and I hope that I will eventually get over it. Luckily I have not this time lost interest in listening to music. I have recently started a subscription to the Primephonic Platinum streaming service for classical music. This streams at up to studio quality and the range of recordings available is huge. I can listen to so many of the recordings that I did not purchase as CDs and I have hardly used my CD player for over four months now. I have also found it difficult recently to continue to reply to the Comments and for drawings added to their Favourites Galleries that people have most generously bestowed upon my drawings. Close work on the computer has been an increasing strain on my eyes and I have reluctantly decided to stop thanking for favourites. I stopped
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I have been on DeviantArt for 7 years and up to now it has been my policy to reply and give my thanks to all comments on my drawings, ‘favourites’ and ‘watches’ as it seemed the right thing to do.  I would customise the thanks with the real name of the person, where I could find this from their profile, and give a link to my deviation in thanks for a ‘favourite’ so that the person knew for what I was thanking them, all of which takes extra time.   Why did I do it when many on DeviantArt do not?  I would thank a person if a complement were paid in person, so why should it be different on the Internet?  When
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Nineteen months have passed since my last journal. Again I sincerely thank all those who have been kind enough to comment on my drawings, add them to their favourites, or put me on their watch-list, thus, as I have said before, encouraging me to continue to draw.   I now have more than 2000 watchers.  As I said last year, this is quite a responsibility as I feel, as a consequence of this, that I must on no account let my standards fall!   In my last journal I told of how I had been getting increasingly depressed, probably in a large part due to the hormone treatment that I am receiving for prostate cancer.  I also said that this depression
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Your portraits are awesome. I hope to eventually achieve the level of realism you are achieving. I don't draw often and need to practice more. Thank you, artists like you keep me motivated! :)


Not certain why, but couldn't help thinking of you when I saw this. Scenery and technique is different, but I seem to sense a bit of the same atmosphere in the land you convey so superbly in people.

Thanks for the comment~

This is stunning. In your hands, a simple pencil appears to become a magic wand :)

Thank you very much, and thank you for adding my Pencil portrait of Gior to your favourites.

Your capture every detail so well. All so lovely and cute.

Thank you very much. I very carefully select the photos I use as references, so that they really inspire me to draw at the best level possible.