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Pencil drawing of Tessa

Graphite pencil drawing of Tessa, size A4, drawn on fine surface heavyweight cartridge paper.

Many thanks to Sifu ( for allowing drawing from his wonderful picture 'Sheer Beauty' (§ion=&global=1&q=sifu#/d1v1q6u).

This is the most complex picture I have drawn so far. Apart from the beauty of the picture, I was attracted by the challenge of the folds in the sleeves.

Edit 16 April 2014:  I have very slightly adjusted the photo to approach more closely the tonal range of my drawing, using Zoner Photo Studio software which was not available to me at the time of my original upload.
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Image size
3506x2393px 2.49 MB
Shutter Speed
10/400 second
Focal Length
8 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 19, 2012, 12:33:32 PM
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Leanndra51's avatar
Wow, this is so incredible!  It amazes me that you can get all those intricate folds in her clothes.  I also love the water drops on her skin.  This to me, is like magic. Truly it is.  I don't even understand how a person can do this.  I really don't.  The light and shadow play and tones of her skin, the hollows and valleys of her neck.  Is it called values, the light and shadow?  Then of course the reflections in the water are incredible too; very subtle but so important.    I don't understand how you know how to do that either and how you consider the light source for the drawing.  I know, more questions. 
LateStarter63's avatar
When I was drawing this, it was I think the first drawing where I momentarily mistook my drawing for the b/w print I was using as my reference.  I have this framed on top of a bookcase in the dining room. I just draw what I see, that is the way you do it (said without Mr Punch's swazzle).
Leanndra51's avatar
It is a truly wonderful drawing.  She is so beautiful and has a proud countenance. 
Stunning lady. Well done!
LateStarter63's avatar
Thank you very much.
henriqueart's avatar
lindo trabalho Clap 
LateStarter63's avatar
Muito obrigado, Luis
LateStarter63's avatar
Thank you very much.
morningstarskid's avatar
stacybarnes's avatar
This is amazing. Wonderful job!
LateStarter63's avatar
Thank you very much.  At the time I found it a challenge, but was very pleased with the result
ak69666's avatar
water drops on her face r amazing !
LateStarter63's avatar
Thank you.  In fact the water drops were very easy to add.
ak69666's avatar
i always die 2 give my drawing such effects of water! but never able 2!i am an amateur artist !in fact i'm a school going girl and can't devote much time !moreover i'm not a trained 1!i really admire ur gallery!
BillyNikoll's avatar
omg, i like it very much! The water is so lifelike.
MerThar's avatar
It's awesome sir, that effect!
BobbyArts's avatar
Wow! This is great!
All the little things, the little lines on the skin, and the waterdrops...
LateStarter63's avatar
Thank you so much for your appreciation. Before I started I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew, but I very glad that I tried.
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