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Pencil portrait of a girl with a parrot by LateStarter63 Pencil portrait of a girl with a parrot by LateStarter63
Graphite pencil portrait of a Nicaraguan girl with a parrot on her shoulder on A4, Daler Rowney Airbrush Bristol board.

Pencils: Various Mars Lumograph (6H to 8B), Faber Castell 9000 (6B to 8B), mechanical pencils 0.3mm/2B, 0.5mm/4B, 0.7mm/HB.
Blending: Blending stumps from Boldmere and Royal Langnickel, cotton buds and paper tissues.
Erasing: WH Smith kneadable eraser, Tombow Mono Zero Ultra-fine eraser, Faber Castell Perfection eraser pencil. 

My sincere thanks go to Lon&Queta on Flickr for making their lovely photo, from which I made this drawing, available for derivative works via a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence.  The link to the photo is Girl with a Parrot - Muchacha con Perico; Palacagüina, Madriz, Nicaragua .

The photograph of this lovely girl, clearly greatly enjoying having a small parrot perched on her shoulder, is another lovely photo by Lon&Queta  ( I have previously drawn my Pencil portrait of a smiling Vietnamese girl from another of their photos).  The background in the original photo was rather dark and 'busy', so I blurred and lightened this in my drawing so that the attention was focussed on the subject.

I chose to draw this picture, not only because of the lovely, happy girl, but because the parrot (all those feathers!) would present me with a serious challenge.

Here are some of my other drawings from photos from various photographers on Flickr Pencil portrait of a smiling Vietnamese girl by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of a Tibetan Girl by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of a girl from Togo by LateStarter63 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the feature.  Happy New Year to you too.
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marmicminipark Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have mastered the 'hair'  !!!
It's in my favs !!!!
Beautiful work Clive !!!!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Mick, and thank you too for adding this to your favourites.
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BeverlyW Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
your portraits are amazing. to capture a child's likeness is so hard .
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Beverly.  As you will have realised, I like to draw children.  It is easier than drawing an old person with lots of wrinkles!
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BeverlyW Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I seem to be drawn to the more textural creatures in my art.
I love the more wrinkled or unusual animals, hippo, rino and the like. 
I have never truly been happy with my human portraits.
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KarRedRoses Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Artist
Amazing work!
Thank you for sharing this with the Flock-Together group! 

The parrot in the picture is called a Half Moon, or Petz' Conure. 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I looked up the information on the bird, which was interesting.
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PJ-Portrait-SBR Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Superb bravo... 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Vishvesh99 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Classic work!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again, Vishvesh.
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure joy. Great work.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Thomas, and thanks too for adding this to your favourites.
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G3nsuDa4rte2t Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
GREAT DETAIL DRAWINGS!!! KEEP IT UP.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Samson.  I will try!
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Dianote Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
So cute!! :iconflyingheartsplz:
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a lovely and somewhat unusual photo from which to draw.
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Dianote Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
And you did a wonderful job of it! :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again.
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Dianote Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
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Jenalis Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Beautiful & the bird as well.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again, Jenny.
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Freddy-van-Billiton Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfecto..
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Fredy.
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GloriaDei Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Very lovely work!  The feathers are well done and the teeth are carefully modeled.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Andrea.
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relja91 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much again, Darko.
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relja91 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome.
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JackieScarlet Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very beautiful!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Jackie.
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gothicAge Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great emotional piece! … its nice to see how good the parrot fits into this image too, even if this means a bit of more work. I dare to argue that Portraits need always a good story.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, Jo, the feathers meant more work than in a normal portrait, but after I had drawn the parrot I started on the hair, which always used to be the real challenge of my drawings (and so left until last) and I found it not at all difficult by comparison!
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gothicAge Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
therefore the asian philosofies suggest to take always the hardest way… its a nice approach to see things by comparison and under another "light".
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always try to choose a portrait that will be a challenge in some way so that I am not quite sure how to draw some part of it.
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gothicAge Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
thats right. Without challenge we lose our good taste and motivation to do it better.
By the way, a nice Easter to you too.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  I hope you had a good Easter too.
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OtakuSyra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. I love the texture in the bird's feathers. 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.  It was the first time that I had tried to draw a bird.
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myworldbyfar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing work worth sharing thank you
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Melinda, and thank you too for adding this picture to your favourites.
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myworldbyfar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
No problem
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow i love your works,people are not my main subject in drawings but you are one of the few that inspires me to improve my tecnique with people.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Valentina.  You may already have seen it, but my  First Year Journal , together with my  Scraps, describe my artistic journey before I joined dA.
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw your drawings in Scraps and you improved a lot,congratulations! I have been drawing for 20-21 years,all i can make with drawing is made by myself,i didn't even learn at school first because the courses are too simple for me,second because i am self-taught. I want to quote your statement,taken form your journal entry "First Year Journal":

I am almost entirely self-taught (my only formal training was at school, up to 'O' level at the age of 16), with a very little input from books and Internet tutorials since that time.  I am a believer in self-help and have gradually improved by trial-and-error and practice. 
This represents the majority of my "artistic" (yes i don't consider myself an artist) journey and i totally agree with it! For example since i was 6 years old i only practised and improved with ballpoint pen and graphics but only now,the last two months i am learning to use pastel and become aware of pastel colouring (i have to admit i love more to draw than to colour) because i think awareness and knowledge go walking,almost in step together. When i will be more familiar with pastels,i will focus on oil painting,for me oil painting is my main goal. Thank you for letting me know your artistic journey,your journal entry will be in my favourite gallery because i think personal journeys and experiences are more precious than only drawing,paintings,photos etc. inasmuch as they are "exempla vitae" and they can theac us many important things.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so much more adventurous than I am!  I will never progress beyond pencil.  It is so easy to work for just a few minutes on a drawing, as no preparation is needed.  Graphite is so clean to use, which is necessary for me as at least half the work (the first half) is done on the floor! 
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like graphite,but i prefer graphics. Recentely i am learnig to use digital drawing but do not expect masterpieces,now i am nìonly drawing simple subjects like birds in a cartoon-style but my love will be always traditional.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mentioned that you are starting to use pastels.  Have you seen this pastel painting which I came across a couple of days ago?  Sarai, una tarde de verano
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