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Pencil portrait of a young girl by LateStarter63 Pencil portrait of a young girl by LateStarter63
Graphite pencil drawing of a young girl on A4 Winsor & Newton Extra Smooth Surface Bristol Board.
Equipment:  Various pencils from 5H to 8B, (Faber Castell, Mars Lumograph and some simply named 'Masters'); Blending by a small paper stump and paper tissues; Erasing / lifting off graphite by kneadable eraser and a sharpened electric eraser. A knitting needle was used to make lines in the paper to help with the negative space drawing of the hair at the top right of the picture.
Time taken - I really have no idea as it was done in many, often very short, sessions over a period of a week.

I extend my sincere thanks to Tracie76Stock for making the delightful photograph Eyes of Blue that I used as a reference for this drawing available for use as free stock.
Edit 2017:  th reference photo that I used has been removed as free stock by the owner due to misuse of her stock, but the photo can still be seen on her Flickr account
Portrait, but now with All Rights Reserved.
 
I chose to make this drawing not only because the reference photo is so lovely (hence its great popularity as a drawing reference) but also because I knew that the hair on the right of the picture would be a significant challenge.

Edited 5 October 2014:  Photo replaced by one having better definition.  This one shows my, not too successful, attempt at the fine downy hair on her forehead.  The previous photo was too blurred to show this.

I have made more drawings of girl children  Pencil portrait of Avery by LateStarter63  ;  Pencil portrait of Joan with a bow in her hair by LateStarter63  and  Pencil portrait of Anastasiya by LateStarter63
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https-peachy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
Your pencil drawings are absolutely stunning! 
I'm only 14, but I have big dreams to be good at different art styles and realism would definitely be one of them! Do you possibly have any advice when it comes to realism? Other than practice, of course!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Mimi, and thank you too for adding this drawing to your favourites.
When I started drawing I used to sketch freehand from mostly small photos from the newspaper.  I had no Internet, nor any digital camera to allow me to enlarge the reference photos.  I used to use the exposed lead of a pencil to help me judge proportions.  This was excellent practice, making a drawing most days.  I improved gradually from shaky beginnings with only my own work to judge my progress.  When I got the Internet and saw what others achieved with pencils I was inspired to improve further.  Had I seen this at the start I think that I would have said to myself that I could never achieve such a level and would have given up.  As it was I saw how I had improved over a couple of years on my own so could see that with further practice (there's that word!) I might match the ability of others that I saw.
Practice is indispensable but technique is another thing that is most important.  I always work from a b/w print (from a laser printer) of my reference that is the same size as my drawing.  I used to judge proportions using a finger on a pencil and transfer the measurements to he paper for my initial sketch.  The last time I did this was for the earliest drawing in my main gallery Pencil portrait of Zhang Ziyi as Moon .  As I was finishing this I looked at it from across the room and noticed that her left eye was too high!  Working close to the picture I had not noticed this.  I was able to correct this, losing the erased lines of the eye in the shadow, but it taught me a lesson - for realism it is essential to get the initial sketch absolutely right before you start shading as it is the shading that really takes up the time and it will be wasted if the sketch is inaccurate.
Since that time I have always marked key positions, such as corners of eyes, mouth, width of face, etc. by some means or other.  For some time now I have been using a modified version of the THE SLIP AND SLIDE METHOD with intro to Embossing,  At first I was somewhat uncomfortable with this, feeling that I was 'cheating', but if I want true realism I must do it.
I use circular shading with soft tissue blending for skin tone, building up in layers.  A kneadable eraser is essential for lifting out highlights.  I could go on with tools and techniques for ages!  My Drawing Process folder might furnish some tips.  The materials I used are given in the description of deviations themselves (not the processes).
I have written all this, but I could have given you most of the information by referring you to my first Journal :I have been on DeviantART for one year.

Happy drawing!
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https-peachy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
Thank you for the reply and wonderful advice and help!
I will certainly look into these techniques and try to practice more when it comes to realism.. primarily since I do have a mostly comic styled art style. (I've also been working into the disney art style, but it would seem realism and it's basics are actually very important when it comes to mastering his style, because of the things I've attempted, so seriously, thanks for the help!)
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hansgphotography Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow This is beautiful work, magical.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again, Hans, and for adding this too to your faves.
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Blueminatrix Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
Your work is absolutely amazing! I love it. <3  It is nice to see people, who can draw like this! You are my role model :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Cosima, and thanks too for adding this and three more of my drawings to your favourites.
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Blueminatrix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
Such a great work should be saved on my profile as one (or more) of my favorites ! 
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Zorrienne Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.  I owe everything to the beautiful reference photo.
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Ronsware Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing , great work :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Ron, and thanks for the faves.
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Flightfox55 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Very realistic :3
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Jessica, and thank you very much too for the 'Watch'.
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mcgrath800 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifully done!!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Eddie, and thanks too for adding this to your favourites.
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mcgrath800 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're most welcome, just one of many fabulous drawings you have here, most impressive.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again.
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tompok76 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, thank you for this show. And thank you for very detailed description of used materials. Its amazing to know a progress of this work too... This picture has its story. Thank you. It amazing work showing a lot of experience.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Tomas.  This was an early success of mine, having been done at a time when my technique had developed to a level where it could do some justice to the reference photo.
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m-gosia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Clap Clap Clap 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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tannievanrijn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! What paper did you use?
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Tannie.  I used A4 Winsor and Newton Extra Smooth Surface Bristol Board (I do actually say this in the description!).
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Pappa60 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Your drawings inspire me. You are wery talanted.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Roger.  It is just a matter of practice and patience.
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xneoguy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Amazingly realistic fantastic work.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Liam, and thanks too for adding this to your favourites.
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brickarter Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Chuck.  I was very lucky indeed to find the reference at a time when my technique had developed to a level where I was able to do some justice to the beautiful photograph.
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JanKulinicz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
It`s awesome! Nice look. So real... There`s something special about this one. Skilfully done. This portrait is my favourite!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Jan.  I was very lucky with the choice of reference as the owner has since removed her outstandingly lovely photo from stock.  I drew it at a time when my technique had developed far enough for me to make a reasonable attempt at the drawing.  Thank you very much for adding this drawing to your favourites.
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BlackBlankPage Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have no words! It's awesome * 0 * She looks like a living! Great jobClap 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Alexandra.  It is still one of my own favourite drawings and hangs, among others, in our entrance hall at the bottom of our stairs, so I see it every day.
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anizza19 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional
i saw this original photo once! and  wow! you draw so alike...
you are really good at this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  It is a great pity that the owner of the photograph felt that she had to remove it from dA, because people were abusing her generosity, as it had been a source of inspiration for so many artists on dA.
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anizza19 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional
oh my! for real?,
that was a great photo..mhh!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The photo can still be seen on her Flickr stream as Portrait, but now it is fully copyright - all rights reserved.
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anizza19 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional
hey, can i ask you something?
how long did you take to finish this wonderful drawing?
i'm really curios, because on my part i took soooo long to finish my portraits, and still not so good if compared to yours, lol.... :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course you may, Anizza.  I always lose track of the time that I spend on a drawing in spite of starting off with every intention of recording it all.  This young girl drawing was done some while ago now, but I think that I took up to 10 hours.  I suspect that some of my recent drawings may have taken up to 15 hours in total - I have gradually become more obsessive over details!  
How does this compare with the time you spend on your portraits?
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anizza19 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional
honestly, i always lose patience in drawing (i just want it done immediately) and i know that it's not good for an artist, especially when in the middle of practicing.
i've spent about 3-4 hours per day (i have school so i don't have a choice,hehehe),
one drawing is equivalent to 3 days. so it's approximately 9-12 hours...:)

hope you share me some of your techniques and magics in portrait drawing..:)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean; towards the end I am usually anxious to get a drawing finished, but I try to control myself and not cut corners.  I never spend more than 2 hours at a stretch drawing as it hurts my ageing eyes!
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Shyne-3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Kelly.
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hernandezr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Beautiful work! love the transitions of lights and shadows and the emotions capture in her eyes.  
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.  I was very glad to have found the beautiful reference photo, now unfortunately deleted from dA by its owner, at a time when my technique had developed to a stage where I could do reasonable justice to it with my drawing.
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hernandezr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
I'm in love with your exceptional work. Thanks for share your talent. 
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7908642 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful yet again! Excellent work, keep it up! :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Samuel.
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7908642 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Your welcome :)
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