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Pencil portrait of two girls from Da Lat by LateStarter63 Pencil portrait of two girls from Da Lat by LateStarter63
Graphite pencil drawing of two girls from Đà Lạt, Vietnam, on A4 Daler Rowney airbrush Bristol board

Pencils: Mars Lumograph (HB), Faber Castell 9000 (6B and 8B) , mechanical pencils 0.2mm/2B, 0.3mm/2B, 0.5mm/4B with Ain Stein leads.
Blending: Blending stumps by Royal Langnickel and Boldmere, cotton buds and paper tissues.
Erasing: W H Smith kneadable eraser, Tombow Mono Zero Ultra-fine eraser, Jakar battery eraser. 
Photo adjustment of the photo of the drawing so that it closely resembles the drawing itself using GIMP: Removal of barrel distortion; Cropping to A4 ratio and removal of perspective distortion; Cropping unfinished edges of drawing; Adjustment of histogram.

My sincere thanks go to  Réhahn Photography for permission to use his photo of these girls,  www.facebook.com/Rehahn.Photog…, as my reference for this drawing.  His photo is Copyright Réhahn Photography.

The challenge here was getting the two portraits on A4.  I wanted to try for as much detail as I normally do, but everything was half size and there were twice as many eyes, mouths, noses and hairstyles to contend with!

An animation of the WIP photos that I took to show the drawing process is here:
                                                                                                           Animation of two girls drawing process by LateStarter63

Here are some of my other drawings from Rehahn's photos from Vietnam:

Pencil portrait of a young Black Lo Lo girl by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of a girl from the Lu ethnic group by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of Gior by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of Tam Nhu by LateStarter63  Pencil portrait of a Cham girl (Vietnam) by LateStarter63
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suezn Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2018
So beautiful and content in what they are viewing.  Excellent work!

Happy Holidays to you and yours

Home for Christmas by KmyGraphic
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Sue and thanks too for the fave.
A Happy Christmas to you too.
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suezn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2019
My pleasure and  Free - Happy New Year - Free by PaMonk
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and a happy new year to you too!
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Zephara Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love their glance, the reflection of the light in their eyes is beautiful, but all your portraits are touching and beautiful. 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Em. 
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Zephara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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Pippyiongstocking Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Just incredible!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Mandy, and thank you also for adding this drawing to your favourites.
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Pippyiongstocking Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. You are truly talented and I always get a tingle when I see your submissions. It is like Christmas! I have been away awhile... we have been relocating.. si it was just lovely to come back and open your presents!
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joniwagnerart Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018   Traditional Artist
You continuously outdo yourself!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Joni.  Any improvement now is very slow to show itself and I am getting less enthused to continue drawing.  I have, however, just started a drawing with a lot of strong contrasts and also a lot of varying dark tones - a challenge to render smoothly.
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joywaugh Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
Another beautiful work; those eyes just speak volumes. Very well done Clive
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Joy.  I hope that I will regain my enthusiasm for drawing as at the moment I feel that I may have drawn my last.  I hope that it will return in the winter.
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truthandlight78 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
Incredible work once again Clive and with such depth and detail! I also agree with Carol, the shading is incredible! Clap :happybounce: 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Andy.
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Carol-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome portrait! Details and shading are incredible :wow:
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Carol, and thanks too for the fave.
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paletan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woaah this is awesome
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Pauline, and thank you too for adding this drawing to your favourites.
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Rasha-artlover Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, it's so realistic that it looks like a photograph!!!!!!!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Rasha; I do get rather carried away with detail!
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pinestater234 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018   Photographer
Lovely rendering!  Fav
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Ayhan, and thanks for the fave.
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nyanmerecat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Oh you art finally appeared in my notifications!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad that it is working now.  Was it as I suggested?
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nyanmerecat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idk
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Pappa60 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018
very nice portrait. The eyes look in the same direction, and one may wonder what they are looking at. skillfully done as usual :-)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Roger.  Probably just looking where the photographer asked them to look!
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Pappa60 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018
I did not read so carefully, I thought you'd put together two pictures into one. That's why I thought you were lucky to get their eyes in the same direction :-)
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Pappa60 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018
ha ha ...You're right about that :D (Big Grin) 
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vixenw Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It has been a very long time since I have seen such greatly detailed drawing and with so much personality in people that are the main subject of the drawing. The focus of it, shading, tones, texture that is smooth as just...I have not seen a perfect drawing like this in a very long time. 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Viktória, it is very good to hear this.  I find that I am gradually getting more and more obsessed with every feature of my drawings.  There must come a time soon when I can go no further!
Thank you also for the fave.
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TheUnconfidentArtist Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful, it looks like a photo! Great artwork!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Sara, and thank you too for adding  this to your favourites.
It was a very lovely photo that I used as my reference!
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khanhlinh0507 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Linh, and thank you also for adding this drawing to your favourites.
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khanhlinh0507 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D I love your art :love:
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LewiARTs Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It always gives me a lot of pleasure to look at your wonderful portraits, Clive!!  :heart:
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Doris, and thank you too for adding this drawing to your favourites.
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LewiARTs Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer

You're very welcome, Clive!!  :butterfly::sun::butterfly:

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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018
Love those expressive eyes. Terrific 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Lon.  I pay a lot of attention to get life into the eyes, or the whole picture is dead!
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018
Agree with that wholeheartedly! 
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goticdraw Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018   Traditional Artist
Very beautiful work!!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Gòtic , and thank you too for adding this drawing to your favourites.
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ChibiDanceFashion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Faber Castells are great! I'm learning the quality of the tools really DOES make a difference in both the experience and results.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The FC 9000 soft pencils have such a smooth feel to them. They have a good dark tone too.  Although Mars Lumograph Black 8B is exceptionally dark and has little shine, I do not like its scratchiness.  I use it only as a base layer when I want an especially  deep black on a large area, such as on a background.  Cheap pencils are certainly best avoided as I have come across scratchiness in these.  Much of my drawing is done with 0.5, 0.3 and 0.2 mm mechanical pencils.
Thank you for adding this to your favourites.
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work!! :clap:!!!
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September 2, 2018
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Camera Data

Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-FS10
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
250
Date Taken
Sep 1, 2018, 5:16:40 PM
Software
GIMP 2.8.14