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Secret Smile - WIP
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I would normally put something like this in my scraps, but the scraps don't get no love! :giggle: But, really, my gallery desperately needed something new in it. I'll move this to scraps once I have a finished version.

After a long time of not drawing, I am trying to test out my drawing chops. Used a pic of Goran Visnjic for reference....not really a drawing of him cause it doesn't look like him AT ALL...lol. I am trying to push my pencil skills to the next level. It's getting there, I'm fairly close to achieving what I want with this. Just have some more tweaking and shading to do.

Hints, tips, crits, suggestions and all other luvins welcome. :D
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skratek's avatar
skratek| Digital Artist
That's one well done portrait drawing! Love the shading and the eyes came out especially well.
Now you could try and play around with it a bit in some graphic program; try some contrast and background textures for example. Just a thought ;)
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mystikaal's avatar
Awww, thank you very much! :blowkiss: You know, you are so right...I don't know why it never occurred to me, but this would be excellent to practice with in photoshop. I'm still trying to figure out how to use it.

And thanks so much for the :+fav:, I'm truly honored!
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skratek| Digital Artist
:aww: so glad to be of service ;) I do hope you'll post the results!
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mystikaal's avatar
I certainly will! :D
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Katerina-Art|Professional Traditional Artist
wonderfulwork, is he the actor who used to be on ER? i have no idea if he still is, imotsly remember him from a madonna video :)
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mystikaal's avatar
Thank you very much! :hug: Yes, he was on ER, I don't know if he's still on there either, I stopped watching. lol, which Madonna video?
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Katerina-Art|Professional Traditional Artist
its her power of goodbye here is a youtube link video:
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SilkyWays|Student General Artist
Very nicely done! The eyes in particular look very expressive and realistic. I think you should try similar projects with a wider range of pencils. Softer pencils for more shaded areas etc. Also, rubbing off blocks of colour gives the illusion of reflecting light so play with that a bit. You've done well so far :)
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mystikaal's avatar
Um, okay so I know this is from eons ago, but my message center is seriously overloaded from those months away. Thank you very much for your compliments. You're right, I should experiment more, I usually just tend to use the same pencil from beginning to end, not very artisty of me. I have all the different grades, I'm just not using them. Thanks for the suggestions! :nod:
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SilkyWays|Student General Artist
Mind you, I rarely use more than one pencils myself so I guess I don't follow my own advice! XD

I haven't seen any new work from you in ages btw :(
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ttearz|Professional Digital Artist
Awsome sketch hun
but I find you just need to push your tones a bit farther
:heart:
Dont be afraid
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mystikaal's avatar
Thank you so much! :hug:

That's my problem, I am afraid, though I have gotten a little braver than I used to be. ;) I will try, though.
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ttearz|Professional Digital Artist
Thats good hun!!
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pootoo's avatar
ooh it's looking so good and it's not finished yet?? I can't wait to see the finished version then ;)
great shading job!
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mystikaal's avatar
Hey you!!! :hug: :blowkiss:

Thanks so much, I don't know if it's ever going to get finished, though. I tried to work on it the other day, and couldn't get anywhere. Hope it'll come back to me some day.
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Elese's avatar
:heart: Looking forward to the finished product! My only real piece of advice is to make it perfect without being so. I always like to make a point of adding a few loose ends. :D
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mystikaal's avatar
Thank you hon. :hug:

hehe, well I don't know how to make anything perfect. There's always something that I can see in my work that I could have done better. I just work on it til I feel it is 'finished enough' to my liking. :giggle:
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chibi-luna's avatar
wow!! the expression is great, looks very real! can't wait to see how it turns out! :D
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mystikaal's avatar
thank you so much! :hug: I really do need to get back to this....wicked internet! :shakefist:
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mphillip2|Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, you just got awesomely better while I was away! I always loved your work, but it's at a whole new level now. And I love it even more! The shading and the intensity of the eyes are just captivating!
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mystikaal's avatar
:blush: Thank you so much! :hug:

I really appreciate it! It's nice to know that even while I wasn't drawing, I was learning something. Now, just to finish this sucker. :giggle:
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mischmisch's avatar
They're both amazing! Completely different styles. I saw this one earlier, but I commented on the other because it's so unlike my style (this picture is closer to it). Like I said, awesome and keep it up!
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mystikaal's avatar
Oops, sorry....I thought I uploaded it after you commented. But, thank you, I really appreciate the encouragement. :hug:

That drawing was done 3 years ago when I was just beginning to transition from my cartoon style into drawing more realisticly. First time I really went all out with my shading, and blah blah....you really didn't ask, did you? :lmao:
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mischmisch's avatar
No... but it was cool to know anyways!
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