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Charcoal Drawing

This is my first attempt at doing a charcoal drawing. I used a picture as a reference (Sailor Jupiter's Sera Myu actress, Marie). The original picture is copyrighted to the company/photographer who took the picture, which is Starlight Productions. (That's the company it had on the picture I looked at). I drew this so I could have something to hang on the white walls of my apartment. Completed when I was 16 years old. 
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LaEmperatrizMariana's avatar
That's a very good charoal drawing. (I've drawn with the stuff and I'm not so good.)
Vanillattea's avatar
Thanks!! ^_^ When I first used it, I kept smearing it all over the place (including accidentally on my face, haha), so don't feel bad. I learned though that the best subjects to do in charcoal are those with a strong contrast in light and dark/shadows. The other "normal" contrasted pieces are done in pencil. Trust me, if I tried to do a normal contrasted piece in charcoal, it wouldn't be so pretty. ^_^
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wickfingers's avatar
VERY impressive
Vanillattea's avatar
Thanks so much for the comment!!! :D
Nakamura-Namiko's avatar
...yup. Looks just like a photo.
And I love love love Sera Myu.
Vanillattea's avatar
Thank you Nakamura :la:
mytiko-chan-is-back's avatar
very well done! the shading and details are great! beautiful! instant fav, LUV charcoal work!
Vanillattea's avatar
Why thank you m'dear! Charcoal, I must admit, is one of the trickiest media to work with...It smears so easily!! And thanks so much for the fave!! ^_^
mytiko-chan-is-back's avatar
it is quite tricky! siggh... however I dunno if I will ever master the digital kind! and, you're welcome! :D
Kakutachi's avatar
woow awsoem
i juz started with working with charcoal tooXD
but ur waaay better^^
AgaO's avatar
This is AMAZING!!
Vanillattea's avatar
Thanks! I'd love to create more charcoal work, as this is the only one I have done so far, and it was nearly 8 years ago. Ugh! Time sure does fly by!
predilectionstudio's avatar
This is amazing. Very realistic. I'm in awe of your talent! (Especially with charcoal! How do you do it without making a mess with your hands?)
trumi's avatar
Good job !
I wonder if she is a girl from LOST ?
Because she looks quite like this asian girl from Lost ;-)
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Little-cuddly-bear's avatar
I ADORE THIS PICTURE! I wish I could do portraits that well!
PigeonCrowz's avatar
Your first attempt at charcoal?!?! O.O
spork891's avatar
Well done, I also thought this was a photo.
cheeb's avatar
*Faints* Woah, I thought this was a photo! You're so amazing! Just look at how realistic the picture is! You've got talent on your side you lucky thing! *Just can't believe her eyes*
Vanillattea's avatar
Hey, thanks so much for the comment! I'm inspired now. :) Once again, thanks a lot!!!
lunareklipze's avatar
wow, this was done with charcoal? im very much impressed :D
it came out splendidly great! definitely a great piece
almost looks like its a real picture

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Once again, thanks so much for the comment! I'm inspired to draw now. :D
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