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Portrait Drawing WIPs 2 by Sheloize Portrait Drawing WIPs 2 by Sheloize
Graphite on Cold Press Watercolor Paper (18" X 24")
11 September 2009 - 9 Hours (3 Days)

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:frail: People seem to be more interested in how I draw than the finished work, so here is the WIPs. I draw differently each time. I sometimes draw a whole composition and build up the details, and I sometimes finish one area and go to next areas.

:frail: This will go to scrap later or be erased. I don't think this is a tutorial but I don't know where to put this. It is 18" by 24" but I cropped the image.

I used a photo from :iconstock-of-spades:.

[link to the reference photo]

[link to the finished drawing]


:frail: It is done by using an HB 0.5mm mechanical pencil. How did I get that dark with only an HB pencil? Try it on thick, heavy, and rough-textured paper and you will know :) But you have to give up smooth blending. I use smooth paper when I want to make smooth blending of the skin contrast.

:frail: How did I finish the drawing quickly? It seems there are a lot of details but they are simplified to lines and dots. If you can do hatching, it is easy. I just did hatching with an eraser just like a pencil. Notice that almost all details are just hatching lines and dots in this drawing.

Ask me a question if you have any.
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truGIRobsession Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
wonderful!
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!~~~ :floating:
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BeaGifted Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work- mind I ask how you get the fine white lines?
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I used a mechanical pencil eraser to make white lines. Now I use a stick eraser instead.
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Axoupixoufour Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I dn't really understand the thin white lines.. and... the perfection... :O xD I should stop staring lol
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD:
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Axoupixoufour Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
:O OMG amazing work
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!~~~ :D
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CatherineNorbant Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Amazing detail!
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!~~~ :heart:
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Isangpinto Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
wow great...I love it and I'm gonna try it using only HB on coldpress watercolor paper thx for sharing
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks and you are welcome!~~~ :tighthug:
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XFadedToBlackX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I've never seen someone use this kind of technique. How do you manage to erase the HB so well? And do you use something for blending?
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Sheloize Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh! really? I though people either do this or work from place to place.
You can erase an HB well if you use a hard eraser. You can also erase an HB well if you are drawing on a rough textured paper, but I have no problem erasing on a smooth paper. I used a thin eraser stick (it is 1/8 inch thick). I got it a month ago, and I was using a mechanical pencil eraser before that. Mechanical pencil is softer, and I had to erase three or four times to get the same result. I don't go too dark on the area where I will going to use my eraser.

I mostly use the side of my hand for blending light areas. I also use my finger tips, but I don't do it much since it might make finger print smudges on a paper. And I use tissue paper for the dark areas.
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XFadedToBlackX Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Well, that's pretty much what I thought you do. Thanks for answering :)
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome!~~~ :floating:
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ohirris Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
any tips for drawing hair???
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:iconsheloize:
Sheloize Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I draw hair like other people. It is hard to explain than showing. I will try to take photos of WIPs of drawing hair when I get a chance. I looked at some tutorials on dA and they draw like I do. You might already seen this. [link] [link]

I made higher contrast than those links. In this drawing, I drew hair line really really dark. While doing that I also considered negative space (highlights) between those lines trying to make the space between those even. However, since those negative white lines are very thin, it is hard to keep them really really white. So I used an eraser to lightly touch the high lighted area. It doesn't matter if you go over the dark pencil lines with your eraser (an eraser is too thick compare to pencil lines). Only the light lines will become lighter and dark lines will be the same because the pencil mark makes the surface very smooth making it hard to be erased, but on other hand, lighter areas are much easier to be erased. Then you will get very sharp thin lines with high contrast.
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ohirris Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Thanks for the tip, I always have drawing hair, I just don't know what to do when it comes to super detailed hair.
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Sheloize Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome!~~~ Try to draw hair differently each time, then you will know which one is your favorite.
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