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Pencil portrait of Anastasiya by LateStarter63 Pencil portrait of Anastasiya by LateStarter63
Graphite pencil portrait of Anastasiya on A4 Daler Rowney Airbrush Bristol board.

The pencils used were various from 6H to 8B from Mars Lumograph and 'Masters'.  Blending was with Royal & Langnickel blending stumps, paper tissues and cotton buds.  Erasing was using a WH Smith kneadable eraser, a Jakar battery eraser and a Faber Castell Perfection eraser pencil.

My sincere thanks go to Anastasiya-landa for making the picture Outdoors_3 available as stock.

This beautiful picture of Anastaiya, aged 2, attracted me as a subject of a drawing because of her lovely laughing smile and eyes, and her hand in the corner of her mouth.  I knew that her hair would provide a very great challenge, and I started the drawing thinking I would face that problem when I came to it.   In fact I kept putting it off for days on end.  I had originally thought that I would grossly simplify the hair, without the tousled appearance, but soon realised that this would spoil the picture, so tousles it had to be!

This drawing is by far the most ambitious that I have attempted so far.    There were times that I wished I had never started, but I am pleased with how it turned out.

Edit 3 October 2014 - photo replaced by one with slightly better definition and more even illumination.  The photo that I had originally uploaded suffered from uneven illumination, with the right side of the picture being too pale
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Little-Nightowl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing portrait of a loveley little girl. Interesting also your information about pencils and eraser you used. It's very helpful! :-)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Anita.   I started giving full information about materials used on my drawings some time ago when I joined a group that requested this, and I have found it useful for myself also.
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You have master's ability with the pencil. 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I keep trying!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great style! I love this composition! Really great!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Joanna.
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ElevatingDesign Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is beautiful!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  The picture of the little girl was so appealing that I felt I had to try to draw it.
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible... When I look at this, I wonder, if I really want to try going on... but this is such a normal doubt whenever you get deeper into art of any kind... So - this actually encourages me to go on :)
Thank you for this laughing kid!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind comment.  I know well  the feeling you describe; I often experience it. I am sure it is quite normal!  I have on many occasions thought that I had reached my peak, but have taken inspiration from others, and have gradually improved.
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your encouraging comment. I have played the violin and the piano for years, and even though I seem to be quite talented, I extremely often experienced this feeling. So I hope that it could be similar in the visual arts.... but I am definitely an auditive artist rather than visual. But I hope I can still learn it :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am sure you can.  If anyone, even as recently as eighteen months ago, had suggested that I would draw this or any of my recent drawings, I would never have believed them.  I am no artist; I have merely learned a skill through practice and reading a few tutorials.  My Journal and Scraps give the full (and rather long-winded) story if you are interested.
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I like the way you choose your new projects. You search for a challenge and then work on it (I sometimes have pupils like that, but most of them just do, what they like, and cannot really estimate their own abilities and choose random too hard or easy work... My aim is to help them know, what they need to improve, without the teacher telling them: go and practise on exercise so and so...
I will have a look at your journal and Scraps tomorrow at some stage, when I need a break from university :)
Thanks :)
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markstewart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Beautiful work Clive, her hair works really well .. glad to hear you are pushing yourself too.
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. 
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markstewart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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PMucks Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can only imagine how hard that hair must have been to draw. I admire your patience and determination. Excellent job! :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Patrick.  Once I had worked out how I could do it (I had not tackled hair like this before) it was just time-consuming, rather than hard.
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Lovely work! Really nice tones and detailing
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.  I really appreciate this from someone with your abilities.
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byMichaelX Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
very nice! :) (Smile) 
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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byMichaelX Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :) (Smile) 
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SaskiaMila Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013

i love this picture! the child looks so happy! great work!!!

 

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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  Her happiness was the main reason I chose this picture, although I had a choice of many lovely photos of Anastasiya from her gallery: Anastaasiya-landa.
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SteveElefant Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Cool!!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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naama6699 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful drawing Clive!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much  George.
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome Clive :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful drawing, love the level of detail, especially in the hands, mouth and hair - great work :)
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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MercyToNoOne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
What a beautiful piece, great work on the shadowing!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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MercyToNoOne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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fredblhd Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Wonderful!
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LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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