pencil portrait

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pencil portrait
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:19:38 PM »
hope u like it & waiting for your positive criticism

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Re: pencil portrait
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 02:50:36 AM »
Hi Lobna,

Sorry for the late response.  Incredible work with the hair!  The drawing of the hair is more interesting than the photo.  You have done quite a few things exceptionally well here...

1. Excellent proportions
2. Full range of value
3. Great textures
4. Handling of the medium

An area of improvement...
Perhaps the skin can read a bit smoother.  I have found a trick to accomplish this is to lay down the graphite just as you have, then use a tough vinyl or plastic eraser to gently work over the area by rubbing it with small circles.  An erasil (an eraser encased in a pencil) works well for this.  I've found that this leads to a "skin like" texture without compromising the value of the area.  The key is rub the eraser very gently.

I hope this helps and thanks for sharing.