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June 24, 2011
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African Girl - pencil study by NorthumbrianArtist African Girl - pencil study by NorthumbrianArtist
Medium: Pencil
Paper: Goldline Bristol Board 220gsm
Size: A3 420mm x 297 (16.5″ × 11.7″)
Duration: 11 hours

Finally finished this mini epic pencil study of the African Girl.

Day five:
What I thought was going to take me another 30 minutes or so to finish, turned into another hour!
I was hoping to finish this study on “Day four” but you know how it is, you think, I’ll just log on and see if there are any new comments (am I unique in being addicted to comments anticipation?) and you see one, you reply, refresh to see it went in, another pops up, two hours later, well you get the picture.

So today ( day five), I took it along to my local art club at Killingworth – this morning, with the hope of finishing it there, not a snowball in hell’s chance! I ended up teaching two fellow members my Slip and Slide method so back home with my unfinished pencil study, arrived and got it set up in my studio, pencil at the ready when Jasmine (8yr old daughter, princess in waiting) shouted, “D-Daddieeee! the chain’s come off my bike again!” OK, 15 minutes later, pencils at the ready (this was it!) then wife knocks door, “Dinner’s ready!” Forty minutes later, I secretly creep back upstairs, to my studio, shut the door (quietly), and one hour later put down my pencils, job finished!

The last thirty minutes or , I spent touching up, here and there, darkening, lightening, darkening, hatching here and there, well you know the story.

So after about 11 hours, this is my final piece, pencil study of an African Girl.
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Everything ranging from the shockingly brilliant use of tones to the overall composition of this piece is just wow.
11 hours and this was complete, this artist has talent.
They have used wondrous shading to give the picture life whereas normally a piece would be flat. The artist has given the girl personality, charm, and life. Most importantly life.
It takes real skill to put emotion into pictures and the artist has done just that.

The reflection off of the earring makes this picture look all the more real. If it weren't for the title I would have thought this was a photo, that is how lifelike it is.

Incredible pencilmanship, I applaud you on a wonderful creation well drawn.
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
7 out of 7 deviants thought this was fair.

This is amazing! The background gives it a great affect and helps the person to stand out! :D The tones and shading are perfect as well as the detail in such places like the neck, necklace, hair and ear. The texture in the background is outstanding, I like your techniques very much! I love how the cheek bone stands out lots. It looks very lifelike. It would also be nice in colour which you can do on photoshop, if your not sure what photoshop is or you have never really used it then go to this link [link] it's not the best video but it will still help I think. Or if you want I could do it for you and put in the title and the description that the drawing was by you. It's up to you really:) Excellent piece of art work here.:)
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3 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

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emullaneart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  New member Student General Artist
PoppetthePuppet101 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
She's beautiful^^
enjlgoodloe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Thank for showing my future wife.....
702Artwatcher Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Amazing job...simply a great creation!
RainReedshimmer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely wonderful drawing! Lovely subject too.
larambarry Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Truly amazing, I love it!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid piec of a stunning woman
angelasdawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I have rarely seen better work than this. :)
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you for your really wonderful comments.
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