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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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Wow.
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.

:iconnicolahynes:
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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The Artist thought this was FAIR
3 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

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:iconemullaneart:
emullaneart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Incredible. 
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:iconpoppetthepuppet101:
PoppetthePuppet101 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
She's beautiful^^
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:iconenjlgoodloe:
enjlgoodloe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Thank for showing my future wife.....
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:icon702artwatcher:
702Artwatcher Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Amazing job...simply a great creation!
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:iconrainreedshimmer:
RainReedshimmer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconlatestarter63:
LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely wonderful drawing! Lovely subject too.
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:iconlarambarry:
larambarry Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Truly amazing, I love it!
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid piec of a stunning woman
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:iconangelasdawn:
angelasdawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I have rarely seen better work than this. :)
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thank you for your really wonderful comments.
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:iconangelasdawn:
angelasdawn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
You are very welcome :)
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :wave:
This deviation has been featured in my jounal :heart: [link]
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I am honoured to be grouped with some fantastic talent.
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing!
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:iconcosmicsilver:
CosmicSilver Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This trips between pencil and photo-realism so wonderfully...You are very, VERY talented!! :)
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thank you for your really wonderful comments, I am happy you have got as much joy looking at my scribblings as I had creating them. Love your prose, great reading!
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:icona-falcon-velazquez:
A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
The skin texture is great!
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
The skin was the thing I really wanted to take great care with, and took longer than I anticipated, but I was happy with the results I managed to sketch. Thanks for your comments.
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
very fine work! :thumbsup:
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
it's my pleasure :)
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:iconursaminor45:
UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece of work!
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thanks
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:iconkarolusdiversion:
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Great expressiveness of the eyes, posture very proud, beautiful facial features.
:clap: You did a splendid work, so :+fav:ed
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:iconvanellia:
vanellia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
totaly amazing
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:iconmauzis:
MAUZIS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful work, very expressive congratulations!
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:iconfrancoclun:
francoclun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing drawing!! :D
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thank you so much for your great comment, coming from an exceptional pencil artist as yourself, this, I consider, to be is of the highest praise, thanks
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:iconfrancoclun:
francoclun Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You deserve, your artwork are original and your style is peculiar :D
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:icongreensillymonkey:
GreenSillyMonkey Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing!
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thank you so much for your comment.
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dloraas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Fantastic :love:
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thanks
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:iconfantasticfennec:
FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This has been featured as one of #AfricanValleys monthly features. [link]
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thanks for featuring my scribbles
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:iconmarkus-designs:
MARKUS-DESIGNS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent work.
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:iconvickytico:
VickyTico Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome!!!
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:iconluedscha:
LueDscha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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:iconsov3000:
SOV3000 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
WOW it's fantastic, very realistic !
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:iconcillahughes1:
cillahughes1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have watched as you have put this together, stage by stage, and i have to say, it has turned out wonderfully, such a great masterpiece, you must be very proud
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wesers Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Great work. Truly inspirational. Tones are perfect, very subtle and smooth in their shifts and comfortably uniform where appropriate, It does not seem laboured in its making, but effortless regardless of what happened in its true history, thats the true key to the masters stroke. It is at ease. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing it.
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:iconphoebealicia:
PhoebeAlicia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student
Jesus, this is amazing! How long did this take you? It's beautiful
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:iconnorthumbrianartist:
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
It took me 11 hours over five days. Thanks for your kind comments. :love:
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