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WIP - African Girl III by NorthumbrianArtist WIP - African Girl III by NorthumbrianArtist
Medium: Pencil
Paper: Goldline Bristol Board 220gsm
Size: A3 420mm x 297 (16.5″ 11.7″)
Duration: 9 10 hours so far

This is a pencil sketch Im currently working on (9 10 hours so far).

Day three:
Ive had a couple of hours today to continue my sketch of the African girl I recently decided to undertake.

I wasnt too happy with the structure of her face, (far too masculine?) so I went over with some more subtle cross hatching to soften her skin, especially around her cheeks and lower jaw (much better?).

Once I had finished giving her a facial make-over of sorts, I then spent time on her slender neck, and fished off by adding her bead necklace and earring. These dark contrasts are beginning to show her beautiful skin tones in a better light.

Now (for those following me on this pencil study exercise), I do believe Im just about ready to begin the background, which I had always intended to do from the outset, trouble is, I keep looking at what Ive done and keep finding those odd discrepancies, that my inner self seems to somehow find. Satisfying the standards of ones own art is never easy is it?

Anywhoo, the background can wait, Ive a lovely cup of hot tea waiting, and I do believe we have some Scottish shortbread biscuits somewhere hiding in the cupboard in my kitchen
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kittykuttie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it's funny... I was about to do this very picture for my art project.... I chose another one sort of similar... But yours blows mine right out of the water!

Fantastic job!!!
cillahughes1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is looking better and better every time, Absolutley beautiful :D
IleanaHunter Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
VERY taken with your girl :heart: Did you take the reference photo?
NorthumbrianArtist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thanks for your wonderful comments, no I found this photo on the internet (a blog?) a few years back, I don't know who the source is.
brendansatria Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
SOV3000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
beautiful incredible realistic ! it's awesome!
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June 21, 2011
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