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Nightfall by kelch12 Nightfall by kelch12
Finally, a portrait with colored pencil. :) This is a good practice for skin tone, one of the most challenging aspect of figure/portrait painting. There is no one right color for a skin ton since a skin tone (like most other things in real life) change in relation with its environment.

For this portrait, I didn't have a developed formula for colors. I only observe closely on my reference and picked the closest color based on my first impression. If things didn't look right, then I re-adjust as I go. This is very important aspect of art creation. We should really free our mind from "mistakes" and just go with our gut feelings. Your final product will reflect your accumulated effort and thoughts.

I enjoyed the process as well as the result. This is nowhere close to perfect. There is a point of diminishing return, and I said enough is enough.

About the title, the reference title was "Veiled," and my initial idea was "Unveiled." As the drawing progress, I added the dramatic lighting in the design. So, here it is, "(the) Nightfall." I hope you like it. If you do, please leave me a comment because I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks and have a good day!

Medium: Prismacolor Colored Pencils (95% Premier + 5% Verithin)
Support: 11x14 Stonehenge Paper (cropped to 10.75x13.75)
Other: OMS and brush
Duration: 02/27/2013 ~ 03/23/2013
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Very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. One thing I'd suggest is you could've made the hood more tapered at the lower edges, like she's holding it around her. I think it would appear more natural that way. I marked almost 5 stars but not quite on originality, because there are so many like this already, but that certainly doesn't take away from the breathtakingness of it. I like the soft use of purples. That makes it very pretty. Another thing that doesn't make it seem quite natural is her overbite, it doesn't really match the shape of the chin. I really like this a lot though, and it's definitely complete. 5 stars - vision, 4 1/2 stars originality, 4 1/12 stars technique, 5 stars impact. Well done!
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
lovely :love:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Carol-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful portrait! Love the colors :)
kelch12 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
simple-minds Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist
It's gorgeous, you can tell a lot of work went into this. Beautiful colour variation, especially the hood and the hair. I like the subtle transition of cold to warm on the skin.
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
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tpatrick Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great job, I love the details in the drawing and the color use.
It's true, skin tone is the most challenging and the most fun in my opinion :)
kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)
eves-art-mail Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A beautiful portrait. So classic and timeless.
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