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This was initially done as a sketch to kill time while waiting for jury service in the court. The sketch of 3 redheads (the same model) was done in a 2.5 hour period. Then it evolved into this finished piece.

I was considering using colored pencils since the red hair is so attractive. However, I like the flexibility with graphite more and more delicate details with graphite anyway.

I can definitely spend more time and on this. As someone said, "A painting (drawing) is never finished. You just leave it when you get the most out of it." I had fun with this and feel good about the result. I'll leave it for now.

Fave/Like/Share. I would love to hear your feedback about my work so I can improve in the future. Thank you!

Pencil: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, & 4B
Paper: 9x12 Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum (Cropped to 9x11)
Other: kneaded eraser, 1 inch camel hair brush (for hair blending)
Duration: 12/11/2012 ~ 12/25/201

Model: Love Ansimov / Lyubov Anisimova
Photos: Kristina Tararina
Inspiration: Samuel Silva [link]
Drawing: Kelvin Chen [link]

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TheSpacesmith Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive shading! :heart:
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:iconjeremyosborne:
JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice piece
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzombiebaile:
Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you draw hair so perfectly... It just murders the picture every time I try.
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
First you observe and divide the hair into group of shades (light and dark. Then you pull your pencil stroke from dark to light in batch of V's. After a few layers, I use a brush to soften the tone and use a kneaded eraser to pull out some highlights. I repeat the process until I see a satisfying result.

By the way, to avoid overworking, I use a softer pencil such as a 2B for drawing hair. Check out "5 Pencil Method" on Youtube, they have some good tips on drawing hair and other stuff.
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Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice man. I will check it out.
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TobyJo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible so delicate and subtle wonderful expressions amazing shading and detailing
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind words :)
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of December 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 32 - December 2012 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconacrylicwildlife:
acrylicwildlife Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I have just posted this in my journal "favourites by other artists". [link]
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring!
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ElrondKane Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I particularly love the left angle shot - very nice indeed.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I like that angle shot, too.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is stunning to start, then it grows on you. I can't stop staring at it.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconnephthys76:
Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure you've already seen the ballpoint drawing of this same model. It is probably the most well-known biro work on DA. [link]
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've included the same link in the description. :)
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:iconnephthys76:
Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, so you have. I did not notice.
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smallcraig1606 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautifully done. I love the detail in the hair, and the fine highlights, especially on the lips. I'm very glad you chose to maintain the image in pencil, although I must admit I'd love to see this redhead for real ...
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, a colored drawing/painting would be fun to do. I'll find a chance to do so in the future, probably from another reference.
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:iconacrylicwildlife:
acrylicwildlife Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
great portrait work.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconvira1991:
Vira1991 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that if Lyubov Anisimova saw you your work she would lost her words:)A girl with a very interesting face:)Beautiful work!!!
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So, "Lyubov Anisimova" is how you correctly spell it. Thanks, Vira. :hug:
Yes, Russian/Ukrainian ladies are very beautiful. ;)
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Vira1991 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, Kelvin. Her name means "love". Names are not translated.For example, my name means "faith". You can write as Liubov or Lyubov, two versions are correct:)


Mainly foreigners always say that Russian/Ukrainian ladies are very beautiful, don't know why:D
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I know. It's just direct translatiion with Google. :P It would be cool to learn the Russian alphabet.

Yes, I think the features of Russian/Ukrainian ladies are very deep and beautiful. Maybe you just get too use to looking at it and didn't realize how beautiful you all are. Hehe. :heart:
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:iconvira1991:
Vira1991 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha:D Maybe:)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year:heart:
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Happy New Year! :heart::heart:
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Cypher-Black Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
totally cute freckles. dont see that drawn very much!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I think the texture of freckles adds interest the the subject. :)
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Cypher-Black Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
most definitely agree!
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:iconjsbp:
Jsbp Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very cute! I like it very much, especially the freckles :3, but i miss eye on the lower head. :)
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Looks good!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconraiderhater1013:
Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
You are very welcome! :)
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Beautiful style! Nice shadding!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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:iconrtyson:
RTyson Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
very nice work and lovely composition.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for noticing. You have a beautiful gallery as well. I'm watching already :)
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Beautiful work! Nice composition!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Sarah. :)
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:iconmustangart:
mustangart Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconmustangart:
mustangart Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob!:)
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honeycat007 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
superb- I wish I could draw hair like that :{
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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honeycat007 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
you are very welcome!
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zergmarex Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Red headed women are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth
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