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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:
JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice piece
kelch12 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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.
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.
Zombiebaile Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice man. I will check it out.
TobyJo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible so delicate and subtle wonderful expressions amazing shading and detailing
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind words :)
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:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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