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Bette Davis by casparofambrose Bette Davis by casparofambrose
Bette Davis is my favorite actress and when I saw the reference for this I had to try it. I love that she’s looking away yet her eyes are still so gripping as if she were staring straight into the camera. Also, I like that you can see the natural shape of her lips, which was usually obscured by the way she wore her lipstick. I spent forever working on this but I so enjoyed taking my time with it. First time doing pearls – I think they look more like pebbles, but it’s not horrible. Oddly, this is also the first time in ages that I can recall doing light hair, which is so much more complicated than dark hair!

For this one I used #2 pencils, 6B-8B pencils, a white vinyl eraser, q-tips, and kleenex.
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lovewithme7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
this is amazing
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Scotchandwater Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Exceptional!!
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RossVanDerH Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can't begin to tell you how incredible this is.
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RoArtAr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
me gusta la técnica!! :D muy bien logrado
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1001G Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
excellent
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bawdrysinger Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely fantastic
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Bara-Rose Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Epic hair!! *-* I love It!
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95x Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
the greatest picture on deviant art i've seen, added to favorites instantly
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95x Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
i will do anything if you can give me steps on drawing hair this realistic
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95x Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
this is so fucking amazing. i cant even handle it. this is the best drawing i've seen on deviant yet, and trust me, I do some lurking. lol
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lindy21 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
really good! :)
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Persephone479 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
wow this is just insanely amazing!! Bette Davis is like an idol to me she is my most favorite actress ever (when i first found her i watched 22 of her movies in one summer) and the way you drew her is so true to to who she was! i this you are the best portrait artist i have ever seen! this made my day!!!!
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VictoriaBrook Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
OOHHH!! I LOVE Bette Davis! Wonderful work!!
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WhiteNoise2 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Words can not describe this . Stunning
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kennan1234 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Bette Davis: an amazing actress with a stunning face and a stunning follow-up as a portrait. You cannot be explained in words, as talented as you are.
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LoveringArts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Simply intoxicating , your awesome talent so shines
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MonsieF Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Those hair are amazing! Many compliments!
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MVVR Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Superb!
Good choice of model, very well drawn and beautiful story =)
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orsnai Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Just to let you know that this artwork is featured in the March selection of #Faces-Monochrome check it out here [link]

Please :+fav: the article so more people can see it!
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Vladimir12908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Nice work!
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Amazing photorealism. You rendered so much detail, amazing. Her eyes and hair are outstanding.
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Whiteling Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
I've always enjoyed Bette Davis, she was really one of a kind. :)
My gosh, I just love how you did hair and eyes... it's wonderful and I can feel your affection for her. :heart:
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unseeninside Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
awesome work!! the hair are amazing and I also like the way you've done the pearls!!!! Just love it!!!!!!!! :clap:
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Tea-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
 
You have breathed into this portrait the distinctive spirit of Bette with a master's touch.  In so doing you have created an inspirational vision which reveals to other artists what is possible.

Beautifully crafted!

It is a delight to discover this portrait and the artist who dreamed it into being.

With warm regard,

Terry
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jellyfish77 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
WOOOW! This is just stunning! So many things I love about this! The hair is just magnificently done! I can see each and every hair! ...and the eyes! Those famous eyes are captured perfectly! Breath-taking work!
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espo86 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
woderful work!!!!!!
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Sh000rty Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I love everything of this work, so detailed, it's seems alive :) . Just one question, do you use a grid to draw or simply a blank page?
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urosh1991 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Artist
its a.w.e.s.o.m.e ...whats its size?
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! It is 19 X 24 inches.
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Hold-Your-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Artist
LOVE IT!
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heawee Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holey moley this looks like a photograph! the hair has such fantastique detail it boggles my brain :D the pearls look great too, definately not like pebble! great drawing for a great actress!
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GOSH!!!!!! this is soooo real! what an amazing drawing!!!
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matka-satany Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
you are so amazing!!! i have no words!!!!
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graphite220 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
FABULOUS!!! I mean Bette AND your drawing!!! :iconyesyesyesplz:
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! You are too right about Bette.
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graphite220 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome :nod:
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LucentAllure Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you are the god of drawing hair! and just about anything!
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jujubeeze Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Holy cow, this is just phenomenal! :omg:
I really like your color works too! :)
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Lilyfair Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Just amazing. It totally looks like a photographie.
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Phuongova Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!!
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ximrealynotokayx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Beautiful!!!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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musicgal3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Words escape me. :faint:
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tajus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic job! I like this execution, super:clap:
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! =D
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forheidi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Wow, Melissa! This is getting into hyper-photorealism! It's really lovely, I love the details - I feel like I could feel the different textures! Oh and the skin tones! She looks almost porcelain! I miss doing pencil portraits so much but I am so glad that you stuck with it! You can tell all the hard work paid off. Amazing.
So? When are you going to start experimenting with color? I know it is only a matter of time XD
You doing alright? How'd the move go? I await your letter - I was going to send you another with a puzzle piece but I remembered that I don't have your new address. If you don't have time to write back or anything, you can facebook me your new address. Oh, and if you want to skype or anything (which we should again soon...) just text me - I will probably be around all weekend anyway : /
Can't wait to hear from you! Hope everything is going well!
Talk to you soon!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks. (: So glad you like it. This one is away getting professionally framed right now and I'm really looking forward to seeing it all dressed up, in a manner of speaking. I have been doing a lot of color paintings at work actually. I'm doing some acrylic speedpainting, I did a few watercolors, and I also started a reverse painting on glass. Nothing I'm satisfied with enough to post. But I can show you over skype, which we definitely need to do soon. I can get on this Friday maybe. I get on occasionally but I never catch you. XD I will text you the next time I'm on.
I'm still using my old address right now and I just drop by to pick up my mail once a week. There's no mailbox at my new place since there's still a lot of work being done on the building. The letter - ah - I got yours literally the weekend of the move and I still haven't even unpacked it! D= I must find it.
Anyway, hope to talk to you soon! Hope school is going well!
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oneEdge Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that is great detail i love it keep it up!!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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oneEdge Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome
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