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December 24, 2009
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Elizabeth Taylor by casparofambrose Elizabeth Taylor by casparofambrose
I finished this ages ago, it seems. I didnít get around to posting it because I had such difficulty getting a good quality digital copy of it. That is why thereís been such a lengthy delay between drawings.

On to the drawing now - Elizabeth needs no introduction. I loved this reference. I wasnít mad about having to draw the flower and I initially thought it was an eyesore. Liz is already gorgeous and we all know she doesnít need a huge flower beside her face to help her out. But Iím glad I sucked it up and stuck to the reference. I think the obvious point is that she outshines the flower and makes it look superfluous. I may draw Ms. Taylor again sometime Ė it goes without saying that sheís an enjoyable subject. Although her eyes are usually her most celebrated feature, I found her subtle smile to be her most intriguing.

I tried a few new things on this that I had just briefly experimented with on my last drawing, specifically on the skin. My usual shading technique wasnít giving the effect I wanted, so I decided it was time to try a slightly different approach. I also used hints of 5B pencil for the first time (the hair is predominantly 5B Ė very new to me Ė so go easy on it). It was a real learning experience. I hope my experimentation didnít hinder the picture, as sometimes I really felt that I didnít know what I was doing. Still, I enjoyed this so much that Iím satisfied with the experience either way.

0.7 mm mechanical pencil, 5B pencil, and a white vinyl eraser on 19Ē X 24Ē bristol paper (the last picture was also 19Ē X 24Ē. I didnít realize until a short while ago that I was off one inch).
Q-tips and Kleenex were used in parts.
The reference is from the very handy
I'd say it took a little over 30 hours.
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JesuEsque Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is beyond epic. You know you've done a good job when the drawing is better than the photo!
delicateprofound Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The original is such poor quality, but with great potential - somehow you have breathed new life into it.
patyfb04 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MY GOD, IT'S PERFECT! I can't believe how perfect this draw is!!!!!
Iron-Goddess Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I drew from this very same photograph. Wow. Yours turned out a lot better than mine.
Stunning. I love her lush eyes.
LuthienneTinuvielle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning work!
Andr3w123 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Do you use vellum Bristol or smooth Bristol ? Thanks ! :)
Crysa91 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Given the lack of white voids in the image, I would say its smooth bristol. Vellum bristol has a "tooth" of grabbiness that makes it sink away from the graphite. When this happens there are breaks in the line.
marmicminipark Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a realistic drawing, I so admire your talent, keep up the good work, love your style (it's now in my favs)
alohaman636 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
man i never forget how good this isss
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