Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
×



Details

Submitted on
December 24, 2009
Image Size
1.1 MB
Resolution
1000×1255
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
12,953 (2 today)
Favourites
434 (who?)
Comments
179
Downloads
2,723
×
Elizabeth Taylor by casparofambrose Elizabeth Taylor by casparofambrose
I finished this ages ago, it seems. I didn’t get around to posting it because I had such difficulty getting a good quality digital copy of it. That is why there’s been such a lengthy delay between drawings.

On to the drawing now - Elizabeth needs no introduction. I loved this reference. I wasn’t mad about having to draw the flower and I initially thought it was an eyesore. Liz is already gorgeous and we all know she doesn’t need a huge flower beside her face to help her out. But I’m 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 – it goes without saying that she’s 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 wasn’t 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 – very new to me – so go easy on it). It was a real learning experience. I hope my experimentation didn’t hinder the picture, as sometimes I really felt that I didn’t know what I was doing. Still, I enjoyed this so much that I’m satisfied with the experience either way.

0.7 mm mechanical pencil, 5B pencil, and a white vinyl eraser on 19” X 24” bristol paper (the last picture was also 19” X 24”. I didn’t 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 Doctormacro.com.
I'd say it took a little over 30 hours.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconjesuesque:
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!
Reply
:icondelicateprofound:
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.
Reply
:iconpatyfb04:
patyfb04 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
MY GOD, IT'S PERFECT! I can't believe how perfect this draw is!!!!!
Reply
:iconiron-goddess:
Iron-Goddess Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I drew from this very same photograph. Wow. Yours turned out a lot better than mine.
Reply
:iconcjp3:
CJP3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Stunning. I love her lush eyes.
Reply
:iconluthiennetinuvielle:
LuthienneTinuvielle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning work!
Reply
:iconandr3w123:
Andr3w123 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Do you use vellum Bristol or smooth Bristol ? Thanks ! :)
Reply
:iconcrysa91:
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.
Reply
:iconmarmicminipark:
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)
Reply
:iconalohaman636:
alohaman636 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
man i never forget how good this isss
Reply
Add a Comment: