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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 Doctormacro.com.
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!
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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.
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patyfb04 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
MY GOD, IT'S PERFECT! I can't believe how perfect this draw is!!!!!
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Iron-Goddess Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I drew from this very same photograph. Wow. Yours turned out a lot better than mine.
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Stunning. I love her lush eyes.
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LuthienneTinuvielle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning work!
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Andr3w123 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Do you use vellum Bristol or smooth Bristol ? Thanks ! :)
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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.
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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)
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alohaman636 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
man i never forget how good this isss
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