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Elizabeth Taylor by casparofambrose

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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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: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!
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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  Hobbyist General Artist
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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:iconcharliejacksonpaine3:
Stunning. I love her lush eyes.
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:iconluthiennetinuvielle:
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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:iconmkbrooks:
mkbrooks Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
the eyes in this drawing are just brilliant
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SeedofSmiley Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lovely drawing!
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kennan1234 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is one of my favorites, and Elizabeth is not one of my more favorite actresses, but the beauty of this picture makes her even more beautiful. I wish I was as good as you. What brand of pencil do you use? keep up the good work, you've got the talent. :D
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: I use mostly mechanical pencils and Staedtler pencils, but I'll use any brand, really. I've used Prismacolor and Kimberly before too.
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kennan1234 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you recommend the Staedtler? I have been using Koh-I-Noor for the past year, but am partial to getting Staedtler from all the results I have seen others have done.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
Yes, I definitely would. I'm open to using other brands, but I've used my 6B Staedtler pencil on just about everything for about 4 years and it's worked well even as my drawing skills have changed and developed.
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kennan1234 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for your feedback on the product. When I get more money I will buy it and hopefully have a good result. Do they shade well, and on what type of paper does it work best?
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your work!
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justjingles Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
love how you did the nose!
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Codinas Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive, of an admirable perfection!!! :omfg:
Everything in this beautiful portrait exudes quality :), the hair, her eyes, even the flower, which at some point you did have your doubts, are amazing. :heart:
Congratulations!! :aww: :clap:
(^_^)(^_^)
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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:iconcodinas:
Codinas Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome!! :heart:
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LucentAllure Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your amazing art has been featured here! :D [link]
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
A little late, but thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconjesuzillo:
Jesuzillo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is one of the most beautiful portraits I've seen.
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cant believe this is a drawing!!! Have you any tips how to get such arealisric look! I sooo wish I could get such realism
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matka-satany Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
this is practically a picture! woahhh!!!
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Absinthycal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Your hands are a camera.
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LucentAllure Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oh my nerves this is by far the most incredible drawing iv seen! youve done an amzing dob on the hair!, eyes!, mouth!, skin!, flower!, omw everything!...this is outstanding, you are beter than a printer..........i cant find any flaws this is ultimate perfection and i wouldnt change anything! you are so gifted and talented, you make us wanna stop drawing!
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cynthiach Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   Writer
i very like this praint.wonderful!
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cynthiach Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   Writer
i like this praint.
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AyoQuintana Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student General Artist
i honestly ADORE this !! : )
beautiful work .
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SSDrawings Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet the reference looks worst than your drawing. :)
Great, great work.
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
So gorgeous!!!:heart:
The hair looks incredible!!!:wow:
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:iconchrispastel:
Chrispastel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sublime
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment!
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Ehvh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!:D
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CristinaC75 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
straordinariamente perfetta
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind comment! And for the fav and the watch! Much appreciated.
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CristinaC75 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ť un piacere
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ivyLibra23 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rip :(
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
She will most definitely be missed. :(
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loaded88 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is like the gold standard for portrait drawing :D the eye's are enchanting!, as a portrait artist myself this is very inspiring and I hope to reach this level one day. I drew Elizabeth Taylor like two months ago I would love to have your comment on it :)
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! That is so flattering! I think it's the greatest compliment ever to inspire someone. I will definitely have to see your Liz.
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Learning process or not, what you have applied here has definitely paid off. I would say this is your best piece. No mean feet considering the quality of the rest of the work in your gallery.

I aspire to produce work as good as yours one day.

Practise, practise, practise I guess.

Thanks for the inspiration.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! I'm really flattered.
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My Pleasure.

Please feel free to have alook at some of my work.

I am nowhere near your standard but I would like to know if I am on the right track.

Only if you have time of course, no pressure.

Thanks
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Fishpack Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Gorgeous! You're very talented!
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Daddyo4 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent! yes Dr Macros reference is great. You need photoshop also, I downloaded this pic applied auto levels in PS and it came up a treat I could e-mail it to you or with your permission I could post it in my scraps (as I have done for some others).
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