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Louise Brooks by casparofambrose Louise Brooks by casparofambrose
I finished this back in September of 2010 but was never satisfied with it. I'll be finishing my next portrait soon, though, so I figured it was time this one was posted.

I ended up working on parts of this during a recovery from getting my wisdom teeth out and I probably shouldn't have. =P I spent too much time on the hair and that takes the attention - not what I intended. I'm not pleased with the background either, which looked fantastic composition-wise in the reference but seems to just distractingly cut the drawing into slices. But I still like the image a lot. Louise had a strong air about her in photographs that was fun to try to recreate.

Mechanical pencil (#2 lead), 5B - 8B pencil, q-tips, Kleenex, and white vinyl eraser on 19” X 24” bristol paper. Also – I gave the background a quick thin layer of warm gray prismacolor.
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filmshirley Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fabulous job! A gorgeous portrait, well-rendered.
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MaksimZhiltsov Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Terrific job
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WhizzieWhizzer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome detailing Mel, I love it!!!!
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ClassicFilmFanatic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This must be one of the most beautiful and realistic portraits I have ever seen
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trigoaji Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
WOW!
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Mandalaa-xo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do not see what you're talking about, this looks like a picture. But you can see it in real life. All artists are quite critical of their own work. You know what areas you had trouble with and see the inaccuracies afterward!
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aj-mockingjay Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
how long have you been drawing? this is beautiful!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so realistic! I love it! :-)
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dilhermandodidi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Remember me Pandora's box. Your work is excellent!
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pretorius78 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Light and shadows, a little mouth and beautiful hair.....
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