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Vivien Leigh by casparofambrose Vivien Leigh by casparofambrose
Interesting subject. I found a lot of the contours of her face very new to me Id never drawn features like them before.

This took a lot more time than I estimated. Perhaps Im just becoming a slow artist. I got extremely impatient and sloppy towards the end and it shows. Im not used to doing such soft, undefined shadows and low contrast. It was much more difficult than I had originally expected. I reworked the nose so many times that I began to fear I would permanently damage the paper and just left it as is. I wish I would have picked a better picture. I initially picked this [link] reference because I thought the eyes looked fun, but I realized too late that it lacked the strong light that I think makes a good, realistic portrait. Not at all impressed with this one. I can see at least a few things I should have fixed now that I've uploaded it onto the computer. Already losing the edge I just picked up from my last picture? Ugh, Dean is a tough act to follow.

I have my sights set on Loretta Young [link] next.

Edit: I gave this to my grandmother so I got a better picture of it with more sufficient lighting before I gave it away. It's a lot clearer now...
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Caricature80 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Truly phenomenal pencil drawing. The attention to detail is incredible!
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musicgal3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Beautiful.
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Rin-89 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Beautiful.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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LeticiaCBM Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wonderful
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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mupuciite Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
love this actres, and love Gone with the wind :) great art :)
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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KeepItOldSchool Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Perfect!
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:iconcasparofambrose:
casparofambrose Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
very nicely done! :thumbsup:
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
you're very welcome! :)
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HopeSexton Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
perfection.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you for the comment! And the favorites too!
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AbsoluteAudrey Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Great Shading!

Is this all done in pencil or a mix with charcoal as well? I was just wondering what tools you used to get your spectrum of shading. Like is it a basic pencil set, or all the same graphite pencil? I'd like to try doing a few like your studies, so any tips are appreciated.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
Gosh, thank you so much!

This is all mechanical pencil with #2 lead (I use mechanical pencil because it always stays sharp). This is a bit of an older piece in that my methods have grown and are slightly different now, but speaking solely on this one, the spectrum of greys simply comes from layers of pencil. I would think you can get the same effect much quicker and much better with different shades of pencil, however. I usually shade faintly in one direction (e.g. horizontally on the face...just so that the texture of the shading is generally uniform) and gradually build up layers of pencil where it needs to be darker. I'm not sure if that answers your question - I'm not used to giving tips, haha. I'm really flattered and glad to be of any help, so feel free to ask if you have any other questions or need further clarification. Thanks again!
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AbsoluteAudrey Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
It's difficult for me to believe you've gotten this awesome effect just from a mechanical pencil. Thank you very much for responding!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Don't mention it! Hope it helps if you ever try it. And thank you so much for the watch!
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Selunec Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
I like this one! Very beautiful! :)
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! I'm so flattered.
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gnik-nus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
i love vivien leigh!, i fell in love with her in gone with the wind and streetcar named desire. very amazing drawing, perfecto! :)
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Glad I could do her any kind of justice.
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gnik-nus Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh yes definitely. :)
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you!
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molibali Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
I love this very much!!!!!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! =D
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Damaged-Wonderland Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
You never told me you were drawing another beautiful picture!
It is absolutely gorgeous.
I was first drawn into her eyes, and then her lips.
I loooove her eyes.
:heart:

You never told me it was your birthday also!
I always think it's in December because you told me Caspar's birthday before yours.
Dx
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Always, always, always working on a drawing. It keeps me sane, I swear. Started my new one yesterday. I’m really glad you like it so much! I didn’t think this would be so well-received, so I’m extremely flattered. Thank youuuu!

Oh, yeah, I used to consider Caspar’s birthday my birthday too in a weird way. His was on the…14th, I think? Kelly would know. XD
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khinson Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! Much appreciated. =D
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khinson Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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forheidi Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
:eager: Melissa! This is amazing! I love how delicately it is shaded - looks almost like watercolor!
Is this 18x24?
Wow, I really miss doing faces... I am in the process of finishing the same drawing from christmas!
What made you choose Vivien Leigh?
Oh, I just watched Edward Scissorhands the other day for the first time (and I could tell which scene you drew his face from).
Haha, nice. I just got your letter. Can't wait to see you this summer!
This drawing is amazing and I am soooo jealous of your pencil skills!!! Hope everything is going well in Salem and you had a good birthday. Your drawings skills are amazing!!!!!
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
:eager:
Yeah, this was on the usual 18x24 bristol (I cropped the right side a bit on the computer because the composition was just bad). I’m so flattered and surprised you like it so much! I’m not very fond of this one myself. XD This picture hated me almost as much as I hated it the entire way through. I picked the wrong reference, by a far mile. I chose Vivien because I thought her sharp features would make a fun portrait. She’s a great subject. She could have made such a good portrait if I had picked a better reference with stronger lighting. Tried to keep it soft and feminine, so I’m glad it looks “delicate” to you. But I assure you the texture of the shading is pretty rough in person. XD

Yay, Edward! Finish your drawing, fool! XD I want to see it so badly.
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forheidi Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Fool? Haha... I will finish it eventually.

Yes, the drawing is absolutely stunning. You can tell with each piece that you post, your skills are getting better and better - they look like photographs now!
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LightCircleArt Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
She's lovely and the pencil technique is very sensitive and well done.
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I was very worried the shading would come off rough because I wasn’t as soft-handed as I usually am, so I’m really flattered to hear comments like that about the pencil technique.
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LightCircleArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're most welcome...
we as artists are always our own worst critics, aren't we? In my art I see all the mistakes I made or the things I should have done and others people see beauty. I thought "Vivien" was absolutely beautiful and the shading was great.
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lilackitty Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Beautiful picture, superbly drawn :clap:
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casparofambrose Featured By Owner May 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
Wow. Thanks a million! I'm much obliged.
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lilackitty Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
you're very welcome!! :aww:
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