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October 19, 2013
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17 by JaneyArt 17 by JaneyArt
Oh this one was a long time coming!
I was working on another piece and kind of forgot how much I love to draw whilst doing it. Soooo I put it aside and began this portrait.
This is a portrait of my beautiful daughter Allie, who has just turned 17 this week ( hence the name)
I am extremely proud of my girl, who is, not only beautiful but super smart, mature and an all round gorgeous soul.

Graphite HB-8B on smooth canson paper
kneadable eraser
blending stump
cotton swabs
white gel pen
black fine liner
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17 by JaneyArt ( Suggested by waynecampbell-art and Featured by ArtByCher )
panthrieswent Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your art is amazing
JaneyArt Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)!
ValentinoJorno Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Janey ,

This portrait is extremely realistic , the shading looks so soft.

I have few questions , and would be glad to listen to your advise.
I've started drawing only 2 years ago , in total did maybe 100 drawings (I know, I'm kinda lazy, but working on that).

my question is:

is it possible to get that realistic shading with pencil only ? without cotton swabs?

thanks a lot
JaneyArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hey Val,
Thanks for commenting, in my opinion, 100 is a lot!

Now to my answer:
Yes I think it is possible, and I'm sure there are many artists that can accomplish this.
In saying that, I haven't done it and I'm not too sure how it would be achieved :)
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful 

ValentinoJorno Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oopss...forgot last question:

how many hours in total this one took to you ?
and was it done in one day or several days (with breaks).

thanks again

JaneyArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
I think being part of DA is the most inspiring environment. I constantly want to draw and improve after viewing what DA has to offer :)
I think the secret is to take your time. Just to put this into perspective for you: I spent maybe 8 hours on the temple alone. 
I spent weeks on this drawing (only drawing on weekends and nights, as I work full time). Mist of my drawings are around 40 hours or so. 

You're a tattooist? that is brilliant... I have tattoos myself and would love to get into it :)

My speedy reply was due to my procrastinating on DA instead of drawing lol
ValentinoJorno Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
same same here, I get inspired by Veteran/experienced artist , specially in DA.
I have a lotttttttt to learn ,learning never ends, that's the fun of Art :)

and as Tattooist , I'm also new in that field, so after 5-10 years, I hope to be in the target I set to myself.
(as self taught, it wasn't easy to me to get in to any sort of art) as I live in "zombie village" , no art schools here, I learn from the net only :)

but for Tattooing I travel 3 hour to another city for getting into it seriously. it's the most difficult sort of art.

in your country you might find easily a Tattoo-shop/studio that will accept you right away. because your art is extremely great and ultra realistic.

I highly recommend that you check that field (also you can make a lot of $$$, beside to fun for sure).

if any shop refuse at start, that's because they are jealous from your skills :))

but I'm sure, any respected shop will accept you right away.

good luck, and keep me posted if you get into Tattoo business in Australia.
(I have a sister living there)

JaneyArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks, good luck to you and your endeavours also
ValentinoJorno Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks Janey.
ValentinoJorno Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow , thanks for your fast reply :)
I wanted to learn fast, this is why I did 100, but now, I almost don't draw , lost inspiration :(
but sure it will come back haha

anyway, I thought you tried only pencil alone (Coz I did , and it's "pain in the ass"), but for Tattooing its the best practice way instead of cotton swabs. (something that can't be applied in tattooing unfortunately).

anyway, will keep an eye on your art, I admire realistic art.

keep on Janey :)
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