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Elina and Xanthe FINAL by LilaeaBluecoat Elina and Xanthe FINAL by LilaeaBluecoat
Dear watchers, I promise this will be the last time this one shows up in your stack! ;)

DONE!
I've complained about this one before, so I'll keep it to a minimum this time: This may be the hardest drawing I've done yet! Took me long enough too because of that! ;)

These are the daughters of my pen-pal, who has been my pen-pal since we were 11 and 12 years old. We are now planning on finally meeting face-to-face some time soon. :eager:

Many, many thanks to the group :iconproof-my-art: (and specifically =trixxx, ~mmuch, ~cloudmilk, =ArielRGH, *dlapastel and =pbird12 for looking over my previous version of this and providing very valuable feedback to make this better! Your comments really helped and motivated me to push just a bit further! I think I succeeded in bettering it! THANKS!!! (See end of description please.)

Materials:
- reference image
- Hahnemühle Nostalgie A4 paper
- Derwent pencils 2H through 2B
- mechanical pencils H and B 0.3mm
- tortillions, tissue, make-up pads
- Tom Bow Mono Eraser, Dutch Blu-Tack equivalent (Pritt lijmpunten), rubber colour shaper
- white gel pen for brightest highlights in eyes due to fixation stupidity

WIPs:




And for the #Proof-My-Art 'ers and anybody else who's interested, an animated GIF to show the adjustments between the last one and this final one:

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:iconlianne-issa:
what a lovely drawing and what a lovely story behind it! your penpal will cherish this forever.

its a beautiful drawing, i know pretty much every artist who has helped you with this and you have chosen wisely! they are very talented a certainly know what they are talking about! the depth of their eyes (especially the girl on the left) and texture of the hair and clothes in this is fabulous!

so now for the critique, i would say to watch the proportions on the girl on the right, i cant put my finger on what it is but something looks slightly out of place from the nose down, it may be just a slight correction needed but its not disastrous by any means! the other thing i would say is to check out this wonderful tutorial by svera on how to draw hair [link] what you've done is fantastic but this tutorial will take you on to the next step :)

i've moved this into the 'critique needed' folder in :icongraphite-gods: so hopefully you'll get a few more critiques! :)
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Great work. So impressive.
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
This is a "WOW". What can anyone say? Beautiful drawing.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thanks very much!
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Mark-RSA Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
spectacular, great job!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thank you very much! :D
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Mark-RSA Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome :)
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SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
You and this lovely artwork have been featured here: My Journal: Watchers Tribute Feature 21st to 40th! :D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thanks very much Samantha!! :hug:
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SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
:hug:
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Beautifully done.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks ever so much! :)
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heartinart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very realistic painting! Congratulations! You are very talented!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks a lot for your kind words! :D
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing, realistic work!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thanks very much! :D
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Nieseln Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a wonderfully naturalistic drawing of two sisters. Great expressions and skin tone shading & detail in the hair (possible critique point - the shadowing on the skin and that in the hair look a little disjoint to me - by which I mean the skin shading seem to emulate a photo, whereas the hair seems to emulate a Durer in style - feel free to disagree). I think a darker shadow behind the girl's hair might have helped lift it out better (like you've done in between their shoulders), but I appreciate that wouldn't necessarily be easy and it may not be the effect you were going for anyway. Anyway, a triumph - great work!! :aww:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment!
I wasn't going for any style to be honest, I was just trying to make it as much as my reference. ;)
Thanks for thoughts on it feeling a little disjoint to you, it only helps to hear how others view your work, as it is so easy to get a blind spot or two after staring at a drawing for so long. :) Really blond hair like those of the two girl here are still somewhat of a challenge. I do know how to approach it, but the execution isn't perfected yet.
A darker shadow might have indeed helped. :nod:

Thanks again, I appreciate it! :D
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workhorsecomics Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Before there was photography, there was the artist. Great work!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thanks very much for your kind comment! It is why I like realism so much; it may be one of the oldest art forms around. :)
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lightrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They're really cuties! And I'm absolutely sure that you did wonderful work with all these different textures.:hug: But as somebody said that you paid less attention to the second right girl. And I can understand, that you just tired in the end. Anyway it's great experience.))
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thanks dear and for the fave too!
You know, I reworked this a couple of times. I don't know if you've seen the animation I posted? I did work on the right girl some more and was really satisfied in the end because it looks exactly like my reference. She has had, in the end , maybe even more attention than the girl on the left! ;)
So I have no idea what it is that still gives off this vibe. :shrug: Perhaps it's because her eyes are lighter? Or her lips are less defined? She is quite a bit younger than the other, so some of the features just aren't defined that well yet.
I don't know. I'm happy with it though. :)
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lightrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I didn't see the animation, maybe I missed it somehow. Anyway never mind, your work didn't become worse from it, in my opinion.))
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good work!! :D:D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Thanks very much Rick! :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awww, they're adorable! What a beautiful portrait of these two. Kids are harder to draw than adults, I think. You did a great job here. :clap:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thanks a lot! I have to agree! Had no idea they'd be so much harder, but I suppose it was really good practice! ;)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, I remember the first time I tried to draw a kid, she ended up looking like ET. :giggle: But it is definitely good practice. :D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
The most difficult thing is that they have creases and folds and dimples and such, but when trying to draw those, it's so difficult to not make them look like 70-year-olds! :rofl:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ohhh yeah, I know that feeling! It's hard. A wrinkled child just looks odd. Hence why mine looked like an alien. :rofl:
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your work has been chosen to compete in the current contest at :iconthrough-emilys-eyes: [link] Thank you for submitting! Please keep in mind that it is against the rules to advertise your participation in the contest or ask for votes. Good luck! :hug:

Emily
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Thank you Emily! Much appreciated! :hug:
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
That's really good :thumbsup: ! Perfect details, too :+fav: .
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you very much Joanna! Much appreciated! :D
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Frollein-Zombie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazin!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thank you!
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Boindys Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, such detailed work! You're talented in drawing!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thanks very much! That's really kind!
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ZawArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Its a perfect portrait!!^^ :ahoy:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Thanks very much! :D
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markstewart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Many congratulations .. and what a way to end your year :boogie:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Thanks a lot Mark! And for the fave too! I appreciate it loads! :D
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FadwaAngela Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcocoheartplz: Your Beautiful Art has been featured in my journal :iconcocoheartplz: >>> [link]
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Thanks very much dear Fadwa! :hug:
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ellegottzi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
genius work here! wow.. btw, if you don't mine me asking ..what is this 'white gel pen'? i am trying to learn bit by bit from other artists about bits and bobs and tricks.. especially with the white tones.. always had problems with it.. also due to the lack of most of the items and tools that are needed for such a fine work...
i thank you in advance for the reply ( if there will be any... hehe)
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Of course I don't mind you asking!
A white gel pen is a bit like a fine-liner, only difference being that a fine-liner has ink, and a gel pen has, well, a gel-like ink. That makes it great to layer over graphite if necessary, because usually it will work (maybe needing a few more layers over one another).
In this case I used it for the highlights in the eyes for example. While I had them there in the first place, I fixated the drawing before making sure they were still nice and bright white/un-smudged. Not being able to correct with an eraser any more, the gel pen was my rescue! ;)
It's not necessarily an art-tool, but rather a pen for normal writing purposes. You should be able to find some where you'd usually buy your pens and stuff.
The one I have is this: [link]
Hope that helps! ;)
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ellegottzi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
wow, thank you for such an informative explanation, i appreciate it very much.
and yes, same here, after the fixatives (which is in fact another problem of mine..WHICH one is the best?) i am ending up doing the 'slave' work over and over again...by re-doing all the bleakness and faded colors each time i fix!
but in general, i'd say my main problem is how to get those extreme white details over the pretty dark background.. nothing seem to work for me .. epsecially when it comes to such a fine details like hair, cloth textures and etc (and i am a fan of extreme fine little details! hehe)

anyways, i will check for this gel pen.. i hope i will find it..since it have never crossed my eyes before tbh.. but will see!
thank you again, keep the works comming, you got an amazing skills!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
You're welcome!
I don't know which fixative is best, but I'd say if using it makes you have to go correct things, you should definitely try something else! 0_o
If anything, fixative usually helps to make it look prettier and such, less reflective and more 'even'. It really shouldn't fade colours or cause bleakness! Perhaps you could try thinner layers? If that doesn't change anything, I'd definitely invest in something else! :nod:

Good luck, hopefully you just haven't come across the white gel pen because you haven't been looking for it. ;)
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thearne76 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Thanks a lot Tim! :D
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