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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! ;)

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.)

- 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


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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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.
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
This is a "WOW". What can anyone say? Beautiful drawing.
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thanks very much!
Mark-RSA Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
spectacular, great job!
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thank you very much! :D
Mark-RSA Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome :)
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
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thanks very much Samantha!! :hug:
SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Beautifully done.
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