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Gracie by rlhIllustration Gracie by rlhIllustration
A4 graphite pencil drawing on bristol board.

My Mum and Step Dad's dog, Gracie. Drawn for Christmas.
Unfortunately it was a little bit rushed as there were a lot of things to get arranged for Christmas. But I'm still pretty happy with this, and they were both really pleased with it. So that's all that matters I guess c:

The photo I drew from was taken at the beach on a very sunny day, so there was quite a lot of dark shadows and bright highlights. It makes poor Gracie look a little older, but it does make for quite a proper and serious looking portrait.
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Penzone Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Such details c: my poor patience would go trough the roof haha if I were to make this many details.
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks c:
I do like my details!

You're right. I actually do lose patience with these detailed pictures sometimes!
But the end result is worth it X3
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Penzone Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I kinda wish I knew the process c: I could never experiment my way to details and pen shading.
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's a lot of staring at things really intently - all the little details in the fur, and thinking about how each strand has it's own shadow as well as the shadow cast on it.
A lot of detailed work is about drawing what you see, and not what you think you see. Looking back at your reference photo every few seconds is a must, because your brain plays tricks on you and a lot of the time you are remembering something incorrectly.

It can get quite tedious sometimes, but the feeling of success when you're finally done is great c:
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Penzone Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Aww D: I don't have the patience to make every strand of fur hng I'd get insane, which is why for example I made Siff a furred dragon ^^ not a scaled one, scales are tedious...
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miryhis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Your pencil work is always stunning!
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rlhIllustration Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ah, thank you! c:
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