This is a commissioned drawing that I did for my boss's wife on her birthday, of their daughter. I had only been drawing for just a few months when I did this one, so you can imagine my hesitation in taking it on. But I was pleased and my boss and wife were very pleased with it, most importantly. Whew!

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Comment by Doreen Cross on December 1, 2011 at 10:42pm

You did a great job Jill.  It's so hard to draw blonde hair.   

Comment by debashish nath on December 2, 2011 at 6:12am

it is a great job u have done. specially i like the way u add shadow.  will u please tell me how did u make it? i mean what technique u use to make shadow on the face?

Comment by Iveta Autratová on December 2, 2011 at 6:45pm

Perfect work Jill !!!

Comment by Jill Smith on December 3, 2011 at 12:49am

Thank-you Dors and Iveta. Yes, blonde hair is hard to do draw and my boss loved the way I had focused so much on her face and less on her hair and clothing, etc. I knew I had done okay, when I showed it to him for the final approval before matting and framing, and he got teary-eyed.  

debashish, I use tortillions for blending in shadows for this drawing and most of all my portraits and most other graphite drawings, as well.  I like the realism they can give a drawing and the soft or hard shadows of the face. I generally just add some graphite, then blend, then add more graphite, then blend and continue until I get the tone I want. Sometimes I barely add any in some areas, while other areas need more darkness. That's basically, my technique.

Comment by Jill Smith on December 9, 2011 at 8:26pm

Thank-you, Lizzie.

Comment by Anna Carina Hult on December 13, 2011 at 9:56am

Wonderful and lively! A great job.

Comment by Tirtha Sankar Bharadwaj on January 29, 2012 at 10:09am

wow....awesome

Comment by Jill Smith on February 23, 2012 at 10:53pm

Thank-you Anna, Tirtha and Creative consumption for your compliments! :)

Comment by Sylvia on July 26, 2012 at 3:13pm

very nice!!

Comment by Jill Smith on July 26, 2012 at 3:25pm

Thank-you Sylvia!

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