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Reese Witherspoon by Cerzus69 Reese Witherspoon by Cerzus69
I wasn't really planning on drawing Reese Witherspoon but I was just looking for images on Google and stumbled upon this and I instantly fell in love with it because of the high contrasts.

It was also nice to do as a break from the tiny little portraits for my drawing of Six Feet Under.

Click here for a close up.

Used:
- a4 printer paper
- 2B and H graphite pencils
- kneaded eraser
- tissues and tortillons
- reference image (I would've linked it but I can't find it again, sorry)
- 25 hours over 3 days

EDIT: reference image is here, thanks to :icontajus:!
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read on the close-up you asked if it was too light, it's perfect, it balances the rather dark background.
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Cerzus69 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was because I always draw the middle tones that I see in the reference too light. That is what I am still practicing on. I am glad that you like it anyway! :D
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I stand by my word :3

One thing though, depending on what monitor settings and monitor type the way the contrast looks will differ.
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Cerzus69 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure, but the range will mostly always be mapped the same way since the image always uses the full spectrum from pure black to pure white, except maybe if there is some kind of gamma correction.
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True true, but on monitors now a days depending on the angle at which you view something, you will either see the darkest parts as pure black or dark gray, and light grays may disappear at certain angles.

Also, on the old "fat-screens" things always look darker for some reason.
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SilkSpectreII Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, you have awesome skills!! :O that's perfect!!
please tell me, how do you blend that the skin and background look so smooth? :D
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Cerzus69 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!!
I just put down a layer of graphite, then blend it with a tissue and just add more graphite to spots that are too light, then blend again. Maybe just take some graphite off of some spots that are too dark. Rinse and repeat until satisfied. Thanks for asking! :)
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SilkSpectreII Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for responding! :D

I'm always interested in amazing techniques ;)
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Cerzus69 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Now you know it :)
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dingadergen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
this is amazing...you probably get this a lot but, how did you learn?
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