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Derwent watercolor pencils dry
Albrecht Durer faber castell watercolor pencils dry

On watercolor paper medium tooth
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so very much for viewing and commenting!:iconbeauroseplz:
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You did a gorgeous job of handling the pencils with regards to blending. Even where someone might have been tempted to create hard lines in the hair, everything just blends seamlessly into the next area. I am also quite taken with how you took a just OK photo and made it so much more intense while remaining true to the subject. The balance and sense of depth in the painting are just fantastic. I feel as if I could reach out and touch this person's hair and skin in the pic and there would be no falseness to it. Simply amazing work!
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52 out of 53 deviants thought this was fair.

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hmmm... this is my first time critiquing... hmmm, great composition. her blue eyes stand out marvelously from her warm skin. You place very important details in her cheeks, lips, and hair (eg. freckles, hair, light). This is very bold in contrast which shows confidence, you don't seem afraid to make dark marks. The whole picture seems well unified in color, in other words, a good amount of variety in colors. This is a very emotional theme with the thought that children make honest expressions.

i believe every artworks has flaws but i can't see them here. i think you're the only one that will ever be able to know where there are.lol .... i can't wait to see more from your work.
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PeggyCVM Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Holy Smokes... no other words can I utter.  My goodness... the detail.. Bravo
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XRlS Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much Peggy, welcome to DA my friend Hug 
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mazdisna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!!!!!!!!! Heart Heart Heart Heart Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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XRlS Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the kind words!!*Free Icon/Emote* Molang (I Love It!) Hug 
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mazdisna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huggle! Huggle! 
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Agness-flower Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! BEAUTIFUL!!
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
aww thanks so much!! Thank-you by KmyGraphic
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OhSehunnie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I thought it was just a photograph at first. I aspire to become this good in time. ☺
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XRlS Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the lovely words!!Thank YouRose by KmyGraphic
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail and colour on this is just fantastic :D I am always impressed with how you interpret colour - your drawings always add to the stock you use, they're not just copies. Amazing :clap:
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XRlS Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
exactly that, but people find it hard to understand this. It is never my intention to make a photo copy. Why would i ever want to do that? it keeps no interest to me.:no:
i want to bring my ref one step further, stretch it to MY limits.
thank you!Hug Heart 
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been trying to do the same (albeit less successfully than you ;)), so your pictures are a real inspiration to me.  It's so nice to see someone working hard to do their own thing instead of following the crowd :D
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! 
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you by KmyGraphic
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:iconmuneeraart:
muneeraart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
love it so much Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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XRlS Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
aww thank you so much! :love: :kiss:
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marmicminipark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O M G this is just killer, it's now in my favs, keep up the good work !!!!
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XRlS Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you Mick for the lovely words and the support :love:
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MarisaOriginalArt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is just amazing!! Its so perfect that I had to wonder like a few others here whether it had just been digitalised from a photo, but its not. Do you ever do requests from ppl? I'd love you to draw my daughter some day cos I will never be able to draw like you with such precision and detail. Just beautiful works.
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XRlS Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
In all honesty i dont think it is perfect, i look at it and i see many things i would have done differently right now(and this is the reason why i revisit so many of my pieces so often:roll: ), but i am not disappointed either on how it turned. Yep we can definitely arrange something for your girl, whenever you are ready for it, i would be glad to work with you on that. Note me when you feel like it. Little girls are my greatest joy to paint.:love: 
Thank you so much for the lovely words and the support:heart:
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MarisaOriginalArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh you are your own worst critic, so ppl always say lol. Am like that too with mine, see stuff wrong. But am coming to the conclusion that no art is wrong. Everyone's style is different. But yes yours is truely amazing!! Yes will let you know thankyou. How much roughly would it cost please? Thanks. And you are most welcome. Just glad I found you. :-)
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XRlS Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
have just sent you a note, sorry for the delay:cuddle:
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CaroleDamz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been Featured in my journal my talented friend! ❤️
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
aaah i love you!!! :iconsomehugsplz: Thank you for all the support, it really warms my heart! :love:
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rachellism Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
absolutely gorgeous! i am so in love with your art
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :cuddle:
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Πανεμορφη!
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
 συγνωμη που αργω στις απαντησεις, εχω αρπαξει κρυολογημα και ειμαι χαλια τις τελευταιες μερες, Λενιω. Σ'ευχαριστω πολυ.
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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Emelyse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!!China-Flower by kmygraphic
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Demonfx1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
critique from smilingoatstudio was spot on ya do almost feel like ya could touch skin or hair, definitely captured everything in that piece. im blown away at your attention to detail. amazing work again Clap 
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XRlS Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
aww thank you so very much for the lovely words!!!
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Demonfx1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your very welcome x
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Hannahsghost Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I am in total awe of your work! (: What size is this one? 
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XRlS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Hannah! :cuddle: Its A4 my dear.
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Hannahsghost Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! I thought because of the details you would say it was really big. I am going to try to draw this good one day! (: 
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CaroleDamz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do u print the photo and then go over it? 
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:iconxrls:
XRlS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
from all the comments (compliments) i have received admittedly yours stands out.:nod::cuddle:
It takes a lot of work my dear, hours and hours to reach there, all tiny details done with a hard tip and then blended so all the color pigments are pushed inside the paper texture, and then some fine color layers on top and more blending, and burnishing when needed. It takes a lot of patience, and some times i get so frustrated, and i am going crazy, but the next day i calm down and i go on, and i know all the times i have dedicated the proper effort to my work i am rewarded for it.:)
 
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CaroleDamz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trust me when I say your work is the most amazing drawings I've ever seen! I can't even fathom how u can make it look so realistic. I can imagine it must take many hours and years of practice. I have no words. I'm lost. Your art is simply the most detailed ever and it's fascinates me. I hope u know that I meant no harm by my question, I'm just trying to wrap my mind around how on earth u can do this! Your technique and style is mesmerizing. In my wildest dreams, I could never begin to do what u do. I draw, sketch and do a lil painting but, after seeing your work...I'm a utter beginner. Wow Wow 
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XRlS Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You dont have to worry about it really, i have heard the most extraordinary things at times, like :
#'You miss-categorized  this it cant be traditional'
#'wow did you digitize a photo?'
I really get it ,what feels natural to me cant feel the same way to others who view the finished pieces, and i can relate because theres art in this site that i view and i cant believe how much effort it took to be done and my jaw is dropping, but when this happens i turn it just to another excuse to push myself even harder and harder to reach there and touch perfection. Lol does this make any sense? :giggle:
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CaroleDamz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think u have reached perfection dear. 
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platon1kouka Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poly omorfo.. does watercolour pencils allow more layers than regular ??
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XRlS Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
not really my friend. It just happened i started with watercolor pencils instead of regular color pencils because i wanted to reserve the liberty of adding water at will. Well some times it happens, some others it doesn't.
Whats gonna help you with adding many color layers is in fact your paper, not your pencils.
If you can grab a little time take a tour here xrls.deviantart.com/art/Color-… maybe you grab something useful.

S'eyxaristo!:iconkisssplz:
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Sewi66 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I have been asked, (often by non artist friends) why do artists draw or paint in a photorealistic style when one can just have the photograph? Your portraits demonstrate perfectly why.  The light and life you have created has created a believable image, but one that also brings an element of magic and fantasy whilst still maintaining innocence.  These are truely beautiful  
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XRlS Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Its exactly that, i am happy you understand!!:hooray:
Photorealism or Hyper realism (whatever people like to call it) is not what i am aiming to, i aim to the emotional impact and striving to reach the specific image i have inside my head every time. Thank you for the encouraging and lovely words.
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Sewi66 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Reading some other comments about the extreme use of 'highlights'. I feel it is exactly that technique that gives your work it's appeal. Edgy... yes. Never change it. Unique 
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mariapinadacampo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
wonderful. How can you make the highlight, and every particular so perfectly? 
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XRlS Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
the way i use to highlight is often the reason i am accused for exaggerating, i love my little sharp details, the skin texture, pores, wrinkles, facial hair, all of it. Its because i love it so much that i intentionally push everything far from my ref. How i do it, it seems my hands have a brain of their own, even the times i promise myself i WONT exaggerate this time, i get to lose the bet, because my hands always do their thing:lmao:
thank you very much for the lovely words, you are so kind! 
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mariapinadacampo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
i can only do portrait like my "eyes". I would draw hair a bit better....
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