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EDIT: This deviation is the 1st place winner of :iconshannonwattdraws:'s YouTube contest.
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Based off of :iconthetragictruth-of-me:'s incredible photo: [link]

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Yes, I'm aware that the hands are not the best. I don't know what it is, but when it comes to hands, 99% of the time I end up with something I'm not too happy with. I'm also aware that my drawing does not look much like the original photograph. There are so many mistakes on this that I'd rather not mention, but just let you know they exist anyway.

But overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this drawing. This one was small enough for me to scan, so I don't have to upload a bad quality picture. Thankfully, unlike my other drawings, this one was untouched by photoshop (except for a cropping) since I was able to scan it (with my other drawings, since bad quality photos were taken of them, photoshop was required to match what they actually looked like as best as I could). Surprisingly, I'm able to put a lot more detail than I thought into a small piece of paper, so maybe I'll do more stuff like this in the future. Well, for now, here's my latest drawing, and I hope you like it!!!

ALSO, as with all my other drawings, please keep in mind that I am 15 years old before you look for perfection. I don't mind constructive criticism, but please don't go all hater on me. Thanks!!

P.S.: I think it looks better in real life; so sorry you're not able to see it!!! :(

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Time: several days over a span of a few weeks
Tools: 5B and 9B graphite wooden pencils, tissues, blending stump, kneaded eraser
Medium: graphite

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Purchase of print of this drawing here:
[link]
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:iconprofessorwagstaff:
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Awesome.
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Love it. Awesome drawing.
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:iconprofessorwagstaff:
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
15 years old? Darn, you're really good. She's stunning. Great use of contrasts. Great work. :)
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:iconreikrb:
ReikRb Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
wow i like how her look is lost
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:iconvalwolfpaw:
valwolfpaw Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Ha. I remember entering this contest with you, I was one of your first fans... I remember being blown away and then getting pissed off by how good it was. :) Congratulations on all your awards and featurings in magazines! That's a really awesome acomplishment.
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D:D:D Thanks!! :hug:
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:iconvalwolfpaw:
valwolfpaw Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
cool bro
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:iconjeni5540:
jeni5540 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
sooo pretty!
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:iconchillydragon:
chillydragon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This is so wonderful, I'm really i can't draw like this. The eyes are very lively...but I think the lips look a little bit flat for me.
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:iconant1-her0-project:
Ant1-Her0-Project Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work!
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:iconicewing-wolf:
Icewing-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love the soft textures in her hair and lips, and that her eyes still stay piercing and focused. Really quite an amazing job!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!!
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:iconjamiepickering:
JamiePickering Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing, your getting really good! =)
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!!!
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:iconotherdruid:
otherdruid Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :D
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!! :hug:
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:iconotherdruid:
otherdruid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre welcome! :D
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:iconnstommel:
nstommel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Great job Zack! I noticed the right eye is kinda odd at the bottom eyelid-
just some constructive criticism to help you with your next piece of freaking amazing art!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!!! Yaep, noticed that.... I saw that in the original pic, so I decided to include it.... but you're right, it looks a bit more out of place in my drawing than it does in the photo..... Anyway, thanks!!! :happybounce:
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ArtistaDeAlma22 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When compared to the title, the subject does want to say something, but cannot. The colors, tones, and shading add to the dark atmosphere found on this subject. I am no real-life artist (I draw cartoons), but I am truly impressed by this. Keep up the great work.

Thank you for sharing! :)
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, that's deep :) Thanks for the input :hug:
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:iconart-walker:
ArT-Walker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, the hair really gives it depth.
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks!!
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:iconbandera88:
Bandera88 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
it looks very realistic!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!!! :hug:
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:iconmkboinnet:
MKBoinnet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dude ur freaking amazing!!Whatever minor faults you may have made in this are all blasted out of of the water by the general impression of skill and gentle study thatr you have captured superbly!!And at only 15!!!Damn!!Instant watch and fav on the spot!!!Can't wait to see what ur capable of doing once you enter ur 20s.Also how long have u been drawing and how often do you draw?Might as well try out your successful practice regime and hope I turn out half as good as you
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks; this comment means a lot to me!! :aww:
I've pretty much been drawing my whole life, but I only got serious about it this year when I joined dA. I draw for a few hours per week, since most of my time is taken by sports and school :(
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Timbo1834 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done! What kind of paper did you do this on.

Also, about your note about it looking better in real life, I think that's always the case with traditional art. at least it always is for me.
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! It was done on 11"x14" Bristol Vellum, but I cropped it to 8"x10"
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gintmfgb Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
That is very good !
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconkarageorges:
Karageorges Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Fantastic face and portrait!
Is she a known woman?
Greetings from Paris!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! If by 'known' you mean famous, then no, she is not famous. But she is here on dA! Check out her profile: :iconthetragictruth-of-me: She's a photographer. :aww:
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:iconmeowimacow:
MeowImaCow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so pretty! The hands are perfectly fine. I wish I could draw people this well
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!!
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:iconmeowimacow:
MeowImaCow Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :3
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconwangqr:
wangqr Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
beautifulll realism *0* great shading, the hair and especially the nose is my fav!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconbobcat303:
bobcat303 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Makes me speechless, but don't the eyes look a bit unaligned?
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! Yes, the eyes are a bit unaligned; the way my reference was printed made it look like that and that's how I drew it. when I did realize that it didn't look as much as I wanted it to look like the original photo, I didn't bother to change the drawing because I was afraid of ruining it. :) But thank you for noticing!! Things like that help me make changes in the future to become a better artist!!!
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:iconbobcat303:
bobcat303 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No problem, and good luck :thumbsup:. You're well on your way :heart:
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconbenyihs:
BenyiHS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This a perfect portrait!!
I'm amazed!! I completely love it!!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thanks, that's so nice of you!!!
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:iconbenyihs:
BenyiHS Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcome!! :aww:
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconjohnnyunderfireoften:
JohnnyUnderFireOften Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like!
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:iconicee-bleu:
icee-bleu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you do!!!
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:iconsawyer458:
Sawyer458 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, that's really amazing. When I first saw it I thought it was a photo, but it said drawing, so I was like OMGOSH! Your drawing looks so lifelike, that's fantastic:)
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