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Self Portrait of Curiosity by TubaQueen Self Portrait of Curiosity by TubaQueen
Not that I look remotely curious in the picture, but I was curious if I could still wield a graphite pencil effectively.

I've been so preoccupied with a ton of watercolor projects, I haven't touched pencil drawing in years. I was afraid I had forgotten how to draw, so I spent the day on the floor of my room doing this. Took me from 11am til about 15 minutes ago;)

So I've never really done portraits before and my pencil skills are rusty. I would really appreciate any constructive criticism or advice you guys have to give me. After all, I was motivated to do a portrait after I'd spent time on the traditional art thumbshare forums. There is some amazing stuff out there.

Materials used: heavy drawing paper, 2B,B,6B,HB pencils, tissue, Q-tips, those stubby little paper rolls.
Took about 9 hours, not too shabby:)

If you are interested in comparing to the reference photo-->[link]

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I'm always open to commissions, if anyone's interested see more info here [link] or drop me a note ;)
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:iconvincentxlion:
vincentxlion Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
beautiful!
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:iconpatmp:
patmp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful!
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! This piece is so old, I'd almost forgotten about it ^^;
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FreehandPortraits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Great work, really like it :)
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad, thank you!
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:iconaliceinbernardie:
AliceinBernardie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
wow! it really does look like you! very pretty:)
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! :blushes:
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:iconaliceinbernardie:
AliceinBernardie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
your welcome^__^
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:iconju-ichi-gatsu:
Ju-Ichi-Gatsu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Your selfportrait is wondeful, very expressive. I love dark tones on your hairs, shiny eyes and lips. I think that subjects like this are very dynamic and interesting to be converted into portraits. I hate standard or frontal figures...they're often boring.
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you think the perspective adds something to the portrait. I've been trying to think of some other angles that would make a high impact portrait.
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:iconm0nimrod:
m0nimrod Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
this is brilliant!
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhurricane-jeanne:
Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible! I love the hair and the look in her eyes :D
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconhurricane-jeanne:
Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :D
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:iconigorxxx70:
Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I like the hair
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconalexander88:
Alexander88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Student General Artist
:O ...

fantastic,,,,
how do you create this fantastic masterpiece?
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha ha, I'm not sure I'd call it a masterpiece, more of a warm-up ^^;

I hadn't done pencil drawing for years when I did this, it was all trial-and-error. It was just a matter of getting the shading right and figuring out how to do hair ;)
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:iconalexander88:
Alexander88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Student General Artist
I understand, thanks a lot and see you ;)
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:iconklukart:
klukart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
First of all i do not think that your pencil skills are rusty,contrariwise i´m sure you are talented!
But otherwise self criticism is a good incentive to
escalate.
Great portrait.Stay tuned
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I feel like a have improved since I did this one, even if it's just because I've learned better materials to use.
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:iconviscious-speed:
Viscious-Speed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   General Artist
There's something very retro about it & I love it! I love the emotion in the eyes. Great job!
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Ha ha, you are the second person to tell me I have a "retro" look in this picture :D
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Cookie-master Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
this one stodd out the most to me

i like the way u did the hair...i guess i suggest to make the contrast between the light and the dark less or something? 8*unsure of how to critique* it looks nice to me

id conside work on the eyes, specifically the iris
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking the time to look. You are right about the eyes, if I had done this on better paper I would go back try to fix it ^^;
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Cookie-master Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
XD okay ur welcome
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:iconsoftdeath:
Softdeath Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work on her hair :D
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! That was the most challenging part for me :)
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:iconrrsman:
rrsman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Amazing work
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconadavesseth:
adavesseth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
I really like the expression, and the eyes especially. You look like a lovely person :D
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much ;)
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:iconebony66136:
ebony66136 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Wow. Amazing work. :clap:
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnikki-chu:
Nikki-Chu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
This is rusty? I don't think so at all! I can't wait to see more work when you've had more time with the pencils! :wow: Amazing work.
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I've done 3 more pieces since this one and I do think I'm getting a bit better at it! It's just so much fun to work with, a really forgiving medium.
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:iconravenhaven:
Ravenhaven Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Beautiful rendering!

Very nicely detailed.
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:icongraphitica:
graphitica Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Beautiful portrait! Well done.
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconthemadspot:
TheMadSpot Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
oh beautiful! i think you've done a terrific job with the shading, and the expression is lovely :)
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, would you really want a print of this? No one has ever requested before, I'm not sure how it works!
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:iconthemadspot:
TheMadSpot Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
me neither! :XD: but i really haven't asked for a print did I? :O
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I got a message that said you requested one! I thought it was odd XD
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:iconthemadspot:
TheMadSpot Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
oh no i haven't! :XD:
i think i won't request any prints until i figure out how do they work, and when i have actually some money to have one :lol:
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, same here :D
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timbo19 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
the hair looks so real :O
well done :clap:
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:iconastroluc:
Astroluc Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
love it... I would certainly say that you shook the rust off your graphite skills ;)
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:icontubaqueen:
TubaQueen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you:D Now I can't stop, I'm doing graphite every day!
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