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's Wonderful by carlotta-guidicelli 's Wonderful by carlotta-guidicelli
It's done! I really, really like this one :) I'm sorry though; I can't find my good camera. This is just a cell phone pic, but I'll try to get a better picture sometime soon. Y'know, it's funny. The quality of the cell phone pictures are always lower than scans, but they get the overall values so much better than the scanner does!

The title refers to the ending song in Funny Face :) It's just so...*sigh.* Cherish it in all its cheesy, romantic, fairy-tale like glory! [link]

The thing that I like about this drawing is it's not nearly perfect or anything. Like, the board it's drawn on is a year older than the drawing, and had an outline of a previous drawing on it for the longest time...Parts of it still show, but the cell phone pic doesn't show that. I cut the board out when I wasn't very good at it, so there's parts that are really cut up and uneven at the edges. There are little stains on it. And with the actual drawing itself! The skin is so blotchy in places ;P

I did the first two WIPs about two months ago, and got bored with it. So I kinda stopped...But it's Spring Break, and I just have nothing to do! I decided to pick this up again, and I am glad I did :) The changes that I've made to this since the last WIP (besides the neck and ear) are really small. I've basically just went over everything and tried to refine it all.

Also, when I first started drawing this, I followed the reference pretty faithfully. But when I revisited it, I decided to throw that out the door and kind of shade it the way I want. SO...the shading, among some other parts, are not exactly like the reference, intentionally. I'm slowly trying to push myself away from attempting photorealism. I mean, what a pointless goal. I'm branching off and adding a bit more of me in my art :D

You know what I want my art to be like? I want it to be the kind that just commands your attention, that seems to just pierce into you. It's really hard to portray that at the same time as this gentle softness and romanticism, but that's what I was aiming for with this one. So that's why I strayed from the reference :)

This was drawn with a mech. pencil, graphite pencils (9B-2B), kneaded (which I need more of) and regular erasers, all on mat board, which is antique tinted. Although you can't tell at all, from this photo. It's 18x16 inches. I believe I started this around mid January, but it was extremely on and off...So I can't really say how many hours I've worked on this total.

First WIP: [link]
Second WIP: [link]

Reference: [link]

EDIT: Apparently the 'advanced critique encouraged' thing is gone, and in replacement there's some critique function for subscribers?...Lame :/ Didn't need to take it away, but anyway! I would really, really love advanced critique! I'm still able to fix this one (except for really big changes) :)

EDIT (again) : This is hanging in a gallery! Exciting!!
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sassafrased Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow. Beautiful.
musicgal3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Wow, how amazing!!!!!!! :faint: :heart:
acjub Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
breath taking piece!!
FangsAndNeedles Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student General Artist
woah, looks pretty awesome ^^
FallenzAngel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Wow! awesome artowrk of Audrey Hepburn, she looks so realistic! well done! ^.^
belez Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Your artwork has been featured here: [link]

Please fav the new so more people see it :heart:
JonathanMH Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the shading is great, the whole pic is very very well done. The only thing that kind of jumps my eye is that the nose appears a little flat. Apart from that it's really nearly perfect for my eyes.
AngelLover89 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
nice job =)
Ahsayuni-Love Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
:O How big is the whole thing? cause.. you used pencil right?

(looks really large..)

It's so well done @_____@ I wish I had your skills ;A;
whu-wei Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'd love to see a better quality scan/pic of this. Once again, the deep blacks give it a beautiful painted feel.
Straying from the reference is absolutely what you should do; reference pics should be a launching pad for your own feelings & elaborations, rather than a straightjacket. As you say, photorealism is pointless - it's artists transforming themselves into very slow photocopiers. The more of yourself you put into a pic, the more it becomes a genuine piece of art rather than just an exhibition of painstaking technique.
You definitely resonate well with Audrey Hepburn!
branwyn1975 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
stunning. I love this.
WolfXGizmosis Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
You need to stop being so hard on your self, she looks stunning, this is great! I love her eyes.
justjingles Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a very well-rendered piece. The intense darks of her hair and eyes are extremely successful, and the darkness of her eyes intrigues me so much that I added this to my favorites. ;) The only thing I can think of to suggest would be to continue to work like this -- use masses of shade to depict shapes of light on the face to really bring out the form. A great example of this is what you did with the inner ear.

This is beautiful work and you ought to be very proud.
Magenta-Fantasies Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Personal Taste: :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Skill: :star::star::star::star::star:
Originality: :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Concept: :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
Overall: :star::star::star::star-half::star-empty:
SpookCake Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
aw to bad its a cell phone pic
its such a beautiful pic! i mean wow, the eyes really pop, and i love audrey :)
yukihira Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow! This is beautiful! I love the eyes and shadows! amazing job!
2GRK Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Awesome pic love the eyebrows and the eyes their amazing!
WithoutInspiration Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist

It really looks like a black and white photo :heart:
Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the eyes, I love how you can see the light reflecting off the water in the eyes, which is really hard to do. I love how you did her eyebrows and hair. SO beautiful :heart:
Keaton2008 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
I've got nothing bad to say. It's gorgeous.

All I can say is Sham... WOW! :B
iivanov Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
very realistyc
PlatinumSnowcat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I love Audrey Hepburn and you've done a fantastic job with this piece. The way you've captured her eyes is truly magnificent.
parochena Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautifully done! the only thing id suggest is trying to crop out the background so you could just see the art?
shukugumo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Her eyes is very lively, beautiful!
0-sakhmet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
I looooooove Audrey Hepburn! She is so ... unique
ClaudiaConstantino Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
that's beautiful ^^ the expression, her eyes gorgeous :) :+fav:
Felt-heart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009   General Artist
I loe the eyes
TanjaGotthardsen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great job! ;)
The contrast and overall shading, the highlights.. it all works very well! :)
dnmn89 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
I honestly do not have any suggestions to make. It's very good. I think the mouth might be a tad off. It just doesn't look quite right, but it's not very noticeable. It's a really good piece as a whole. Kudos.
princess-vampy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009   Photographer
I like your lighting better then the photos.
adavesseth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
I like her dark eyes, and the lips.
Spazbulb Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God I love that woman! She is gorgeous! ^^ Great work!
i-just-take-pictures Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shading work!:thumbsup:
Rachel-17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Nice. I like her eyes especially. :D

Can't really think of anything to pick apart about it, though. Hmmm. :P
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
FABULOUS! All I can say about this is 's wonderful...'s marvelous....:lol:

Beautiful values and contrast here. Your art is just lovely.
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