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WIP Update by Rockinfroggi WIP Update by Rockinfroggi
Not a lot to say, managed to play with my pencils today but still loads to do, the blanket, more layers in places and I'm still playing with the hair. :facepalm: Contrast a bit iffy on the last WIP but shall get that right on the completed drawing.

Completion expected around 2050.:excited:


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Suzandrawing Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
wwow
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wolf-beast Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Amazing ... love the work :)
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inkkubus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Exceptional! Words can't describe such a beautiful drawing!
Congratulations!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Many thanks for your comment and thank you for looking and fav'ing.:iconemotehandshakeplz:
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inkkubus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
You're very welcome
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3lizabethrose Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
If you would indulge this question, you'd single handedly help me take my drawings from great to awe inspiring like your pieces. How do you get your shading done so smoothly? I personally use as many varying gradients of graphite as possible and an eraser-pencil to get those tiny highlights needed, but for the life of me cannot get my portraits to have an organic, real life quality to them, like you seem to have mastered. If you could please take a look at the portrait I have in my gallery and tell me what you think I should to do to get my portraits to blend together better overall? I really appreciate you taking the time to read all this, and please take my inquiry as a compliment overall, I think your an AMAZING portrait artist and I'd love to be able to produce the quality of work you do someday :]
hope to hear from you!
Elizabeth
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Hi Elizabeth,

I’m happy to answer any questions I can so no worries.
For the most part my main blending tools are just tissues and blending sticks. There are times when no blending is done and it is just a case of building up layers. With most portraits I start with a very light layer of H using a clutch pencil which holds a 2mm lead. I avoid the areas that will become highlights as best I can to keep the whites white, these are easily toned down later if required.

The fine layer of H acts a bit like a primer coat when painting and allows later layers of different grades to apply smoothly.
Please also take into account that the quality of pencil and paper play a very big part in the finished product, so I’ll list the brands I use.

Paper = Winsor & Newton Smooth Bristol Board.

My favourite brand of graphite pencil is the Tombow mono 100

Second would be Staedtler Mars Lumograph with the 8B the very best for black blacks.

And lastly Faber Castell 9000

The very first brand I used was Derwent but I find them very gritty and no longer use them.
I hope this helps but feel free to ask further questions if you need to.
Also, make use of the wealth of tutorials to be found here on dA and a good place to start would be the tutorials folder at :icongraphite-gods:

Regards
Gary.
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3lizabethrose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
thanks a lot :] i will be sure to let you know how i improve with your help! i never realized the type of paper i used influenced the quality of my work, ive always just used regular sketchbook paper. im so excited to see how my art changes with your tips!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I look forward to seeing how you get on but let me know if you have trouble getting any of the brands and I can let you know the suppliers I use, though I am in the UK.
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uidarbra Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so amazing!! The hair is perfect! Are you from another world?? lol Nicely done! Really *.*
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
There are plenty of people here on dA who will tell you I'm not human but that's more to do with my twisted sense of humour than my drawing ability.:shrug:

Thank you very much for your lovely comment.:icongwompplz:
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uidarbra Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol aww I love people with crazy sense of humor! And you are very talented. I'm still overwelmed with that drawing!!

You are welcome :hug:
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tlmale Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
This is so amazing and beautiful!!!:)
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thank you very much.:icongwompplz:
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Fusionofforces Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!!, oh my this is really inspiring! I think I will go and draw something right now :la: I've always had problem with hair, yours is perfect ^^
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
What a lovely comment and compliment, it's nice to know my little doodles help others.:iconsquishhugplz:
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Sadness40 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Gorgeous !
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Thank you so much.:iconcreepglompplz:
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caiusaugustus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   General Artist
great :peace:
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Many thanks.:iconemotehandshakeplz:
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willi-kun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
my definition of art is in your perfect technique :)
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
:iconagree2disagreeplz: I don't think I can call myself an artist, more a faulty human photocopier.I still have much to learn but enjoying the journey.
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willi-kun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
ooh i think i get what you mean, nice way of thinking :D
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DIXIEDEAN Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I envy your skills with pencils, it must be years since I actually did a pencil drawing, but seeing work such as this... I'll leave them in the box and stick to Pastel for now!
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
She is so beautiful and so realistic! Great!!!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
It was a beautiful reference which made it a must to draw. Thank you for your comment.:iconcuteglompplz:
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iSaBeL-MR Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Amazing! Congratulations
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you very much and welcome to dA. :icongwompplz:
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squips Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous pic and so good to see someone else who grids their pictures. haha like your expected completion date! :D
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Well, I've managed to beat that deadline :nod:

Yeah, my freehand's not quite good enough yet so the grid is a useful tool,thank you very much for adding "Please Just Go" to your favourites. :icongwompplz:
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DaniiSantos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thank you very much, I'm trying to get it finished before the end of the month. :iconredbullglompplz:
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DaniiSantos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You´re welcome! Very good!
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NaurCalad Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Omg, she looks amazing! :la:
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thank you very much, I hope to have this finished soon.:iconredbullglompplz:
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Thank you very much.:highfive:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Woooow! You've progressed so much! I don't mean you were bad earlier, but this is mind-blowing :wow: I can't stop staring at her hair, I'd deal with a demon to be able to draw messy and fair hair like that! :giggle:

Can't wait to 2050 :B :granny:
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Thank you very much for that, I promise to do my best to beat my deadline as I now have 4 commissions waiting to be started and I need to make the most of feeling much better while it lasts. You hair has come on leaps and bounds in the short time I've known you so really don't think you'll need to sell your soul to improve on my effort.:iconrufflehairplz:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'll be waiting eagerly as much time as you need :pat:

Oh, thanks :blush:
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SalmaAshraf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
wow, this is looking fricking amazing ;D
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Well thank you very fricking much. :iconsquishhugplz:
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Lianne-Issa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god Gary!! this is incredible so far!!
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Awww, thank you so much Lianne, I may get it finished before you retire but I wouldn't bank on it.:boogie:
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8DFineArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   General Artist
2050 :lol: Lies, its almost finished :D
Serious, it's very nice to see all WIPs together and to see the progress.
May i ask a few questions about your technique. Do you use a kneadable rubber or a regular? And are you using brushes? Are you lefthanded because you work from right side to the left side? And mostly i would like to know the real size of your drawing (in inches or cm)
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
OK, I do use a kneadable eraser but also something called Blu-Tack (do you have that over there?) I also use a TomBow Mono Zero eraser which is fantastic for picking out tiny detail and highlights. Here's a link if you've not seen one, it's the fine one second down on the page. [link]

I only use the one brush, an 1 1/2" squirrel hair that is used mainly for cleaning away debris but also for occasional subtle blending. Yes I'm guilty of being left handed and this drawing is on A4 (21cm X 29.5cm) Bristol Board. Hope all that helps :salute:
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8DFineArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   General Artist
First time i see such a fine eraser pencil and Blu-Tack (thx for the link), i need to see if they sell these over here, also Bristol Board is new to me. Thank you for the great advice! I see my guess was not bad with brush and left hand =) but i thought the drawing would be much bigger in size. Thank you very much for your time and your advice, that will help me improve on my next drawing.
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I just thought I add that not all Bristol Board is great, the best brand I've used is Winsor & Newton with Daler-Rowney a close second.

Blu-Tack may be called something else in Germany but its like a kneadable gum used to stick things like posters to walls without damaging the wall surface and it has a bit more pulling power than a normal kneadable eraser.
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8DFineArt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   General Artist
I see, many thanks, i try to get the Winsor & Newton Bristol. I found Blu Tack on Google and WiKi and i think i can buy or order it here somewhere and i'm going to see if Boesner sells some of these tools/materials. Looking forward to try them out. =)
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! :wow: Just love watching this grow, cant wait to see the finished masterpiece :nod: Completion 2050 ........ hmmmm...... that will make me 92 yrs old :eyepopping: most likely not be here to see it finished :-( ......... sorry, you'll have to finish it much sooner, I'm not going till I see it finished! :giggle:
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