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February 8, 2012
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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:

Completed work
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Suzandrawing Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
wolf-beast Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Amazing ... love the work :)
inkkubus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Exceptional! Words can't describe such a beautiful drawing!
Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Many thanks for your comment and thank you for looking and fav'ing.:iconemotehandshakeplz:
inkkubus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
You're very welcome
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!
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:

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!
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.
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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