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January 7, 2013
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Lady Gaga by Ileina Lady Gaga by Ileina
Hey guys! :wave:

I know it's been a while since I've been active here, but christmastime was busy! :la:

This is a christmas gift for a 11 year old girl, who's a big Lady Gaga fan :icontardbeatplz:

This is my first real try with coloured pencil and though I don't like them as much as pastels, it was real fun and I'll use them more in future :heart:

Materials I used:
Drawing board 22,5x35cm
Faber Castell Polychromos
Tombow Mono Zero eraser
Tissues and tortillion
Knitting needle
almost 19 hours

Thanks for looking! :heart:

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I cannot give originality points because portraits are everywhere.

However, the detail and realistic aspect of this drawing are amazing.

The lines are blended well and the small details- the flyaway hair, the reflections in the glasses, her eyebrows, teeth, and tongue- pull the piece together. I can recognize GaGa in this photo, which is also crucial in a portrait.

It's also nice that the contrast and color have been brought out and the background changed to blend with the drawing more and mix the colors better than the original, bland, blue background from the photo.

Nothing in this technique should be changed because it is just about dead-on realistic and even brighter and more eye-attracting that the photo which has washed out colors.

This is a beautiful work indeed, so keep it up.
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cherellewright Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
This is really good
BladeWithin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The hair is phenomenal!! I hope the little darling loved it!!~~ 
Sci-FiFanstasy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Wow! This is INCREDIBLY photo-realistic! Amazing job! :) May I ask... what did you use a knitting needle for?
Ileina Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :heart:
I used the knitting needle to carve in the thin white hairs. :)
Sci-FiFanstasy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Oh. OK :) Thanks! Your welcome! :)
lsimpkins Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist''s not a photo?! *head explodes*
madisonpaige100 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Stunning. I thought it was real picture! It's just so real and STUNNING! Keep up the AMAZING work!
MsggiePaint Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING.
Her hair looks so realistic.
SalmaAshraf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Whoa! :omg:
This is an absolutely stunning drawing, and extremely photorealistic! Her hair looks phenomenal :heart:
nephco Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Georgeous, beautifully done. I probably wouldn't have left the background white at all. I think a deeper color would have really popped Gaga out of the picture. Love it. You are a natural with colored pencil. Show us more please! ( I like Prismacolor because they are smoother and more blendable than Faber Castell.)
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