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Within the Artist's loving Hand by Ileina Within the Artist's loving Hand by Ileina
Edit: Okay, I just found out why the drawing looks here too dark nad contrasty, although in Photoshop it looks well. The color settings in PS where wrong and now that I changed them right, I was able to edit the drawing to make it (hopefully) look like the original :icondancinglaplz:

Well, I was working on other drawings as I went through my favs and found that amazing photo again that itched my hands to do some pencilwork! :la:

Things I used:

Bristolboard A3 (actual size is 20x20cm)
Faber Castell Pencils H, HB, 2B, 8B
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 8B
Kneadable eraser and BluTac
Tombow Mono Zero erasers :heart:
About 200 tissues :XD:
19 hours of babysitting time ;)

The lovely Leanne :iconlianneamanda20: allowed me to use her too-cute-to-believe photo! :iconheartglompplz:

Be sure to check out her outstanding traditional work as well! :la:

If you wonder what’s about the title… I really lacked of one, so I went through my favourite songs and came around Vincent by Don McLean and there was that line

“… beneath the artist's loving hand”

and it sounded quite good enough ( I couldn't find a song with feet or toes :giggle:)

I also learned some things about shading during this drawing :D
Normally I used to regulate the brightness of the shading just by pressure (using just one or two different pencils)… that’s stupid, you’ll always see lines and it won’t get really smooth at all! So I tried to work in many (manymanymany…) layers, beginning with a H then HB etc. as long as the proper darkness is achieved. :nod:
The most annoying part was the hand, especially the thumb :shakefish:

Thanks for looking! :blowkiss:
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Critique by Aerilia Apr 19, 2012, 4:38:43 AM
Wow, this is so real it's like a black and white photo. You've done a marvellous job, capturing all the little details of what hands and feet look like and overall, this is really beautiful. So many people do realistic drawings, but few can make it look like it was a photo straight up. I love the gentle shading and the way you've done the shadows. I think you've really done a wonderful job in how you've captured the special bond between the parent and the baby (I'm assuming it's the baby's parent holding them). I can just imagine the full picture, the parent proudly holding their baby to show people who've come to give their best wishes. Seeing the baby's tiny little feet, it makes you think about how fleeting our time on earth is. One moment you're the baby, the next you're holding one of your own.
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In this drawing everything seems perfect. I don't like to said that a drawing is perfect because we are not. The only thing that I can spot is the originality. It's not fantasy and it's not stylized. But the vision is awesome and the technique is majestuous and the impact was so powerful. One look and you're stunned. I like this drawing, shading is great and the tone are amazing. I never see something so beautiful and it's really practiced. I hope you will do other drawing so awesome, it's wonderful. The only ''default'' is the originality, I don't see any other things...This is a magnificent drawing!Congratulations!
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nahed55 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
 Good art speaks truth, indeed is truth, perhaps the only truth.
LateStarter63 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
From the many other comments you have received, I clearly do not need to tell you that this is a lovely drawing, Viki, but nevertheless I will.
So beautiful....
Fabelaktiv Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, all the details! Amazing :)
vanLierop Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! So much happiness and emotion in this drawing!
mleonow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bluemo0on Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work! 
JamieElias Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
AdamWien Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Woww,u make so emotional piece , i love it!!!! 
FairDinkumDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
risingson16 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Awesome detail!!!
SamanthaLouiseWalker Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous lighting, I love how you've emphasised the lights and darks and used the medium to capture the movement.
Jojemo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What amazing pencil skills you have.  Beautiful work!  :iconchickadeeplz:
vickeybird Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweetness, is the first word that comes to mind :heart:
DJTheKid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yiulia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
sembrano veri! very very beautiful! :)
Jojemo Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A masterpiece, showcasing your skill with pencils. I am in awe of any artist who can create such a realistic drawing, as you have done here. :iconhandclapplz:
annakoutsidou Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a lovely drawing :aww:
Beautifully done !
portraits668 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful !
Ileina Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
UtiliaMignano Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet ^_^
Pocopagogo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Artist
Absolutely adorable. It looks almost like paint. How did you make it look watery?
Ri-a Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! this is amazing!
Great work:)
PLLover Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sooo cute! :)
Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave: This work has been included in Traditional Art Favorites of 2012 feature! :aww:
SarahMNomani Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really sweet photo transformed into an amazing work of art... very realistic... bravo!
peccatori Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect! :aww:
Ileina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
Sekhmets-child Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning. The detail you have captured is impressive indeed. I have lately started using the same technique for shading and it works so well. :highfive:
Ileina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
Shelleymags Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
mrsloreen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very soulful and sensual...
iSaBeL-MR Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really amazing drawing and very beautiful!
GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
That's incredible, I thought it was a photo at first. :wow:
evusha Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
wonderful :love:
Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Stunning work....:iconbravoplz:
yogika Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
nonono this drawing is perfectly lighted, the dark and light tones make beautiful contrasts, they capture the viewer's eye. they are deep and give the drawing a vivid feeling!!i really like it!!!
SarahMaria11 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured your lovely work here: [link] :)
loudrac Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
good draw ^^
NanaCasas Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work. So precious. It's really nice to see this kind of art for a change. Well done! :nod:
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EgorDemidov Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice pic) aamazing!
devilbloody Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesooome :) I love it! Congrats :)
sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks beautiful!
ARTBOY0128 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
bluemysticart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
It doesn't get any better than this! I've added it to my "Better than perfect" collection :#1: Exquisite work! :heart: I'm truly blown away :faint:
Melanie-J-Howle Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured @ :iconpencil-perfection: :heart:
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