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Charlize Theron contest by blurhead Charlize Theron contest by blurhead
This is my entry for :iconjurgendoe: =JurgenDoes contest -->[link]

At last, finally finished it, and just in time !!
I Started this about 3 weeks ago, and have been working
on it every chance I got in the last 3 weeks.
Hopefully it looks like it was worth all that time and effort !
I have really enjoyed this opportunity to draw Charlize,
she is one of my fav actresses, and I have wanted to draw her for a long time.

It looks as though this competition has brought the
best out in many other artists as there are some brilliant
works that have been submitted.


I used Faber Castell Polychromos colour pencils
(black and cold grey 1-6) on Strathmore Bristol smooth
paper.

Many thanks for looking, and check out all the other
competition entries !!
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:iconadrianatavares:
AdrianaTavares Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, very beautiful. I loved it.
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.
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:iconadrianatavares:
AdrianaTavares Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
^^
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:iconbatmanwithbunnyears:
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009   General Artist
There's a certain intangible glow to this that so few artists can achieve. Looks better than the real Charlize. Definitely worth the time!!!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the lovely comment, I appreciate it.
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:iconjeffro70:
jeffro70 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Congrats on the mention!!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Jeff,
and very well done yourself for the 3rd place !
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:iconjurgendoe:
JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the honorable mention and a 1 month sub ;)
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Jurgen,
Its been a great contest !!
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:iconjurgendoe:
JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome :D
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:iconpatricktoifl:
patricktoifl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely beautiful piece!!!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kind sir !!
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:iconpatricktoifl:
patricktoifl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^
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:icontanabatablossom:
tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous work, Phil! I love how smooth it looks, like graphite airbrushing in a way. I've never been able to achieve the same smoothness with my FC cps on SB smooth before. :no: But I might just try again after seeing this.
The likeness is superb. Love her smokey eyes, the poutiness of her lips, and I really like how you did her top. :faint:
Best of luck to you in the contest!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Michelle,

This (Bristol) paper is quite new to me, and I have not tried out
graphite on it yet, which could be interesting.
I was even thinking of wexperimenting with graphite and colour pencil
on the same drawing, not on top of each other, but certain areas
graphite and other areas CP.
The only thing that turns me off graphite has been that it does not
seem to scan very well,
With this Charlize drawing I used my Canon SLR digital which seems to have picked up much more of the light grey shading than my scanner
would.
This was the first time that I have uploaded a drawing taken with the
camera, so I might go back and try graphite again.

Wow I'm rambling a lot today ........
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:icontanabatablossom:
tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bristol Smooth is all I've ever used with my graphite drawings. I just like the texture plus it's very inexpensive paper. Only cps never worked on it for me.
I say go for it. I've done a few dual color drawings and I've always loved the effect I got from it. Although I used watercolor pencils for those.
Wow, you have a SLR ... impressive. :D I never seem to get any good results with my scanner, and the only time I get a decent photo of a drawing is when I photograph it in morning sunlight.
LOL @ rambling. I don't mind at all.
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I took the Charlize one in the early morning (before going to work)
I tried to scan it but as soon as did I could see that it had washed out so much of the light grey shading.
Scanners are so much "sharper" though than cameras.
we really something between the 2 !!
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:icontanabatablossom:
tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that's what I try to do as well. That light is just perfect for photos. Not as harsh as afternoon sunlight.
Scanning graphite can be tricky, depending on how thick the graphite went on, I usually end up with that horrible sheen. Naturally scanners are sharper since the image is right up close to the scanner as opposed to the camera.

we really something between the 2 !!

Say what? LOL! :?
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha ha, well I'm looking for something that captures
all the shades (like the camera) and is as sharp as the scanner !
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:iconarea-44:
Area-44 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008   Digital Artist
I love Charlize
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah me too,
and Elisha, Kate, Jessica, oh stop it !!
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:iconarea-44:
Area-44 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008   Digital Artist
Dammit, I missed the compo deadline. I wanted to draw her for a reason.
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Never mind, make sure that you get in quick for the next competition !
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:iconarea-44:
Area-44 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008   Digital Artist
Does the next competition also involve drawing Charlize? or is it some other hot mamma?
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I am trying to steer the guy who is running the Charlize one into using Kate Beckinsale,
and does seem quite receptive to this
but I don't think he will be doing any more with
Chalize as the subject unfortunately.
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:iconpaulineaubey:
paulineaubey Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
I love your smooth shading!!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers Pauline.

Looks like the extra time plus using different paper really helped on this one !
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa!! That's some damn good stuff right there!!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey thanks a lot !!

How are you doing !
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)

I've been doing okay. How've you been faring along?? Amazing work dude, you're improving a lot!!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks mate, good to hear youre ok,
I remember you from way back when I started on here (2003) !
I have a lot of stuff I need to get finished off,
the Charlize one was quite intense so not sure that they are all going to be like that !
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Lol yeah it's been so many years since we started here. Hopefully you'll post more stuff like this soon!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I know I really should post a lot more than I do
Hoping that next year will be bigger for me !!
(how many times have I said that before ?!)
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hahah we all say that mate. I hope it is good for you, and it's looking great even now!
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:iconbrane23:
Brane23 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Beautiful, I dont know how you people get the shadings so good, I use smooth board and I always get smudges...:(
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks it takes a lot of practice, and most of all a huge amount
of patience.
Plus being willing to put the drawing down (when you run out of patience !) and go back to it another time.
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:iconbrane23:
Brane23 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Thanks for the advice, and one more thin, which paper do you use? I assume Strathmore Bristol Smooth;)
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes indeed, I used the Strathmore Bristol Smooth
but only on this recent Charlize piece,

all my other (previous) pieces have been on the rougher (toothy)
Stonehenge, or artists "cartridge" paper.
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:iconbrane23:
Brane23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Thanks for the tips;)
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:iconjurgendoe:
JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your image is wonderful and lovely and I love the creativity you put into your work ... very well done and good luck :D
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Jurgen
Glad you like it,
Its been a wonderful competition and I have
certainly enjoyed seeing all the entries coming
through.
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:iconjurgendoe:
JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Two last days to come ... Tomorrow at midnight the contest will be over ;)
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:iconphan-tom:
phan-tom Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Beautiful! A black and white in color pencil. Who would have thought. and it's so smooth. Great job!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Tom !!

I have just started using Bristol paper (Strathmore
smooth brand) and it certainly does make a huge difference to how smooth you can get the drawing.
I don't know anyone else using the grey and black from colour pencils to produce black and white drawings, I guess I may be unique !!
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:iconlordavatarz:
LordAvatarZ Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
The high contrast is very recognizeable. Job well done on the hair
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks mate,

I think I am finally get the hang of drawing
hair after all these years !!

I took this with my digital camera and it picked up
much more detail than my scanner which washed
out all the subtle (light grey pencil strokes)
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:iconrawforce29:
Rawforce29 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omG! I love the details!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is amazing
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you !
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:icondseter:
Dseter Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, well done my friend, good luck in the big contest!
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:iconblurhead:
blurhead Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much David,

Have you seen all the other entries, there's
some fantastic work been done for this
competition.
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