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It's a duckface kind of Christmas this year by iam-holly It's a duckface kind of Christmas this year by iam-holly
30+ hours.
All done in charcoal
Used a referenced picture of myself

and it's HUGE. the face is a little larger than life size.

Overall I'm happy with it. Doesn't look 100% like the ref. but I still love the outcome, and I'm really surprised by myself :)

I fixed a bit of the darkness the other day, and decided to update the picture.
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:icon123klovd:
123klovd Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
cloth is one of the hardest things, i think, to shade... but you did amazing! <3
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you so very much! <3
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:icon123klovd:
123klovd Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
:D Of course! <3
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Darkndusty17 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so amazing! It looks life like like it could just pop out and a person is standing there!
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so very much!!! (:
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:iconpaulnery:
paulnery Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
NIce work!
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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:iconpaulnery:
paulnery Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I posted a digital painting based on your photo in my gallery ...if you want, you can download it then IŽll delete it.
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll go check it out now, thank you! :aww:
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:iconpaulnery:
paulnery Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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OhSasha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i literally thought this was a photograph, its so precise! :iconilavplz:
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
:love: Oh gosh, thanks so much!!! It means a lot! :iconiloveyoutooplz:
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OhSasha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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Drawing-Is-What-I-Do Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
:wow:

Ohmygosh! This is amazing, Holly! I love looking at charcoal drawings, and this is just stunning. The fabric in the background looks so real (I especially like the way you've drawn the girl's shadow on the background, it adds so much depth to the piece). Every fold and wrinkle on the bow on her head has been rendered so carefully. I really don't know how you kept the pattern of the bow so consistent while managing to shade the whole thing so well.

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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, thank you so much!! It really means a lot! :hug:
The bow was actually one of the easier things to get on this. I thought it was going to be difficult but it was almost the opposite xD

I'm so glad you like this! And it's a self-portrait :3 though it doesn't look much like me xDD hahah

Thanks again! <3
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Drawing-Is-What-I-Do Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
No problem. You've totally inspired me to try something like this (although I doubt I can make it look this good!). :D
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh gosh, no it was so easy!! A lot of work, but easy! :D
And you really really should!
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alevel99metapod Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
SO goddamn talented
:dummy:
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
:la: You're so goddan nice.
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SProcksyeah Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. why yes, yes it is! :iconduckfaceplz: this is so realistic! very well done! im glad to see the final, amamzing product! :iconeweplz:
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iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconiloveyoutooplz: Thanks so much, that means a lot to hear <33
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SProcksyeah Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiloveyoutooplz:
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Tarkie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
This. is a stunning piece, great details and shading.
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: It means a lot!!
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Tarkie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
You're Welcome!`
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andreadavies Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work!
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! (:
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SerifeB Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
amazing ! the details and all! :o and you look so beautiful :)
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh gosh, you're so kind! Thank you!! :hug:
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Catluckey Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sooo glad you're pleasure with this because IT'S A TREASURE! :iconcrownplz: Superb job on the material background, bow, shirt, tone, portrait face and all around the whole picture! Truly this picture is a winner! :winner:
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
:hug: Thank you so much! It really means a lot!!
:heart:
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:iconcatluckey:
Catluckey Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: U-welcome! Wonderful work! :love:
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:iconvilva:
Vilva Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Tha-that's not a drawing! It's a photograph!! :O
It looks so amazingly real! :la:
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :aww: It took a loong time, but I'm glad you like the results! :heart:
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xbloodyxpumkinx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All i can say is.....WOW!
This is amazing!
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much (: You're too kind! :meow:
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xbloodyxpumkinx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You welcome =)
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MuseMelpomene Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Artist
Veeeery nice. You did such a good job with contrasting which makes this stand out so much. :)
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! It took so long!! u_u
I still feel I didn't go dark/light enough in some places. But your comment really reassures me! :heart:
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Britt315 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow it's amazing!!!:aww: the bow!!:la: This is awesome!! Your so talented!!:aww:
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:iconiam-holly:
iam-holly Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you sooooo much! :la:
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Britt315 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist
your so very welcome!!:hug:
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Kelkis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
WHOA

:o



This is amazing!
I can definitely see the effort and time you put into this :iconepiclaplz:
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iam-holly Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
:la: Thank you so much!!
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