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Smile of Autumn by bm23 Smile of Autumn by bm23
I'd like to thank :iconlonelypierot: for allowing me to use her beautiful photo as reference.

So, first attempt at a color pencil portrait. I did play around with colors in a couple of works but none of them was serious (except for an incomplete drawing, which really doesn't count =P), and none required this level of shading. The transition from graphite pencil to color pencil is like going from English to binary. With graphite, I could vary the shades of each pencil to a great extent but with color pencils (at least my kind of color pencils), there are only a couple of shades that each color will be able to produce. This kinda throw me off track since shading becomes less of varying the pressure applied, and more of choosing the color used. Sounds intuitive but it's a big change from graphite. The pencil strokes also had to be changed because blending isn't really an option with color pencil (I know you can, but it's not as effective as graphite).

The initial part of the drawing was just a lot of trials and errors, testing out different shading techniques. I'm not a fan of preparation so I basically colored the paper right away, without testing out on scrap paper first. I guess I'm very lucky the drawing turned out the way it did =P

This was done with Faber Castell 48 colors set, which I got for 12USD. I guess you get what you pay for since the coloring process was far from smooth sailing. After 2 layers of coloring, the colors stopped blending properly. The lead felt kinda plastic-ey. I'm not sure if that's true for all color pencils though (if you have experience with other kind of pencils, do enlighten me :))

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20cm x 24cm Daler Rowney 220g/m2
Faber Castell 48 classic colors
I'd say it's a bit more than 20 hours
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I hope you guys like it and thanks for any fav. I may receive :hug:
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:iconlou-in-canada:
Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
It's still beautifull.. even though you don't have the colour pencils you like. How about you try some Faber-castell Polychromos colourpencils? In a bit of an art store you can buy them by the piece, and just pick your colours. My friend Hadas :iconhadas64: got me onto them. Check out her work.. she's the master of colours, her blending techniques with these pencils are amazing./ She only uses 6 colours. Then blends away with them. Might be something you like? :D
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bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: I've actually been by the art store and was very tempted to buy the color pencils individually but not being experienced with colors, I didn't buy them. I didn't know which color I'd need. One of these days I may get myself a starter set and work from there. Anyway, I dropped by your friend's gallery, and wow. She really does have some great drawings! The details and consistency are really good :)
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hadas64 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Lou, dear Lou
are you nice or are you nice :tighthug:
I'm the one who needs to be poked now, not finding the time end energy to draw :(
but it will pass I'm sure :)
over here the new year will begin exactly in one hour and two minutes so a very happy new year to you my dear friend and every body around you :love:
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:iconcoldskys:
ColdSkys Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
how crazy sexy is this? VERY SEXY AND CRAZY GOOD . i love this work. keep up the great amazing work!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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:iconpat71art:
pat71art Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Stunning! Great coloring!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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:iconsdoost:
sDoost Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work ;)
Featured in :icontraditional--realism:
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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sDoost Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconritakiss:
RitaKiss Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
since when faber castell has bad quality pencils ???? :o
(great drawing by the way haha)
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I wouldn't call them bad per se, but relative to professional sets (which cost 10 times more), they are bad :) Anyway, thank you so much! :hug:
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NateKaranlit Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Dontheunsane Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
That is an exceptional piece of work, the best colour pencil piece I have seen so far. I think colour pencil is seriously underrated as a serious medium for art, I would like to see what you could do with a wider range of colours (Derwent has a nice set of 120 colours) in higher quality pencils.
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! You're too kind :) I think the reason why I managed to get such a "good" result is because I picked a relatively easy reference =P I guess color pencils aren't that popular because of the price tag. Like the Derwent set you mentioned, if I recall correctly, it's in the range of 150-200 bucks over here, and a set of 72 will set you back about 100 bucks. Because of this, I'm sticking with just 48 colors and make it a challenge for myself :)
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chriscolfer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Use Derwent(what I use in real life) or Prismacolor(which is what most dA artists use)
ITS AWESOME THOUGH. I did a card for my friend in Faber Castell pencils and had the exact same experience xD
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info! Now I can be sure that it's not because I'm using the wrong shading techniques :D
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chriscolfer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! Haha, it's really awesome that you can manipulate Faber Castells better than me /still in awe of you :D
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DirtyDiana88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
It looks so much like the real picture. Your very talented :) I hope to be as good as you someday. With lots of practice that is.
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: Yeah, you'll definitely be as good and even better, trust me. It just take patience and the willpower to not tear up your artworks sometimes =P
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Shigdioxin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Gorgeous color work. Very realistic.
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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Shigdioxin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
you're very welcome
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:iconphersopiers:
phersopiers Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. That's really good. Didn't know colour pencils are so amazing. O_O
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug: I think color pencils can be a lot more amazing but I still don't quite know how to use them yet :)
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Tedywork Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
extremly nice man gg :> big up the good work;)
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp: (Sorry I missed your comment :()
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Tedywork Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
chill out man ... big up he good work
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Hallarhoswen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
You have done a really good job! I just love the skin and overall use of colour! :clap:
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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:iconcarloshurtadosoriano:
Wonderful work!!!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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:iconcarloshurtadosoriano:
:iconcheers2plz::iconsaysplz: It was a pleasure, dear friend!!!

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:iconirinart:
IrinArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it doesnt look like u had trouble colouring , it looks gr8 ! :)
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconirinart:
IrinArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure :)
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clarapnaraujo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has magical colors that sort of complete each other because of the contrast between them. Even though there isn't alot of blue(just in her eyes) it's enough to compliment the orange/red tones on her face and the leaf. Very beautiful!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconmusicxlove64:
MusicxLove64 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O___O beautiful !
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconthaiskatsumi:
thaiskatsumi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
You're awesome!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :glomp: (so sorry for the late reply :()
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:iconhanddrawnviolist:
HandDrawnViolist Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! Especially for a first time colored pencil work. As to your questions about the pencils themselves, if you want less "plasticy" you can try Prismacolor. I've never tried Farber Castell, but some people swear by 'em. The problem with not blending after 2 or so layers could be a paper issue as well. Some papers just can't take the abuse colored pencil artists give them! Smooth Bristol lends itself well to colored pencils because it IS so smooth, but sometimes likes to give up. If you want TONS of layers, try Bristol Vellum. It has a lot of texture, but can take a gazillion layers, and you can always beat the texture out of the paper later hahaha.
It seems you have a really good handle on using color for shadow rather than just pressure though!!!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the compliment and advice! :hug: Yeah, you got it spot on. The paper i'm using is pretty smooth, good for graphite but rather terrible for color pencil :X (so sorry for the late reply btw :()
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:iconhanddrawnviolist:
HandDrawnViolist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Good luck with other explorations in colored pencil!

(and late replies are okay with me! haha)
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:iconpmucks:
PMucks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful portrait! :)
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug: (so sorry for the late reply :()
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UchihaFan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Brilliant job, especially with the skin!
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:iconbm23:
bm23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! :hug: (i said 'man', goes to show how much I mean it :D)
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