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Charlize tutorial by SvenjaLiv Charlize tutorial by SvenjaLiv
I said I'd make this a while ago, and then I forgot about it. But now it's finished, and I hope it was worth it! ;)

Enjoy!

The finished piece is here: [link]

Note: Don't take this and claim it's yours. If you want to use it anywhere, ask permission, and credit me in some form.
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WackyRacky Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist
This is incredibly helpful! Thanks so much for making this tutorial :)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you found it useful, thank you! :hug:
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WackyRacky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome :D
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yvonne29 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
great tutorial!:)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome, thank you! :aww:
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IrinArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing tutorial, helpful !
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome, I'm really glad to hear that! :hug:
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xenaferetek Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Where do you get your references?
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
In this case, it was a competition someone organised, he provided the refs. But usually for celebrity portraits or fan art, I'll do a Google image search. For other drawings, I get them all over the place - deviantart, my own photos, magazines, calendars... everywhere!
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xenaferetek Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I see! I just get a little nervous sometimes because people might get pissy having their photograph reproduced..
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh right! Well, with the amount of celebrity portraits on here they'd be at it for a lifetime if they were going to chase people down for it. :P Anyway, as long as you're not making loads of money off it, I don't see the harm. Honestly, if paparazzi are allowed to snap pictures of people's kids, I really don't see why an artist can't draw a photograph. :shrug:
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xenaferetek Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Good point there!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Go for it if you want to, I say! :D
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FrankTT Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sehr ausführlich ... gefällt mir verdammt gut, auch das Endergebnis kann sich sehen lassen. Ich mag die Kombination aus Farb und Bleistift !
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Danke! Bin froh, dass es dir gefällt. Ich taste mich so langsam an Farben ran. :D
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ShyGirl0-0 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
awesome tutorial.
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very helpful..
do u use the grid method?
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad that you find it helpful!
I usually don't use a grid, actually. They confuse me and I spend ages erasing and re-drawing them. In this case I think I laid the paper over my laptop screen and marked in two or three lines/dots, and then did the rest by eye.
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ShyGirl0-0 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
thank you <3
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Mischavie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, I learned a lot from your tutorial! Thank you for posting it!

Despite what you wrote, I actually didn't know the "draw from left to right" rule. It probably should be common sense, in which case I lack it here, but wow! How could I have missed that? ;P I really also love how you put an emphasis on tone. I'll try out what I learned here in some of my work tomorrow.

Thank you again! It was a very informative and helpful read!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really? That's so cool!

I learned the left-to-right rule here on deviantART myself, actually. So I missed it too. ;) I'm glad you found this useful though, that's awesome! Thanks for letting me know and all! :hug: And let me know how it goes for you if you want! :)
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Mischavie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
So it's been a long time since I left my original comment (unfortunately been backed up with a lot of projects), and the picture I was specifically working on using this tutorial has yet to be finished... BUT I did put what I learned here to use on this picture here: [link]

That left to right rule is awesome to know (I wish I knew it sooner, lol), and I'm glad I'm pushing my pencil drawings darker. It creates more value and brings the picture to life. :) I'll be sure to send people your way in the future. Thanks again!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, it turned out great! Very good indeed. I'm off to comment on it now. :aww: Glad my tutorial helped a bit, that's cool! :D
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7th-Pillar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a traditional artist brand new to digital techniques, I find that the traditional methods remain incredibly powerful through work such as this.

Thanks so much for sharing it.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm very happy to hear that! :D That's great. I'm very glad that you like this.
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geribanning Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
thank u 4 this tutorial.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
No problem, I'm glad you like it! :)
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Paramore416 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
just read it and it is very helpful except maybe with each step you should put the pencil used, but other than that great work!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, I used lots of different pencils throughout, really... I tried to point out when I used a specific one, but most of the time when I draw, I switch between pretty much all of them, so. :o But thank you!
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Paramore416 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
haha your welcome, and i just did a drawing following your tutorial, and i'm not happy with it cuz it doesnt look like who it was supposed to be, but i love the shading and everything thanks to your tutorial :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, cool! I'm glad it was helpful! Did you upload the picture you drew? I'd love to see it. :)
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Paramore416 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
i plan to, as soon as i find my camera lol, but i will let u know when i do! :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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ResonatingMelody Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
great tutorial! :) i agree with the tones part
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! <3 Yeah, tones are important and I think often overlooked. Difficult to get right, too.
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photonline Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
thanks!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Not a problem, and thanks for looking!
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for sharing your skills!! *__*
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, and I'm happy that you like it! :D
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FaFpNd Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Great tutorial!!!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Faved. I will read in full later. Thank You :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hope it's helpful, and thank you! ;) :aww:
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Well it is a down the road thing. But it looks like it could be very helpful. Thank You
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay! :D
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
:D
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Benthor Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011   Photographer
Yay! Awesome \o/
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers! :hug:
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