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Viking Vampire by SvenjaLiv Viking Vampire by SvenjaLiv
Eric again! I wanted to try out my new Prismacolor pencils and the reference was perfect for it. I learned a lot, especially about shading skin. I also used the grid method for a change, since with colouring pencils you don't have to worry about erasing the lines as much. It worked better than expected!

I'm done with him now, I promise. At least for a while. :XD:

You can see a video showing the process here: [link]

If you like my work, please "like" and follow me on Facebook: [link] :heart:

Media: Colouring pencils and pencil on Bristol board.
Time: 15 hours.
Reference:[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.

True Blood belongs to HBO.
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:iconellyu:
ellyu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
wow, great shading!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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ellyu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
yw :D
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:iconinnerian:
Innerian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just cant understand how color pencils work, so i think that ur job is brilliant! Amazing!
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The trick with colouring pencils is layering... lots of layers of different colours on top of each other. :)
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Dumbass-Red Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Good job! the talent is! try and be sure to become a somebody!
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm working on it. :D
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Saviroosje Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow so good! Love it a lot! Great done!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! ♥
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anhthr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great work! Love the coloring job and the texture you added to it:)~
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you like it! :hug:
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anhthr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so welcome:hug:!
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Vampiress-Stocking Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Lemures87 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so nice! great light and detail!
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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:iconpifalo:
Pifalo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really cool. Colored pencils are kind of hard, but you controlled them really well here.
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I've recently gotten back into them and I really enjoy drawing with them. :)
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african-artist Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohh, I love this! He looks so good!!
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconafrican-artist:
african-artist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem!
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:iconsteffel:
Steffel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks great, especially the skin tone is amazing.
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's great to hear, skin is always a challenge. So thank you!
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:iconrhennx:
RhennX Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colours and shading on the skin is amazing. You have a very good eye ;D
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks - I've been practicing on getting the tones right so that's great to hear!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hi! I've featured you in my journal!

:iconblueheartplz::iconblue-heart-duh:[link] :iconblue-heart-duh::iconblueheartplz:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's so nice of you, thanks! :glomp:
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SeeTheAngels Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my gosh...love! You are an amazing artist :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks so much! :hug:
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LauraWestphal Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
this is amazing.

So what colors do you use for the skin? Cause I recently started coloring with pencils and its so hard for me to figure out which colors to use :S
also, do you draw the sketch with a normal pencil and then color over it? wont the pencil smudge? thank yu!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks a million!

The skin is a mix of a few different colours. I used Prismacolours here, and I have a few skin-like tones - beige, rose peach, light oxide red, and eggshell for the more yellow parts. For the darker areas I added dark browns, mostly raw umber. Generally, for skin, I use something like peach or beige, and then darken it with brown.
And the pencil does smudge, yeah. Usually I sketch with a pencil, then lay in my colours, and then if I need to sharpen the details I'll use pencil again. Eric's face is a good example - I sketched it, layered in the colours, and then used a pencil to draw most of the fine shadows and details like his eyes, etc.

I hope that helps some! If you have more questions, just ask! :heart:
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LauraWestphal Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
oh wow thank you so much, you don't know how much that helps me ^^ I got my first set of colored pencils some days ago, they're prismacolor too :D I just started messing around with them so thank you a lot for your help <3
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad to be of help, that's great! Good luck with your own endeavours!
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Hunchdebunch Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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Hunchdebunch Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
You're very welcome :D
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Ari-Bo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing. The shadows are perfetc!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! They were what drew me to the reference so I'm glad they turned out well! :heart:
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NaurCalad Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favorite vampires! So handsome and awesome :heart:... And let's be honest being a vampire AND a viking is extremely cool. XD Good job! :)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, he does rack up quite a lot of cool points, I think! I think he's awesome too. Glad you like this, thank you!
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Zanarky Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww yea. Eric is awesome. One of the best vampires in any media, ever.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
I agree! He's badass. :D
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawing, I like the colors!!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, glad you approve! :heart:
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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AzureAngel2ihrs Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Even though it is stealing words from River Song (Doctor Who series): "Hello, sweetie!"
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Steal away, I'm sure. ;) I appreciate the comment, thanks! :hug:
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Rathan-Marxx Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that is just bad ass
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Heh, thanks a million!
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LelaLullaby Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this show and you did so well with this picture <3
If anything I find him the sexiest person on that show :heart:
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