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:THE SOULCATCHER: by Angelstorm-82 :THE SOULCATCHER: by Angelstorm-82

I got some response that the right eye (in your view) looked a bit to small! I revised it. I made her iris a bit larger and draw a bit more eyelashes!

:iconfinallyplz: I like this plz icon :XD:

OK then please fullview :D!!

Complete handmade graphite pencil drawing! The eyes were made with Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. They´re NOT digitally retouched!!!!

Drawn from the awesome reference from the awesome :iconbenoitpaille: !
Again many thanks to you :thanks:!

Size is A3 Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper with 190 gsm.

Stuff I used:

:bulletred: 4 different blue colours and a bit of bright brown for her eyes.
:bulletred: 3H, B, 2B, 4B and 6B normal graphite pencils.
:bulletred: 0,7mm HB and 2B mechanical pencils. 0,3mm HB and B mechanical pencils.
:bulletred: Sharpened erasers, brushes, q-tips and a tissue

Time: Lol I don´t know! What century do we have? :XD:
Seriously I don´t really know it but I guess between 30 and 40 hrs :)

WIP I: [link]
WIP II: [link]
WIP III: [link]

Hope you like it!
Thanks for looking :D

PS: Oh and I wish you all a happy dA birthday :party: :D
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Well, I normally really try to work something that needs to be improved upon into my critiques but I honestly can't even begin to find anything. You've absolutely astounded me with your level of detail, not to mention your skill; before reading your description I thought for sure that the eyes were photoshop but again, you astounded me further with the statement that they were pencils. Furthermore, the freckles are incredible! Not only do they look identical to the picture you referenced but they don't look at all like they were just sketched on. I seriously found a new favorite artist!! Can you recommend an equivilant to your materials that I might find in the US?
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
158 out of 166 deviants thought this was fair.

I'm not going to say that when I saw this I thought it was a photo, because personally I think a better compliment is that I knew it was a peice of art. It takes skill to make something look exactly like the photo, but it takes more skill to give it an artistic impact. You have definatly acheived this.
First off the eyes, the colouring on them is beautiful and the shine works so well, so life-like. The idea of bold colourful eyes against a black and white face isnt the most original but that doesn't mean it's still not a great idea. I think it's exactly what this picture needed to give it the right dynamics, and it's been done so well.
Some other things I noticed were the hair, which looks so soft, but still you can see the strands. The way the backround blurs gives the picture perfect focus, and the freckles dont look drawn on. theyre not too harsh and they fit in with the skin.

The only problems I can find are with the lips. They are amazing, but I'm being picky because noticing problems is the only way to advance ;P But the little problem I saw was that the creases dont seem to fade out properly, they look a bit too much like pencil strokes.

All in all though, this is a fabulous piece, amazingly detailed and very inspired. An instant fave from me :)

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polaczek13 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Kaslyn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
link to original photo?
Kaslyn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
just kidding it's gone ^^;
TimBaldwin Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Brilliant work!!!
Eloise-Caroline Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
I'm always fascinated to watch a beautiful job !!
SemplicementeMatita Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
neriokat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You are absolutely astounding lovely! When did you start drawing?
SnowWhite-Cherry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The freckles look absolutely perfect, i have freckles and it always makes me mad that most artists make them look like chocolate chip sprinkles but yours look like the real thing, great job!!
SheilaMBrinson Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi :wave:
You have been feature on my Journal Sunday Features #1 under Drawings :hug:
kcomplexity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did a test with many of my friends and family and they all thought it was a picture not a drawing! How the hell is it possible to make a drawing so realistic! Really, congrats. I put you in my favorites, like many other people.
NirwAnia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :jawdrop:
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love blue eyes!
MightyMelleR Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
this is graphite? hot damn that's amazing!
jackofalltrades1978 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
simply just wow. I thought this was a photo that was edited. This is so amazing.
mch3ll3h3r3 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its so legit that you make your drawing like a photograph. beautiful work. :)
Winkey67 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student
oh my god, this is awesome! I can't even... D:
infinitepixies Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I look at this every now and then, and I'm still in awe each time I see it.
AquaAssassin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Writer
Darkrisa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist
This it so beautiful! Realy freaking amazing! :jawdrop:
Crash885 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Wow! Rien à ajouter.
Ktp08 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Fantastic, I love specially the hair. It looks so realistic. I wonder about the technique you use to draw the hair so realistic.
Kandakis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have never seen a redhead with freckles done so expertly. I don't think I ever will again. Thanks for the opportunity to view this wonderful piece of art. I think the wrinkles on the lips look just fine, BTW.
mshshattar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
eyes are so good
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
INCREDIBLE!!! :wow: You're amazing.
Skiprat72 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I am not clever enough to express how good this pic is
ChiaraPi Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing Job!!!!!!!!!
Clove97 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh God those freckles must've taken forever! I wish I had that kind of patience!
Clove97 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
My God those freckles must have taken forever! I wish I had that kind of patience.
Tangled--Thoughts Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Looking at this picture just makes me happy, you did an incredible job! I love doing portraits, I hope I'm as good as you someday :P
whitetippedwaves Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: This is absolutely stunning. Definitely my new favorite pencil drawing on DA. :heart:
xXNaemyXx Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so lovely *___* I like it better than the original :)
alittlemessi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
love love love
jj126 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i did not belive this was a drawing, my goodness you are amazing
spraycansoul Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist
amazing. I thought it was a photograph! all I can say is wow.
tmbare Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ No other way of describing this. Absolutely amazing work.
sparrowsong83 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see what others may mean when they see the left eye, from my view, is smaller. But I took a look at the reference picture, and I found that even there her eye looks smaller then the other, so you didn't do anything wrong as much as you made it accurate to the photo. Beautiful work!
youngsasuke Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Fantastic work on this drawing! The eyes just suck you right in.

jonnygray Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Excellent mark making skills.
Demeter-Art Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply excellent. i can see no flaws!
StocksbyRequest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
featured in my first journal
StocksbyRequest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the first piece I'm featuring in my new journal...
StocksbyRequest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
well honestly, my right eye is smaller than my left and I'm still
This drawing gave me a wow moment, thank you for sharing your masterpieces my friend.
babygong Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Holy crap, the eyes are NOT digitally retouched?!?!?
This is really good...
Persepho Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Omg, very good job, just perfect :D
C0lorfulBubbles Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
I thought this was a photo. So amazing~ (;
SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work!
BlkFlamez Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is mind blowing
XAngelGiirlX Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You make drawing look so easy while I know it can really be a pain in the ass ;o
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