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'Baby' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist 'Baby' graphite drawing by Pen-Tacular-Artist
Yes, it's a baby. I decided to draw a baby to test myself, as it's so far removed from what i'm used to drawing as babies have soft skin and are cute, which is not something i've drawn before. And i now know why, as this drawing was extremely tough as i had to fight my natural urges to add lots of detail.

At one point i spent hours detailing the face, to then realise that she looked like a gremlin, so i had to go back and erase all the detailiing, which was annoying.

The drawing was done on A4 Bristol Board paper using standard and mechanical graphite pencils. Approximately 25 hours to complete.

Here are some of my other graphite drawings.


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goatcheeselady Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Very nice job, you are very talented, did you use any charcoal at all? I just started drawing again after about 15 years, bought some books and trying to learn everything I can. How long have you been drawing and have you had any formal training, I saw that some people photo shopped, did you? Love your realistic artwork.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, i started drawing myself after an 11 year break only 6 months ago. And although i have a degree in product design and had drawn most of my younger years, pencils were never my strong point so i've had to learn alot in the last few months. And in my opinion photoshopping a drawing is cheating, the most i think is acceptable is to adjust the brightness or contrast very 'slightly' so it matches the original drawing as scans can sometimes look a bit off. And i do not use charcoa on my drawings.
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twinkle-little-bat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww she is so cute, brillant work on the shading
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot.
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twinkle-little-bat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your very welcome :hug:
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U-HaveCat2bKitten-Me Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
aww she's adorable :3 I really like how you did the background and the bow on top of her head
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Adorable isn't my strong points when drawing, so i'm glad i managed it with this.
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karu619 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice...
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks.
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww this is such a beautiful work of art :D
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks alot, it was tough but it turned out ok.
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome, your artwork is awesome :D
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Of course the shiny eyes look amazing xD. The shirt could use some detail in my honest opinion. As in, to make it look more, I don't know... furry? xD. It looks a little flat to me. I'm not quite sure what the background is, but I assume it is a cot of some sort, it looks like "Starry Night" in a way to me. Also the right ear looks a little out of place to me and the hair doesn't seem to cast a dark enough shadow (the shadow should be hardly noticeable anyway, but meh) other than that I don't see much fault, of course this is another great piece with awesome detail, there just seems to a be a few things that stick out to me personally though. :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, This one was really tough as i'm not used to drawing cute. The drawing now resembles the original photo which had very little shadows or details, and actually looks pretty bland. I did add alot more shading and shadows like under the hair, but she looked like a gremlin, so i had to erase it. I'm trying to draw the reference pic with faults and don't want to change it, which is pretty tough.
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Ahh yeah, you draw more of the badass faces xD. I see, I see. Well I can't see the reference picture, so am not sure what it is like, but it looks quite fine, so I guess you did do it correctly after all (Or she would look like a gremlin xD).
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bandgeek4evur Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I can't help but add detail too. And then I'm like "Wait this looks worse than before"
The baby is really cute, nice job
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It was very difficult to not add lots of details on this, but luckily i managed to reach a good balance.
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bandgeek4evur Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well your work payed of and it does look really good
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Awesomenesokatu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really cute!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, cute is something that is completely unnatuaral for me.
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Awesomenesokatu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD We are like the oppisites! I hate drawing old wrinkley people but they are always the ones I want to draw!
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Lycoris-47 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I would have loved to see gremlin-baby. Perhaps as a type of before-after picture??

This baby is really cute - nice work! I love her (guessing, due to hair-bandana-scrunchy-thing) eyes. I wonder what she's looking at???
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I kind of wish i scanned the gremlim version now, is it did look pretty scary, XD.
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NewAgeStudio Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. that's a detailed baby.
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Not as detailed as i had it originally though.
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Gremlin... hahahaha. :rofl:

Anyway, awesome job. She looks really cute. :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, yeah the gremlin looked funny, but luckily i turned it around and she now looks cute, XD.
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Hahah, awesome. :)
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww cute!!!
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, it took alot out of me to get her to look cute, so i appreciate the comment.
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xtrapoint Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait you're tellin' me we could've had a fantasy piece AND a real life piece but you just showed the cute one? :saddummy:
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Looking back, she did look pretty evil as a gremlin, if i had scanned it i would have uploaded it to, but unfortuately i didn't.
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xtrapoint Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww :XD:
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Metroo777 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahaha, a gremlin. Genius! Awesomely done though :)
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Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, yeah she looked pretty creepy as a gremlin, XD.
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Metroo777 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can only imagine :D
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