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Another Stana drawing. Or Kate Beckett (from ABC's Castle) I seriously need to draw other people! hahaha. Anyhoo, I had this photo on my computer for a long time and finally took the time to draw it. Took me a month of on and off drawing to finish it.

Coloured pencils (Bruynzeel :( I want Faber Castell Pencils but I'm poor)
Bristol paper
Pigment liner for the pupil, which is the only black I allowed myself to use.

All comments and advice on how I can get even better at this in the near future is welcome :)

ETA: Stana posted it on her facebook <3 [link]
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I think this is really good! :) I love how it could be a drawing and how it can also be a photo (if you really wanted it to be one) Honestly this person did better than I could ever do! And i just really like it because ya know, I like Castle. And I love Stana, (AKA Katherine Beckett) I think that the shading is amazing considering that shading is a VERY hard thing to do because if you mes up the shading then it confuses people to where the sun would be in their picture. The hair, it amazing because I love it when people make hair look good. I love the way it looks, I just love it... Welp, thank you for letting me do this Critique on this wonderful drawing! :D

Peace out!
~Jessie <3
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XPhile1013 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
One of my favīs ! I love it !
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Believey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Awesome <3
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Berryu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :heart:
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shankar2302 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Luv Stana! gud job
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AsmaRana Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never been able to get my eyes away from this drawing whenever it comes up and again I love, no worship your talent! Hope you'll be this amazing always!...
P.S. That always was not a reference to Castle..okay maybe it was..but still, you are extraordinary..great I did that again and now I'm just gonna shut up!! Love your work forever your fan <3 <3 <3
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! This comment cracked me up! Thank you for all the none Castle references *wink wink* and welcome to DeviantArt!
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AsmaRana Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D ;)
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BTBArtist Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning pencil work and great piece of art of Stana
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfecto!
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Feed-my-birds Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the most wonderful things I've ever seen.
I'm speechless. WOW, great job
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg! *blush* thank you! :hug:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful artwork!
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Kayrissy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really amazing! WOW. it looks soo real and the colors really fit =)
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! (sorry for the late comment :) )
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IlariaCa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Wow I love it! :D
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Amro0 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing
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N0rks Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I love her eyes and her hair! Both look very real, and you managed to catch real emotion in her eyes. Great job on the skintones as well. Those are hard to catch, but you pulled it off. :aww:
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, you have me at "real emotion"! That was exactly what I was hoping to catch! Thanks!
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N0rks Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
You do NOT need better pencils. You're clearly doing better than most of us with these ones. :|
Actually, I love the effect. There's something about it, I don't know... the visible pencil strokes, perhaps, and the mix of colours. It's very aesthetically pleasing. Because it's more sketchy, and less photorealistic, it actually looks like you drew it from life. It is a truly lovely effect.

(It's unfair of me to call it sketchy - I just meant that the face is the most realistic, then the hair, and then her clothes. And in fine art, that's the way it should be. You're supposed to put more emphasis on the parts you want people to focus on, and less emphasis on the parts that are really just there to put the subject in context.)
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*cough* the colours are slightly enhanced by photoshop and my scanner *cough* The real picture is close to it, but still a lot lighter. And I want to be able to rely on pencils more for their colour than I rely on my scanner and photoshop right now ;)

Really appreciate your comment btw! These are the comments I want! I want to learn because I know I can get better, so any advice on technique or what I did right or wrong specifically helps me out a lot! :D
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
That doesn't altogether surprise me, because it can be very difficult (impossible) to get enough saturation or tonal depth with cheap pencils, because they're so hard-leaded, with such weak pigments. When I was using Crayola, Prang and Derwent (watercolour pencils, because I wouldn't normally accuse Derwent of being especially cheap) I had to retouch many drawings in photoshop, so people could even see what colours I'd used. I suspected I was just bad at colouring, but as soon as I tried Prismacolors, I realised it was the pencils (okay, and PARTLY me. I hadn't had enough practice at that point, but the pencils definitely weren't helping). They say "a bad workman blames his tools", but good workmen do it, too. :XD:

However, I have to say I was referring more to the addition of yellow hues in the skin tones, and purple amid the blue in her coat. You're very good with colour, cheap pencils or not. And if this is how good your work is with cheap tools, I'd LOVE to see what you can do with better ones.

Ahahahaha! I don't know if I CAN offer any critique, since I can't see any area that can be improved on. But it's still important to analyse, because the more you understand about your own process, and the decisions you make during the course of the drawing, the more intuitively you can make those decisions, automatically picking out the colours as you work; and if you don't need to focus on that, you can focus on another area, such as detail. And vice versa, if you're not thinking about detail, you can focus on something else. The image is like a Hindu god, drawing with half a dozen hands, because your mind is able to multi-task to that extent.

Well, that mental image makes me sound insane. I'm going to go now.
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha! You're funny. I love the Hindu god reference XD Yeah, right now I think I've practised enough with my cheap pencils, maybe I can get better ones with my birthday money or something soon :) Must get used to doing stuff so it eventually goes without thinking too much about it. GOT IT :D
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XxXMysticWolfxXx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on Stana posting it on her Facebook by the way!! [link]
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Amazing! :D
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jess08ica Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love all of your Castle/Stana artwork, but I think this one may be my favorite. It just has so much emotion to it and the coloring is really, really good. Looks just like Stana/Beckett. Don't stop drawing other people. I love your drawings of her! :)
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaw, that's so sweet! The emotions is exactly what I wanted to capture. It's why I chose this particular picture. She has so much focus, this woman!
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SarinhaMALAILSM Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
My fav drawing!! Even better than a picture! You did wonderfully well Missy :)
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha, thanks bb! <3
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fishglow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful :D
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SempreAmore Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this on your Tumblr. Amazing!!!!!!!!
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Yeah, I figured I should post my art on both my sites :P I love how quick Tumblr works with reaching people. Went to sleep after I posted it, had over 250 notes when I woke up 5 hours later. Amazing!
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SempreAmore Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I noticed that. And it got on Stana's facebook! Talk about exciting! I'm glad for you, Dear. You deserve it. I can only imagine how long this took!!!!!! What kind of colour pencils did you use?
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, it took me a looooong time to finish! But also because I didn't draw every day :P I used extremely cheap pencils from Bruynzeel. Not the design ones (cuz I think those are pretty good). I don't know, they're from Bruynzeel-Sakura? Anyway, the 45 pencil set was about 10 euros, which makes 0.22 cent per pencil. That cheap. ;) I call them my kiddy pencils because I'm sure this is what kids draw with :P
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SempreAmore Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I remember seeing your progression post sometime ago. I also did not know you used a grid. I should try that sometime because I do general measurements and then use proportion lines to do the rest. But that drawing is seriously stunning. Haha no, crayola is kiddy lol... Where do you get them, because I've never seen them... I really want prismacolour but they are sooo expensive.
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to draw without a grid, but got sick and tired of not having the proportions right. The grid is helping me with that, and I've noticed many artists use this method. About the pencils, it's a Dutch brand, so since I live in Holland, they're very easy to find ;) I think there are also possibilities to order them online :)
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SempreAmore Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont because I never have enough ink to print out the pictures lol. And I could, but the difference would probably be made up in shipping fees (I can only imagine what they would be). I think I am just going to try to save up from prisma colour :)... Question though, how long did this piece take to do?
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
From start to finish it took me a month, but in between I also didn't draw for about 2 weeks. I have no clue how many hours. Maybe 30-ish? But that is me guessing ;) And time flies when I draw so it could be more xD
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InspiredByYouArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
On how you can get better??!! I need to ask you how I can get better!

This is absolutely gorgeous. I've never really been able to figure out colored pencils, so extra kudos for a tough medium. And I know what you mean about drawing other people. If she would just stop being so darn photogenic. I think I'm going to work on some other Castle cast members and work my way up to Stana after seeing this one though. :)
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, you know, just keep challenging yourself ;) Keep going, try new things, get out of your comfort zone, stuff like that ;)

I was so afraid to draw with coloured pencils, but then I saw this box of 45 coloured pencils for 10 euro and I couldn't just leave them at the store for that price (I knew they weren't the best pencils around, but I wanted to know if I was able to work with colour). My first coloured drawing was drawn back in 2008. One of Gillian Anderson (she signed it, yay!) The last coloured drawing I drew before this one was drawn May 2011. There is a HUGE difference between the two, which shows there is always room for improvement :P I know nothing about techniques, I just learn as I go :) Had to figure out textures for the coat for this one :P

And yeah, I just can't seem to not draw her. Super photogenic! It's not just because it's her, it's the pictures itself. Just gorgeous!
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XxXMysticWolfxXx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! I love the highlights in her hair! The way you did the shading is amazing! You even got the little mole on the side of her cheek. :) Who needs Faber Castell? You did an awesome job with the Bruynzeels. Sometimes you do need better tools to create art but not in this case. This has to be one of my favorite Stana portraits here on DA. Nice job and just keep on doing what you're doing!
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the mole on her cheek xD Thank you so much for your comment :D Bruynzeel works ok. These aren't the design pencils either, but a very cheap variant (45 for 10 euro). They are kinda hard to draw with, the Faber Castell ones are softer, which makes the blending easier :) I've tested a Faber Castell pencil in the artshop, it was heaven, haha! So once I have money laying around somewhere doing nothing I'm definitely getting my hands on those pencils ;)
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XxXMysticWolfxXx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol You're welcome! :D Yeah the Fabers are my favorites for sure as they are quite smooth, but you did awesome with what you had. I look forward to seeing your work with your new pencils once you get them. :)
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saving-an-apocalypse Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
WHAT MAKES HER EXTRAORDINARY IS YOUR ABILITY TO DRAW HER.
I love this~!
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StandsWithAPencil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Well, she is an amazing model! ;)
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saving-an-apocalypse Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Can't complain with that... OFF TO LOOK AT MORE OF YOUR WORK :squee:
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