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I've been getting a few messages and comments asking me for some tips and advice, and to be honest, I don't know why anyone would be asking me! I'm far from the best on here, there are some real breathtaking people on here who are 800 times better than me that they should be going to for advice, but I guess I can share a few of my personal tips to see if they help anyone.

1. I always start out from the eyes, the nose, mouth then everything comes after, it's easier for me so the main focus point is done and I can relax with the rest of it, since the face is the most important part usually.

2. Never put your bare fingertips on the paper, especially on Bristol, it can easily leave greasemarks that will become a real pain when you want to shade in later, it'll leave a dark area when you blend it. Always keep a tissue on the paper when you rest your hand whilst drawing.

3. I'm sure most people know this but it's always the best to start out dark when you shade. if you go from light to dark it becomes difficult to manage because most of the time you go darker than it actually is that way and sometimes when you try to lighten it with a kneaded eraser, it unsmooths the shading.

4. Use the brightest area of the reference as a guide to how the tones are in the drawing, for example if the cheek of the face is the brightest and lightest part of the whole picture, everything else should be darker, look carefully to see where the lightest areas are, some light tones are often look the same but they're always a little darker.

5. If you're right handed like most people, always start working from the left so you don't smudge anything, vice versa for left handed people, always have a piece of tissue placed under your drawing hand so you don't leave any grease marks or smudge existing guidelines.

6. Accidental marks on other areas, such as shading, little greasemarks, always treat it right away and erase it, if you leave it till last, you'll just smudge it more by accident and darken them.

7. When doing hair (my biggest annoyance, really hate doing it) always find the darkest areas first and lay them down, then start from the top and ends of the strands when you start drawing it, never start from middle of a strand. And also, shade in the hair first, treat it like skin, then add fine lines of the strands later on.


This is all I can think of, if there are more I'll add to this post. I don't know how useful they are but if they've helped you, I'd appreciate a comment below!
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Teenage--Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
This was very useful. It'd be cool if you could update. Maybe on a shading technique for smooth skin? I mean prior to blending/burnishing maybe?
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Art-4-EM Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Hiya, it was very usefull!! I knew most of 'em but 5 was kinda new, I never do that...and I agree on the hair part, it's always killing me...Thanks again :D
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ThatWierdChick Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyaaa
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M3rcaptan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very useful!thanX!
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LMJCreations Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What Brand Of Paper And Pencils Do You Use? :)
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ItsCloctorArt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you thank you thank you!!! always good to have some usful advice and this is really helpful!! :) i hate hair too i can never get it right its so hard!! but your drawings are amazing and the hair is amazing!! <3
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Leon-Danado Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Writer
Thanks for your work and advice.
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Raadalsharif Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Interface Designer
great tips!! i've tried to draw a portrait of megan fox just like the one u did!! it would be very appreciated if u check it out and tell me what u think!:)

I also wanted to ask about the type of white paint you use for the very bright spots on the drawing.
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Jessicaatjuhhh Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
these are great tips! thanks!
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poumma1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ! So helpful !
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Countrygrl7 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   General Artist
Those tips are very helpful. i had always been taught to go from light to dark. And well this method works better :D THANKS!!!!
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips they were very helpful. I happen to be one of those people asking for tips too. I hate the hair part of drawings as well, so your tips were great! Also tips on shading were very helpful so will keep them in mind when I am drawing! Thanks
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
these tips were helpful for me, thank you. and i think you have excellent work
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pulga93 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg you just saved my life! My teacher always taught me to go from light to dark and it was so hard!! THANKS! Gracias :) :hug: (I hate hair 2)
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hodison Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are an amazin artist :) thanks for these tips :)
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sujan123 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thanks very helpful :)
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PrincessRachel-xO Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Heres That Link To My Chezza <3
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PrincessRachel-xO Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Heey Thank Youu.. Yes i was one of those annoying people asking you fortips. (: hehe.
Well i think you are absolutley amazing. and i dot think i have come by anyone on dA Better than you. if You have found one link it to me and ill be the judge ;P.

Your art is amazing and i also love the fact that the people you draw .. are the people i admire, Cheryl Cole ,GaGa , britney , megan fox Ect.. and you have inspired me to strart practising portraits again .i normally stick to anime and grafitti or tatto design.

i did a few the other day .. and they were ok .. below average. but they only took me at most 40 minutes. (: and i seen on your drawings that you spend up to 40 hours+ o yours so i decided to take my time.
i used your cherly cole as a referance.. (please dont be mad)
i couldnt fid the particular image online and yours was pretty much a photograph..
and i spent 4hours on it.and i was soo happy with the results (:

So thank you for you tips. (: they really helped me as i was new to most of them ^^.

im gonna uppload that Chezza portrait i did . if i link it to you .. would you mind taking a look and giving some feed back ? ..
Ps: i love & need critisism (: <3

PrincessRachel
Keep up the Amazing Work
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Missy-Menace Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Awesom! Thanks for the tips! I always forget the tissue thing, it always messes me up,
and number 3 is new to me, I always end up doing the opposite by accident
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