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As the last post I did on my charcoal drawings has a bunch of pictures that can't be seen, I figure I'll make a new one and add some nice new pictures.

This was my first ever picture with charcoal.
Lauren Cohan as Maggie, The Walking Dead



Edited version


My second picture was this one.
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, The Walking Dead

Her eyes were so full of emotion in this one and it was set outside so there was little shading to do and I always loved the way this came out.
Fun fact: a friend gave a copy of this drawing to the actress at a convention. She had it displayed on her table for the rest of the convention (I have a photo of it somewhere...)


Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H

I often take pictures as I'm drawing as I find looking at a picture of what I've done is easier for me to see what stands out as right and wrong rather than looking at the actual picture.
On the left are the first four pictures, and on the right, the last four.


The finished version


Melissa McBride as Carol, The Walking Dead

Working on the shading of the face. This is before I'd done any blending.


The finished result


A close up of some facial detail


Norman Reedus as Daryl, The Walking Dead

Another example of the stages. The very basic outline in the first picture is just to give me enough idea where to work from. I then go over those basic outlines to give it a more solid look before working on the eyes as the first feature to get right.


Finished.


Close up


Zachary Quinto as Spock, Star Trek

Edited stages version. So hard to get this one right as it's so heavily contrasted that features are simply 'lost' in the shadows.


Edited version. Sometimes editing the final picture gives it darkness or light you couldn't achieve in the picture.


Emily Kinney as Beth, The Walking Dead



Laurie Holden as Andrea, The Walking Dead

Finished version but was a little unhappy with the heavy shading I used on this one. Still hadn't got the hang of doing hair at this stage.


Another example of editing working better for the picture.


Sarah Wayne Callies.


The rough start. it looks so different from the finished version.
There are sometimes details I lose during the process. Her hair in this gets a lot bigger in the finished version.


Final version. I did this on a slight coloured paper, allowing the white of the eyes to really pop in contrast.


Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.

Going through a different process as this was drawing on dark paper so everything was done in white and then I used the black to add a few more details.


Freddy Kruger


Using dark paper again, this was an experiment using white pens as well as charcoal to really make the contrast pop.


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Those are absolutely stunning, Emma! You are very talented and someday maybe one of my drawings would turn out half as good ;)

I hope to see more of your drawings in the future, it's a joy to look at them!
 

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Your drawings are absolutely amazing, you are quite talented indeed!:clap:
Being a fan of "The Walking Dead" TV series, I'm very familiar with these faces and your rendition of Carol is my favourite of them all.
I'm glad "Lori" liked the drawing, too! :D
Later this evening, I will be watching the mid-season premiere of TWD on Fox. ;)
I also can't wait for the second season of the spin-off series!
 

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Thanks everyone. :)

You are good don't stop practicing one year gape is too much :)
I know! I have too many things I want to do! I need to do one sometime soon!

All I can say is WOW!!! :wow:

You re an exceptionally talented artist, Emma!

Thank you for sharing these with us. :love:
Well, I try for 'that's good enough' and anything better is a bonus. :)

They are all great, you are very talented.
Thanks.

I'm glad you reposted those and showed us the work in progress stages too. The facial expressions are amazing. Exceptional talent! :D
I have no idea what happened to the other links but even the ones I uploaded to FB, some have vanished now. Oh well! I thought the progress ones are useful to kinda see the process. It's weird how varied the results are. And getting the right picture if so important. I haven;t worked out how to know what the right picture is yet though. Except that teeth are bad!

Those are absolutely stunning, Emma! You are very talented and someday maybe one of my drawings would turn out half as good ;)

I hope to see more of your drawings in the future, it's a joy to look at them!
I'm sure your drawings are brilliant. :) I honestly just kinda had a go at it and the charcoal medium works for me. it's really hard to get the fine details but I love it when it comes out well.

Your drawings are absolutely amazing, you are quite talented indeed!:clap:
Being a fan of "The Walking Dead" TV series, I'm very familiar with these faces and your rendition of Carol is my favourite of them all.
I'm glad "Lori" liked the drawing, too! :D
Later this evening, I will be watching the mid-season premiere of TWD on Fox. ;)
I also can't wait for the second season of the spin-off series!
Thanks. I love the Carol one too. I think I did hers and the Daryl one kinda back to back and was really pleased with them both.
I kinda gave up with TWD after trudging through season 5 and not getting anything from it. I LOVED this show so much and I'm really disappointed with how it's played out. From season 3B I've been a seeing a few flaws and for me, I just can't get over them now. I'll always have my drawings anyway! :)
 

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Here's a new one I started working on yesterday.

I think I'll work some more on the hair tomorrow and the lips are still annoying me a little.
The main difference with this one is that I decided to do it in colour. I've had some attempts at colour and skin tones before but this is the first real attempt.
And the paper I used is green so if you see a green hue to the first one, you're not imagining it.



This isn't in natural light so it's got a bit of a weird glow- my phone tends to do that with pictures a lot, enhances the itself so it's not entirely accurate. I'll post a better one when it's completed.
 

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That's another really good one, but then again they're all good IMO! I can't wait to see the finished pic. Who is it? Is it you?:)

One thing I noticed with your art with human faces is that the facial expressions are amazing. You're very talented about capturing that little detail.
 

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It's of Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie in The Walking Dead (I wish I looked like that!). Even though I don't watch the show so much any more, her face is familiar and as I haven't done a picture in such a long time, I decided to do one I'd feel more comfortable with.

Aww, thank you. :) I always try and find pictures that aren't too bland to try and capture something more in the picture but it's hard finding one like that which will work.
I just bought a set of 90 odd coloured pencils so I'll have more things to art with soon. :p
 

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That will be fun playing around with the different colors with the 90 new pencils!

I used to love to draw from young childhood and up into adulthood, but haven't tapped into those skills for too many years now. I have 'rust and cobwebs' in the artistic area of the brain, and will need a good amount of 'refurbishing' to get the creative gears going again and even remember how to draw! :p When I do, I'll make a thread, but don't hold your breath as to when lol.
 

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Thank you Star. :)

Here's the finished version. It was only really the hair I needed to work on. It probably needs more attention but this was mostly a experiment with skin tone and I'm pleased with how it came out. The first version has been edited to show up more of the details, the other picture is the original version of the edited one. :)



 
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