Pencil Drawing – Portrait of Hepburn as Bride

"Portrait of Hepburn as Bride", 9 x 12", Graphite Pencil on Watercolor Paper

“Portrait of Hepburn as Bride”, 9 x 12″, Graphite Pencil on Watercolor Paper

Audrey Hepburn, I worship your eyebrows.

The key word when drawing her fair-colored skin is “delicacy.” The original sketch must be delicate so it doesn’t show through the rest of the layers of graphite. The shading must be delicate so it doesn’t give her skin an irregular dark hue. Even her dark hair had to be developed delicately,  to make sure the contrast of light and dark did not look awkward or unnatural. Most of her skin was actually drawn with a cotton swab and the highlights were sculpted with an eraser.

Her veil is more active than her calm visage. However, due to the type of material, it still required….yup, delicacy. Every shadowed crevice had to be added softly, so it did not make the fragile fabric seem heavy or opaque. Only after the shadows were finished did I add the the white dot details.

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Portrait of Hepburn as Bride by Artistry by Lisa Marie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at https://artistrybylisamarie.wordpress.com/.

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