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Alaya by mwford Alaya by mwford
Many thanks to Aleksandra [link] for graciously allowing me to draw her portrait.

Graphite on Bristol 11"x14" - 6H-5B pencils used.
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:iconfreddie64:
freddie64 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Very awesome work
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Nakshatra13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty
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CorinaWan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
You are magnificent. I can't stand it. It is not possible to draw like that. Just when I thought that there are incredible artist in DA, you turn up. You are very, very good and I am afraid I have to watch your work. I love to draw portraits but I am only sort of ok in animals, waves, flowers and certain landscapes. With people it is just too unforgiving. I can also sketch very quickly landscapes but not people. That is to me, I think kinda weird and difficult to fathom.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for all of your comments, I'll stick to this one for now... I've found that drawing landscapes is extremely difficult but I'm more comfortable drawing people. It's a matter of drawing what you're happiest doing. I think that's the key to making better drawings. That, and extreme amounts of patience, haha.
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CorinaWan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Mmm, that is so strange and difficult to comprehend. You do such incredible complex work. The face however, absorbs so much energy and concentration out of me and yet waves, volcanoes and trees flows naturally. The brain is indeed complex, somehow along the way I think the face just didn't click for me. I don't remember doing many landscapes as a child. Anyway hope to see more of your work as they are so inspirational.
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marmicminipark Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job, keep up the good work !!!
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:icontubyx:
tubyx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow now that is amazing !
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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WconnorW Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work. I love the different tones and the detail around the eyes and on the lips. You work is outstanding
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Sotrym Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Thanks for sharing, it's an excelent piece of art. (:

May I ask you how you make the bright of the hair? I'm getting some trouble to make this kind of effect ( just some tips will already help me alot ).

Thanks in advance!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I use sharpened pieces of white vinyl erasers. The paper I use is also very forgiving of multiple erasings. A plate-finish bristol, great for detail but not so good with texture.
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Sotrym Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Thank you very much. I really appreciate your work.
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:iconehvh:
Ehvh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o.O That is just wow:O
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Thea-Nu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice work!
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thepotatognome Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This has such a soft feel, there is something just magic about this drawing. The lips are amazing and the bottom of the nose too. Beautiful :heart:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I spent a rather long time on those lips ;)
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HumanPencil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really good!
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Mayne1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
FEATURED in my new weekly journal! :D
drop by n have a look, there are some pretty awesome artworks this week!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :wave:
You've been featured! --> [link]
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! :hug:
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:iconryanstn:
ryanstn Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
what an amazing drawing!
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:iconmz7:
mz7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
shit! awesome drawing
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Melissa-Capo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Her eyes. That's what really captures me about this piece. Granted, the entire thing is VERY impressive but it's the eyes that beg me to keep looking. You are a very talented artist. Looking at this has given me some much needed inspiration to work harder on my own drawings! Thank you
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad I could inspire someone else with my work. Thank you!
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Honeycorn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
wow!
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William-Carroll Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
magic
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmars-din:
Mars-Din Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing detail! her eyes are so lifelike...
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Cologne4712 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
beautiful portrait, lovely appearance !!
terrific excellent work !!

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", because beauty is what you think it is.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconfynya:
Fynya Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
It looks very powerful.
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inheritancelover Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
W.O.W. That's... Amazing. For lack of better words.
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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lahunnybee Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I just keep staring at it! I am amazed at how realistic it looks. The picture itself looks soft and fuzzy. I really like this a lot. The hair is amazing as well as the eyes. =D
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mwford Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
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:iconlahunnybee:
lahunnybee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, you're welcome =]
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elmlovesyou Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow, this is great!
i can never seem to get the shelf of the lower lid right when drawing
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, the lid can be tricky!
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whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
wow I love the depth you created in the eyes, very gripping stuff!!!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, the eyes were what attracted me to draw this picture.
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:icongevio:
Gevio Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
ohh,, this is beautiful :heart:
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Gevio Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
u are welcome:D
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:iconlelecr:
lelecr Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
wow, stunning eyes! and great shading too!
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:iconmwford:
mwford Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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