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Lexi WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 2 0 Sashvat's First Selfie - WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 0 0 Sashvat's First Selfie :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 6 3 Eleven :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 30 3 'Eleven' WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 0 Reference: 'Eleven' :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 0 Trembling :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 19 6 'Trembling' WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 0 'Trembling' Reference :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 5 5 Precious :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 13 11 Precious reference :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 2 New Daughter :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 17 7 New Daughter - WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 2 0 New Daughter - reference :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 6 3 Tabby :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 109 49 Mr. and Mrs. Newbrey :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 15 13


Tutorial: My Scanner Hates Me :iconwolf-suit:Wolf-Suit 2,015 127 Li Bingbing :iconboogalood:Boogalood 29 6 Clone Wars: Last Stand :icontdsod:TDSOD 453 20 Evelyn O'Connell :iconfinangel:FinAngel 274 88 Sweet Dreams :iconfaerywing:FaeryWing 185 59 Calligraphy Fluttershy :iconwhiteheather:WhiteHeather 325 36 Flooded Nile :iconbhelia:Bhelia 7 0 Golden Sahara :iconlance-daniel-smith:Lance-Daniel-Smith 11 0 Inigo Montoya by Rembrandt :iconloopydave:Loopydave 4,190 1,109 Thea :iconsnow-owl:Snow-Owl 746 230 Flemish girl :iconmvvr:MVVR 726 181 twins :iconc-h-r-i-s-p:C-h-r-i-s-P 926 102
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by kelch12

Hi Kelvin. Once again you've done another stunning drawing, and you continue to make me glad that I added you to my watch list months a...

This'll be my first official critique, I think. I hope I do well. You are very beautiful, by the by. Positives: I think this painting i...



Lexi WIP
16x20 Canson black drawing board
Faber-Castell polychromos
Sashvat's First Selfie
A commission done for my friend Smruthi. She took the reference photo. She was taking a selfie and her son, Sashvat rushed up behind her to get into the picture. In the reference Smruthi was wearing sunglasses, so I found other references of her eyes so that I could put her eyes into the portrait

On this image I gave up on my scanner, and used various ways of taking pictures of it with my cell phone and adjusting levels and using the dodge/burn tool. I still don't think the digital version does any justice to the real life one, but it's a lot closer than I could ever get with the scanner.  Thanks to this tutorial for help in figuring out how to adjust the digital image.


11x14 Canson XL Bristol smooth
Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils
Start date January 24, Finish date Feb 24


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Tonya Ohrel
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I do commissions. Please contact me through DeviantArt, Facebook, or via email.

I've been drawing on and off since I was about 12 years old. I had the chicken pox and had to stay in bed all day for 2 weeks, in the middle of my summer break. I got bored with coloring in my "Rose Petal" coloring book, so I started trying to draw the pictures from the book instead.

In the third grade, my son, :iconarcticwolf2002:, was placed into his school's "Gifted and Talented Program" for artistic talent he has displayed. I manage a separate account on DeviantArt for him, so that he can have his own favorites collection and such.
As I am sure most of my friends here already know, I discovered, and began to participate in, Colored Pencil Magazine's monthly challenges.

Since March, I have participated in 6 challenges, shown below:
March: "Veiled" and April: "Wildflowers"
Veiled by Nephthys76Wildflowers by Nephthys76

May: "Rocket" and July: "Lilac Roller"
Rocket by Nephthys76Lilac Roller by Nephthys76

October: "Sweet"
Sweet by Nephthys76
And finally, November: "Apparition"
Apparition by Nephthys76

Quite happily, I was informed last week that my drawing, "Apparition", was selected as the winner of the "Beginner/Student" category for November!

I encourage anyone who is reading this journal entry, who has ever drawn, or wanted to draw, with colored pencils to look into these monthly challenges.  The challenges are supported by sponsors, who base their amount of support on how active the participation is.  It's a great opportunity to support other artists, and also get support from them.  Also, it's enlightening to see how each interpretation of a single reference differs from the others (one of the reasons I also like the :icondraw-along: group).

You can learn about the current monthly challenge on their DA page: :iconcoloredpencilmag: and also by joining their Flickr group.  Each challenge must be at least 90% in Colored Pencils, and it must use the reference from that month in some way.

If you subscribe to Colored Pencil Magazine, look for my winning entry to be featured in the monthly challenge section in the January issue.


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Cicatrix73 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
By the way, my congrats on your efforts to reproduce realistic works in COLORED pencil as well as graphite. Inspirational achievements!
Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :heart:
tocaimacomics Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016   Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!
Chazzier Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Happy Birthday!
Chazzier Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Happy birthday.
mecengineer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Happy Birthday
ArtInHerVeins Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Decided I'd watch. Have a blessed day my fellow Artist :heart:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday!!!Airborne Huggle! 
MrEyeCandy66 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Tonya!! :cake::party:
Chazzier Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Happy Birthday.
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