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Celtic by Nephthys76 Celtic :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 17 4 Celtic WIP by Nephthys76 Celtic WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 0 0 Sashvat's First Selfie - WIP by Nephthys76 Sashvat's First Selfie - WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 0 0 Sashvat's First Selfie by Nephthys76 Sashvat's First Selfie :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 6 3 Eleven by Nephthys76 Eleven :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 30 3 'Eleven' WIP by Nephthys76 'Eleven' WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 0 Reference: 'Eleven' by Nephthys76 Reference: 'Eleven' :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 0 Trembling by Nephthys76 Trembling :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 19 6 'Trembling' WIP by Nephthys76 'Trembling' WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 0 'Trembling' Reference by Nephthys76 'Trembling' Reference :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 5 5 Precious by Nephthys76 Precious :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 13 11 Precious reference by Nephthys76 Precious reference :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 3 2 New Daughter by Nephthys76 New Daughter :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 17 7 New Daughter - WIP by Nephthys76 New Daughter - WIP :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 2 0 New Daughter - reference by Nephthys76 New Daughter - reference :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 6 3 Tabby by Nephthys76 Tabby :iconnephthys76:Nephthys76 108 49


Tutorial: My Scanner Hates Me by Wolf-Suit Tutorial: My Scanner Hates Me :iconwolf-suit:Wolf-Suit 2,014 127 Li Bingbing by Boogalood Li Bingbing :iconboogalood:Boogalood 28 6 Clone Wars: Last Stand by TDSOD Clone Wars: Last Stand :icontdsod:TDSOD 464 20 Evelyn O'Connell by FinAngel Evelyn O'Connell :iconfinangel:FinAngel 278 88 Sweet Dreams by FaeryWing Sweet Dreams :iconfaerywing:FaeryWing 189 61 Calligraphy Fluttershy by WhiteHeather Calligraphy Fluttershy :iconwhiteheather:WhiteHeather 325 36 Flooded Nile by Bhelia Flooded Nile :iconbhelia:Bhelia 7 0 Golden Sahara by Lance-Daniel-Smith Golden Sahara :iconlance-daniel-smith:Lance-Daniel-Smith 11 0 Inigo Montoya by Rembrandt by Loopydave Inigo Montoya by Rembrandt :iconloopydave:Loopydave 4,189 1,111 Thea by Snow-Owl Thea :iconsnow-owl:Snow-Owl 746 230 Flemish girl by MVVR Flemish girl :iconmvvr:MVVR 724 181 twins by C-h-r-i-s-P twins :iconc-h-r-i-s-p:C-h-r-i-s-P 925 102 Dreaming by parampam
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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...



This is a commissioned drawing. The model is my friend Lexi, and it was commissioned as a gift for her by another friend.

I was given a blurry cell phone image as reference and asked to draw it with a Celtic theme. I spent a great deal of time working and reworking the face to get it to look like Lexi. Drawing from a blurry reference is hard. Drawing on black paper is harder, because I can't use a grid and/or sketch out the drawing first in order to perfectly replicate her facial features. If I got even 1 wrong angle or 1 shadow out of place, it looked like a totally different person. In the past, when I've drawn color portraits, recognition was not important because I was drawing an unknown person.

All in all, I think this turned out pretty well. I'm pretty proud of it. I believe I caught Lexi's likeness and her expression in the drawing very well. I wish the background looked more realistic, since I used a digital image as my reference it turned out looking a little cartooney.

16x20 black Canson drawing board
Faber-Castell Polychromos
2 months time


Celtic WIP
WIP for Celtic. I gave up using a scanner, especially with colored pencils. Taking photos with my cell phone actually provides better results. The only problem with that is, I need natural daylight to take the picture, when when I take my WIP photos it's usually the middle of the night. So I don't get very nice WIPs anymore.
Lexi Reference
This is a reference photo given to me for a commission piece
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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FootFetishGuy1961 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  New Deviant
love your page, thanks for all the posts !
Nephthys76 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) :heart:
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:
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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! 
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