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Meg Ryan by Nephthys76 Meg Ryan by Nephthys76
Meg Ryan, star of "Sleepless in Seattle", "When Harry Met Sally", and "You've Got Mail" (among many others).

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WIP: [link]

With this drawing, I focused on darker shadows and more contrast to make my drawings look less like an overexposed photo. I think I made good progress toward that end.

start date: 6/18/2012
finish date: 7/1/2012
(13 days)

Materials:
11x14 Bristol Vellum paper
graphite pencils 6H-2B
kneaded eraser
camel hair brush
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kniggets Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:wow: stunning!!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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kniggets Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh i dont have words for this one!! what a stellar job!! :D
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. This one is near and dear to me as well, I felt like I had a bit of a breakthrough with this one.
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kniggets Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this is just amazing! soft and perfect!! and a classic over looked lady :D
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WhizzieWhizzer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous work Tonya!!!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, John :)
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Ligoland Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ligoland :) And thanks for the fave and the watch :)
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Edward1948 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
very nice
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Edward :)
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Edward1948 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
your welcome
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very recognizable as Meg Ryan. Nice work.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Greg :)
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome : )
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Haydaad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Georgeous portrait. Fatastic detail and proportions. Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much :)
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Haydaad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome :^)
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Regis-AND Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shading, outstanding technique!!!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Regis :)
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chris-project Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sure this isn't a photo :D
Pure awesomeness...

P.S.: 6H pencils !? they should stop producing these cold melee weapons :D And again stunning work
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank so much! :)

I don't use the 6H much... but it sure comes in handy when I want something barely shaded, nearly white. Mostly I used it here on the lightest highlight of her arm and in the white quilt she's lying on.

Thanks also for the fave and the watch! :)
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chris-project Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem :) I should be thankfull to you for sharing your amazing art with us (sun)
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danieluxu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
es un trabajo estupendo! felicidades! :D la expresion de la cara y el tono de la piel esta super bien buscado!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Muchísimas gracias. Pasé mucho tiempo en este dibujo, y es sin duda mi mejor hasta ahora.
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just realized I haven't got this in my faves yet.... It's such a wonderful picture... I didn't want to miss it!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :) It's definitely my fave right now. Though lately it seems each of my latest becomes my fave. This one was just accepted into the group, :iconhighqualityart: which makes me quite happy!
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I looked at the group and most of the art they post looks high quality. Congratulations.
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maryh1047 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Detail is excellant! Your work is amazing.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Mary :)
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MichaelNorwood Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful job on this, Tonya. Love it.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Michael. :)
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marmicminipark Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such good shading and detail, keep up the good work !!!!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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dcorrigan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work... You should be proud of this one
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, David. I am pretty proud of this one. I still see things I could have done better with, but overall, I think it turned out great.
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this picture looks perfect. Her skin looks so smooth and real. Her hair and face... everything is perfect. Wonderful job!
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I struggle a lot getting the smooth look on the skin. I often have to tap it out with a kneaded eraser and come back over it with a softer pencil and no pressure, and fill in the tiny gaps. Sometimes I wonder if there isn't an easier way. It takes forever.
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's worth the time if it looks that good. :) OH, I've started watching the 5 pencil method... it's really interesting... makes alot of sense. I've got to go buy me some more pencils. Thanks for suggesting it.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure. I started watching it in between drawing my Dark Shadows/Johnny Depp drawings, and my John Cleese drawing. You can definitely see a marked improvement between them.

Some pencil brands suck, and don't have consistent graphite, and some will even scratch the paper... there is a section on that site that is a pencil review. Make sure you grab on of the top 3 or 4 brands of pencil if you can.
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The difference in your pictures before and after is very noticeable. I hope that I will find similar improvement.

I was going to buy cheap walmart drawing pencils... I guess I should compare the price of those at the hobby store. I'm not really sure where to find them... I'll have to look around.
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got some decent Faber Castell pencils at Michaels. But do not buy the Artist's Loft pencils, they suck. A box of 8 pencils cost me about $15 I think. But it included and eraser and a pencil sharpener, and I don't use either of them. I'm lucky to have an art store near where I work, and they have good pencils sold individually for about $1.25 each. You might just want to order some online at Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com).
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AriannaRizzo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so proud of you!! :hug: it's marvellous :clap:
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Nephthys76 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Arianna. Still a lot to work on, but with each drawing I see improvements from the last.
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