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STEP 1. Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.   STEP 2. Now draw in the bisecting line to balance her facial features.   STEP 3. Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.   STEP 4. You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, and d. for mouth.   STEP 5. Now draw Amy's eyebrows and eyes.   STEP 6. Examine and notice how her nose and mouth appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in her nose and mouth.   STEP 7. Now draw in the profile of her face, her cheek, jawline, and neck.   STEP 8. Now you can draw her hair. Look closely at how the lines flow with the guidelines. Try to include the curves and short lines of the hair that will help you with shading. Take your time.   STEP 9. Now draw her chain necklace and shoulder. If you haven't already, you can now erase your guidelines. The lines you couldn't erase, go ahead and blend them in if you will be shading your drawing.   STEP 10. I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.   STEP 11. Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the eyes or nose don't line up. Take you kneaded eraser and dab off the shadow outlines or dark lines with your kneaded eraser for a more realistic look as you shade. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.   STEP 12. The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.   STEP 13. PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.   STEP 14. The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.   STEP 15. After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.   STEP 16. Best thing you can do when drawing hair is to establish the general shape then work in the main strands of hair by holding your pencil at a 45 degree angle for stroking and coverage. Then, as in the third picture, you can work in more details. But here's a TIP! Don't draw a straight line for the hairline. Do tiny strokes to represent beginning of hair at its root. Look at real people and see their hairline isn't a straight line. Practice and your picture will look more realistic.   STEP 17. EYELASH STROKES! Amy has some serious eyelashes. So here's a little tip to help draw those lovely lashes. Yes, those pesky little lashes that look like spider legs are drawn a certain way and they taper (you can add thickness to the roots as you finish stroking them in). The picture to this step shows what direction to stroke. And you have the freedom to twist your paper any angle that makes your drawing easier.   STEP 18. This is the first start with the pastel application. If you do the whole picture in a pencil sketch, this is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied light to medium gray to her face and neck. I applied black, dark and medium gray to her hair. While I stroked her hair, I left blank parts for hair shine. Looks like a mess, but that's how a some beginning projects will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.   STEP 19. I added some more dark gray and black to her hair. Applied some dark gray pastel with a tortillon to her eyebrows and lashes. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger areas like her hair strands, the side of her face and neck) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took its point and “drew” with its pointed edge in the smaller areas (eyelashes, pupils, lips, around the outer edge of her cheek and jawline. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. TONE: Remember the white of her eyes are slightly shaded. I also took the kneaded eraser to make more light hair strands, nose and lip shine. Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.   STEP 20. I sketched in some more dark tones and details to her hair, face, and neck with a 9B graphite pencil. I also added the black dot on her shoulder. For fine details in her hairline, eyebrows, and eyes, I used a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. I've also blended with some tissue to soften her skin and smooth her hair. I started the background and her chin shadow with the 9B Graphite Crayon. It goes on very quick and smoothly. Amy appears to be shaping up!   STEP 21. I took charge again and continued with my 9B Graphite Crayon to completely blacken in the background (great stuff)! I took my blending stump to give more depth to her hair and smoothed out any white showing in the background. I made sure her pupils were balanced and darkened (eyelashes too) to match the background.   STEP 22. I have to say this...OH, I'M GLAD I'M FINISHED... how about you? I think Amy Heidemann is a lovely woman, showing off shiny hair and eyelashes! I also took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to her hair strands, catch lights in her eyes, reflective light along the side of her face, and underneath her nose. TIP: If you find the white opaque stands out too harshly, then blend it with some gray from your picture (finger) or blending stump. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too with your creation. To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.   STEP 23. Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!   STEP 24. Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Amy Heidemann who is an upcoming talented music star of Karmin, alongside Nick Noonan. I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20. Step 21. Step 22. Step 23. Step 24.