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STEP 1. What pencils do I use to get those wonderful contrasts and details? Mechanical and graphite pencils with the graphite crayon give you leads starting from light (H=hard) to dark (B=soft). Click on the picture to see them. I will mention a lot of these tools throughout this tutorial. Also I would like to mention, the wonderful thing about mechanical pencils is that their lead always remain sharp. When it runs out, you have to change it. The second half of the picture shows my very dark graphite pencils and blending stumps. You can actually shade a little with blending stumps without the graphite or you can rub the stump with something like a 2B pencil and shade darker with it. Try these tools out. They go a really long way in creating a beautiful and realistic picture. Beneath are samples what marks they make when you crosshatch or blend.   STEP 2. Start off sketching this oval with crescent shape and bisecting line. Draw lightly with a No. 2 pencil.   STEP 3. Sketch in lightly these lines for the eyebrows, eyes, tip of nose, and mouth. The next picture will show where these features are placed within the lines.   STEP 4. Now you can see where her eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth go. Draw as closely to what you see. Also don't forget the light lines appearing as the side of her face (part of cheek, jaw, and chin. This is where her face outline shape is taking place. You need to also draw her hair, neck, and shoulders. Keep your lines light and simple.   STEP 5. Here you are adding more lines. Draw the lines going halfway through her eyes (they are the eyelashes). Some more hair details is essential. Take your time with getting in the "humps" (curls).   STEP 6. If you are doing a professional picture and need accuracy, this has helped me tremendously. This is MY TIP of the day and it is LONG! Skip it if you want to. Those crazy lines help with placement too. Don't get me wrong, I mess up majorly most times. What? I can hear you say, "Your pictures are near perfect!" Not when I'm working on them. If you feel something strange in your gut about your picture, put it up to the mirror. That'll tell you. Also take your reference pic and put it in the mirror too... what a big difference! To measure out where the features go, take an envelope, piece of paper or a ruler (straight edge)... anything to vertically represent your line placement and try this: Take your reference pic, put the straight edge against the edge of the smile line and see where it lands near the eye. Then do the same on your drawing, if it doesn't land in the same place, adjust. Don't give up. Take a deep breath and work slowly. It's like molding clay.   STEP 7. You've erased the guidelines and other distracting lines. Your picture won't look exactly like this, but remember my picture is only a guide... that's it. Now we are going to start with shading.   STEP 8. 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 9. Start shading with a pencil, even a No. 2 pencil will do well. Shade diagonally around the eyes. Also fill in the eyes with radial lines, leaving some highlights. Fill in the eyebrows with hair lines strokes...lightly.   STEP 10. Add lines to his hair. Follow the direction they flow. Take you time drawing the braid and scarf part of her hair. It is important to get the general shape so shading will be easier.   STEP 11. Go ahead and lightly shade with diagonal strokes with the No. 2 pencil. Notice how the shading progresses down her face, adding shading details to her nose and cheeks.   STEP 12. You can see closely how the shading progresses. 1) Simple eyebrows and eyes. 2) Shading begins. 3) darkening of eyebrows and eyelashes. More shading in pupils. 4. Darkening the eyebrows, eyes, and eyelashes with 9B graphite pencil. Adding highlights to pupils and hair strands by using kneaded eraser... or White Titanium Acrylic with small sized paint brush.   STEP 13. Here you can more easily capture the shading progression of the nose. If you need to, lighten the outline of the nose with your (kneaded) eraser by dabbing it very lightly.   STEP 14. We are back to shading the picture from Step 11. Shade more under the eyebrows, adding more eyelashes. Do this lightly. Also sketch in more shading around in the iris of her eyes and around her nose. I have not blended yet. Just add more lines and make sure your pencil stays sharpened as you shade because we are starting on her LIPS! Add some lines sloping down her lips. Click on the picture to see more details.   STEP 15. Here is the shading progression for the lips so you can see how they develop. In picture 7 is the end result of blend and highlight and darkening details.   STEP 16. First add her dress, showing the higher part of her bust. Now you can start the shading of her hair. The strokes are curved and go along with the basic shape of the hair groups. Actually, this is much like filling in lines in a coloring book. Still you need to start your pencil strokes from the darkest points and follow the direction of the hair lines. Harder pressure in the dark areas, then lighten pressure as you finish your stroke.   STEP 17. Since we are doing braids, here is a quick tip. In the picture follow the arrows. They represent the direction of the strokes. You can practice this now or later. Straight, a curl, cornrows, or a single braid is just a few ways to style hair.   STEP 18. Here is where you develop the ribbon texture and her hair braids. Add more strands (shine) to her hair and also don't forget to shade in the top part of her dress.   STEP 19. Thus far, the No.2 Pencil has been used. Now is the time to blend. Use a Tortillon for detailed areas. For her skin, use a soft tissue. Thus, this is the result of getting a nice coverage...eyes, skin, hair, ribbon, lips, and dress.   STEP 20. Now we can begin on the background. Make a dark outline (if you only have a No.2 Pencil, just create a dark background with it). However, if you have a 9B graphite pencil, draw in this outline darkly and carefully. For very easy application, the major part of the background we will cover with the 9B Graphite Crayon.   STEP 21. Ladies & gentlemen, here is that nice dark background.   STEP 22. You can add your highlights here on Ms. Meghan Trainor this time with Acrylics! No using sandpaper this time. Titanium White is fantastic and more accurate than the kneaded eraser for HIGHLIGHTS! Try it, you'll like it!   STEP 23. Here is the talented singer, songwriter & producer, Meghan Trainor. I have added highlights to her pupils, shiny hair areas, and a few hair strands. It is great to be back. I missed you all 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. 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