Art Archive Aurélia's drawings - Update: Han Solo WIP finished

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  1. Corellian_Rogue Jedi Knight

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    Sep 30, 2001
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    *also just looked at your website*

    Impressive work! :) Amazing! I truly envy all these people who can reproduce likenesses! I've lamented this everywhere and here is yet another artist who is brilliant at them! :p

    The anakin one is particular was wonderful. Making a mullet look good is hard and you've done it superbly. You should be very very proud. :)
  2. Robal_Krahl Force Ghost

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    Dec 23, 2003
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    Wow. Beautiful artwork! The likeness is just stunning... the shading, the gentle lines... Excellent drawings :)
  3. aurelia-acc Jedi Knight

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    First, thanks for all your messages, you're so adorable [:D] And I'm glad you like the drawings at my site :)

    I don't have as much spare time as I'd like to to draw at the present time cause first, my sister's getting married this week-end and also because I'm trying to write a whole explanation on my way to make a drawing from the start to the last pencil stroke.
    Some people are sometimes surprised when they see the different steps of my drawing as I post them as WIP in 2 art forums so I talk about it with my webmiss and we decided to create a page devoted to the evolution of a drawing, the choice being Anakin (it just couldn't be an other one cause I loved doing it). So I'm busy trying to write in French and in English, all the details of these steps:
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/wip/anakin01_etape1.jpg
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/wip/anakin01_etape2.jpg
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/wip/anakin01_etape3.jpg
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/wip/anakin01_etape4.jpg
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/wip/anakin01_etape5.jpg
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/wip/anakin01_etape6.jpg
    http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/anakin01.jpg

    Padmé, Obi-Wan and even Yoda will be from Episode III, at least for the first drawing I'll make of each one of them

    In fact, I've started the drawing of Padmé but it's still in an early stage. The reference pic is from a scene between ObiWan and Padmé, when they're talking about Anakin.
    I've already spent 6 hours doing the clean version of the preliminary sketch that you can see here:
    [image=http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/wip/padme01_etape1.jpg]
    and yesterday evening it took me 4 hours to make a little part of her hair. So here is what I've done so far:
    [image=http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/wip/padme01_etape2.jpg]
    I have the feeling that I'll spend a lot of time on that artwork as well lol

  4. Corellian_Rogue Jedi Knight

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    :eek: The WIP of Padme is just....I can't think of words. The rendering of the headband just blows my mind, let alone each tiny hair you've done along the hairline! Wonderful! :D I can't wait to see it finished...there's no doubt it will be very impressive and beautiful.
  5. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    Wow...I really enjoyed checking out those WIP pics. How does one even start to go about drawing hair like that? For years, all I've done is just scribble to get the general gist of the strands. Yours is far more detailed than anything I can come up with. Do you have any tips to share?

    And your Padme drawing thus far is just...beautiful. I'm having trouble finding the right words at the moment. It's really good. I can't wait to see it completed! :)
  6. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Jan 27, 2000
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    I also really enjoy the in progress pics and am fascinated as well with how your are able to do hair like that. Your Padmé is turning out beautiful.
  7. ThrawnRocks Force Ghost

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    Apr 10, 2004
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    Wow! Those WIP images are awsome :) I always find it very interesting to see WIP :)


    You Padmé already looks beautiful. I can't wait to see how it turns out :)
  8. FalconFan Jedi Master

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    Jul 25, 2004
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    Thank you so much for sharing your WIPs with us, Aurelia! The finished drawing of Anakin is so awesome, it's a wonderful thing to see how it came to be! Sort of a "how to" series--and we all love those very much!

    I absolutely cannot wait to see the finished Padme--this was one of the more powerful scenes in the film, I think, when Obi Wan tells Padme the awful truth about Anakin. The start you have is stunning--I just cannot get over the absolute liquid-look you get with graphite pencils--it's almost like ink, the saturation and tones are so deep--and yet so subtle! Gorgeous work!

    FF
  9. Kenu Jedi Knight

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    May 22, 2005
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    Oh yeah - you've done great! Theres a real likeness to all your drawings of characters. GREATWORK. :)
  10. Darth-Vassago Force Ghost

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    Jun 28, 2004
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    I just looked at your site, and it is...amazing. I can't believe your talent. You have an amazing skill, and I am extremly impressed. Very well done.

    ~Vassago
  11. wicktone Jedi Knight

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    Dec 30, 2003
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    It's very cool to see these work-in-progress images. It's a bit like being able to look over someone's shoulder while they're working. Your Padme looks like it's going to turn out beautifully... I'm looking forward to seeing it finished!
  12. soitscometothis Chosen One

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    Thank you for showing your work in progress, I love seeing all the steps it takes to complete a finished piece. The Padme picture already looks beautiful.

  13. aurelia-acc Jedi Knight

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    Belated thanks for your messages cause i was away for few days cause of my sister's wedding.

    Here is a close-up of Padme's hair:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v669/aureliacc/padme01-etape2-closeup.jpg

    Unfortunately, all I had time to do before leaving to my sister's place is that
    [image=http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/wip/padme01_etape3.jpg]
    but I'll certainly have more time to work on it tomorrow

    For the tips: the most important thing, in my humble opinion, is not to "colour in" the hair but to make a lot, and i really mean A LOT, of pencil strokes, more or less close, more or less long depending on the effect you want to achieve.
    As you can see in the first step on the drawing ( http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/wip/padme01_etape1.jpg ) I place what are for me the main hairlocks right from the start. Once I'm ready to start filling in the hair (ie once my preliminary sketch is clean), i start by making the darkest areas with a 2B pencil, then I use an B, HB, H and sometimes a 2H for the lightest areas. I try to keep some little white areas to make a luminous effect but if it's not possible, I create them later by using some Blu-Tack, it's an amazing tool (if you don't know what Blu-Tack is, go and check Mike Sibley's site at http://www.sibleyfineart.com and click on the tutorial "blu-tack as an eraser on the right side). That's what I use to create this impression of little hair over the darkest locks.
    Hope I'm clear enough cause my english is not that good at 1am [face_blush]
  14. ThrawnRocks Force Ghost

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    Apr 10, 2004
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    That hair looks wonderful!


    I just don't know how you do it...
  15. Darth_ArsnL Jedi Master

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    May 26, 2005
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    For your sake I hope you never stop drawing. Even the earliest of sketches look great, thats talent. Please post more!
    -Arnsl
  16. Brant_Flir Jedi Master

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  17. aurelia-acc Jedi Knight

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    Thanks ! :*

    I can't believe how slow I am when I draw. I've already spent 18 hours on the drawing and I haven't done half of it ! I thought this one will be done faster than Anakin but obviously I was wrong lol

    So here is what I've done so far:
    [image=http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/wip/padme01_etape4.jpg]
  18. wicktone Jedi Knight

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    Dec 30, 2003
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    I'm amazed by your patience and the time and effort you're spending is really showing up in your work. This is just beautiful, even at this early stage. It's great to be able to check in and see how far along you've come!
  19. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    aurelia, that looks wonderful so far. I just can't get over how realistic your drawings look. I can tell already that the Padme drawing will turn out great!

    Also, I really appreciate you taking the time to explain what you do with the hair. I found your tips really helpful and it seems all I have to do now is practice. I think my main problem is that I don't want to take too much time on the hair and I rush through it - hence, the loose pencil strokes and the 'scribble' effect.

    That blue tack stuff also looks like it does wonders. I'll have to pick up some of that. ;)
  20. Divia Jedi Knight

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    Jun 8, 2005
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    Amazing.
    I hope you do a Leia with her buns ;-)
    I look forward to seeing more.
  21. FalconFan Jedi Master

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    Jul 25, 2004
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    Oh, Aurelia, your Padme drawing is coming along so beautifully!! I'm like everyone else here, and am absolutely stunned at the incredible detail and beauty you are able to achieve in your work--it's just so fantastic!

    Thanks so much for sharing your techniques with us here--we all really appreciate it! It's always a gift, to get tips from accomplished artists, and you are definitely that!! I just love being treated to the Padme-in-progress (and so very much admire your patience and perseverence with such detailed work), and am looking forward to seeing her completed! Thank you again for sharing your beautiful drawings with us here!

    FF
  22. Cmdr_Axis Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 29, 2005

    FalconFan couldn't be more right. Those are some excellent skills you've got their!, And that took you 18 hours! wow talk about devoted.
  23. Obi-Dawn Kenobi Manager Emeritus

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    Amazing.

    Her eye looks so real. Her hair...it boggles my mind how well you do hair. I can't wait to see this finished. :)
  24. aurelia-acc Jedi Knight

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    Jun 14, 2005
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    Thanks everyone [:D]

    HanSolo29 I'm glad the explanation could be a little useful, sometimes i find it harder to explain how I do than actually doing it, especially when I have to do it in English lol. It's certainly not the best way to draw hair, I mean as I'm self-taught, I do things not in an "academic" way but in the way I find them easier for me .
    Oh and Blu-Tack is really an awesome tool ;)

    Divia I'm sorry, but with all the Star Wars drawings I'm already supposed to make (my ideas and some requests by friends), i'm afraid Princess Leia won't be done soon.

    FalconFan Thanks again for your adorable comments. I love photorealistic drawings and that's what I'm trying to achieve. I still have a lot to learn but those Star Wars pics are such wonderful reference and make great training, just like LOTR ones (LOTR is one of my other obsessions :D )

    Obi-Dawn Kenobi unfortunately, you'll have to be patient to see the finished piece, I'll be very busy in the coming days (my little holidays finish tonight) so I'm afraid there won't be many updates

    anyway, I spent 3 hours on it today and only made a little part but at least the lady now has her 2 eyes ;)
    [image=http://www.aurelia-art.com/art/starwars/wip/padme01_etape5.jpg]
  25. soitscometothis Chosen One

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    Jul 11, 2003
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    Wow, you are doing incredible work.

    And I LOVE those eyes.
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