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I'm just a girl II by pbird12 I'm just a girl II by pbird12
I don't know about anyone else, but I sometimes start a drawing and halfway through forget to look at my reference and get carried away, then, by the time I'm done, it doesn't look anything like what I was trying to draw :P Anyway, this started life as Mila Kunis and now she is just a girl ... again! I kinda like her anyway so didn't bother trying to work out what went wrong :lol:

I love minimal drawings (we all know Ileana Hunter is the best at these here on dA) but my friend Nat :iconlilaeabluecoat: says I don't do minimal, I do medium. So here is a medium :D Drawn to get my stone fingers working again.

Materials:
A4 (bit smaller) bristol board
Graphite - 3H, 2B, 4B and 6B
Eraser
Time: About 5-6 hours
Ref: In this little lot somewhere :P theplace2.ru/photos/gallery.ph…

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…
Original available in my shop - www.etsy.com/listing/163663294…

A closer detail -

Thank you for taking a look
Paula :heart:

A little note: My new scanner/printer sucks. I think it will be time to purchase the fourth in 2 years very soon :(
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:iconkennan1234:
kennan1234 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You can see the resemblence.
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N0rks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you drew her hair! That could've gotten very dark and 'massive' (if you get what I mean), but you kept it light and flowing. Great job. :aww:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again :heart: It is easy to get a solid mass on dark hair, I know what you mean .. I'm glad she doesn't look that way :D
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N0rks Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :heart:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
I knew it was Mila when I saw the miniature in my inbox so I believe you didn't screw up the resemblance :) What a piercing gaze! The eyes are the best part of this portrait :heart:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:dance: Yay, I'm glad you knew, I still can't really see it at all :P Thank you :love:
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:iconilojleen:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
So I should lend you my glasses :giggle: You're welcome!
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:laughing: Great job doing a medium! But since you are the only one doing these there is nothing to compare it too... :bucktooth:
I like how the hair looks, so free and flowing. It looks so easy to draw like this but I know it is everything but easy. The eyes of course are just brilliant but they always are in your drawings!!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Recognized her immediately from the thumb alone, so you díd get a good likeness!
Beautiful drawing; her eyes are very captivating!

'Medium'. Hehehe... Had forgotten I said that, but in retrospect: Hey! I did a funny! ;)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yay, you did? I was sure she was gone completely :dance:

:laughing: You did do a funny! Anything I think about doing something kind of minimal I have a chuckle at that :lol:
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RavensXGirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
She looks like Amy Lee :D ^_^
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I can kind of see that too :)
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:iconravensxgirl:
RavensXGirl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Hehe ^_^
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:iconkw-scott:
KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The eyes are so captivating great job my dear :D
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:iconacjub:
acjub Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! :la:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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GregHodge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I think the eyes are hypnotizing me!:iconhypnoticplz:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:la:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You've done an amazing job with her eyes! :heart:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :huggle:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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jazmocamp Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work, Paula! Love your work and always learn something in viewing it! I have to agree with zakkiya, you do such incredible eyes, I owe a lot of my new found success in drawings eyes to you! Thank you! I found the printer discussion interesting. I feel like a stinge, with the printer, like you my daughter loves to print up a storm and I am the bad guy always on guard when I hear the printer clicking on. It's HP.
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much and I'm really happy to hear that :happybounce:

Oh, I feel mean too, but if you don't limit it, it would be new cartridges every week :giggle:

I was actually recommended to buy an HP printer after having trouble with epsons but so far I'm very unimpressed with both the scanning and the print quality :(
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Very beautiful work! Know what you mean about getting carried away! Worked out perfectly for you!
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :huggle:
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
My pleasure! :-)
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Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmilakunisplz: :iconspeechbubbleplz: OMG IT'S ME!!!

:icongreatjobplz:

I think she still looks like my other wife! ;P No worries. :)

Let us all know what scanner/printer not to buy. :iconnudgeplz: :lol:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol: :rofl:

Your other wife eh? Naughty boy!

I do not recommend Epson because they break all the time and this one is HP and it BLOWS :rage:
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Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: :P

:icondisgustedplz: I bought an HP laptop (having good history with HP) and the touchpad has been randomly quitting on me since day one. :iconannoyedplz: I recently heard HP's laptops were rated the second worst, but I can't seem to cite the source.
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no, well the HP scanners are BAD too, we HATE HP! :rage:
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Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Speaking of the Devil... my computer just had trouble booting up and the hard drive is making a weird noise. Backing my data up just in case... :facepalm: Never again! :rage:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Kick it and punch it! It works :lol:
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Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconohyouplz:
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Codinas Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great minimal style :clap: Paula!! :heart:
I adore the force that convey her eyes. :wow:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :blowkiss: I hoped she might help me get drawing again, but it has not worked yet :(
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V-4-VENGEANCE Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great drawing
If you want a good printer make sure it has a grey ink cartridge as well as black, Its harder for a printer to do b+w for some reason. I like to use an old brother 2030 laser b+w. It's quick to print, super reliable (no clogged ink jets) and very cheap to run.The toner lasts for 1000s of pages
The prints are not great, but it makes you work a little harder and you always have your screen to reference :)
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)

I didn't even know you could get a printer with grey ink :ashamed: Thank you for the advice, I've not made good choices until now :(
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V-4-VENGEANCE Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a fan of inkjets, they waste a lot of ink cleaning heads and on start up.
Every time you switch it on it goes through a head cleaning cycle that wastes ink.
If you do a lot of printing get a continuous ink system for your printer.
Canon generally make the best inkjets ones with 4 inks (grey) are quite pricey
but can offset with the continuous ink system on running costs :)
[link]

I've never used one so read up on it, a friend who's a pro photographer for a magazine told me 10 years ago lol :)
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you again, this is great, I really do need to have a think about what to get next time and will look into this :)

I use so much ink it's scary, between me printing refs and my little girl printing off everything under the sun, it's a nightmare :lol:
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V-4-VENGEANCE Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The epson 1400 seems to be popular,A3 good reviews has grey ink, only thing people complain about is small cartridges but you can use the cis as demonstrated here:

[link]

The printer is £300 new or around £150 for a refurb on ebay.
Good luck
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again and I need the luck :giggle:
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Kmparrie109 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I know what you mean, I end up doing that all the time because there is no need to try to draw something you see in a reference perfectly. Art is in the eye of the beholder and I just get carried away and only use references to get the accuracy down on certain things but other than that my art work is normally 100 percent originally creeated :iconawesomeplz: You do fantastic work regardless of whether or not you used a reference. You never truly copy art...it is what you make it out to be. Remember that because there is no right or wrong way to produce it. :iconplzhug: :iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your so right, being too faithful to a reference sometimes takes the fun away :nod:

Thank you very much :hug:
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Kmparrie109 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does take some of the fun away but I guess if your in art classes and your teacher wants you to copy the exact reference its a little different because your grade depends on it. However I do art for the fun of it and maybe someday it will be a side career for me who knows :iconpeekingplz:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I also do it for the fun of it and it's been a LONG time since I was in school, so no worries there :giggle:
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Kmparrie109 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YEah I hear ya! I have been attending college off and on for 3 yrs and still have yet to take art classes ha ha :P Been focusing more on all the general education requirements which are a lot and it didn't help that I had to take a year off from college because of being terminally ill but I am holding strong!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry to hear that, but good on you for going back when you could and also for holding strong :hug:
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susanjo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
This is so beautiful Paula!! LOVE your "medium" style!!
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