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Christina Aguilera

Hello! My name is Jessica (most people call me Jess) and I'm a self taught artist of about 1.5 years. Drawing is my passion and I am never happier than when I have a pencil in my hand! I've drawn about five portraits in my "career" and have a list of at least 70 more people I would like to draw.

It was extremely difficult for me to narrow my list of 70+ down to just one, but I have chosen to draw Christina Aguilera. She has an amazing voice and is very beautiful.

But enough with the chit-chat, here is the reference photo I have chosen

And here is my initial outline

I chose to go ahead and draw on my quality paper instead of using cheap paper and then tracing. No real reason for doing this, I mostly do it because I get so excited to start a drawing I want to get right into it! To critique my own work, I have a hard time not drawing my outline too dark, which then makes it difficult to make adjustments. I also have a hard time committing to my outline and starting with the shading (my favorite part!). I get scared that I've messed something up and my drawing is not going to come out well because of a mistake I make early on.

So what do you all think? Anyone please feel free to offer advice/criticism as I put up more pictures, I want to be the best artist I can be and my feelings don't get hurt easily ;)

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Here is my latest update (sorry, I know the picture isn't great, it's the best my little iPhone could do!):

I took Cathrine N's advice and drew in some more details to my outline. I feel like it really helped me to see the drawing coming together more! (Thanks Cathrine!)

I re-drew the left eye (so her right eye, but on our left) and eyebrow, I had drawn them a little too high up on her face. I also started detailing the right eye. Going to draw some more tonight!

Any more tips and advice are welcome! I would also like to thank everyone who has commented so far! You've all been so helpful! :D

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Here's the latest update. I'm definitely starting to feel the face come together, I will probably work a little more on that tomorrow and then start her hair.

So far I'm pretty happy with it, although I can't quite seem to get the left side of her face dark enough and I'm not sure why. I feel like I keep darkening the shadows but it's still not quite there! There's a few things I feel like I didn't quite get matched to the reference exactly (especially the upper lip shape) and I can't decide whether I should try to adjust it or just go with it. Decisions, decisions....

Thoughts? Any and all comments/tips/constructive criticism are welcome! Thanks in advance!!

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Next update:

Added some more shading to the left side of her face, still feeling like it may not be dark enough but I'm going ahead with the hair and will determine that later on. So far I'm pretty happy with the hair I've drawn, I really enjoy doing hair! I used to dread it but after my last drawing with very difficult hair (think super, super curly hair) Christina's hair doesn't seem too hard.

I also (warning: this is all me rambling on about my day...I wouldn't blame you for skipping the next paragraph :)) made a trip to AC Moore today and bought some drawing goodies. I was literally walking around the fine arts isle like a 5 year old in a toy store...I just wanted to buy everything I saw! I love getting new drawing supplies. I got some eraser pencils to help me add some fine highlights to the hair, this really cool sharpener which sharpens the wood first and then allows you to sharpen the actual graphite and get that new pencil sharp tip, and finally I got new 6B and 8B pencils to hopefully help me really define those dark areas. I had a super embarrassing moment when I went to checkout and insisted that I had a Michael's rewards account to which the cashier eye-rollingly responded "Ummm, this is AC Moore...." oops....

Anyways, back to my actual drawing...any tips/advice/comments are still welcome! Thanks for reading my ramblings :D

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***Request for help, please!!

Does anybody have any suggestions for drawing the texture of her shirt?? Especially the white collar type part. I've just been looking at it in preparation of drawing it and I'm feeling intimidated by it. Any help is appreciated!! Thanks in advanced, guys and gals!

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Latest update:

Getting really close! Probably one or two more drawing sessions and I'll be done. Starting to feel kind of melon collie, I love finishing a drawing but I also find that I get somewhat attached to each photo and subject I draw, and find it a bit sad once I finish and no longer spend my late nights drawing them. But, as they say, practice makes perfect. Gotta keep drawing and trying to get better!

As always, any tips/criticism/comments are welcome!

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Finished!

I estimate that it took me about 20 hours (I was keeping a log for a while but I sort of gave up on that :)) and just a little over a month of drawing. It's always a little bittersweet for me when I finish a drawing. This one especially because I really loved the photo I was working from, and I loved having this Skillshare project to post updates to and hear everyone's wonderful comments! Quite sad that it's over, but I'm excited to get started on my next drawing! Any suggestions on who I should draw next?

I was also wondering if I should do kind of a dark boarder/outline around her instead of just leaving the background white? I thought about doing it but I just can't decide how it would look.

I would just like to say one final great big THANK YOU to everyone who commented, liked or even just viewed my project! It really means a lot to me and I received some great feedback that has really improved my drawing skills. Also, thanks to Gabrielle for teaching this awesome class and continually checking on and commenting on my project! My fellow artists, y'all are the best! :D

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