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Aaron Kelly drawing by xnicoley Aaron Kelly drawing by xnicoley
Finally finished the drawing of Aaron Kelly from Season 9 on American Idol.

I'm really glad to finish this one. It felt like it took forever, and I wasn't very motivated once I got finished shading half of his face.
I tend to get less excited about drawing hair and clothing once I finish the eyes and the rest of the face. I get lazy at that point, as most people can probably tell. haha

Anyway. :P

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tskorigami Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this one looks so more real than the others!
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no problem ;-)
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DaveLopes Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this guy is an amazing singer!
amercian idol is running a bit late in my country (of course) than America
but I can see how amazing he's! :)
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww well thank you :D I'm glad you like it.. and I agree, he is an amazing singer! :D
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DaveLopes Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
welcome! ;)
like he's so shy and that's doesnt seam to ruin his vocal perfomance!
I just hate when Simon start to bug him! -.-
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww Aaron is very shy. He's young though, so he has a reason to be. Although, he's really a great singer, so he should develop more confidence. I'm sure he will though :D
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subhankar-biswas Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
cool shades!
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
aww thank you :)
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subhankar-biswas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
welcome!
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BumblingBee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still don't know anything about American Idol, but this is excellent! Seriously, your version of getting lazy is incredibly better than mine. I'm not too good with hair. I just haven't really practised it much I think.
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, yeah, I get lazy with hair and stuff. It's a bit sad. I read this one artist's portrait tutorial or something a long, long time ago and it said, "You should spend as much time on the hair as you do the entire face."
and I was like ":| I don't do that." and even after reading it, sometimes I'd spend more time on it, but nowadays I just get lazy anymore. :XD:
I guess I just get tired of looking at the drawing and just get eager to finish it.
Practice always helps, from portrait to portrait. It's worth it though. :D
Thank you very much! :hug:
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BumblingBee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I don't get is that you were lazy with the hair, and yet it still turned out really wonderful... Hmmm...?
I can only conclude you must be awesomely talented! :dance:
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, haha. Thank you very much! :excited:
You're very sweet, and I appreciate it. :XD:
:D :hug:
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Leviana Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know him but this drawing is really great! How did you shade the skin and the background? ;_; If I scan my drawings, the whole shading is gone =.= Or most of it... Hate it =(
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This drawing was actually a lot different shading wise for me since the one side of his face was extremely dark in the reference photo.. So that meant I had to shade a lot darker than usual on it.

For the background, I just put a layer of pencil quickly across all of it. I am pretty sure it was a 2B pencil here. Then, I just used a blender on it.. I believe it is a pastel blender, but I just tested it for some reason on the pencil one day. Since it was quick, I continued using it. It's actually supposed to be a pastel "shaper", but since I never use pastels, so found a better use for it. :P
I got it in this set: [link]
The one I used for smudging the background of this drawing is the one on the far left.. the tip is like plastic-like almost.. so it smudges around pencil lead quite easily... I just used it to smudge the pencil lead all around in different directions and such. Some parts I did a circle motion to smudge it, and then other parts I just went straight across.

When I scan my drawings, the contrast is way off. If you use photoshop or any other photo editing software, it's good to change the brightness and contrast a bit. You might know to do that already, but if you don't, it's a good tip. :) It helps me dramatically. My drawings look pretty awful when they're first scanned. They don't even look like they do in person. My scanner has horrible contrast, so I always have to fix it.

I hope that will help a bit. :D
and thank you!
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Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean! I have a few unfinished portraits laying around my room for similar reasons. Clothing can be so boring and drawing strands of hair can take awhile. :aww: I had to look him up since I don't watch television. Excellent work, Nicole!! Glad you finished it. :D
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I rarely have unfinished portraits laying around that I end up finishing later on... this one I more-or-less had to finish, so I did. haha :XD:
Luckily I only started this one a 2 or 3 weeks ago, so it wasn't like it had been sitting around 3 or 4 months... those are the hardest to finish.
and thank you! I appreciate it! :D
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Art2Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :) I finally got around to finishing one of those drawings. My scanner is being difficult or I would upload it. :(
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NoLifeWithoutDeath Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
you're so good :D and it looks just like him! i really like the hair :XD:
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it looks like him. :XD: I feared that it ended up looking a bit weird.
Thank you very much for the support on it. :D
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bonitataylor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
oh wow very nice drawing!
I'm also almost done with my drawing of Aaron =D
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oooh I want to see your drawing when you post it! :D
and thank you!
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bonitataylor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
I will send you the link when it's ready =D
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww great! Thanks! I'm excited to see it :)
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AlecWolfe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
wow! you're sooooo talented. *jealous*
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xnicoley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
aww. :P thank you. I appreciate it!
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AlecWolfe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
you're very welcome.
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