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Charcoal tutorial: Marilyn by AnndreaLeeann Charcoal tutorial: Marilyn by AnndreaLeeann
edit! YEY! The sizing is back! Now you can read it :]</b>

Here it is, as promised!
I have been asked on many occasions how I draw blonde hair and since my last tutorial was male and black hair I decided to do this one up for you guys. I really hope it helps!

If you have any questions please ask! I will get back to you asap as I am online quite often.

My first tutorial
[link]

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cherokeegirl15 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student General Artist
I found this to be extremely helpful :)
i'm actually doing a portrait of Marilyn Monroe right now and i'm on the hair. I'm doing my portrait in various shades of graphite pencils so would the shading in the hair still be in the shades you described or since charcoal is significantly darker than the medium I am using, would the shades be lighter? I am sure I can figure it out eventually but I don't want to hurt my portrait. Thank you :)
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it helped!! Well it depends on the tones of your reference, I would try matching those as close as possible. Since I made the tones in mine contrasted greately, as in dark AND really light, I matched those. If you are trying to make dark dark, I would just make them as dark as your medium gets if that makes any sense. Let me know!
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cherokeegirl15 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Yea my reference had more shadows in the hair because the lighting was different. I used a B to trace the hair and a 4B for the shadows. It came out alright for not having a clue what to do lol.

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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful!! Do you use a blender?
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cherokeegirl15 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you :)

I have a blender but I used my finger and the eraser to blend everything.
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GraceMusser Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
this is an AMAZING tutorial can;t wait to try it out! finally an amazing artist has put up a detailed tutorial :iconiloveyouplz:
question: when you say paintbrush with charcoal, do you mean water mixed w regular charcoal? or charcoal powder? or...?
jw cuz I'm going to the art supply store tomorrow!! thanks :D :heart: :hug:
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
=) bless you!! I just use dust after i run the chunk on some sandpaper or shave it down with a blade. No water just dust =) good luck and thank you! Be sure to show me what youve come up with!
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GraceMusser Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
oh ok! that makes sense now
and I will :D hopefully I'll also come up with something or other for your contest...I usually dont do halloween work but I do love looking at it
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Necromend Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
holy jebus crackers! really big file... but i think it is worth it. i just got a micheals gift card and was thinking about charcoaling too ^3^ gunna fav this for the futura =3 thanks for making it
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh it's not that big ;) haha yeah, many layers will do that to the file size D:
Thanks for giving it a chance!! I made a charcoal one before this one that has a lot more tips in it that was more of a catch all if you ever want to check that one out [link]

thanks!
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philipgreaves01 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
this is great with some great tips but i get the feeling youre taking away the trying and experimental part of the whole process of trying to achieve a work of art for yourself, your work is amazing but i dont think you should press your "techniques or styles" on others as im sure they are looking at your page and probably trying to replicate it, im sure the replications would have far more artistic results without the step by step schoolbook instruction.
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I'm all for experimentation, that's how I learned how to draw and I'm not forcing anyone to draw like me and I didn't say nor do I think that if they don't do the same basic steps as me that they won't achieve the same results. I just threw out there *mostly after I've been asked how I draw* what I do, what I use and how I use them and if someone wants to take a few steps from me great. Even in my first tutorial I have stated I am probably the last person anyone should ask for art advice because I'm sure I do things 'wrong' or backwards. That's just how I do it and I wanted to give people my step my step to replicate, experiment with or to wipe their tushes with it. It's completely and 100% up to them. If I help just one person then it has done it's purpose.

I'm not pressing anything on anyone. They are free to click on it, free to read it, free to try it and free to take what ever they want from it. I wouldn't have made the tutorial if I wasn't asked. I don't know how else to help than to explain how I draw because like I've said; I've never said my ways are the only way... they just work for me.
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:iconstrangewaysplaindays:
Yeah I noticed I can't change the resolution of my devs, I hate it. They need to bring it back. Still love the Monroe lol
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
When I first uploaded this it was very tiny so I made it bigger, now it's huge. Maybe i'm on drugs *im not lol* but it doesn't matter what size I make it, it isn't that size when I upload it >.<

And thank you!!
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:iconstrangewaysplaindays:
No problem, I think you can resize it at the edit screen again. my last deviation let me change the size so it'd be worth checking out
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah they have since changed it back, very very thankful.
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:iconstrangewaysplaindays:
I know! I was worried. It'd be a pain in the butt to upload lol
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michaelmonroe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
beautiful charcol tutorial of marilyn monroe she's one of my favorites
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AnndreaLeeann Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much <3 I'm just sad you can't read it without downloading it >.<
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michaelmonroe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Your welcome. it's not a problem...
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