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Keira Knightley by Raishuu Keira Knightley by Raishuu
Finally I finished my portrait of Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swan in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean which I started ages ago. I'm really happy with it, but had lots of motivational problems on the way ^^;
I hope you like it, I guess I'll have to do one of Captain Jack, too (I was really into Johnny Depp back when the first movie came out :D )

I'm drew this as a part of my entry for the Kick your Own @ss Contest and am relieved that I finished in time :phew: (The entry can be found here: [link] )

Technical Information
A4 Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper (190 g/m²; 90 lbs)
B-4B regular pencils, 2B mechanical pencil
kneaded eraser, eraser at the back of the mechanical pencils for details in hair
tissues and tortillion for blending
time... I really don't know, I'm guessing something around 20 hours
Levels adjusted in Photoshop to make the scan look like the original image
... and a grid :iconlegaspplz:


Thank you for all the favs on this one and the contest entry! I'm very happy you like it, but I can't thank everyone individually ([link])

Now, I want to upload some details of this one in higher resolution, so if you tell me which parts you want to see really big, I will add them :aww:

:icongimmefeedback:
Sorry guys, I didn't want this to appear in your inboxes... I just wanted to test whether the submissions rules appear when people submit stuff, and thought I'd just decline the submission. I forgot that submissions by co-founders are auto-accepted :giggle:
So, the feedback I'd like from you - when you submit your Deviations to our gallery, do you get a note of some sorts stating short submission rules? :D
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You really made a wonderful job, even if you have problems along the time you made it, it doesn't see :D
The deatils in hair, dress and the hands are really realists, you can even feel how her hair moves or how is almost to let the necklace fall down to her pit :)
Her face is very similar to Keira's face, her ayes are really locking at you and her expression is the same that she does with her lips.
Finally I have to tell you that in the middle of a drawing that you really like appears this problems on your head, and sometimes make the better, I just can tell you that you have an awsome gift and a wonderful technique on your hands, eyes and mind, keep drawing like this to amaze us ;)
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:iconaletheiafelinea:
AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Hello! Your work has been featured here: aletheiafelinea.livejournal.co…
Regards! :)
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ultimatebookworm Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist
wow wow wow... i so love keira knightley, and this drawing is excellent...
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:iconalthea-25:
Althea-25 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great work!
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
thank you :aww:
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:iconolandojordan:
olandojordan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you are just an artistical magician!!
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
thank you so much :aww:
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:iconolandojordan:
olandojordan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
my pleasure!
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:iconpirateonfleetstreet:
PirateonFleetStreet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There isn't much I can say that hasn't been said about this already. I think this portrait is absolutely beautiful. It had such a great impact when I first saw it. I find it doesn't bother me at all that it doesn't truly look like Keira. Usually this would bug me to no end, but there is something so unique and stunning about it that I can't help but love it completely. So although it is not an exact likeness, it's perfect. You are exceptionally talented!
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Thank you so much for your sweet comment!
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:iconpirateonfleetstreet:
PirateonFleetStreet Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! :)
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AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her hair is amazing!!!
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
thank you :)
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:iconangelinabenedetti:
AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre welcome:D
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:icon2ndtoone:
2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, amazing likeness!
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
thank you :aww:
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:icon2ndtoone:
2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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:iconwolffang24:
WolfFang24 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
amazing! when I first saw this picture i thought you had got a very, very nice camera XD
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
thanks! haha, goal achieved :XD:
(although I don't know why you would think I managed to get a photograph of Keira :O )
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:iconvouloir:
vouloir Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010   General Artist
wow, beautiful work! :heart:
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
thank you :)
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:iconrainbow-colored-eyes:
Rainbow-colored-eyes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Coolies
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
thankies :P
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Rainbow-colored-eyes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
how are u this good? sadness. i wish i was as good as you. i draw people ok i can do eyes and noses really well, but when it comes to open lips, face shapes, and hair im stumped. if there is any advice you can give me PLEASE DO!!!

materials i use
pencil and eraser I shade but dont blend. Hair really is difficult and teeth and once again face shape, please help.
please reply
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Hi, and first of all, welcome to dA :aww:
Thanks for your kind words. It would help a great deal if you uploaded some of your work into your gallery, so I can see where you're at. It's much easier to give hints and pointers that way.
But I'll try anways. The only thing I'm good at (or was good at, I haven't been able to draw anything decent in ages ;) ) is drawing a realistic portrait from reference. In that case, what I find most helpful is to start off with a very detailed and accurate lineart. I can spend as much as 1-2 hours only on the lineart. And those lines don't even appear in the finished work, I just draw them very lightly as guides as to were to put the shading. If your lineart is accurate, it's much easier to get the drawing to look like the person you want to draw.
To achieve that, I use a grid and try to copy every line as closely as possible. I try not to focus on the object I want to draw (an eye or a nose or open lips) but on the shapes that I see. If you try to blank out the object you will be less inclined to draw it the way you THINK it ought to look. Often, the shape is different from what we would expect based on the "rolemodel" of noses or lips we have in our head. If you draw free-handed, not only focus on the shape, but also on the distance between parts of the face (how far is it from the eyes to the side of the head and so on) and on the size of the parts relative to each other.
For the hair, look at the tutorials by =akaLilith that's how I learned.
I don't really recommend any materials, use what you're comfortable with but if you want to get a realistic portrait, it's always a good idea to get a good amount of contrast in your image. I used to draw way too lightly (still do in some cases) and constantly need to force myself to draw darker. Get a really soft pencil like 6B or 8B and use it for the darkest areas. Don't overdo it, and make sure that you have soft transitions to lighter areas, but those dark parts really make your image pop. Also remember that big light areas are often darker than they seem. I always tend to make the skin too light and when I try to put in highlights were the skin shines a bit, they can hardly be seen because the surrounding area is already very light.
Sooo.... I don't really know what else to tell you without having seen one of your works. If you have uploaded something, feel free to drop me a comment or note and I'll have a look :)
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Rainbow-colored-eyes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. Do you get on enough to see when ive commented? And how do i get my pictures onto deviant art. I recently did a work (portiat of myself) and i tried very hard and im actually proud of how it came out. I just want that "it looks just like a photograph" feel to it. And i cant ever get the smiley expressions to work grrr. But thank you for answering my questions instead of ignoring me like most people.
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
No problem. There's a drop down menu at the top of the screen which says "submit". Choose "submit art" the rest should be self-explanatory. (if it isn't, follow this tutorial from step 3 [link] )

I try to be online and check for important messages once a day but you might have to wait a little, depending on how busy real life gets. If you have uploaded your work you can also try to get critique from other members or groups on dA, like #GimmeFeedback
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Rainbow-colored-eyes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
how long did it take you to aquire the skill you have today. Do you take art in highschool or are you in college. srry for all the questions im just trying to be thebest i can be.
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I never took a professional art class, but I learned a lot from tutorials here on dA. If you look through my gallery, you will see the progress I made. I started drawing portraits around the time that "Pirates of the Caribbean" came out, was it 2006? I'm not sure anymore. Actually, the old version of this drawing is one of the first portraits that I did, if you can call it that :)
Sorry for the late reply, I'm currently catching up on 4000+ messages :phew:
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:iconnerafinuota:
Nerafinuota Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow,I adore the hair...I'm speechless :faint:
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Thank you! It was quite a bit of work, yes :D
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:iconnerafinuota:
Nerafinuota Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I can imagine :D I always fail when it comes to hair :X
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:iconjmoneygetdown:
jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow... This is just.. uhh..crap
This is so good it makes me wanna cry
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
thank you :D
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:iconjmoneygetdown:
jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Teach me? master? ROFL.
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Okay, I checked your gallery so here's some points of advice. You already use various pencil leads, which is a good thing. Contrast is really important when trying to draw realistic, it will make your work look 3D. But you need to make sure that the dark areas blend nicely into the lighter areas (and don't forget the shades of grey in between ;) ). Try making many soft, light layers and add darkness gradually, don't press really hard unless you want pure black.
Practice shapes. Take some random object in your room and try to draw the exact shape. If you want to, you can draw from a photo and use a grid to help you with that, you will be surprised how often things aren't the way they seem to be (that's because our brain knows, oh look, that's an eye, eyes are round, so the eye is round, right? but it isn't, it all depends on the angle from which you look at it.)
Take a part of an image (an eye, an ear, the nose, whatever) and try to draw it as detailed as you can. Make it really really good, the best you can possibly do. Let it rest for a day or two, then come back and look at it again. Maybe look at it in a mirror and compare it to the original. Does it look the same? Are the curves and shapes right? Be critical with yourself, if you can't spot any mistakes, ask someone else to give you a critique. There are some groups on dA which are great to get critique. Then, after taking all the critique to heart and keeping those in mind which you agree with, draw the same (or a similar) object again.
Generally speaking, draw. Draw some more :P Draw A LOT :XD: I've got drawers full of sheets of paper with just eyes on them or just hands or just ears. I'm not yet good enough drawing without a reference, but when working from a reference the key is to become good at copying closely, seeing the shape and light and shadow rather than the object. It's not very original, but it's the way I do it :shrug:
I hope this helps a little, let me see when you've done something new, okay? :)
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:iconjmoneygetdown:
jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! This helped alot!
I'll be sure to let you know :).
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Brandon-Tarian Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible!
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Thank you :aww:
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bambootiger Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
great job, you really have the hair down
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
thank you! I learned that from =akaLilith she has some great tutorials :aww:
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bambootiger Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Thank you for the link, I'm sure I'll pick up some good points there that will help me improve a little. Let me return the favor. Here is the best tutorial on the net I've seen so far on the general principal of rendering hair. This lady has a great explanation:
[link]
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
You're welcome :) I alrady know the tutorial you send me, I searched through every halfway decent tutorial there is on hair to figure out how to do it (at least that's what it feels like ;) ) I found =akaLiliths method to work best for me which depends on erasing a lot, but I guess everyone is different. But you're right, that tutorial is really good, though I would try to put in more fine but very dark shadows :aww:
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bipolarjew24 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
this is a job well done, dude! awesome. it looks absolutely beautiful.
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
thank you very much :aww:
(I'm still confused when people say dude to a girl :P )
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   General Artist
beautiful! you have an amazing talent :D
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
thanks!
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009   General Artist
no problem :D
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L-amoo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOOOOW VERY BEAUTIFUL
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:iconraishuu:
Raishuu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thank you!! :D
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Xy-ro Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Echt der Hammer!

Respekt!
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