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pencils using a grid to get the proportions right. I really need to start working on drawing things without a grid.

**update, finished Irene Adler.. Will start working on Sherlock Holmes now!
****Have given up on drawing Sherlock.. I'll keep it like this.. for now..
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this-is-a-paradox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Artist
Absolutely spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is so great!!!! I've been obsessing over Sherlock lately and I just love this so much! I think it's probably your best. I love the intensity in her gaze. You nailed it!! : DDDD
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much! 
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Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her hair, eyes and lips. They are very realistic.
Great artwork!
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SarahWoods Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dit is zooo mooi! Like it a lot!
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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minombreesmara Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great work :).
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great likeness and awesome shading! <3 Beautiful work! :clap:
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you! Glad you like it :blowkiss:
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Arek-OGF Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work!!!
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Arek-OGF Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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little-miss-optimist Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Nice work! This looks really awesome!
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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little-miss-optimist Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist
You're very welcome!
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phoenix132 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant drawing! Although you should try not to use a grid, I think it really hinders your ability.
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. And I'm trying to stop using grids unless I really want the proportions to be 100% right. Which isn't that often :) (It's addictive)
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phoenix132 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I chose not to use grids to begin with so every portrait I've drawn has been done without them. I thought it would be hard to stop using them once I'd started, seems I was right! :)
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yes, definitely! I only started using a grid about.. a year ago I believe but now I find it hard to stop using them. It's getting better though because in some ways it did teach me a thing or two about 'looking'. :)

You've got a lovely gallery by the way.
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phoenix132 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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TheTalentless Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student General Artist
LOL at first as I saw the WIPs I thought she was doing her hair.
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hahahahahaha :giggle:
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lukkeystaar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is stunningly beautiful!
She's one of my favourite actresses.. so mesmerising and brilliant!! this is an awsome piece! XD
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww hahaha thank you! And I agree she is brilliant :blowkiss:
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lukkeystaar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem, your sooo talented!! :iconsuperheroglompplz:
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gintmfgb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Nice drawing !
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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francoclun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice drawing. I like it :D
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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vya Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Thatīs beautiful! :heart:
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Miss-Catherine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's fantastic :)
I really like the shading, you captured her very well.
I also draw with grids and many artists at deviantart do the same :) there's nothing wrong with that.
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blowkiss: I 'know' that using a grid is okay but for some reason I keep listening to the people that say it is cheating :)
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Miss-Catherine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ;)

It's not cheating. Don't listen to them, really. You love to draw then draw whatever technique you want to. For me grids are just one of the technique which helps you to get proportions right. All shading you do by yourself. I also had doubts and I thought the same as you do. But I saw many great hobby artists on deviantart and they don't think that grids is cheating.
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:bow:
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paperthin-z Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome portrait! It's so realistic :wow:
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!
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paperthin-z Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :iconheartbumplz:
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exceptional work!:D
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:D
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kstrawberry Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow I love the texture of her hair! just right!
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lalita17 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
This is beyond incredible.
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww thanks :blowkiss:
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Zoffoli Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is great! Love it :)
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I though this was a photo lol Really fantastic work! (:
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww thanks :blowkiss:!
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