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How long have you been drawing?
I've been drawing since I was a kid. I've always kept a sketchbook and pencil with me and I've always loved art. I got really into drawing several years ago though when I joined dA back in October 2006.

Have you taken any art classes?
Yes, over the past couple years I have taken art classes in portrait, figure, still life, and landscape drawing and painting which have been extremely helpful. Before I started taking classes though, I practiced a lot on my own. I taught myself and I figured out what things worked for me and what things did not. If you are looking to improve it is so important to teach yourself by practicing.

How long does it take you to complete a drawing?
Anywhere from 1-25 hours. It really depends on the detail, size, and how patient I am at the time. :XD:

What size paper do you use?
I usually work on 9" x 12"- 18" by 24" and all standard sizes in between those. Also, sometimes I will custom cut my paper. 

What do you use to make your digital works?
My digital paintings usually start with a traditional sketch that I scan into my computer.  After I finish the sketch I use Photoshop CS5 to paint & I use a wacom intuos3 tablet.

How do you blend?!
I use my finger, tissues, stumps, mop brushes, and cotton swabs for blending.

Do you take commissions?
I do indeed :D gabbyd70.deviantart.com/journa…

Do you draw from photos?
If I am drawing a realistic portrait I will either work from life with the model posing in front of me or I will work from a good photo reference. Sometimes I will draw from my imagination, but when I do those pieces are usually more stylized. 

May I draw from one of your drawings?
If you draw from one of my works, I would ask you keep it for yourself and for your own learning purposes. Please do not post your copied artwork to deviantart or any other online sites. Thank you

:star:Art Lessons::star:

If you are interested in learning to draw pencil portraits, I share my process, as well as tips and tricks in my pencil portrait drawing class here on skillshare- skl.sh/16gjG3u

On my patreon, I share step by step process photos, guides on materials, video processes, and tutorials! www.patreon.com/artwork

I also have some free tutorials here: gabbyd70.deviantart.com/galler…


:star:TIPS!:star:

:bulletpink: My #1 tip is to PRACTICE! :D It is the best way to improve.  Keep a sketchbook and draw in it as much as you can. Draw from life, photo references, and your imagination and you will improve with every drawing.

:bulletpink: Buy the best materials you can comfortably afford. Of course, practice is key, but having the good stuff can't hurt. 

:bulletpink: Put a piece of paper under your drawing hand while you work. This really helps to prevent smudging.

:bulletpink: If possible, have your reference be the same size as your drawing. This will help a lot when you need to take measurements to get proportions correct.

:bulletpink: Write out a sort of "Inspiration List" that contains words, themes, and ideas that inspire you.  This will come in handy if you ever have an art block.  Also look on dA at other art to get you inspired and utilize dA's search box to put in inspiring words and find some great art!

:bulletpink: Don't be afraid to try different mediums :) You may like it!

:bulletpink: Join contests and get involved with the community! It will give you exposure and help you to meet other artists.

:bulletpink: Never give up!! Be patient and practice as often as you can. You won't get to where you want to be over night, but you will get there!!
Maybe this will give you a little hope- gabbyd70.deviantart.com/art/Dr… fav.me/d2s7vfp :giggle:
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:icondedee567:
dedee567 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thxs this will help me a lot.:)
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
great! :)
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shelbynight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
I think that this helped me quite a bit, I was just wondering, do you know of any digital art programs that dont cost anything that are quite good? 
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
hmm I've heard of gimp? I think it's free. But I haven't tried it myself 
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aubtastic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Don't worry I definetly will be practicing a lot if i'll ever be as good as you. Oh and by the way...how do you get your drawings online???
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
great :) online, I just upload :D
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:iconizzofizzo123:
IzzoFizzo123 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Those tutorials are so helpful! Thank you!
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
oh good :D
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:iconrapunzzel:
Rapunzzel Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I presume not drawing from your drawings is equitable to not coloring your drawings and posting w/credit?
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I would ask that you do not please. If you would like to draw/color for fun, then that is fine. I would just ask that you keep it for yourself and not post to any online sites. thanks!
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:iconrapunzzel:
Rapunzzel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok, just checking. :) Thank you for your response!
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:icondjnightsilver:
Djnightsilver Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
THanks sooo much, I will be refering back to this page alot. THanks again
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
sure, hope it helps :D
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:icondjnightsilver:
Djnightsilver Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
any advice on how to draw myself??? like self portraits.
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
hmm I would say just prop up a mirror and draw from life. You will learn the most drawing from life really
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:iconghljgfhjk:
ghljgfhjk Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
But seriously, how do you do the lips and nose and eyes? Basically, the face. I CANNOT figure it out!
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Well if you really want to learn how to draw the face, I would suggest seeing if there are any good portrait classes offered in your area. In that type of class you will learn the big planes of the head and you should also learn the smaller features- like eyes, nose, and mouth. If you can't find a good class offered in your area, I would suggest buying an art book that walks you through each thing. Go to an art store and actually look through the books they have. I wouldn't just buy a book offline, because the cover might be good, but the lessons inside might be bad. If you don't want to do that, I would suggest searching around for tutorials on dA! :D There are lots of great ones. Search nose tutorial, eye tutorial, etc. You will find a lot of great info in those. Anyway, I wish you the best!! :)
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:iconghljgfhjk:
ghljgfhjk Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Thank you so much! I'll definitely give those a try!
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ghljgfhjk Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
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gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
lol
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carly2009 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey girl, can I ask u a tip??
How u digitalized your traditional drawing??
I scann mine but I'm not so happy for how they look after that! :(
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Well yes, you have to edit them a bit to make them look like they do in real life and make them look well presented online. You can use a program and edit the levels and this will help. In Photoshop, you go to: Image>Adjustments>Levels...
then tweak it how you wish. :)
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carly2009 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
*_* Thank u so much !! U helped me a lot!! And thanks for the quick reply as well!! I usually use just curves.. thanks thanks thanks :flirty:
Keep it up!
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:iconultraviolet123:
UltraViolet123 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
hello do you have any good tips on drawing Hayley Williams?
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
hmm not really. I don't think I got a really great likeness here
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:iconthevanillatwilight:
thevanillatwilight Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I just used one of sketches for some coloring practice, but I see in your FAQ 'May I draw from one of your drawings' that you say no. So I took it off of DA again, do you mind me putting it in my scrapbook here?
I put a credit to you on the image and in the description.
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Yes, you can put it in your scrapbook if you'd like to this time. In the future though, I would ask that if you draw from my work that you do not upload it anywhere online and just keep it for yourself. Thanks :)
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mason4 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is really helpful but i had a kinda odd question. i always use a grid so i was wondering if you could give me advise on how to work out of using a grid. it is much more time consuming and i just really want to be able to do it all completly freehand. any advise you can give would be greatly appreciated :)
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I would suggest maybe doing some quick portrait sketches. Like 20-25 mins or so following a photo reference and trying to quickly capture the angles and the likeness of the person. This will give you lots of good practice and it will teach you how to draw more quickly. If you dedicate a little bit of time to it every day, you will get better in no time :)
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violetmika Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
hi, sorry to be so random as to post on this. i was glancing at it to help inspire me to keep trying to do this one drawing :D but, i was also wondering how long it took for your drawings to actually start looking like the people you were drawing freehand? I've been trying really hard on thie one specific drawing freehand, have made four sketches, and even tried freehand upside down WHILE making it the same size as the photo but it still doesn't look like the subject... any tips? :)
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Well you have the right idea. You have to practice a lot before you will get a likeness. My mom once told me you have to draw 100 portraits before you get a likeness!

When I was about 13 years old, I would draw celebrities out of magazines. I'd get people to guess who they were and sometimes they would guess right and sometimes they wouldn't. It takes time.

I would suggest maybe using a ruler or straight edge and try measuring out some of the proportions. Like the distance between the eyes, the distance from ear to ear, the distance from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, etc. This will help you be more accurate. :) Best wishes!!
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violetmika Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
thank you! i'll try that, maybe the fifth time's the charm ;)
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:iconbrokenviolet:
BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thanks a lot for sharing this with us. :iconflowerplz: :heart:
I'm glad I'm doing exactly the same thing as your tips except for tip#4, I don't print my references the same size as my drawing, I'm going to do so for my next work. :)
thanks again ;)
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Well if I can, then I like to do that. Sometimes the drawing is bigger than I can print out though. But yeah, it helps me :)
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LuskeRikke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried your tip with placing a piece of paper under your drawing hand, and I really must thank you, it's been very helpfull. I've always had problems smudging what I had drawn all over the drawing :/
So, thank you very much! :)
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
oh awesome! :) im glad it helped
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:iconleovagirl:
Leovagirl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for this! I always have admired your work and it's always good to get advice from someone who has so much talent! :D
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
aw thanks ;)
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:iconladym317:
ladym317 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very talented. I wish I had never taken a break. I started drawing late in highschool but only for about a year or so and just recently picked it back up in the last year and I it's frustrating to think of the time I wasted.d
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I understand. I'm sure you can make up for lost time though :) & thanks!!
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bob-a-loo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
An inspiration list! That's a good idea!

I started a Man Bucket the other day to save pictures of different male characteristics (i.e. face shape, nose, hair, eyes, etc.) ...... I don't really know why I'm bringing that up. :blushes:
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
lol hey whatever works :D :D
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:iconbob-a-loo:
bob-a-loo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha yes :D
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:iconflyyphoenix:
FlyyPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to know! :D
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
:D ;)
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:iconlilmissann:
lilmissann Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love it if you posted some drawings from your childhood :] I love looking at mine because they're so funny :]
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
;) they are funny. I probably will
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:iconlilmissann:
lilmissann Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:]
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:iconlight-fox:
Light-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
awesome! :D
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:icongabbyd70:
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
thanks ;)
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