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Madonna by AmBr0 Madonna by AmBr0
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American singer, songwriter, actress, director, dancer, and entrepreneur. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's best-selling female recording artist in history by Guinness World Records. Considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, she is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Critics have praised her diverse musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy.

:bulletblue:3H, H, HB, 2B, 3B, 5B, 6B, woodless graphite 9B
:bulletblue:Kneaded Eraser, Mechanical Pen Eraser, Electric Eraser
:bulletblue:Blending Stump, Makeup removal discs
:bulletblue:A4 (21x29,7cm) (8,25"x11,7")

:pc: Blog: [link]
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:hypermind: Youtube Video tutorials: [link]

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:iconvladimir12908:
Vladimir12908 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Nice work!
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:iconambr0:
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2014
Thank you! :thanks:
Very good and important questions. I usually combine, I use layering specially for soft gradients (skin) and straight off tones mostly for dark accents with darker values. Once you detected the darkest and clearest zones of you drawing everything else will be a point in between. I recommend to try both and find the one that suits you the best for each moment, with practice you'll tend to apply the rigth value in the right spot more often.
You can see the tools in action in the videos. I don't usually use mechanical pencils, they are too sharp for my taste. For realism, I mostly use Bristol but I like to test other papers, so not always.
Maybe these tutorials in the blog about skin tones, blending and hair texture will bring some insight:
ambrojordiart.blogspot.com.es/…
ambrojordiart.blogspot.com.es/…
I seem to remember you can watch me combining charcoal and graphite on the video drawing Hedy Lamarr and Ellie. I recommend to apply first charcoal and then graphite, because charcoal will not stick on top of graphite. This way you work from general to detail.

I hope it helps! :thumbsup:
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:iconpencil64:
Pencil64 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the detailed response..it really is much appreciated.  I will check out the videos.
respect. J
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:iconarrivxste:
arrivxste Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're extremely talented, I mistook this for a photograph! 
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:iconmarrrava:
marrrava Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
dem hair! great work!
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:iconcosmickat:
CosmicKat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artist
fantastic!
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:iconjasminesadeghiart:
JasmineSadeghiArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Blown away.
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esalazioneHg Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
her expressiond and her hair are perfect!
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:iconihamo:
ihamo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
This is beyond beautiful!
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:iconsubhankar-biswas:
subhankar-biswas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
in-FREAKIN-credible!!! :wow:
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:iconjade-pandora:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I just finished watching the video time lapse: what a remarkable job you've done on this portrait.  The technique on the hair in particular is brilliant, and it was hard to believe it was hand-drawn, that's why I watched the video.  Your ability in traditional drawing is truly a gift.
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aliyevanv Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Stunning work - particularly hair! I was going to paint the same portrait, I really love this photo of her, but looking at this I think I'll pass - I can't do anything close anyway. Congrats on this job!
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:iconar-faham:
AR-Faham Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional
This piece of artwork has been selected to the "Featured" Gallery at #Celebrity-Portraits [link]
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:iconambr0:
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Thank you very much! :thanks: It's an honor
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:iconartsyvana:
ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
i like her!
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:iconlinuz79:
linuz79 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
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DeborahMBDrawings Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are an amazing artist
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akinom92 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Amazing hair !!!
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:iconvincyjess:
VincyJess Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Oh wow! A photo pratically! :)
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:iconannakoutsidou:
annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work ! :aww:
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:iconkaylirjohnson:
KaylirJohnson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So perfect!! Great job!
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:iconkardeleni:
kardelenI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Amazing
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:iconalissake:
alissake Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Wow :) You are so talented :)
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:iconnev777:
nev777 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ambro....certainly enjoyed the link....so cool...I'd get tired moving that quick...How long did it take to do this.....
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:icone11even-design:
e11even-design Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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:icontobiasmia:
tobiasmia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
This is absolute the best drawing I have ever seen of Madonna
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:iconlaborde91:
Laborde91 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you do her hair? It looks soooooooooooo real!
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:iconartbytamara:
ARTBYTAMARA Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
un mito non ho parole
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:iconlylaelfayomi:
lylaelfayomi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is more like a photograph, so real!!!
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:iconhvhelmut:
hvhelmut Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Omg... No words :O
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:iconsarah-lana-marchal:
Sarah-Lana-Marchal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic !!! just like a photo
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:iconwhat-about-chris:
What-about-chris Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
brilliant work
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:iconaixado:
aixado Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
fantastico trabajo Ambro!!:clap:
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:iconirenecomendador:
Irenecomendador Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Perfect work!!!
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:iconjos2507:
jos2507 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
splendid work !!!
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:iconjeanne-lui:
Jeanne-Lui Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: This great work is featured in my journal [link] now! Thank you for suggesting one of your favourites! :aww:
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:iconisabel-mr:
iSaBeL-MR Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Perfect!
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:iconjuniorjac:
JuniorJac Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
beautiful
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:iconbarsine4k:
Barsine4k Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
beautiful work!
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:iconhanagalal:
HanaGalal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
are you for real?! :D how long did it take you?
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:iconambr0:
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:D I think so. Maybe around 20h
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:iconacjub:
acjub Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had to watch the video to believe what I'm seeing :D Amazing drawing, the hair is my favourite part! :clap:
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:iconmls-art:
MLS-art Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!
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:iconabhishek-mitra:
abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
unbelievable
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:iconlittlespooky:
littlespooky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
beautiful! what kind of paper do you use for your artwork?
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:iconambr0:
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Thanks! :thanks: It depends, for this one smooth Canson Bristol
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:iconpjenz:
pjenz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
even if i was not an avid madonna fan, and i loved her at this time, the true blue stage of her life, i absolute love this, its so perfect, its like looking at a black and white photograph! :iconhellokittybounceplz:
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CandaceMiranda86 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!!
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:iconuvgirl:
UvGirl Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Photographer
This one of Madonna is really absolutely Amazing. Great Work again. :clap: :hug: :)
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