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Alessandra Ambrosio

I started this back at the end of June, and worked on and off till yesterday on it. Total of 51 hours. It was a great lesson in patients and in hair and how not to go cross-eyed when drawing hair.

It is a very large drawing, 2x4 feet (61cm x122cm), it was done on a gesso'd board because paper would of been greatly impractical. Gesso also gives you more options when it comes to hair, making it easier to draw that one white strand out in all the blackness.


I loved the movement and flow about this picture, it makes me feel very free, so I had to draw it. When I realized I had almost 40 hours into a drawing of Emma Watson (Hermione), I figured I might need to finish this one, ha.

You may recognize Alessandra from her work with Victoria's Secret.

The download size is about 2100 pixels wide as well.

Feel free to check out my gallery as I have a few other drawings finished and more in the works.


Comments appreciated!
And Thanks for helping to make this to a DD! ^_^
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Given 2007-10-26
Alessandra Ambrosio by =Stephen67
"Stunning capture of movement and tension in this drawing. The level of detail in her hair is mind-blowing, to say the least." ( Suggested by madilar and Featured by DuncanMcNicol )
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Veruxxx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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chernyshov Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional
Greats!!!!
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hijasq Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Artist
can i take this for my Photoshop Learning session
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I suppose, but you might get easier results using the original I worked from. A picture of a drawing from a picture isn't always the best, ha.
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hijasq Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Artist
u r pic is great and am not an artist like am just learning editing that's all
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malav1802 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
amaazzzinng man
O.o
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sickeningsweet Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only hope I'm able to draw this well someday.
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Petitemuse Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Amazing done!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Thank you :)
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brightFORWARD Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I downloaded this and had it put on canvas. It is now on my wall <3
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
lol thank you. I'm curious as to how it would look on canvas, what size did you end up going with? (Sorry for the late reply)
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DISCOFRISCO Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely LOVE it!!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
lol thank you :)
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sankyman Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
WOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.....THE HAIR!!!>...I CREATED AN ACCOUNT HERE JUST SO THAT I COULD SAY THIS, "WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW"
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
lol thanks, I'm flattered
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four-corners Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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aguilas990 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This is fantastic... The likeness and the rendering technique is flawless.

Congrats, this is a new fave for me.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Thank you :)
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Xiare Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
You are so talented.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Thank you :)
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lovemylittlelie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
brilliant job :)
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thank you :D
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Yuliyas Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Omg, I thought that this is a photo!!! :wow:I'm really shocked by your talent!!! You have gold hands, terrific work!:clap:
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
lol thank you :)
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CarzyGoose Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
nice
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thanks :)
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ShaynaJ Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
That is kick ass for sure! I would love to have that on my wall!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
lol thank you, it's one of my favorites
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harrypotterfan999 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
I don't remember if I have already mentioned it here... but this has got to be the most realistic hair sketch I have seen at DA! Absolutely amazing work Stephen!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
lol thank you, took forever. It's when I learned how to draw hair.
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WinterWhiteBlood Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
I can't stop looking at it.
It's bloody amazing! Wow you have so much talent and patience.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Thank you ^_^

One of my favorite pieces, I can't believe it's been almost two years since I drew it. lol this is the one I learned how to do hair on...
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WinterWhiteBlood Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
No problem, you deserve a lot more credit than I gave you.

It's become my favorite as well :) it's the best use of pencil containing a complex light and dark tonal contrast that I have seriously ever seen. It's amazing. I'm hooked.

Wish I could draw hair that well. It's mind boggling, I can see every strand! You have so much patience.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
lol thanks, having it be 2x4' makes it easy to make the hair detailed ;)

I think I might do a tutorial here one of these days on hair like I did eyes within this next month or so...
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WinterWhiteBlood Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Lol sweet. I should try doing the smaller images, make it a lot easier for practice when I don't have to fill out a picture the size of an A3 piece of paper.

That'd be awesome ^.^ Can't wait to read it.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
lol know what you mean, I always try to do smaller images... then I start doing things measured in feet and not inches, lol.

When it comes to people though, I have found 1:1 scale to be the easiest, if it's too small it's difficult to do faces and you spend as much time as you would have if it was larger.
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WinterWhiteBlood Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Lol.

A square... hmm... haven't tried that before.
Ah fair enough. Thank you for that, I'll have to try it out. I've been getting a bit slack in my art work lately because I haven't been doing as well as I'm accustomed to. Nothing seems to work at the moment.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
whoops, I ment drawing the person to life size ratio.
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Zephio Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist
this is awesome. you did a great job
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
Thank you :)
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BennyIII Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Her hair amaze me !! the amount of work in that. good lord, it must have taken forever !! movement, fluidity, everything is great !
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
lol thank you, yeah this was the piece that I learned how to really do hair and be patient with it. To me it's one of the places most people skip over way too fast. Good hair is one of the key differences in making something look truly real.
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BennyIII Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
I totally agree. its something i havent learned yet. im still impatient. gotta learn. :D
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freaky06 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Student Artist
I know this is an overasked question but: how do you do hair properly? Just keep working at it? Always use a range of tones? A little detail in the process would be great. As everyone else has said: great job.
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Hair takes a tremendous amount of patients, I usually spend at least a third total time on hair (that can be over 20 hours, this one of course was mainly hair though). Before I spent that much time on it, any hair I did was dull, dead and fake looking.

You want to outline as much as you can, get things down to sections that are about 4-8 square inches or so. Then find the darkest area in that section, and draw in all those lines, just the darkest, don't worry about shading yet. Then, block in the whole section to the lightest shade in that area. Work your way down, go a darker shade, do all that. Then another darker shade, and so on and so forth till your down to the darkest for the area. It is important to do the darkest first otherwise the contrast tends to not be as strong, it will also make things easier to see where the lines go.

Hair isn't perfectly straight, the hairs move in a general direction, usually there is one or two strands going off different directions, these are important, but a pain. There are a couple tricks that can make it more real looking, and doing it in color is a lot more work (as usually there are about 16 colors to keep track of, just for normal hair...).

It is in the little things, the more patients you have with them, the more of them you do and the better things look. Only spending an hour on a full head of hair on a life size drawing isn't nearly enough time. I once had a drawing where I spent an hour on a section of hair the size of a QUARTER, yeah, that one took forever, but I can also stick my nose right up to it and it still looks real... makes a big difference on how intimate something can feel to you ^_^

Good luck! Patience is key!
(And remember, you might go crossed eyed, lol)
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freaky06 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Student Artist
I wish I could fave a comment. Thank you for all the patience you took out of your own time to describe the process to me. I will try to follow those instructions best I can. I understand the commitment that is required to show such detail, and I'm willing to try to reach that level. I'm just hoping I have that level. To become cross eyed would be an achievement :D

I know its a bit much to ask, but the steps you have told me (which were very helpful, thank you) are still hard to visualize. Do you think that during the next piece you do, you could take photos? I'd love to see the process in a tutorial format. Unless you have one and I've missed it. Any other handy tips?
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Oh, I forgot to mention; don't be too quick with the outline. Its boring, but outlines are CRITICAL. It lets you know where everything is going to be, allowing you to get things perfect without having to un-do hours of work shading and drawing. Not using one also makes it very difficult to fill up the sheet of paper or to have things framed the way you want. I usually spend a few hours doing an outline before I start anything. I can't stress how critical it is. I know it is the most boring part of it all, but it is the most important step in having things come out right.

Also remember with shading; a line is a separation between a lighter area and a darker area. One side of the line is ALWAYS darker than the other, even if only for a slight moment. (And one side is always lighter...).

Contrast is also critical. It can be used to make things feel softer (take one in my gallery; Saturday with Kate. I only got as dark as 5B), but for the most part you want a spectrum that goes from pure white to pure black.

If you have trouble getting blacks as dark as you really want (when 9B isn't enough), I know a few tricks, but they make for a bit more work.


Oh, and I can't believe it took me this long to remember; the direction of your stroke is CRITICAL at ALL times. Even if you are just blocking in an area, it is always critical that you go the right direction. When you go over something that is a bump, your strokes need to curve with it, other wise it looses it shape a bit and begins to look a little dead. Your pencil will automatically create these directional lines no matter what you do, so it's best to use them to your advantage. Take for example clothing, you always go the direction of the weave, and it needs to curve and change for ripples.

Out of curiosity, did you have something already in mind to draw?
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freaky06 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Student Artist
Not really, its just that I was never any good at drawing hair. Even comicbook hair. I saw your stuff and the little tiny part of my brain that contains envy and self loathing exploded. I hope to improve somewhat. If I get the time to... Is it all graphite you're into here? Because my weapons of choice are very limited. Mostly because its a side thing that not even my parents know I do. I hope to see the steps, meanwhile I'll make do with the text you left to guide me hand. Thanks a lot. I've watched you. I want to learn so bad. :)
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
lol np.

Thanks for the +fav and the watch as well :)

And yes, graphite is all I use ^_^
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Your welcome ^_^

Yeah I figured my directions might have been a bit hazy, I learn by seeing and doing personally and when I can't show what I mean it usually takes a while to get the idea across.


I was thinking about doing a tutorial in all honesty on this next one, so you're in luck. It is going to be in color, but its also going to be of black hair. It is a little different with color than shades, even if black though. (I am finishing the background to one now, so the next one I post won't be the one with the tutorial).

As far as other tips go, off the top of my head I would say its very important to understand what it is you are drawing. Sometimes there is an odd shape or shadow or whatever and if you don't see whats causing it, it makes it difficult to convey it on paper. Don't draw if you are bored or not in the mood, it shows when you're being quicker on one spot over another. Background is important, most people skip it and just shade (ok, well on this one it was supposed to be just shading... but notice the angle that you are looking at her face...), but background is what makes it look more real. Very very seldom do you ever look at anyone with nothing but say a clear sky behind them, there is always a little something, even if just a horizon. The person could be flawless but if the background is no existent like it should be, its not going to look nearly as real as it should.
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