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Mariah Carey by LucaTedde Mariah Carey by LucaTedde
The long journey is over LOL!
Here she is.. my portrait of Mariah Carey is finally done.

I really have to thank so much everyone who's been close to me during this experience and everyone who left a comment on the several steps I submitted here on deviantart.

I've learned a lot drawing this portrait, its style is close to my previous portraits of course, but I feel I'm moving towards a more realistic result. I don't know if the process will go on this way, it just happened.. maybe my next portrait will be more simple and hopefully faster! ahah! ;)

Well.. we'll see.. :P

* reference picture from www.mariahdaily.com
* close-up's and WIP's in my scraps

* Derwent graphite pencils (from 3H to 5B)
* Staedtler Clutch pencils (HB and 2B leads)
* Faber-Castell black watercolor pencil
* Arches hot-press watercolor paper

size: 31x41cm (12"x16")

Edit: I made just a few small changes in the last part of hair I drew.. There were a few details I didn't like. I have sprayed fixative, no more changes will be done.
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:iconemeeria:
Emeeria Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Bellissimo ritratto!!!

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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie!!!
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McGhaney Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Lol, I was hoping you'll do that but I still Love this one of "Mariah Carey" this is the best Drawing I've seen of Mariah period and I mean that from the bottom of my heart, because it looks just like her the splitting image lol.
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enellopee Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
All your realistic works are good! Wish I know how to put multiple tones on the shading like yours!
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much enellopee to appreciate my work
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enellopee Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Enellopee's just my user, but I hope I can draw as good as you. How long did it take you to become good?
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well it's hard for me to tell, I have been not constantly drawing for so many years so the improvement in my technique could have taken less time I guess if I were drawing everyday and not every now and then.
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enellopee Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's understandable cause you have other things to do. your art& shading technique are top notch&photorealistic! I'm nowhere near it.
drawing daily takes force the 1st month for me then it gets easy when it turns into a habit.
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McGhaney Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Do you think that you can Draw Mariah Carey holding a Microphone Singing lol, that would look Beautiful just like this one Now.
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:iconlucatedde:
LucaTedde Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I think I'll draw more about MC but in a faster way, drawing that accurately would take too much time :D
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rayne4601 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! It looks like you took a black an white picture! This is fantastic! I love you! AWESOME WORK! :iconwowplz:
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you much!
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McGhaney Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Is this a Picture of Mariah on the Red Carpet or Something because I Love This Portrait?.
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:iconlucatedde:
LucaTedde Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah she was posing for some pictures here!
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McGhaney Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
You are welcome LucaTedde where it looks like her the most is her Eyes, Teeth, Cheek Bones, and that Flawless Hair it's a Great Drawing of a Great Stunning Five-Octave Voice Celebrity of the 1990s- 00's Music.
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McGhaney Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
This Drawing is almost Magician-Like, how did you Draw this because it looks just like Mariah Carey I LOvE THis Portrait you are a Talented Skilled Artist. This is Remarkable just like Mariah's Singing, Great Job Drawing This I wish I can Draw like this LucaTedde WoWwwwWWw.
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's a great and talented singer and songwriter and she deserves the best ever, so I tried to do my best with this portrait! Thanks a lot! :)
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McGhaney Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
This Drawing look exactly like Mariah Carey that's so Scary and I mean that in a Good Way, Mariah Carey is a Great Singer with a Stunning Five-Octave Vocal Range and my favorite Celebrity of the 90's, I was watching VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's the other day and I seen that Mariah was Ranked on the list... And by seeing this Portrait that I Love so much you LucaTedde made me fall in Love with Mariah Carey even more now great Portrait of MARIAH LOL.
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm a big fan of her too, so I guess my passion for her helped me a lot to do a good job with this portrait! Thanks a lot! :)
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Pidimoro Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
bellissimo lavoro Luca, complimenti!!!
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie!!!
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CandaceMiranda86 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So Gorgeous, amazing detail!!!
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:iconlucatedde:
LucaTedde Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!!!
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evusha Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
just have to love it. amazing:huggle:
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :hug:
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TheMindlessAllergies Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very nice i like her :)
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanx!
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TheMindlessAllergies Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
youre welcome
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WhizzieWhizzer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow I love portraits when they are done right & mate, this is perfect as is all of you work.
so great to see, thanks for sharing with us, I must follow your work, wow!!!
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! What a nice comment :) coming from a good artist as you are it means a lot to me!
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XPsychoxXChildX Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
It looks really good! What is fixative?
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:iconlucatedde:
LucaTedde Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a transparent varnish that is used to protect artworks - [link]
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XPsychoxXChildX Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Ah, gotcha.
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mariduda Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Wow! very realistic...
cool...
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mariduda Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Wow! so beautifull!
very realistic, you draw very good!
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:iconlucatedde:
LucaTedde Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much!!!
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Hanci6 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Incredible how far you're able to push the realism.
The texture of hair is absolutely stunning.
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much! I didn't know I could do it until I tried! :)
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Hanci6 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I see it was worth it:)
But how you do draw these tiny little light hair? You rubber them out, right? But how do you make your eraser be so sharp? I can't imagine.
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes it's more "negative" drawing instead of rubbering them out. You try to leave that line white and you drawing the hair around it. Then you use the eraser just to clean it a little bit and make it even whiter. The drawing is A3. The bigger you draw, the more detailed you can be ;)
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Hanci6 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Oh, so that's the huge secret!
Well I'm quite limited, because my scanner is A4 sized, so it's a bit of trouble to scann A3 picture, but sure it can be managed.
And I'm not very patient when drawing, so I doubt I'd ever finish any A3 paper :D

But hey thanks a lot for tips ;)
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have an A4 scanner too and I gotta scan my drawings 4 times, and then get the 4 pieces together. It's a little bit long but that's what I have at the moment... ehm.. actually my scanner is broken at the moment so I have to buy another one :(
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Hanci6 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Sounds a bit complicated. I mean, when i was scanning only A3 paper, it was driving me crazy.
You're scanner is broken? That's too bad. Mine is playing with me a bit too, but at least it's working somehow. Maybe it just needs a woman's touch:D
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StargazinArt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was an interesting year Luca.
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castagnetta Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Ciao Luca
volevo acquistare un pò di carta seria, purtopo a Palermo non riesco a trovare la Arches ne altri tipi di carta interessante. Trovo o schedario o fabriano economica o canson ma sempre economica. Potresti consigliarmi dove poterla acquistare e quale grammatura?
Ciao grazie sempre e a proposito quando avrà di nuovo vita il ritratto.net o simili, è grazie a te e a quelle prime lezioni che oggi so tenere la matita in mano discretamente... un grandissimo abbraccio e complimenti N°1
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Per la carta ti ho dato indicazioni nella pagina del mio profilo. Per quanto riguarda il sito.. ci devo lavorare ma tranquilla, andrà di nuovo online! :)
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castagnetta Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Ciao Luca
grazie sempre per i tuoi consigli. scusa se non ti ho risposto prima per ringraziarti, sono stato incasinatissimo con il lavoraccio che faccio... grazie di nuovo, in bocca al lupo per tutto .....
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StargazinArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:joy:
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MARZIOTESTI Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
La tua Mariah è sempre al top della lista... sinceri complimenti
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