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Dita Von Teese – Graphite & charcoal portrait

mildura art artist izabelle falvo dita


Dita Von Teese
Size: A2
Materials: 2B pencil for outline, Mont Marte charcoal pencils, Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencil, Copic and Staedtler fineliners for glove details, hard bristle brushes and stumps for blending, various erasers to create highlights. A2 Eraldo di Paolo 225gsm paper.
Approximately 12 1/2 hours of work.
Reference photo by Albert Sanchez for Dita’s glove line.

This portrait was drawn entirely freehand, but the clip has been excluded from my speed drawing video.
I had trouble with Dita’s face and arm proportions. I photographed my drawing outline, imported it into Adobe Photoshop and overlaid my reference image, as I knew my version of Dita did not look like Dita. This helped me correct my proportions, but lead to a very messy artwork. I had to trace my original freehand outline onto a new sheet of paper, so I had a nice clean artwork.



Growing up in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, I had an interest in visual art since age 8. After completing my Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design) in 2010, I went on to work as a photojournalist for the next 2 years. Due to chronic health issues, I now enjoy less strenuous forms of visual art, such as drawing, painting and film. I love experimenting with different mediums. Except oil paint. I'm not willing to give that a second chance...

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