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Neytiri by Mourns-For-Trees Neytiri by Mourns-For-Trees
Update [1-16-2010]: I now have a better quality photo of this up. It's got much better detail than this one, so go check it out! Also I want to say thank you to everyone, I never would have expected this drawing to get so much attention. You guys rock.

Anyways, I liked Avatar a lot, so I drew this picture. I just grabbed the first picture I liked off Google before I noticed that everyone on DA had apparently used this same reference photo, so I apologize. The upside is there are lots of drawings for me to compare this to, which is nice since I'm trying to get back into drawing. It took quite a while. Probably ~5 hours, but I blame this partially on the fact that I haven't drawn anything in a year and a half.
When I did this I only had 3 pencils, 2H, HB and 2B, so I could only go so dark. This was fine until I started doing the hair and I realized I needed to go darker somehow. In my quest for blacker blacks I busted out the charcoal. MISTAKE. It almost utterly ruined the whole thing. I don't think I got the shape of her head quite right either. It needs to be a little wider, and jaw a little less square... For next time.

Let me know what your thoughts are! Don't be shy I'm trying to learn from this!
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:iconblue-angel12:
Blue-Angel12 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"You got a strong heart. But stupid!!!!! Ignorant like a child!!!"Hahahahahaha

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ichigo240 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
omg dood i shall call u master and i giv this 100000000000000000000000000 tums up cant w8 4 the sequel
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:icondreamwriter99:
DreamWriter99 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
FANTASTIC.
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MissMurder1243 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist
to be honest i dont thinki could ever draw something as great as that in my entire life.
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eaglefour Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
good work ! =)
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:iconadeviantmember-yea:
Adeviantmember-yea Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
HOLY EYWA!! Did you really draw that?
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:iconmourns-for-trees:
Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
...I think so.
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:iconbrutaka359:
brutaka359 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
DUDE! Do you know that you can sell this???
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:iconmourns-for-trees:
Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I don't think I'm ready for that yet. I'll burn that bridge when I get to it.
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Gir-the-Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I have made the mistake of mixing pencil with charcoal... Terrible things ensued... I think that you have done a pretty good critique of yourself... AMAZING piece. :la::la::la::la::la:
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S-u-b Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
amazing :+fav:
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:icondarkob:
DarkoB Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
My god! Amazing work, I totally agree with Firenze9.
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Silver-Stitches Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
That's amazing! I love all the detail! :)
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:iconzananeichan:
zananeichan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Wow thats absolutely beautifull , she came out lovely :excited: :heart:
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:iconavifan:
avifan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
OMFG THAT MUST OF TOOK FOREVER TO DRAW 10000000 OUT OF 10
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:iconendormoon:
endormoon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Awesome! You did a great job! How long did it take you?
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
INDEED! SCANNIT, DAMMIT! I rarely find any good new submissions of pencil chiaroscuro shadings done RIGHT these days :cries: It's a form of art I fear doing but love to see it when it's done with very little smudging (from my greasy fingers!)
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HardcoreBandGeek Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is incredible. Really. It's brilliant.
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:iconrileyrocks290:
RileyRocks290 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Thats beautiful
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:iconmaheshw:
maheshw Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Awesome
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:iconsoinarde:
soinarde Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
i like it and so avatar
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:iconindigenous-graphics:
Indigenous-Graphics Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Very well done considering your pencil issue! And yes, when I read the description I will have to agree on the jawline being slightly too square, but not very much. Otherwise its damn good.
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:iconmourns-for-trees:
Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Thank you.
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:iconfoo-foo-flower:
Foo-Foo-Flower Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the shading on her neck... bone. Whatever that one is called :)
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:iconmourns-for-trees:
Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
I think those are technically tendons, lol. I'm glad you like it!
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:icon13klong:
13klong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Photographer
no way you drew that, it's really good
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:iconmourns-for-trees:
Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Thank you.
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:icon13klong:
13klong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Photographer
I Loved avatar the next movie I'm gonna see would be Legion
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:iconmourns-for-trees:
Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Is that the one that also stars Sam Worthington?
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:icon13klong:
13klong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Photographer
i'm not sure it's the one where the angels and demons are trying to get this girls baby who is supposedly the savior of the world. I know Lucas Black stars in it.
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Sakumbi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
I love this. It is so beautiful. Can't wait for the better scan.
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Maygen-Lucia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply lovely
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:iconclergna:
Clergna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow beautiful :) if you have a scan scan it please :D it will be too perfect !
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:iconzspete:
zspete Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student
Great drawing. Can't wait to see the scan.
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:iconpuppyakamaru:
PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wwwwWHOAH. DA-YUM.
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:iconpaintpops:
paintpops Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Oh wow you did this beautifully <3.
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:iconnoiramh:
Noiramh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Amazing!
Very good job : D
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esa621 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
excellent. almost a bw shot.
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:iconsolong-andgoodnight:
SoLong-AndGoodnight Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work, hope to see more from you soon.
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SoLong-AndGoodnight Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work, hope to see more from you soon.
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DianaJones Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG OMG OMG!!!! AMazing!! :O

What a unbelivebel amazing picture!!
What have you used to draw this!?
It looks Really like 3D!!

Awesome!! OwO
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Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
lol Thanks!

I used just the pencils & charcoal like it says in the description, tortillon, and an eraser (<--the most important tool, obviously).
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DianaJones Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah... That's how you did it...
It stille pretty amazing how, you can get that 3D effect ^w^
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Idered Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is the best Neytiri work that i've seen, i love her big eyes but her right eye doesn't look so lively like the left one. Give some more shadows and good luck .
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Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Wow thank you!
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mA5nU4 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student General Artist
AMAZING i loved the movie and the drawing =)
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ninjaa-cake Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student General Artist
For a start I think its gorgeous <3 The hair is so detailed. I wouldn't ave the patience to do that! And the expression is very well captured.

You are right about the head shape and the jaw though. The chin is slightly too pointy. I think you should go darker with the shading, I know it can be scary but I think more light and dark contrast will make the picture even more stunning.

Lovely piece anyways! :heart:
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Mourns-For-Trees Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
The hair... oh god. Don't remind me. Yeah I totally agree, her face is a little bit more round in actuality.

Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
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ninjaa-cake Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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Roozke112 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its beautifull! i loved the film, love this picture!
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