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Audrey Tautou by shimoda7 Audrey Tautou by shimoda7
A friend asked me the other day why I never draw a celebrity. Now I'm not very fond of that but I thought it would be fun to do one, so I decided to draw this lovely picture of Audrey Tautou (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, The Da Vinci Code) that I'd seen some time ago.

The background of the original photo was dark but I left it white to bring out the contrast between the darker parts like her dress, hair and eyes (which are the actual beauty of the piece) against the light background. I like how it came out. Hope you like it too.

- graphite and Conté pencil on paper
- 30 x 30 cm
- about 20 hours


edit: Thank you all for the great comments and the favs! You guys are too kind.
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Shardower Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is wonderful !
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casualcardigan Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
You're very talented! Incredible!
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
:) Thank you!
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Henriquepm Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is very much like Amélie Poulain, the design was perfect ;)
I love this actress!!
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
She is. Thank you!
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Henriquepm Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;D
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Rayed-the-pleb Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your drawings are so good
when i first saw this i thought this was a picture!
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it.
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wolf13sd Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
If I may ask, how do you go about starting your drawings? Do you sketch out a base first? And, if I may also ask, how do you get the shading to look so smooth? By the way, your drawings are some of the greatest realism I've ever seen. 
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
As for your question, yes I do start out with a general outline drawing. Once happy with the proportions I start putting on layers and layers of graphite, while smudging and softening them with a cotton pad (like the ones ladies use to clean their makeup).
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wolf13sd Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
No problem~ So that's how you get it so smooth. If you don't mind, I may try that with my future drawings. I hope one day, I'll be able to do as good drawings as you do
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Of course I don't mind. Go nuts and have fun with it! :)
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wolf13sd Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Heh, alright~ And thanks again for letting me know how you shade. It really helps :3
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SarSarBinks Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
All of your drawings are beautiful!!!!!
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   Traditional Artist
:) Thank you!
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Huypham85 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
really beautiful
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Azure-Invader Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh how lovely~! 
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:icongeamade:
geamade Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BEAUTIFUL! (*  v  *) 
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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k8-oyatu22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Picture ??Stupid Me! 
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:iconirohandb:
iRohandb Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hats off!
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JohntheMurray Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No one more worthy than Audrey Tautou :) Beautiful work! 
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!
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LilClaw Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Its funny. I "faved" this picture a long time ago. Years later, browsing through my favorites list it stood out to me! 

"Priceless" (Hors de prix) is one of my favorite movies. I didn't know of it at the time I favorited this picture, but its funny how you can love a picture and a movie separately.  My copy of the film is actually sitting next to my tv that's how much I love the movie. 

Anyways, love your art and this picture! Cheers!
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! It is a great movie indeed :)
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful  work!!Roses by KmyGraphic
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Steve2656 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, absolutely stunning, great gallery
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot.
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Splendid!
Well done.
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it.
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Loreb71 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesss! Very good work! :)
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks. Your works are great too! :thumbsup:
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Loreb71 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! 😊
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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi respect 
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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RadicalLaRuby Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Nicely done. It literally looks like a photo.
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Marshmallow-Face Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg!
its so beautiful! it looks very realistic. loove it!
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MyKak Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
it seems real o_o great work!
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RameshBabuR Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am beginner. One question after you finish your drawing do you take photo or scan it?
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RameshBabuR Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work.
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
As for your question, I scan them.
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button-bird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is breathtaking!
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:iconshimoda7:
shimoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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mrkdwvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very nice details! Congratulations!
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shimoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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