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August 13, 2013
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I look at this now and i wonder; Is there any possible way i could improve it? Did i do my best with her? Is her expression 'right' ? Did i do her justice?
And then i realize that the way i feel now isn't any different than how i feel every time i finish a project. I always have doubts. I always feel short. And i am always striving for perfection.
I guess (hope more likely) some time perfection will happen to me (although this is a wild guess indeed...) till then all i can do is practice.:shrug:

I used:
Ballpoint pens
Prismacolor premier pencils
On Winsor & Newton Extra Smooth Bristol paper

:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2: all :iconlovelyheartsplz:
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HawkStormWarrior Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I could've sworn this was a picture when I saw it, amazing beautiful work :D
as for me is perfect, the mouth just adorable!
great work
ArielRGH Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know Christina, I like the way you use colours, I like the way you see colours where there aren't any, I like you handle contrasts. There is only one thing I have a problem with, really, but I'm a bit afraid to point it out as my own drawings show so many more imperfections, kind of like 'who am I to judge'. This is still a wonderful portrait though, I love your drawings and your style.
XRlS Aug 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You tell me what you like, but you dont tell me what you dont like? I am a big girl my friend, i can take it. So please share. Criticism (especially from friends ) can only  make us better, i promise i wont be disappointed. So what is it that you dont like?
ArielRGH Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. The problem I have is the tiny highlighted hairs in the borders of the face and in the nose, I think they are a little exaggerated. I mean, they are there in the ref, they are supposed to be there, but when you render them they show a little exaggerated. You do those with C. Kreul, don't you?
XRlS Aug 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think i need to show you my ref (and i hope her dad wont have a problem with it), so here it is:
Take a look at it, clearly i have changed a lot of things. Honestly the least of them is the tiny facial hair. First of all i changed her expression. Then, the colors, i used a different pallet. Most definitely i added details that there were nowhere in the ref and yes i have magnified the ones existing!:nod:

Ariel, i dont know how to say this. But i will try, okay?
Art is a vast topic. The way we conceive Art, each one of us, is subjective. It speaks volumes through our hearts and souls and it cant be stopped nor diminished.
My way of doing art has to do with me, and same goes with you, no?
I am fully aware i see things where they dont exist at all. The "worst" part isnt that i see them my friend, i so much need them that even when i dont see them, then i invent them. Me and my art (thus the way i understand art and i express it) we go hand by hand. I add colors, i add details, i dive deep into a world thats completely mine and mine alone. Its my shelter and my very core. We are

I use two markers, both permanent, Edding 780 0.8 mm white and C.Kreul extrafine 0.8mm white. Whichever i have handy. I have also tried to use white gel pen over the color pencils, not very happy with the results, prismacolor are way too waxy to stick with gel pens, its a miracle already i could mix ballpoint pens with them here.
But i love to experiment. Dont you find it exciting? It doesn't raise your heartbeat? Some day, God's willing, i will stretch myself over all things i wish to try. All media, all techniques. I hope one life will suffice because this is all i have to spare...

jeanmaryanne Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
mkmars Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so in other words - typical artist :) Really incredible work. As a viewer i'm immediately drawn into those eyes - very soulful. Really, a very stunning work.
SalmaAshraf Aug 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
I feel the same way about my drawings, I always have doubts when I complete them, but I think that's a good thing, because you're aware that it could be better in some way. I don't believe that there is "perfection", because there's always room for improvement, and we continue to improve with every drawing. You're your own competition. So I don't think you should strive for perfection, but for improvement. :heart:

Anyway, about the drawing xD
I think it looks lovely, you're brilliant with coloured pencils! However, I always notice that your highlights are pretty prominent, but I'm beginning to think that's just your style? Wonderful job though :)
Artfreakish Aug 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The emotional connection was made, her distinct sadness is perceived and her beauty is true. I'd say you did very well :) But I know how you long for perfection so I'm gonna say AWESOME :) :heart:
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