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November 1, 2012
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Striped Reality by XRlS Striped Reality by XRlS
Credits to :iconsultan-alghamdi: for
He is doing a magnificent work and he was very kind to allow me to use his photo as a ref.
So its only fair to dedicate this piece to him!:iconflyingheartsplz:

I used:
Mechanical pencils 0.5 (leads 2H-2B)
Graphite pencils 4B-7B
Derwent charcoal pencils (dark black and white)
Soft pastels (black and white)
on textured watercolor paper.
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I found Christina's art not very long ago. I myself am trying to learn how to do portraits, so of course her work had my interest right away, even before I knew what a wonderful person she was.
This particular piece, I found to be very amazing. To do this subject would be very daunting to me, particularly to get the bars of shadow and light to look right. But Christina pulled it off beautifully!
The texture and detail is phenomenal. It is very intense and emotional. I know she referenced a photo, but I feel she enhanced the emotion and gritty feel that is appropriate to the image and subject itself. In that sense, it is an improvement over the photo, which is a difficult thing to achieve. That is the trick to a portrait like this in my opinion...Unless it is for the sake of exercise, one might think, "why not just do a photocopy?' But Christina made a portrait here, that is better than the photo, great as it was. That is the sign of an exceptional talent.
I would have given full marks on everything, but I took off just a bit on vision and originality, just because it was using the photo. But I could not give less than 4.5 stars, because she did so well at making this have even more impact than the photo.
Christina, you are awesome! :heart:
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didaska Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Really beautiful work :)
XRlS Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much:love:
kmitzel1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Shading on this piece is blowing my mind! So good.
XRlS Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You have picked my favorite piece from my whole gallery Kyle.I really LOVE this one.Thank you! :cuddle:
manojlovic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
XRlS Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much my friend! :aww:
dev-t Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are you serious!!! This is so so AWESOME...... the light & shadow effect.. it is so amazing. love it :)
btw how much time it took to make this masterpiece..!!
XRlS Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
all my pencils drawing take around 3-6 days,full work every day.
Thank you very much Dev for the kind words! :cuddle:
dev-t Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm...ok..nice..!! seriously you have got a new fan of tyours.. :)
TClark Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
great stuff
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