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Fiona Apple by justinsdrawings Fiona Apple by justinsdrawings
I really liked the pose, there's something so classical about it.

My last few drawings before this weren't as sharp as I'd like, so I tried a mechanical pencil for the first time. Very pleased with the crispness and soft, smooth shading I'm able to get with it.

Early sketch:
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8.5" x 11" inkjet paper. General's black & white charcoal pencils, mechanical graphite with kneaded eraser. October/December 2008.
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I'll try my hand at giving a good critique on this piece. When I see your work I'm always in such awe I have nothing constructive to say ^^;

I just want to say first of all that I can definitely see a difference with the mechanical pencil--especially in the eyes. The detail in the face is indeed "extraordinary" ;)

The hair gives the piece an incredible softness and it frames the face so well. The shading in the background is very subtle, but I think it adds a lot to this piece.

The only concern I have about this piece is her shoulder in the foreground. It may be my imagination, but I feel the piece is a little unbalanced because of the amount of white space in the shoulder area. You shaded her face so painstakingly well that it makes that in the foreground look flat by comparison. I think a little more light shading, maybe just around the edges of the shoulder would give it more dimension.

All in all, this is a truly beautiful piece, and I would expect nothing less of you :)
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KAJA8D Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist
BEAUTIFUL! :-) <3
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Thank you! :)
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Mohnlaura Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing portrait! :)
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Thanks very much! :)
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RoArtAr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
me gusta mucho
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Gracias!
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pjubagoni Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The cover artwork on her Idler Wheel album is done by me. She found it somewhere. She's an art thief.
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NeverLandFairy40 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful! <3
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you!
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YellowCappie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's wonderful... :Q___
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thanks very much!
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sparrowsong83 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should try a 3.mm mechanical pencil! Then you would get really fine and clean lines! By the way, great drawing!
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:iconjustinsdrawings:
justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thanks very much!

I'll give it a try, I don't even know what size the lead is on my mechanical. Got it at a 99 cent store.
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grafnarq Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I can feel this drawing
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
That's awesome! Thanks for the great comment.

I like your work too. It has a similar feel.
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LucentAllure Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your amazing work has been feteured here :D [link]
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xjorieke Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Thanks a lot! :wave:
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xSarahjx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
very beautiful work! :heart:
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Thanks very much! :hug:
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xSarahjx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
you're welcome! :)
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!is it someone on DA..she looks rreally familiar
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Thanks very much!

It's a singer named Fiona Apple.
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thats why i knew her....lol
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, beautiful work! Love the eyes. :clap:
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Thanks very much. The eyes were my favorite part to draw on this.
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chanel1oo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
I never saw your drawings before and now I´m a big fan :hug:
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Cool! Thanks a lot. I'm honored! :glomp:
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colddesert Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
whoa, this is amazing!
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Thanks very much!
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snakecat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
beautiful ;]
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Thank you. ;]
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snakecat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
you're welcome;]
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Wrale Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man. Gotta love that chick.

AMAZING work, dude.
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Thanks, dude. I appreciate it.
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Wrale Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally welcome.
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animachi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
lovely light and shade in this picture

this is very good :)

you are such a professional in this media of art

I love all your works!
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I wish I was a professional. Thank you so much!
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EvolveRed Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
i featured this here - [link]
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SandyHR Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work,xxxSandy
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Thanks very much! :)
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SandyHR Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My Pleasure,xxxxSandy
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harleyfuelierock Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
amazing! great job with the hand!
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thanks a lot. It almost looks like she's slyly flipping you the bird, doesn't it? Lol.
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harleyfuelierock Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ha it does! i didn't even realize
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lulusoccer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so I definitely thought this was a photograph at first. You have done an amazing job at drawing this and portraying the emotion. There is a nice contrast between the black and the white! Great Job :D
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Don't know what to say but thanks so much for your great comments! :)
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lulusoccer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome:)
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daysleeper81 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
cool work. i can feel the emotion :thumbsup:
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Thanks. Best compliment I could get! The emotion stuff was what I was going for on this one.
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