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April 11, 2009
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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:

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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Mohnlaura Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing portrait! :)
justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Thanks very much! :)
RoArtAr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
me gusta mucho
justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
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.
NeverLandFairy40 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful! <3
justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you!
YellowCappie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's wonderful... :Q___
justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thanks very much!
sparrowsong83 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should try a mechanical pencil! Then you would get really fine and clean lines! By the way, great drawing!
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