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Larisa Bokehlicious by kelch12 Larisa Bokehlicious by kelch12
I have always been fascinated by human faces. That's why I like drawing portraits. As a related art form, I can't help but to be interested in learning portrait photography also. The knowledge I gained from knowing the use of light and interaction with lenses has helped me creating better images (both drawing and photography). I just hope to do the beauty of my model, Larisa Bakurova / 瑞莎, justice. I hope you like it. :)

"In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay, and also sometimes heard as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image. The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji (ボケ味), the "blur quality". The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility. The term bokashi (暈かし) is related, meaning intentional blurring or gradation." (Source: [link])

Pencil: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B (sparingly)
Paper: 14x17 Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum
Other: kneaded eraser, brush (for hat, hair, and background only)
Duration: 02/25/2012 ~ 04/08/2012

Model: Larisa Bakurova
Facebook: [link]
Drawing: Kelvin Chen

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Normally I'd be put off my an unframed drawing with no definite edges, but it doesn't bother me in this case. The nice oval shape that you've originally blocked this beautiful portrait with resonates throughout the entire piece.

I'm naturally drawn to her fantastic smile, which flies around the image due to the angles of the perfectly rendered straw hat. Soft blending and lack of definite edges definitely makes this image even more pristine, almost giving it feel of a painting, making this viewer think back to how late Renaissance painters used to work.

I'm having a hard time finding anything wrong with this at all. Props to the artist. You really nailed this.
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WillowCarver Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
I know it took a lot of patience to work on that straw hat. Beautiful piece.
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for noticing. :)
LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so much talent! Wow! good job!
kelch12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for that :)
ColouredArt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! I love her smile hair & the texture of the hat.
kelch12 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
Kaleo-B Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
This one is really good too, but it doesn't amaze me as much as your other drawings. I think it's because some of the elements look a bit flat. For example, It looks like the crease where her neck meets her should be darker. Also, I think the lines are maybe too defined in the hair. Like I said, it's really good all in all. I love the details of her eyes and teeth, and the shading of her nose looks perfect. Great job!
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The reference didn't provide enough detail due to low resolution. I wish I had the experience to "guess" and add more detail to those area you've mentioned. :) Good learning experience however. Thanks for all your feedback :)
Amro0 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lolo-the-snow Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this one so beautiful
ur skills are amazing
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