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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

Credits:
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.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for noticing. :)
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:iconlazaroruiz:
LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so much talent! Wow! good job!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for that :)
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ColouredArt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! I love her smile hair & the texture of the hat.
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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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!
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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 :)
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Amro0 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
woooooooow
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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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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconxtranu:
Xtranu Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
brilhant
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kelch12 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again.
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cendedAvatar Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really REALLY beautiful. The only thing I can even see that you might consider doing is adding a touch more volume to her hair, maybe darkening a swath under her ear, another where her hat and hair meet to deepen the shadow. Lighten a bit where the light which illuminates her face would glint off her hair. These are just stylistic things I would do, she really does look great as-is :)
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kelch12 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your feedback :)
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Beautiful! =)
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kelch12 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Jessicaatjuhhh Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im sooooo jealous of your artworks! you are an artist! And thank you for sharing ur art to the rest of the world. To me it gives a lot of inspiration to go on with practising drawing portraits or even just something realistic! Im not yet as far as good as your are, but you are for me an example that it is possible to make something like this. (cause i lose quite often my confidence of drawing something realistic) Then i just take a look at your art and then i think come on just practice and then you can do it aswell!

So Thank you!
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kelch12 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You can do it. If you keep a consistent record of you own work, you will see improvement over time. That really keep your motivation going.

Thank you for your kind words. It's great to know that others get inspired by my work. :)
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Jessicaatjuhhh Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
I made a rose today, but somehow im not happy with it at all. If i see it now from a distance i think it looks ok, but now that i made a photo of it and add it to my gallery, it looks different :S and i dont like it that much.

Well ye thanks anyway!
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ArinaFoxy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Adorable)
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! You, too. :P
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your work has been chosen to compete in the current contest at :iconthrough-emilys-eyes: [link] Thank you for submitting! Please keep in mind that it is against the rules to advertise your participation in the contest or ask for votes. Good luck! :hug:

Emily
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Emily. :)
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
She looks gorgeous! Beautiful work. :aww:
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, my friend. :)
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Vexin417 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Incredible. I thought it was a photograph at first!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting me know :)
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:iconvexin417:
Vexin417 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
No prob %)
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madradinka Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such a beautiful drawing!
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SomethingKakashi123 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
is this Chris from Playful Kiss??
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, she's an actress/model in Taiwan. Close guess though. :)
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SomethingKakashi123 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
aww... Almost. Almost. Anyway, good job!
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Nieseln Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This portrait has a wonderful fresh feeling and crispness to it, with a beautiful smile. The large hat works well as a good bordering device for her face. :trophy:

She looks like she's kneeling down, when looking upwards, which makes me wonder what she's doing - like is she doing a spot of gardening or picking strawberries perhaps? ;)

Stylistically (I know it's not), this reminds me of a composite of two fashion photos of eighties model Georgina Bartlett - see [link] to see what I mean .
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for you feedback. You have wonderful imagination :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, your work has been selected to be in #Genuine-ART's Featured Corner.
Have a nice day,

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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, you're welcome :huggle:
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Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I like the hat
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:iconkelch12:
kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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tcwoua Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to a+ gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for that :)
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!:)
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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VelvetVamp Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Awesome! Brilliant ending, brilliant portrait ;). Done with passion and high skills, you're getting better and better :).
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kelch12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Ilse. :)
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gintele Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it so much!!
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