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Gwen Stefani: Fierce by LilaeaBluecoat Gwen Stefani: Fierce by LilaeaBluecoat
I could not resist this high-contrast reference when I came across it! :giggle:

Used more than one version of the reference. To bring out some detail in her clothing and hands I 'shopped an image which was a lot less bright.
Even with that help, I had to wing the hair a bit. It's of course so incredibly blond, that even thát PhotoShop adjustment just left the hair as chunks of white. So I followed the general locks and flow of the hair and tried to add depth the best that I could. Blond is hard, yo! But I'm okay with the result. :)

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- Reference image
- A4 Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper
- Graphite pencils (2H through 2B) and mechanical (0.5 and 0.3)
- Kneaded eraser, pencil eraser and Tombow Mono Eraser (the latter being the love of my life).

WIPs:

(Bonus question for those who are still reading: I quite liked working on this paper, only draw-back is that it's not completely white. Would anybody know what the exact equivalent is of Hahnemühle Nostalgie only in pure white???)

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy, and may the fierce be with you! ;)

This piece made Daily Inspiration #177 on August 31 2011 over at Shadowness.
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:iconartsyvana:
ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
Very nice!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconartsyvana:
ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
NP :D
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:icontamiibe:
TamiiBe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconmusic-junkie-blaze:
Music-Junkie-Blaze Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At first I thought that this was a picture edited in photoshop. You did a great job with the realisim.
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Thank you kindly!
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:iconmusic-junkie-blaze:
Music-Junkie-Blaze Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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:iconlousephyr:
lousephyr Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
great work;
excellent job on hair
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thanks! The hair was the most fun part to do for sure!
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:iconpascoe88:
pascoe88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great drawing, i really like it! great work!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thanks! Happy to hear you like it! :)
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:iconkjillustration:
kjillustration Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing!!! very life-like and brilliant piece!!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thanks ever so much! :D
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:iconwhat-about-chris:
What-about-chris Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
nice work
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconderbosewolf:
derbosewolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Oh my god. I am in love. This is amazing!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thank you for the great comment! :D
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:icononesh0t:
onesh0t Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
well deserved feature, congrats :)
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thank you very much!
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Danymckoy84 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Gwen i love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!so great work !!!!

Take a look at my work too if you got some time :D ==> [link]
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thanks!
I did, you have very varied gallery. Cool!
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:icondanymckoy84:
Danymckoy84 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you so much my friend !
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:iconfowlersart:
Fowlersart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I love Gwen...... she has passion..........
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Yes, and I think she's really pretty, too!
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:iconkwalden:
kwalden Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you do hair fantastic! Amazing detail.
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Thanks again! ;)
It's funny how much I've grown into doing hair. I absolutely doing it when I began, but am finding it more and more fun now each time I do it!
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Pixelnme Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats just so amazing
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nat, I think this is my favorite of your work. The contrast on this really makes it pop! and that little bitty spark of white in the eyes makes them look like liquid glass. I've been doing genealogy on geni.com... Gwen is my 16th cousin.
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Oh that's so funny you two are related! When you see her next at the family picnic, be sure to tell her I drew her, okay??! :rofl:

Thanks ever so much for your compliment! I do think the contrast makes this into one of my better images. Not that my technique improved that much, but I think I did a good enough job on the contrast to make this one stand out.
(Not an extremely popular one of my works though, I suppose the subject matters. Harry Potter = instant hits! ;) )
I appreciate your professional eye giving this a look-over. :D
:hug:
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
haha... yeah...I will tell cousin Gwen the next time I see her!!! : )

I think subject matter does matter to people. I did one of Nikola Tesla the other day... who cares about an electrician? LOL... I guess I am just not tuned into pop culture. Ironic that I should want to run a fan art site. hmmm...
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Sometimes it also just takes a while for a drawing to pick up attention. Submitting to groups does help a lot to get your stuff to at least be seen. :nod:
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
If I am going to win a popularity contest with my drawings I certainly am not picking winning subjects.

Did you notice my drawing of Charles Laughton posted last night?

[link]

There's no way people are going to be lining up to make him their favorite. He died long ago (1962) and anyone who has actually seen his work are over the age of 50!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Honestly? Have never even heard of the guy, no.
But I should hope the people that actually just appreciate the quality of the drawing (as opposed to the popularity of the subject) will find their way to it somehow!
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You are probably too young to remember him... although I sort of go out of my way to do portraits others aren't doing. There are a million great sketches of Harry Potter and the gang but only one of Charles Laughton.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Definitely too young to remember. My first thought was that he looked like the guy from Dukes of Hazzard and I only know that show from reruns, lol!

I also want to make to make it a habit to not do what everyone else has already done. Can't always be avoided (since I just wánt to make portraits of some people), but you won't see me doing one contemporary big-shot after another.
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firexatxwill Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am in awe with the hair! It's sooo beautiful! Great job! :love:
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Thank you so much! I was dreading it, but it was a lot of fun once I got started on it! ;)
Thanks VERY much for the watch, too! :hug:
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:iconfirexatxwill:
firexatxwill Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, I love your works! And glad you kept working on it, it truly is a beautiful drawing. :heart:
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
:hug:
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:iconmariannaeva:
Mariannaeva Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Great work! Congratulations!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Thanks a lot! I appreciate your comments very much! :hug:
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:iconladychristina:
LadyChristina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Superneat drawing! I can't believe I hadn't seen it. I love all the details, it just glows out of it that you spent a LONG time! :D
Awesomness!
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Thanks very much! It's easy to miss some pieces with so many great deviations coming in our in-boxes. ;)
It did take a lot of time, but this was the sort of drawing that felt good from the beginning (as opposed to starting something and hoping for the best until you're near finished), so all those hours were spent in a lovely mood. :)
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LadyChristina Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I know that sort, really nice! :D It shows! :D
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luvyaxxx13 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
AWESOME use of contrast.
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:iconlilaeabluecoat:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Thanks a lot! :D
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luvyaxxx13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
You're welcome x
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Awesome work, I love the hair! very beautiful!=)
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