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Not For Wimps by LilaeaBluecoat Not For Wimps by LilaeaBluecoat
First and foremost my thanks goes out to *kevinroberts, (and his model) who kindly permitted (and even encouraged me) to draw this gorgeous photograph of his:


In case anyone wonders why I did not include the lovely, soft and gradient-like background of the photo in my drawing, that's just a little artistic liberty. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that, after putting the third layer of graphite down, I noticed I had big ol' fingerprints on there. Nothing. So. There's that. :paranoid:

About the drawing:
Growing up in a small town where anything that wasn't soccer or hockey wasn't considered a sport at all, I got a lot of grief about dancing. People could be down right insulting about it, actually. (So very different to my time spent in NYC, where no-one questioned the actual effort and dedication involved, since most people there were artists in one way or another themselves.)
Oh how I wished I could force those people to take just one class. They'd véry quickly become aware that dance and ballet is absolutely NOT for wimps!

It's what drew me to this picture: It shows stunningly well how much athleticism is involved and how strong dancers actually are (have you séén those muscles???).

Materials:
* Reference
* A3 Winsor and Newton Bristol Board
* Staedler Mars Lumograph pencils HB through 6B
* Mechanical pencils 0.3mm in H and B
* Dutch equivalent of Blu-Tack, Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Staedler eraser, rubber colour shaper
* Tortillions
* Best guess: About 50 hours spent??

WIPs:


Will most likely replace with a better scan if I can manage to get one. Quite proud of this, now just to get a capture that shows you guys why exactly :)

Also thanks to our resident Frog, who steered me in the right direction with scanning this A3 piece. The Dutch-ess of dA owes you. :nod:
Still not completely satisfied with the scan, since I can't quite get the whites and darks quite just the way they are and my shading looks a lót more rough than the real thing, but I really wanted to post! :eager: At least now I tinker a bit more since I know where to look. :glomp:
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Your attention to detail is technically sound. Your use of gradients, shadows, highlights, and mid-tones make your graphite technique rival the actual photograph (no disrespect to the photographer). The hard and soft edges of your subject complement each other fully without any hint of fighting for hierarchy -in other words, great contrast. I'm glad you made your piece a social commentary. Dancing is now considered a national sport and it is certainly not for wimps. Ballet has helped a number of "traditional"sport stars with their strength training programs. Thank you for posting your illustration as well as including your artist statement. This is one of the strongest pencil illustrations I've ever had the pleasure of critiquing.
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MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am speachless - it is just perfectly done, almost excately the same as the ref pic
awesome work, congrats Clap 
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thanks ever so much!
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heartinart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great talent!!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks very much!!
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theheek Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i am a ballet dancer and this is a great way to capture what dancing is
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
It is, isn't it? The photo spoke to me right away!
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theheek Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yha i love it it is really awsome
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Aila-san88 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
this is great. The picture conveys a lot of strength and confidence.
I love the contrasting shades.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Thanks very much! Beautiful athlete, isn't she?
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Wow, great details, really amazing!:clap:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you Hayley! And for the fave, too! :hug:
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Sure!:hug:
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconcongratssignplz:

Congratulations on being entered into the January/February contest at :iconthrough-emilys-eyes:! Go here for links to the contest polls: [link] . Please do not vote for your own work. :P Please remember, it is also against the rules to advertise or ask for votes in any way (doing this will be cause for disqualification). The winner will be announced one week from today. Good Luck!! :D

Emily
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
:icondancelaplz:
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love: Featured here [link]
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks heaps dear!!! :boogie:
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exquisitely beautiful and enticing. The contrast is visually stunning. I love the perfection of her poise stature and the soft blending is amazing. Bravo! :clap:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Thanks so much for your kind comment! I very much appreciate it! :D
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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Nieseln Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very different piece to your previous drawing I congratulated you on - great to see such variety in a portfolio - very well composed (she seems to be frozen in time!) and drawn . The shading on her leotard is particularly good, and for some odd reason her face reminds me of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins! ;) Good stuff.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Thank you! I like the leotard a lot, too. Still don't have a photo/scan to show it off at its best, but I'm glad to hear you appreciate it as is. ;)

I try to keep some variety. Dance is and will be a recurring subject just like portraits, but aside from that I often feel the urge to do something different. Usually that also helps to get a bit out of a rut.

Thanks again!
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 11, 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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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thanks a lot Emily! I'm thrilled! :D
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconyourewelcomesignplz:
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quoctruong Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Perfectly drawn. The difference in tones is just wonderful! :love:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thank you Quoc! I'm happy to hear you like my work! :D
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quoctruong Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
You're always welcome. :)
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meikusje Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Dancers have the best bodies <3
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
They do! :nod:
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DivineWinter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   Photographer
This is one of the most stunning drawings I've ever seen. I date a former dancer, so I know how strong and physically fit someone has to be just to do things of moderate difficulty. Professional dancers simply amaze me. Much like your drawing. Simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing! You most definitely deserve a Llama!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thank you Winter, for your very kind comment! It's true, to do even the most simple things right is quite difficult! I often say dance is much like an exact science: Don't do it exactly right, and it's just wrong period. You do not get a 'just sufficient'. Right or wrong. And to top it all off, we have to be expressive about it, too! :rofl:
Thanks again! :hug:
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice work!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thank you Sir! I quite like it myself!
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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cloudmilk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such energy, and a wonderful light and details! You did so great once more !
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thanks very much Claude! :hug:
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
nice title..I speak as an ex-dancer... bravo... Peter.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thank you Peter, I'm sure you've gotten your share of ignorance and insults too. Good thing we were stubborn enough to stick with it, eh? ;)
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I heard that! ,,,but we end up as family! the insulters, sadly for them, end up bitter... and often alone... nice to meet you!, your bro' Peter.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
A dysfunctional family at times, but a family nevertheless. ;)
Nice to meet you too! :wave:
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
exactly!
good luck with your new not-really-a-beginner postings on dA... ;) will chek back from time to time, inbetween writing my book. :)
bye for now sis! nice to meet you also! :wave:

Peter.

btw: check out which I shall now fave... because the pic really speaks to me, having worn out yet another set of Freeds...
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Oh but don't be fooled, I still ám a beginner! ;)
Good luck on the book!
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
A beginner with high standards then....

and...thx! Peter.
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lightrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, wow!!! Nathalie, I was waiting when you finish this. That's really catch my eye and I want to watch all these tiny details. Absolutely impressive!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thank you! So happy you like it, as I'm quite proud of it myself which doesn't happen often! :D
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lightrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You have all reasons to be proud!)))
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mrs-matsuyama Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so amazing :heart:
love the folding details in the shoes and by her waist! :D:D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thank you! I like those details very much myself to be honest! :D
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ChocoboRacer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As always Lilaea, I love your attention to detail and your highly-accurate depiction of the photograph. The shadows in this one are really deep and contrasting.
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