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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???).

* 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??


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 
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thanks ever so much!
heartinart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great talent!!
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks very much!!
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
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
It is, isn't it? The photo spoke to me right away!
theheek Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yha i love it it is really awsome
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.
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Thanks very much! Beautiful athlete, isn't she?
HayleyLV Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Wow, great details, really amazing!:clap:
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