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Angelina Jolie - Lara Croft by tanabatablossom Angelina Jolie - Lara Croft by tanabatablossom
I'm finally finished with this. :faint:

In case you're wondering where her shoulders are, I purposely left them out. I wanted it to look more like a bust type of figure head. As for Lara, I deliberately made an outline around her. If you're also wondering about the look and color of her guns, technically she's holding up two - one in each hand, but at more or less the same height and angle, so you see the top of one (the darker one) and the lighter one in front. I mucked about with the hand so much, that I won't muck round on it any further before my pencil goes through the paper. Anyway, hope you like it.

Thanks for looking! :)
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NCloud Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
Great Lara art, very lovely.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like how it turned out. :)
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NCloud Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
Your Welcome, Thank u for the Great Lara art, hope to see more.
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I so love the way how you drew Angelina Jolie. She's so pretty, because of the way how you did her beautiful hair and her elegant-looking face! :love:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D There are so many gorgeous photos of her, I had a hard time choosing. But her gaze looked very intense in this one, and her hair was so elegant, I thought it'd make a nice contrast to the strong Lara. I'm so happy to hear that you like this one. :highfive:
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Angelina Jolie is such a extremely popular actress this way. :hug:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Amazing! You really have a gift for the eyes, you know? In every portrait, they just leap out and snag the viewer, making it impossible for us to look anywhere else... Gorgeous! I love the composition of this--and the profile looks wonderful too! I have a dreadful time with hands, myself, so can completely sympathize about that part (and for what it's worth, I think her hand looks really good! :clap:)--and guns? Don't even get me started! lol! Very cool character piece here! :clap:

FF
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thank you! I'm hearing that quite a bit these days. I just love drawing eyes. :D If this one "snagged" you, then I accomplished my goal. I also like the composition of a collage piece. I think it's something I'd like to try more of in the future. Of course, they can't beat your awesome backgrounds that actually "tell a story". Thank you! :D
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Hee! Backgrounds are something that work for illustrations like I try to do--for portraits, they're really sort of optional (or can be something simple like varied tones)--not really NECESSARY for the piece (particularly for some of the ones in your gallery, where the focus needs to be on the features and not on extraneous things). And you are the Goddess of eyes, I think--they're always so deep, so realistic...mesmerizing...fantastic! :worship: :D

FF
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl: @ Goddess of eyes !!!

I agree with you 100%. There's a balance that needs to be considered when thinking about putting in a background. Some people try to cram too much into a drawing that it's distracting. I on the other hand leave them out completely because I'm too timid to tackle anything. That's a goal I've set for this year. To try and make baby steps in that direction of putting in small details into a background to bring a drawing to life. Now that I have eyes down pretty well, why not, eh? ;)

You're like a walking, talking thesaurus, you know that right? :giggle: :glomp:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
"Baby steps" in any new method or technique are always the way to go, methinks: it gives us time to "play" with the new things and see where we can take them. :nod: It'll be fun to watch your "baby steps" there! :D

"You're like a walking, talking thesaurus, you that right?"

:rofl:

First time I've heard that--but it's nice to know all the time I put into learning vocabularly is not for naught! :laughing: :p ;)

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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed, and there are so many wonderful artists out there, you, *choffman36 and ~TheAphex to learn and draw inspiration from. :nod:

LOL! I couldn't help it. You're just so "colorful" with words! :giggle:
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WitchiArt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The hair looks beautiful Michelle! You get better and better with drawing hairs. :nod:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Marion! Thank you for the gentle push to do better and what to look out for when rendering hair. :hug:
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WitchiArt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :D
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RichardBurgess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is another brilliant likeness, Michelle. And I think the artistic choices you made where the right ones.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Squeee* Thank you, Richard! :glomp:
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Top Drawer stuff once again Michelle, and the hair looks wonderful, I envy you :laughing: and i can fav this without an ear bashing too :D
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL @ top drawer stuff! What a lovely compliment! :D I'm glad you like it, and I tried to pay special attention to hair this time. :faint:

Hahaha! Yes, I won't bash you for it. This isn't a WIP after all. :nana: Thanks so much for the :+fav:
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
My pleasure, i just wish i could get to grips with hair and i love how you and a few more get such a smooth blend on the skin tones :nod: mine always seem to have skin like piggin shrek :rofl:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still trying to get a grip on drawing hair. One day, I'll nail it! Funny you mention the skin because I always try to get a not-so-smooth- look to it. :lmao: Maybe it's the paper you use, I don't know. I just know that for me, paper plays a major part in getting the skin to look right. And I don't think any of the portraits you've drawn has skin like shrek! :giggle:
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
I've been using Bristol board which i find really smooth and good for blending but i started the chimps on the other stuff i had and don't like it :( i will finish it but i'm put off by the look
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was thinking of trying Bristol Board some time as well. Not sure if I'll like it or not, but it can't be worse than the Bristol Smooth I usually use.

I know what you mean about being put off by the look if the paper is all wrong. :(
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Dabull04 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
I really love it mind you i didn't know there was a bristol smooth as this is extra smooth i'm using by Windsor and Newton :)
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, Winsor and Newton is a really good brand! I'm willing to try out a few different papers and textures to see what else is out there. Right now, I'm just looking for something a bit thicker and more sturdy than my paper. :nod:
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy dance :dance: Love it! :D
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! That says it all! ;) You're too sweet, thank you! :hug:
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My absolute pleasure :D
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GabeFarber Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So how's it feel moving into the realm of two figure drawings? :D :giggle:
Fantastic work, Michelle. I love the attention to detail in the hair and eyes (they are piercing!) and the way you wanted the head shot of her to look like a bust by leaving out the shoulders.
Great work! :hug:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You had to ask, didn't you?! Honestly, you must have a ton of patience and a lot of confidence in your skill. I was constantly worried that the small figure would get messed up and ruin all the time and effort I had put into the large portrait. :faint: I most certainly enjoyed the challenge, and would like to do it again, but I will definitely need to have more patience and confidence when shading them in.

Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! I'm really glad to hear that you like the drawing, especially the hair and eyes. :hug:
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GabeFarber Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Of couse I had to ask! I know that feeling. The smaller figures always take the longest and completely drain my patience. On rare occassions, I'll get emersed in the drawing and, before I know it, it's almost done...if I'm lucky ;) It turned out great and it's nice to hear you'd like to draw something like this again.
You've drawn quite a lot in the past while, haven't you? :D

You're more than welcome! :hug:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luckily for me, the smaller figure didn't take as long as I thought it might. Then again there's not much detail to put in that one (unlike your Samurai or 300 drawings. All that armor would have killed me). :giggle: But I notice the nice effect that such a drawing has, overall. It was a fun experience to try drawing more than one subject. Now, I'm dying to see your Angelina commission! :excited:

You've drawn quite a lot in the past while, haven't you? :D

Ha! I don;t know why, but I've been on a roll for a little while. Trying to keep up with the rest of you lot. :D
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Aya-87 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008   Traditional Artist
That's so beautiful. I love that you chose a bigger pic mixed with a smaller one. Gorgeous work.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! I'm really happy to hear that you like this little collage. :hug:
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Aya-87 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
You're wleocme :)
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bakkeby Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Looking awesome, great work Michelle!
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blush: Thank you once again, Stein! :hug:
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Such lovely face, you really capture her looks :)
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, Jasmin! Glad you like it. :D
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome, pleasure =D
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
I think you made a wise choice with the shoulders. It might have been a little distracting too. Great work as always Michelle!
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Lyle! :D :hug:
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
You're welcome!
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Aw shucks! Right back at ya'!
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
It looks great ma'dear! =D
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Rissa! I'm glad you like it. :)
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westernphilosopher Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Very nice. :)
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! Thanks so much! :D
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