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Japanese Model Half Real by L-Spiro Japanese Model Half Real by L-Spiro
I typically only draw people I know.
If I don’t, there is a pretty strong reason.
Last time I drew someone I did not know was because I was paid for it.
This time I am doing it for 3 reasons:
#1: She is just that beautiful.
#2: This is a challenge in microscopic drawing. The source image is tiny, and my drawing area here is tiny (though roughly 3 times larger than the source). Her entire head nearly fits within a square inch. So if I make a mistake the width of my pencil lead, it becomes a mistake half as wide as her eyebrows.
So the challenge is to maximize the detail within that tiny space while staying as accurate as possible, since any tiny deviation from the original will be amplified proportionally.
#3: Since I do not actually enjoy drawing much, I wanted to do something that doesn’t actually cover the whole paper. This should be a lot easier on my sanity, as Panda 3 is really driving me crazy.


This work reveals a lot about my style.
Like a lot of artists, I trace the entire outline roughly first.
Then I blot down the basic shades that go in any given area. I do this in two ways depending on something even I don’t know.
The first way is a solid clean coating of graphite, as you can see on her bras. Smooth shading all along. The bra will be very detailed in the final drawing, but for the early stages I have just laid down some smooth general-idea shading.
The second way is with scribbles. You can see these under her belly button. I have no idea what factors are involved in making me decide which way to go.

Then of course I add the actual detail and erase the outline as I go.



I also start with the face and go out. The reason is because I do not have much patience for art, so I need to do the detailed areas first or else I will simply get tired of the drawing and never finish.



Her right arm is not shown in the source image, so I will give her a right arm of my own creation once I get to that part.


Enough people liked the way it looks half-sketched and half-real so I decided to release this in both forms. This is the half-real/half-sketch release and a full-real release will come later.



As always, there is no smudging in any part of this picture.
My style is plain and simple without relying on many (any) techniques.


Pencils: 2B-4H.
Paper: Art Paper.
Smudging: None.
Eraser: Kneaded.


L. Spiro
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:iconanticodex:
AntiCodex Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous artwork!
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Thank you.


L. Spiro
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AntiCodex Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome


Arie K
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Among-Stars Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This half rendered - half 'unfinished' look is stunning. She looks ethereal.
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Thank you.


L. Spiro
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abstrakcionist Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
fine:D (Big Grin) Thumbs Up 
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Sameore Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the bottom of her swimming suit (if that's one). :B

Interesting to read you challenge yourelf with art...
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ballpenink Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice write up. u shade well..
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you.


L. Spiro
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ScarletWarmth Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013   General Artist
Very pretty! Amazing work!
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   Digital Artist
very nice..What is the model's name ?
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Thank you, but I have no idea who she is.


L. Spiro
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SAMLIM Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
nice sketch.
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Thank you.


L. Spiro
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FallenZephyrArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
you are featured!

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joeiepaul Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
very awesome work in progress :D
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aldodark88 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
so beautiful drawing

and nice girl

great work! =D
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LinexLT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Well,after looking at your art i can say you are realy good at it,details are amazing and it feels liek B/W photos. +
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Amphy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really really beautiful. I love the way asian girls look. They just have a certain beauty that I think is harder to come by in any other group of people. Gorgeous job! I can tell it's going to be extremely beautiful when you're finished! :heart:
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fallensecrets Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!! i'd love to see the finished result!!
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alexandramarina Featured By Owner May 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
fantastic, the shading is wonderful!
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drunkmonk666 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
this is great i'd like to see a bit more completed but still kept unfinished like this.
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Snoopybabe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
nice, u should darken the shadows a bit more, but I like the concept. :thumbsup:
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01demai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's absolutely wonderful. You have a wonderful talent for drawing people, let me know when the full version is out :)
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Thank you. But this is the full version.
Some idiotic kids had dirty hands and as soon as I put this on a desk in front of them they put their frigging hands all over it, ruining it completely. They almost got Panda 3, August, and Japanese Model WIP 1 too, but luckily I had time to beat the *&$^ out of them before their hands got all the way there.

Anyway people like it how it is so it is complete enough.


L. Spiro
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01demai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awee what a shame the original is gone! But people are right to like it in this form, it really is fantastic ^^
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NinjaSpoon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Great Pic :)
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
:clap: fantastic work
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Jennysaber Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Student General Artist
The half real effect is amazing! good job!
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TanyaM Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008   Traditional Artist
You are very good at drawing for someone who doesn't even like it. You obviously got photorealism down, but now that your skills are perfect, you should try to branch out. I suggest drawing from life, it might give that kick to keep you interested and begin to enjoy drawing.
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
Thank you.

I started by drawing from real life. Actually I have more drawings from real-life than from photos (but my art pad is lost in America somewhere).
Really I don’t care what the source is, the thing I hate about drawing is the time it takes. The tedium that comes with getting all the details in.


L. Spiro
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sanaru Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
wow! an incredible job, i love your style ^^!!!
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ayban Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
this work is awesome:D
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windingthruweeds Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
nice job =)
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Illusionsurround Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
thats pure beautiful !
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Life-takers-crayons Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Fantastic stuff :)
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scaryink Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
Nice image. The less developed quality and less photo -like result makes it interesting to the viewer.
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mossi-mo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:) You've got it down pat pretty much, becareful with that arm though, since you have no reference. It might be a little weird

YAY for tiny drawings! Most of my drawings are no more than 2cm tall, so I know how little mistakes become huge just because your hand shakes, but this is really well done, so I can say nothing. good luck!
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Rotscale Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007   Photographer
I love how its have reality half drawn, very very different. The shading and structure is very good, conjoined with the nice composition, makes this an excellent piece. :highfive:
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silentruin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
bautifull
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Firia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
You are so amazing! :D
I have your previous work faved, and I thought, "I wonder if there's anything new." Sure enough, I'm glad I checked. :D Your techinique is sooooo flawless! It's like a sketch merging with a photo!
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Louisisthebest007 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Even half-finished, I am highly impressed with the pencil-skill used on this piece, mimicing light and shadow perfectly for her skin. The hair-detail is also coming along pretty good, the loose strands of hair dropped down by her side is a good naturalistic touch.

Overall, it looks like the finished result of this piece will be fantastic and well-received in the future.
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artist-for-rent Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
It looks incredible so far, hun~! :love:
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mydreams-myworld Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
pretty impressive :) also interesting to see the stages of your work
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thereseldavis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
for some reason I love pictures that are intentionally only half done...it's like they are comeing to life before your eyes, instead of a picture that is already done and there is no movement. Does that make sense?
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L-Spiro Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Yes it makes sense.
I will probably release this in two forms because a lot of people agree with you.
This will be one “final” version of this drawing and then I will also release a completed “final” version, so different people can enjoy either one (or both?).


L. Spiro
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thereseldavis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Good, I am glad :D
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aleksblazeski Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Nice. Looks like the finished result will be great. :)
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geotiger Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
all i got to say is that you made a perfect job on this, must have been tough to do something like this in a little space
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molee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow
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