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Japanese Model Half Real
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Published: August 18, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 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.


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AntiCodex's avatar
AntiCodex|Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous artwork!
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Thank you.


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AntiCodex|Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome


Arie K
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Among-Stars|Professional Digital Artist
This half rendered - half 'unfinished' look is stunning. She looks ethereal.
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Thank you.


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abstrakcionist|Professional Interface Designer
fine:D (Big Grin) Thumbs Up 
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Sameore|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|Hobbyist General Artist
nice write up. u shade well..
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Thank you.


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ScarletWarmth| General Artist
Very pretty! Amazing work!
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SameerPrehistorica|Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice..What is the model's name ?
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Thank you, but I have no idea who she is.


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SAMLIM|Professional Photographer
nice sketch.
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Thank you.


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joeiepaul's avatar
very awesome work in progress :D
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aldodark88's avatar
so beautiful drawing

and nice girl

great work! =D
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LinexLT|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|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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!! i'd love to see the finished result!!
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alexandramarina| Traditional Artist
fantastic, the shading is wonderful!
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drunkmonk666's avatar
this is great i'd like to see a bit more completed but still kept unfinished like this.
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nice, u should darken the shadows a bit more, but I like the concept. :thumbsup:
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01demai|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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