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Destiny of a Lie by PenelopeSalt Destiny of a Lie by PenelopeSalt
Dedicated to two people:

My long-suffering brother ~lzsays in honor of his awesomeness and his birthday.

And ^PurpelBlur, whose presence here helps make this place a real pleasure. He is the greatest, and if he likes this piece even a little, my humble job is done.

~

Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil. Reference: a photo from a French magazine [link] .

Enjoy.
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SatanInHeelsArt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
love the style. Unique.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SatanInHeelsArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
mi sa che siamo entrambi italiani e non me n'ero accorta :P
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry, non parlo italiano... though I wish I did, it is a beautiful language :thanks:
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SatanInHeelsArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Yeah, it is! BTW, I thought you were italian because of your nickname! I'm sorry :)
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey no problem! :XD:
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Olvium Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, I love her hair, the swirls of this drawing and the soft colors. :clap:
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was surprised at how it turned out, since it's on blue paper, but I'm very happy with it.
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Jean-Teufel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
beautiful, love the colours! :heart:
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Elsma Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Damn, you're going to think I am such a complete flake, but I ALWAYS thought that I had watched you, and that you just never submitted anything! I need a few new screws, eh? Anyways, this problem is now remedied, and good thing it was. I was missing out on all this! This is fantastic! I'll be back tonight, and you bet your butt I'll be faving!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:rofl: Ha ha ha ha ha! No! No, I've been there - and proud to say more than once, so welcome to the honorable ranks of flakehood! We will be awesome together!
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ABitMadInTheHead Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I am just stunned by the hair! Leaning how to do hair better is my big thing right now and the fact that you were able to visualize it all without a reference is simply amazing. How did you do it? I also love the fact that you deviated from the reference so much, another thing I tend to struggle with. You created such beautiful hues of purples!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words! Hair is always tedious but I've always loved doing it. A childhood full of Trina Schart Hyman books definitely helped develop my sense of fantasy hair. :D It's something that gets easier the longer you do it, trust me.

The deviation from the reference was planned from the beginning (mostly, anyway). I looked through all my photos of Cristina Scabbia, found a few more, looked at them, trying to decide which suggested themselves for something surreal. This one won; I could sort of sense the possibility of those petals/tears/feathers flowing from her sidewise eyes. But I knew I'd have to rotate her, to allow maximum space for the rest of the piece.

But the vague shape of the petals was as far as I'd imagined ahead of time. So once I got her down on paper, I began on the petals, and then let the rest of it come naturally - developing from the lines and what I thought would complement the existing shapes. I know that sounds woo-woo but it's not that hard, just sort of instinctive. (If you doodle in your notebooks, chances are you have that instinct. Mine came from history class.) Same for color - it just developed. My only criteria was the piece had to have lots of purple. (Working on medium blue paper helped.)

So I hope this gives you a bit more insight into my process. Thanks so much for your interest. And by the way, I love your avatar!
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juliaharrison Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Sheesh. Way for LZ to outdo all the rest of us.

Let me add this to his comment, though: YOU DO ABSOLUTELY AMAZING COLOR PENCIL WORK. (At least I'm assuming it's color pencil, because it darn sure looks like it.) I wish I could just see you at work sometime. And I don't mean that in a creepy way, honest! :D
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, this is color pencil. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of the technique - but then, I've always been good at exploiting what knowledge I do have to produce flamboyancy, so...that's probably what you're liking. :D But thank you. I'm encouraged that, when I try to ignore my perceived color inadequacies, I produce pretty impressive-looking stuff. Maybe that's where the magic is - ignoring my little voices. :giggle:

As for watching me work - well, I should really post a WIP-to-completion animation one of these days... And I'll be entering this Show Us Your Workspace competition, so you'll get to see that. (First I'm working on getting a workspace.)
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful...
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
She really is...
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Uh, what lzsays said.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee hee.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
The dude can give an articulate critique/review!
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lzsays Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
No I can't! ...Er, wait, I guess I did leave a rather long comment. That was accidental!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's like I can't write indepth, engaging descriptions of my jewelry. I totally can if I'm not paying attention.
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inthename Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
WOW!!! So precise and beautiful! What fabulous detail!!!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very sweetly! :hug:
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inthename Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
You're very welcome! A Pleasure!:sun:
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charcoaltree Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Instant favourite... I really love this. Surreal stuff always gets you thinking and is more aesthetically interesting than the garden-variety portrait.
Her face is amazing, but the eyes are incredible. The eyes! I wish I could draw eyes like that.
The hair rocks. I want hair like that.
I love the overall concept, too. I like what ^PurpelBlur said, about lying with her eyes...
Anyway, wonderful work! :D
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug: I must say, I'm relieved that the eyes didn't end up looking "um...brown" in contrast to the rest of the piece, as I was initially concerned they might. But no, once I got them down, I was very encouraged. This piece was nice to me pretty much through the whole process...which is rare.

And the hair, if you compare it to the reference pic ( [link] ) is obviously made up - ha ha - but I love it anyway.... Glad you do too.
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charcoaltree Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Very welcome!
Not at all, the brown is really lovely! Beautifully done :)
Hehe, I know what you mean. I don't think any of my drawing were nice to me the whole way through! It's good that it worked for you :)

Made up is awesome hair. I want that hair :giggle:
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PurpelBlur Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
This is a very amazing piece. I like the contrast in the color of her visage and neck to the rest of the image. The eyes start off the feathers and the final point ends at her neck.. perhaps she lies with her eyes ..hmm I find that aspect interesting.
This whole piece came together so well.

I am very honored that this piece would be dedicated to your brother, someone you hold most dear to your heart, and that I am included in that. :heart:

Thank you very much! :hug:
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, Blurple, you've made me deliriously happy! I love how everyone has their own interpretation of the portrait; that's the greatest thing about working from a more surreal angle. Thank you so much for your supersweet words - they mean a lot to me.
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TheDarkRayne Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow this one really caught my attention out of all the other entries for the contest. This is just so creative & beautiful. I hope the club doesn't choose some photo copy-ish work like always & goes for some real creativity this time. If I was the judge, you'd be the winner :giggle: Good luck !
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words! I was doing photorealism for years, but after awhile, I started wondering what was the point. (Hence my current style.)

And remember, if you're a club member, you can vote for whomever you want - :D - it's not in the hands of judges! (Can't wait for voting to open.)
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TheDarkRayne Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think surrealism & other creative art is so much more fun than photo realism. But yeah, that can't be ignored either..you need a lot of talent to be a good photo realistic artist. Good luck ;)
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bisted Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Wow! Very well drawn. A good birthday present for your brother.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! And he did indeed love it, which was all I was hoping for. :D
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MasterVash101 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
It reminds me of lavender, a calm lavender farm.^^

;)
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Mmmm... I can smell it! :D
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MasterVash101 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Bask in the ambience. :rofl:
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As always...your use of color floors me. Stunning piece!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! If only it looked as good as it does in person, ha ha!
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awe! The camera (or scanner)lies...I hate that. It happens with my beadwork also.
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heatherEFFECT Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
This is absolutely beautiful! Amazing job!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very sweetly!
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Very pretty! The colors just flow, and you have such an ability to make people look realistic...but better. :P
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
"Realistic...but better." :rofl: Thank you! Straight-up portraits are great, but I love the route of rampantly deviant interpretations!
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Toranih Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Beautiful, beautiful coloring. Everything about it is astounding. :-D
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's been a feverish week; I completed about ten or eleven hours of work on it over the course of just five days (which, considering my schedule, is some kind of miracle). So glad you like it! :hug:
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Toranih Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
You're welcome! :-D
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