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Velvet by PenelopeSalt Velvet by PenelopeSalt
My latest exercise in ballpoint insanity. I quite like it.

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ballpoint pen on watercolor paper
11" x 14"
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Noondarkly Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm... not sure... if I like it... or am repulsed by it... morbidly pretty. Or sg like that. Great art obviously!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I am always happy to play with ambiguity. As long as it's good to look at!
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Quick critique:
The pen hatching is gorgeous. I weep with jealousy.
There's plenty of contrast between the figures and background, and the background itself is lovely, I like the breath effect.
There's definitely a sincere expression of some emotion I'm not going to dig around for the words to describe on that upper figure.
The expression on the lower figure is stiff and not in perspective. Also, her breasts, shoulder, and torso in general are just not right. The way the cloth lies also feels off. Why is she bald?
It's beautiful, but the way the man floats above the woman feels a little dirty/silly. Maybe if you'd arranged them so that she was propped up on pillows as he leaned over her diagonally, or drew it so that he was lying on or holding himself up above her rather than levitating horizontally it'd work better.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, I see where you're coming from in terms of the composition and its effect on the piece... The woman I think suffered from the crop. I wanted a very specific shape of negative space between them, but then it made an odd shape out of her and I was never quite able to compensate in terms of her anatomy. So there's that. Tell me about the perspective of the expression - in what way is it off? (I swear, I'm going to watch those Vilppu things, but till then...YOU WILL BE MY PATRON GODDESS OF ANATOMY.) (That sounded really weird. Well, the world at large will have to deal.)

As for the baldness, I confess to a fetish. And wanting a weird sort of symmetry.
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
It's hard to explain without drawing. The nose isn't centered or perpendicular to the face, the nostrils are at a different angle, the eyes look flat and tilted oddly. The top cheekbone is suspect. Etc.

I'm with you on the baldness fetish, certain characters look so much more interesting without hair.
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:iconcharcoaltree:
charcoaltree Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Amazing. Your skill with a ballpoint pen just blows me away. I applaud you! :clap:
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm not really sure what to make of my current obsession - all that hatching is just MADNESS! Wait, perhaps I'm mad! That would explain everything...
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:iconcharcoaltree:
charcoaltree Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
You're welcome!
It's okay. I'm mad too. :crazy:
Although, hatching is nowhere near as bad as stippling...
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know what stippling is, but I know I don't want to know.
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charcoaltree Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
In that case, I will spare you the details. :D
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:iconimpagliazzo:
Impagliazzo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009   Photographer
Skye Edwards.
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
<google><google><google>

Wow, yeah, how weird is that? Utterly coincidental!
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Impagliazzo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009   Photographer
Have you ever heard Morcheeba (or Skye Edwards singing)?

Utterly relaxing and recommended.

:D
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No, but I will now make a point of checking them/her out.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It DOES look like Randy Orton! That's what I thought when I saw it in my inbox, and that's what I still think now!

This is a Jrawing symbolizing with Great Meaning how terribly Randy Orton haunts your dreams.
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
THAT'S NOT TRUE!!!

:horny:
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ohh yes it is.
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iBluGirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Your mastery over the pen is outstanding.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Muahahaha! You are mine, pen--mine for all ETERNITY!!! :evillaugh:

<cough>

Thank you very much.
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:iconiblugirl:
iBluGirl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:rofl: Someone ate too many art cartridges!
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D I always do that...
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:iconiblugirl:
iBluGirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I'm surprised no one has caught that on tape. Hehehe!
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lzsays Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I WILL NOT remark how much the face at the top reminds me of Randy Orton.

...

:ohmygod:
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's hilarious, because I actually tried to make it look more like him, but then gave up in disgust and stayed with the original face in the reference photo. Hahaha.
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lzsays Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yep, he can't not look like RKO. Sorry, man.
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's just funny that it turns out that way. I guess I see more of a difference because of from where I'm coming.
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lzsays Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Well, whenever I turn my head ninety degrees, the resemblance defiantly flees.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's all I ask.
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WildRainOfIceAndFire Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
it took my breath away for a second :heart:
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you... :blowkiss:
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projectvxn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
I quite like it too.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :blowkiss:
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