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Self by Lyraina Self by Lyraina
Self portrait… again! I'm really bad at drawing people, since I normally don't care what my characters exactly look like, as long as they can visualize what I want to express with my image. So, portraying real people is quite a challenge for me. But I also think it is incredibly helpful for improving, because it forces me to actually look how facial features look like, and not just draw how I think how it might look good.

I worked as close to my crappy webcam picture as I could without actually tracing or copying anything, even though I was very tempted at times! The bad quality of the original image actually really helped me, as the overexposure made it easier to see lights and shadows :)

After looking at it for 4 or 5 hours or so, I can't really tell how much it looks like me, but I think something is wrong with the lips. But I can't really tell what it is. I have less fluffy hair in reality (it's completely straight), but I'll count that as my artistic licence. :yum: I'm just not sure about the background texture, but could not find something better to fill the void.

By the way, drawing self portraits is unhealthy - it forces you to face all your flaws… same thing with comparing one's facial features with those of models for the sake of studying facial anatomy. I'm truly depressed now.

Anyway, I think I'm getting faster at drawing - I guess that's a good thing, even if I'm not getting better as fast as I'd like to? I would, however, also like to find something to draw something again which holds my interest for longer than a couple of hours!

:bulletblue: Painter X, about 4-5 hours
:bulletgreen: reference used
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:iconkrisztianhallai:
krisztianhallai Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Such amount of beauty at one place, summoned in such a short time, could bring an universe out of it's balance.
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:iconlyraina:
Lyraina Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're flattering me! Thank you :)
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KMusicDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well whether this looks like you or not, this is a BEAUTIFUL painting. <3 Never quit.
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:iconlyraina:
Lyraina Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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KMusicDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. It's true. :3
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mikes-ocean-sun Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful job! :D
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:iconlyraina:
Lyraina Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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anhthr Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome piece! I love the colors ^^
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:iconlyraina:
Lyraina Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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anhthr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome:)~
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