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Scarce Beauty by Zindy Scarce Beauty by Zindy
I used beautiful Andy again. The reference photo is from the photo shoot we did late May 09. Played a bit more with light this time and I really thought the light was great the way it fell on her. It kind of adds something. Main goal with this drawing was the light and calm expression. The shading is really interesting when the light comes from behind a person. I remember doing some photos of myself in 2005 up against a window and the light in the hair looked really nice and I have been thinking about how light falls a lot lately.
When we did the photo shoot Andy was to imagine a butterfly on her hand and it works very well after adding the butterfly. The butterfly is a scarce swallowtail (iphiclides podalirius), hence the title of my drawing. I decided to try and resemble a real butterfly as my butterflies are always made up. I thought it was only suitable as the rest is realistic + I fell for it in my butterfly book while browsing it, it's just so different and I love how large it is naturally. I did this over 3 days, in between some terrible headaches. I feel so alone.

Made with soft charcoal.
(30x40cm | 12x16inches)

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Scarce beauty Copyright © Zindy S. D. Nielsen
Do not copy, re-produce or use without written permission.
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:iconkay-bear:
Kay-Bear Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
You are such an amazing artist. Words cannot describe the love I have for your work! (:
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AlexandraKat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
this is one of the most lifelike pictures ive seen from you--it great :heart:
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GeneralOrry Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Impressive!!! Excellent drawing! ;)
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costage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uau!!! Great job.
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AndySartdesigns Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
amazing work. Thankyou for the inspiration
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akwildrose Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011   General Artist
Wow...this is so beautiful. I love the kind of peace your drawing portrays (for lack of a better word). I'm sorry to hear you were dealing with horrible headaches, but it's incredible how you were able to bring such beauty and peace out of hard times. Hope your headaches are few these days--and your joys many. :)
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e97852 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student Writer
Hi there! I meant to write this comment earlier, but login was down for me. :( But I was just wondering whether or not I could use this beautiful piece of work in my english project. This piece of work is a masterpiece and I believe it shows the purest essence of elegance. :) Which is exactly what I need. Basically we have to make allusion cards for the class about the allusion word we were assigned. I got Hyperion, someone who represents light and beauty. And this picture is perfect is perfect for it! If you let me use it, it would only be 2.5 inches tall on a 3x5 card.

I would absolutely love it if I got your permission, but if you don't want me to I completely understand. :) It's no trouble to find another picture. :) Hope to hear from you soon!
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Zindy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry I didn't see this sooner, I rarely get around browsing old deviations. I wish you had mailed me instead, I would be happy to give you permission but I guess it's a little late now. Hope your project went well :)
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e97852 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Writer
Oh no you're fine! :) And yes, the project went great! But I just found an image off of google, it was no porblem. :)
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oiKHIEo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
wow! that is so beautiful!!
you're amazing!!!! :D

i like the way u did the hair and the shadings!

wish i can draw like u. :D

but it'll be impossible. :(

-keep it comin.. :)
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Softeggie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Awesome! =D
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Enirtal Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
what do you draw on?
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ljaeddy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
i love the pose and the positioning of the light. :D :D thumbs up!
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xOnoonesperfectOx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Wow! So pretty! Love it :D
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ineffablecreations Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
omg i love the shading! please if you have the time, i dont know if you can but give me tips. THANK YOU!
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tapsalotpanda Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The shading on this is surreal! I would almost believe that this is a photograph and not a drawing!!
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:iconlaken-shree:
Laken-Shree Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Wow, dear this is stunning. Perfect shading.
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:iconlacrima-angelorum:
lacrima-angelorum Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist
it´s so beautiful :)
she looks like my friend ^^
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artsaves1228 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow this looks realllly smooth, I LOVE the hair
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mabdelfatah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
wow, awesome work on the hair
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ekkil6 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
This is absoulutly beautiful! The only thing i can really point out, is that the hand looks a bit wierd. But you are verry talented for shure ;)
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ekkil6 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
This is absoulutly beautyfull! The only thing i can really point out, is that the hand looks a bit wierd. But you are verry talented for shure ;)
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KillerChicken666 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
nice job on the hair
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:iconroomania:
roomania Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Excellent work indeed. :)

Roo
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Jimmer1220 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Absolutely fantastic!!!! What more can I say, you out did yourself.
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darkonedrei Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
This is amazing!
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strainstrain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
:butterflytwo: This is so beautiful baby. The shadings are amazing. I really love it. It is easy to see how much time and effort you've put into it. The butterfly looks so real...nice to see a real butterfly too:blowkiss:
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful!
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous! The lighting is very well done! :heart:
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assilem22 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
its amazing how realistic your artwork is! i just love it!
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psycho926bc Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist
Amazing use of light!
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Gacuss Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Beautiful!
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Arie09 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.........are you like jesus or something?!

amazing work :)
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M406 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Beautiful. :heart:
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branwyn1975 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
gosh! this is gorgeous! everything looks so consistant. very nice work!
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xCheerfulPessimistx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
i love this one! its so beautiful~~ <3
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:iconbranovich:
Branovich Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Perfect... :clap:
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BLOODxOFxANGELS Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
beautiful! (l)
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CrystalEloquence Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
So beautiful :) I am new to charcoal sketching.... Tell me how do you draw such fine lines with charcoal. I use charcoal sticks, so usually I dont get that fine effect.
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Zindy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I use a charcoal pencil to get the fine lines. Sharpening it often is needed. You should try using one along with the charcoal sticks, I am sure you will find it useful :)
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CrystalEloquence Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
thanks... i am sure i will.
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melissahager Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Gorgeous work, everything looks so fluid!
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fabaumhellekin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
This is perfect!!!!
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dum-donutz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Gorgeous..
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kissme-imthelea Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Student Writer
Know what made the biggest impact on me out of this entire deviation? When you said "I feel so alone". That hit me harder than the perfection of the drawing.
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Zindy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting... Well, it was made with lots of emotion though it doesn't portray loneliness at all.
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Scile Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
This is absolutely amazing! Very well done :D
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NatalieLizzie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009   General Artist
I'm in love with the shading in this.
Hope your headaches get better <3
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Miss-Disturbia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Student Writer
OMG! this one's just beutiful... I love your work, all of it, but this one is just amazing. I love it.... truly.
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Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
so soft and beautiful love this zindy :heart:
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