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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)

:bulletpink: Prints available: [link]
Half price throughout June

Scarce beauty Copyright © Zindy S. D. Nielsen
Do not copy, re-produce or use without written permission.
I give full permission for it to be featured inside DA, in news articles and journals.
For outside use please visit: [link]
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Kay-Bear Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
You are such an amazing artist. Words cannot describe the love I have for your work! (:
AlexandraKat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
this is one of the most lifelike pictures ive seen from you--it great :heart:
GeneralOrry Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Impressive!!! Excellent drawing! ;)
costage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uau!!! Great job.
AndySartdesigns Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
amazing work. Thankyou for the inspiration
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. :)
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!
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 :)
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. :)
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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