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Bali Beauty by Paul-Shanghai Bali Beauty by Paul-Shanghai
This was one of those photographs that make you want to get your pencils out, and immediatley start drawing.  Not just the beautiful eye(s) but the wonderful mouth shape (I also loved the bright pink shoal - but this is hard to capture in graphite :))

Drawn from an amazing picture by a wonderful photographer - Banhup Teh, who kindly allowed me to draw from his collection.  You can find the original here pbase.com/dtbh/image/88223667 - but please they are not stock images and you need his permission before using anything.

Drawn on A3 Bristol Board Smooth with traditional pencils HB,2B and 8B along with a mechanical 4B, blenders and erasers - about 10-15 hours.

One of a short series of 'half faces' still a few more to come which I will upload shortly. So far the series includes just one other drawing;
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Tryskacik Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I've browsed your gallery and must say I really like your style. Your pics with water are real stunning, you've got such an artistic eye when it comes to details. This drawing is my favourite, because there is so much mystery beneath. The child is so cute and its expression is so emotional there's no wonder it was a must-draw for you! Even it's photorealistic, it still looks like a drawing and that's what I love about it, I also like the way you've blended your pencils here. Very nice work for the scarf pattern and mouth too.
I hope you don't mind if I say I'd welcome a little bit shading the eye white because it's too bright and contrasting in my opinion.
I find this picture as very well done.
greetings from: icongenuinefeedback:
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darkdragonrose99 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Absolutely stunning. 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you like it :)
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Haharius Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
awesome work as always !
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the comment :)
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lousephyr Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
another stunning drawing;
amazing texture in lips; you amaze me as always
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like this one, they are not as popular as my water drawings, but it is actually what i really enjoy drawing, so it is great to hear positive feedback :)
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JCee911 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loving it as always!!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, appreciate it :)
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Alodix Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
The light in the eye and the lips make this drawing wonderful !! And the smooth shading you do so well...
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My two favourite parts of this drawing also - thanks for the kind words :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done.  I love the eye.  Just as you said.  I don't know how to make colors show up.  I have seen a few graphite drawings that I just knew what colors they were.  I was correct, too. Keep up the good work.
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks as always :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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pluto-my-way Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
incredibly cool draw, love it!:la:
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very kind of you to say - thank you :)
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pluto-my-way Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
always welcome^^
keep it up!:la:
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
oh they eye is stunning,just beutiful
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know - have you checked out the photograph reference?  I noticed a couple of comment asking if it was photoshopped - I understand it wasn't how stunning :)
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
yes its stunning,it always happens if something looks amazing people just thinck its been photo shoped ,
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
lovely job!!!Love 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - appreciate the kind comment :)
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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MichelleBergeron Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so very captivating and so very beautiful and moving. :aww:
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:iconpaul-shanghai:
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - glad you like it, your comments are much appreciated :)
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MichelleBergeron Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, kind sir.
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ShakeyPaul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes Paul what can I say yet again you have captured true beauty in you work :clap: I love her eye , mouth , amazing work! you are the master!!!! :D 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Paul - I can always rely on you to cheer me up :) 
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
She is very beautiful & you've captured her beauty! Lovely tones & her eye(s)...!!!Love 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed - Cheers Dears :love: :kiss: 
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evela86 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very beautiful :)
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree - I love the reference, not sure my drawing is as nice - but i tried :)
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spanwire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really amazing, dude!
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - glad you like it :)
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spanwire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are welcome! its one of the best skin i ever seen! how you did this?
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - for the skin i use a circular technique, i then blend using a paper tortillon and then use either an eraser or softer pencil to create dark and light tones. :)
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spanwire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
many thanks, man!
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The girl's eye really captures your attention, my friend :heart:

I love the attention to detail within the intricacy of the shoal, and I really think your half-face pieces are becoming a beautiful collection in their own right :hug:

Well done! :clap:
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank as always - bit of a gap now as i really want to finish the two big drawing i am working on, and of course work is getting in the way of what i really enjoy doing :)
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to see your big projects, my friend :)

Real life has a habit of doing that ;)
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Overtall98 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student
Fantastic work i love the detail especially in the eyes and lips
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My two favourite areas on the original photograph, i couldnt quite achieve the depth in the eye that i wanted, but very happy how the lips came out :)
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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30SecondsToTheEdge Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You did such an amazing job recreating this picture! Her eyes and lips are gorgeous! 
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Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Nora - appreciate the comment :)
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