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arabesque by Crimefish arabesque by Crimefish
'Arabesque' technically means decoration with either organic or geometric patterns, so that doesn't apply to this... it's so titled because I was listening to Lily Chou-Chou on loop while I drew it.

I used a 2B pencil (I left my pencils somewhere in my room and have no idea where 8D).
Reference was a magazine cover, which I removed from the magazine some time ago. I should have made a note of who the designer was, but I forgot. >.>

There is a lot of detail in this, which my scanner blurred, so I sharpened the scan. It sharpened the shading as well as the detail, so the original shading looks softer. I just didn't want to fix it too much. :3
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EmmaMusic Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student
This is so. friggen. amazing.
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gdvectors Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
:shocked: oh my god! this is a wonderful art, im in love with she, congratulations.
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
:blush: Thank you! And thank you so much for the watch.
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gdvectors Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
;)
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thewhocaresgirl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I love this photo! I've had it saved in my "inspiration" folder forEVER--and I'd never think to draw it! Nice!
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Oleander04 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Student
This is gorgeous, amazing detail :)
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Thank you! I loved working on this. For some reason I really enjoyed the repetitiveness of the bazillion tiny pearls and jewels. Maybe it was the kind of thing where once you draw one right, you know how to draw the rest, so you can just zone out and do the rest without having to think about it.
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ricky4 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Outstanding and original drawing indeed! :nod:
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whispersss Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:whisper: hello , you have been featured on my lastest journal :[link] :)
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is sooo amazing! I love it, it has a good contrast and the idea is so original! It's perfect to draw :D
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Crimefish Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Ah, thank you :blush: I ripped it out of the magazine and kept it for a while before I decided to draw it, 'cause the details looked like a lot of work. But I'm glad I did it.
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, you pay the price but then, it's really worth it :D
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Yes, exactly, it's worth it no matter how hard you have to work. So it always surprises me when people say they don't have the patience to do what I do... I think if you want it badly enough, you find the patience. So I think what they mean is, they don't want it enough. XD (I mean, as you improve, your techniques expand in range and improve in quality, so it takes longer and longer to finish a drawing just because you have more to put into it. And you get used to how long it takes, so you don't mind that much. Or maybe I'm just taking my patience for granted.)
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly. They don't want it enough. And no, I don't think you're taking your patience for granted, because what you said is true. Patience isn't like the burden they make it sound... patience is the natural tool provided to mould the sculpture... so the quantity of it available depends on the amount of details put into it (and if your talent is broad, you'll need to put many). The piece consumes you and takes all your attention before you even realized your need for patience!

Unfortunately, there are many lazy people out there... or maybe it's just that they're not meant for it... *shrugs* ;P
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scarfaceash Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Student Writer
Incredibly gorgeous.
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stipend Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009   General Artist
wow, so cool!
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tokitochan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Impressive ;_;

Remind me of Leech
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Minor-expressions Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
this is awesome!
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
8D Thank you! Glad you think so.
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Mikame Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
Wow, gorgeous!!! :heart:.
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
8D; Thank you!
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Mikame Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Welcome :), did you use any reference for those.... am... fins in her head? :B... They're awsome, looks kinda metallic...
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Yeah, the whole thing is as it is in the photo reference, except she had seams where the headdress meets her face. I just missed those out because I wanted the fins to look like a part of her. The whole time I was drawing it I couldn't tell what they're made of. Aside from the jewels and metallic thread, if it's card or whatever, then it did at least have silver airbrushing. So that's pretty hard to render in a drawing, but you're absolutely right, it looks metallic in the original photo. :nod:
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roannette Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
this is amazing indeed...she's so beautiful O.O
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Thank you! She is, although I doubt I'd recognise her out of her weird alien guise. XD
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roannette Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
hee hee -^^-
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axling Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Student Photographer
Amazing! omg :o
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Crimefish Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Thank you! 8D I like this piece, too.
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garbage-ash Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
oh my gosh, such great patience @__@
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Thank you~ Luckily, with this kind of (geometric, especially) thing it's easy to divide it up into sections and do one little bit at a time. xD Then it doesn't seem like too much work.
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IHaveNoControl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
I love this! Great job! :D
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
8D; Thanks!
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IHaveNoControl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
No prob :D
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marcieness Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice! wish i could do something like this
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thank you! I'm sure you can. Even if it's not the same style or medium, everyone has the potential.
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marcieness Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I don't know, but thanks anyway :)
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aestheticirony Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O That is just wicked. Amazing work!
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
8D Thank you! It was a lovely challenge.
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MyBloodyLane Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007   Writer
delicately done and very beautiful

:+fav:
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
Thank you very much. :aww:
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MyBloodyLane Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007   Writer
any time :)
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Saph-chan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Hobbyist
This is very beautiful. It's also a bit haunting; I really love the wings. You're so talented; I'm jealous.
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daidaiwiz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
Lily Chou Chou no Subete is an amazing moving isn't it?
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kagami-chi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
hey, Am I allowed to print this and hang it up to my wall, next to some J-rockers? O_____O
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Uh... yeah, sure. o.o (actually, as I used a copyrighted photo for reference, this doesn't legally belong to me, so you can do whatever you want with it. XD) Thanks for asking my permission, though, and I'm flattered you like it that much. :3
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kagami-chi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
X3

I just think it's fair to every artist if you ask before you do anything with his/her work! X3

yeah I'm really fascinated by it! O____O
it's awesome!
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Coniak Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
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wow now that's something...
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so the cover actually looked like your picture?
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Crimefish Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Uh, yeah, give or take a few lines. (On the cover there are seams where the headdress meets the face.) :3 I can't do anything original to save my life. It's a giant flaw. ^^; So I will forever be breaking copyright laws.
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, i was like that for QUITE some time...but then something just, i don't know, clicked? so don't give up yet! lol. :D and the drawing is really fantastic, i love it anyway. ^^ :heart:
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