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Magdalena Mielcarz as Lygia by Andune88 Magdalena Mielcarz as Lygia by Andune88
Although I am supposed to be learning (because we have exam period at university) I couldn't help myself and had to draw something. This drawing is portrait of actress Magdalena Mielcarz from movie Quo Vadis. It is based on same-named book by Henryk Sienkiewicz and takes place in ancient Rome. I really like the book it is one of my favorites. I've read it three times I guess.

Format A4
pencil, tissues, blending sticks etc.
Time spent: Lost count, but definitely more than 15 hrs. It turned out to be hell of a timer consumer, because of her blond hair on a dark background. Still don't know how to draw hair properly.
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XZebediahX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh God, this is fantastic! You can draw Nero, too ;)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :-)
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Violinartistsy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great! I'm a fan of the book and movie! I plan on painting a series on Quo Vadis and was looking online for some ideas. Definitely inspirational!!! Keep up the good work. And as far as the hair goes...well yeah it could be better I suppose, but really...the piece as a whole, works so well together that the hair doesn't even distract from your work, but actually goes very nicely. I think it brings out her face much more. :)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks a lot for your kind words and for the fav. I am truly glad that you liked it. I was lucky to find a really great reference photo suitable for drawing :-)
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ArtLucie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Pretty good! :)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :-)
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kristinkad Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Martine, Tvá práce je velmi krásná a čistá, jako ona.
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jé díky, jsem rád, že se líbí :) A taky díky za fav ;)
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madradinka Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the movie (book too).
The portrait is great and the hair looks very good. :)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :-) I am not into historical books that much, but I really like this one :-) Petronius is such a great caracter...
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madradinka Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Petronius was the best :) Too bad he died...
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Arakbar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WoW,very great work !!!
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:iconandune88:
Andune88 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :-)
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juckelal Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
man, that's just damn good!
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:iconandune88:
Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :-)
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J-CashMD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is fabulous. Captures her expression marvelously.
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:iconandune88:
Andune88 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :-) And for your fav as well :-)
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J-CashMD Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Cheers, and you're most welcome!
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silima13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Wow, I like this book, but I imagined Lygia with dark hair. Anyway, she is beautiful - and your drawing too! :)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if it is explicitly said in the book but I always imagined her with blonde hair... maybe because she was barbarian princess from the north. Anyway the actress who played her is blonde. Maybe I am now subconciously connecting Lygia with Magdalena Mielcarz and cannot imagine her otherwise, but that's what movie does. No matter what I am very happy that you liked it :-)
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silima13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
You're right, I don't know it either. :) Her hair is great on your drawing.
How did you do the black background? Is it a simple black paper or you did something with computer?
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neither, it was originally white paper, which I covered with very soft pencil (8B) and blended with tissues. I had to darkened it a bit in computer, but that is my scanner issue because it produces very light scans. My unedited scans are always lighter than original drawings. But according to scanning tutorials here it isn't only my problem.
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silima13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Anyway, it looks great. :D
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zemjendyw Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
greatly awesome
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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adavesseth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh very nice!
I like her expression, you did a great job drawing it, inquisitive and mischevious.
:)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! That's why I liked the reference photo.
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Libfly Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love it!
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to hear it! And thank you very much for your fav!
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pepperbunbun Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! :)
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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pepperbunbun Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Tacoly Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful! Awesome job with the face :D
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. I spent at least six hours drawing her face. I wish I know how to draw hairs too. And PS: pencils = my life too ;-)
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Tacoly Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, that's a lot :O
It looks good at it is, I think you just need to make it more detailed ^^
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Chemai Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
This is really good :)
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:iconandune88:
Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. And for the fav as well!
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Chemai Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
you're very welcome :)
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nightspiritwing Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
this is really great :O I love the detail in the cloth too!!
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Andune88 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thanks. Happy to hear it.
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