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I would like to thank :iconzieniu: for allowing me to use his beautiful photo as reference.

I really enjoyed the process of this drawing, despite a few major setbacks. The details on the lingerie was very fun to do. Seeing it go from a blank area to something textured with depth really brings life to the drawing. The silk background is another fun object to draw, though "fun" is used very loosely here. There was just so much detail that I had to simplify some areas a bit, out of sheer laziness :ashamed: The hardest part was perhaps the tummy. I could belly barely stomach the gut wrenching repetition of shading and erasing :D Puns aside, it was a really difficult portion because I shaded and erased over and over again to get the perfect contour of the stomach, but in so doing, really screw up the texture of the paper, making is very rough. This in turn gives the area a texture that is inconsistent with the rest of the drawing. I tried my best to fix that but it's definitely not as good as it could have been.

The reference is really great but the transition to black and white was not very smooth. The problem is that there is a lot going on in the photo. In the colored version, there are colors to differentiate everything but when drawing, the messy background really draw the attention away from the main subject, which, if you have not noticed, is the very attractive lady lying there in lingerie. I tried my best to differentiate the subjects by altering the darkness of certain areas while giving extra highlight to others.

This is my first time drawing on bristol board in a really really long time. Took me a while to ease into the new texture of the paper, and when I did, I found it to be a lot more fun than my usual drawing block. Too bad Singapore doesn't sell bristol board in a pack. I have to buy a giant piece and then cut out the desired dimension myself. But worse is the fact that the giant piece is very prone to creasing while being handled. A short trip from the shop back home is enough to turn it to toilet paper.

I hope you guys like the drawing and thanks in advance for any fav. I may receive :)

30x24cm Bristol board
2B, 4B, 6B and 8B
I can't remember how long I took to do this since it was done over the period of almost 2 months

EDIT (02/07/13): I've reuploaded a new version that is sharper.
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Secrets by =bm23 ( Suggested by ihamo and Featured by ArtByCher )
I got to say that between the original and your final product. I can not tell that this is an actual drawing. The fact that you included the progression and how you worked it is a lesson for me, for which I am extremely grateful.

The shadows of the background are superb. The way you captured the shadows of the bow in the bra and the hair, plus all of the little detail of the lace. I bow to you!

I understand why you did not include the wristbands, but it does nothing to diminish the picture. This is an amazing piece!
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NavkaranKharoud Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Simple amasing, sexy and seductive
Ansavnukr Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Dude you're a huge inspiration on passion & hard work on your drawings!
ImRandall Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Photographer

Absolutly Epic!! 
The detail and shading are really clear and give depth to the drawing
Well done

Andrzej17 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible breathtaking skatch at first i was wondering if is some foto or computer work until i see it's a skatch  and i coulden't belive
i've alsowe skatch from zieniu as reference but after seeaing your work it seams pointles
one's againg great work hope to see more from you  :-)
rodicaluminitafont61 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
irfanwasiq Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
This kind of detailed work need soooooo much patience
amazing work
love the details
juliankerremans Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Beautiful! :D
bm23 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
juliankerremans Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
You're welcome! :)
markstewart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD bud, well deserved and what a great way to end your year.
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