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Here's my portrait drawing of the model/performer Skin Diamond. It is based on a photo that I took of her. One of the most stunning women I've ever met in person. Really cool and gorgeous girl!

Graphite on paper, approximately 8" x 10"
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Weegoddess Featured By Owner Edited Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was surprised that I hadn't favorited this yet. I still love love love how you managed the skin texture. Also, the glasses frames look marvelous. I'm also impressed at your patience with the knit hat.
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, again!! This one might be my favorite drawing (in the top 3, at least) not only for how it turned out, but also the time I spent working on it. At that time, I really wanted to see how smooth I could make skin tones. Many hours of blending, let me tell you!  I really loved the original photo, so I spent a lot of time with the details on her glasses, her necklace, and... that hat!! I must have redrawn that hat 3 times just to make the knit somewhat believable. In the end, I'm very pleased how it turned out! :)
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Weegoddess Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work on the skin shading, especially around the nose and cheekbones. Looks almost like one could reach into the paper and touch her.
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I think of all the pieces I've drawn, this one might be my favorite, especially because of the shading and her expression. :)
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
woah great details on the different textures
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Bonnie!! This is one of my favorite pieces I've done so far. Let me tell you, I really struggled with her knit hat. But I was really happy how her skin tones, glasses, and necklace turned out. I'm honored that my drawing caught your eye! :thanks:
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
sometimes when you're really struggling with something it can turn out to be your best work in the end! :)
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MrEyeCandy66 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just a BRILLIANT drawing. Love it! :nod:
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Rob! I think of all my pieces, this one might be my favorite. Of course, it helps when the subject is as attractive as she is. ;)

And thank you very much for the watch!!
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I notice that you are great at drawing teeth. I guess all that extra effort paid off. For me, the toughest part were drawing the hands in different poses and sometimes drawing a unique looking nose would get me :D.
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! If I'm honest, teeth, hands, and noses, all give me trouble as well. I spend a lot of time drawing and erasing until they look somewhat realistic. Just can't go too dark right away, as that always makes it more difficult.
 
When I was younger, I actually started with more of a comic-style influence, drawing full body illustrations. However, after struggling with proportions, hands, and feet, for many years, I realized I wouldn't have to draw them as much with portraits, haha! I guess I have more patience trying to get facial features accurate, as they all play a role in capturing a likeness.
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Practice, and more practice iz my motto. That's part if the fun!
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mcgrath800 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful drawing of a beautiful girl!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! She's a real beauty! When I saw her smile, I thought it would make a great portrait drawing. I'm really happy how it turned out! Cheers!
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whiskypaint Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
pure awesomeness, man! congratulations! should +watch you!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! I'm honored you like it! Of all my drawings, I think this was my favorite to work on. Her expression was perfect for a portrait. Thank you very much for the +watch! :handshake:
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whiskypaint Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Yep. The model is just great. I'd like to make her portrait myself )) But you made it so skillfully. Outstanding work, man!
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otong666 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this is especially nice... big CONRATS...
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! This is one of my favorite pieces I've ever worked on. I love portraits that have an expression to them, and enjoy trying to capture that within my own drawings! I'm honored you like it! :)
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otong666 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you know, the internet really a big help so I can watch other artists work without leaving my chair... their works is always a smooth rub for my eyes so don't thank me, it always all my pleasure...
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am bowled over by your realism! whao!!!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again, Sharon!! Of all my portraits, I think this one might be my favorite. I came the closest to capturing her expression and eyes. :D
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winterwolf797 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The personality that comes through... wow! Its more alive than a lot of photographs. And after looking through more of your gallery, I have to say: you've got an incredible gift. :)
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thanks: Thank you so much Clint! It means a great deal to me! I love trying to capture a subject's personality, especially with their expressions. It often frustrates me when I'm drawing, as I don't always feel I've recreated their likeness until I get close to finishing a piece. And that only comes after spending a number of hours tweaking elements like the eyes and mouth.

This drawing of Skin Diamond is one of my all-time favorite pieces I've created thus far. I just love her smile! :)
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winterwolf797 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean about the frustration. Even so, you captured and translated onto paper your impressions of her and did it beautifully. :)
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Honeycorn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
she is so cute!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thanks! I just love her smile and eyes, I had to draw her! :D
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Honeycorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
yeah, she is really pretty :)
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LorenzoDiMauro Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Love the way you rendered her expression
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate you saying so! :)
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LorenzoDiMauro Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
My pleasure Ray, really liked it :)
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mariaanghel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You really made us see her through your eyes, not only her appearance, but also a bubbly and fun personality! Love the shading and the shine in her glasses :)
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks Maria!! I loved drawing her expression and her glasses! It was tricky with all the different highlights in her frames, but I'm happy with how it turned. One of my favorite things about drawing portraits is trying to capture someone's personality. She's definitely one of a kind, haha! :)
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again, Anna! It's truly an honor. Much love! :heart: :tighthug:
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annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The honor is all mine , you have a great gift ! :tighthug: 

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Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Beautiful !!!!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Claire!! I'm so happy my drawing caught your eye! :D
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Ollybird Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! You are so talented! It's just like a photo!!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thank you so much!! I'm always trying to make my drawings look as realistic as possible, so I'm glad you think it looks like a photo! :thanks:
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Ollybird Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!! Keep up the great work!!
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liilly1504 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks so much like a photograph! It's amazing!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thank you so much!! I'm happy you like it! I think this might be the most realistic drawing I've done so far. :)
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liilly1504 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome! :iconyeahplz:
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Ank-sama Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
great work!! Clap
 
very pretty portrait, I luv this 
Meowhug 
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I'm happy you like it! :hug: :thanks:
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Ank-sama Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
^__^
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Krstn54 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love her spunky look! wonderful job! this looks like it could be a photo!
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RayPelesko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: Thank you so much Kristen!! That's very kind of you to say. I love her look as well! I think it really fits her personality perfectly! :thanks:
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AGlimpseOfMe Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love this! And such a gorgeous model!
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