This is NOT a photograph but is amazing artwork! Click through to view more images…
Reference photo by Russian photographer: Кристина Тарарина
Russian Top Model’s name: Любовь Ансимова
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Took aprox. 30 hours to finish. Lost about 20% quality during scanning.
FAQ: Due to hundreds of questions and my lack of time to answer them all here are the answers for the most frequently asked:
Q:How many colors do you have and what pens are these?
A: I have 8 colored Bic ballpoint pens, for this I used 6 of them plus black. They are just common everyday ballpoint pens. Buy them here: [link] you can also buy the Staedtler ball 432 or the Scent Sibles [link]
Q: Where do you get them? I have never seen them.
A: Staples, Ebay, Amazon, and pretty much any good office supply store, just because you haven’t noticed them before doesn’t mean they don’t exist!
Q: Do you use any other medium mixed with the ballpoint pens?
A: No, I just use ballpoint pens for these drawings. Everything is 100% ballpoint pen.
Q: How do you mix the colors? How do you blend them?
A: I don’t mix them nor blend them. Ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and can not be erased. I just cross hatch the different colors in layers to create the illusion of blending and the illusion of colors I don’t actually have.
Q: Are you a professional Artist?
A: No, I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours to finish each drawing. I started drawing when I was 2.
Q: What colors do you have?
A: Yellow, orange, magenta, light green, light blue, blue, pink, purple. I also have a classic black and a classic blue Bic pens.
Q: Do you trace the drawing, what do you do to get the proportions?
A: No. I use a grid on the reference, I then draw another pencil grid on the paper to make the drawing the exact size I want, then draw the simple outlines in pencil as accurately as possible and then erase the pencil as I color the drawing. I look and draw, the traditional typical way.
Q: Do you use photo manipulation or digital effects?
A: No. I like to do my work traditionally, the hard way, the way I like.
Q: Some say drawing exact copies of photos is not art.
A: I don’t care what some people think, I love realism, I only draw to improve my skills, to practice, and because I love it, not to please the critics. Also, there are as many concepts of what is art as there are humans on earth, so what really matters is what art is for you, in your heart.
You probably recognize the face in this painting (it is St. George), but if you look at his hair, you’ll see that he is fighting a fire-breathing dragon. It’s called “St. George the Dragon Slayer” (by Sandro Del-Prete).
Janet’s Note: Definitely not a happy thought, but definitely something to think about. Excellent, photographically.