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Love Face Redo by HeatherHitchman Love Face Redo by HeatherHitchman
My entree into the "Draw this Again Competition". I will be uploading the before and after MEME shortly :-)

I chose this piece to redo because I have always HATED how it turned out. I had this vision in my mind of a literal interpretation of the song and I just was not at the skill level required to portrait that. I even went as far as to purposely hide the hands behind branches... :hides in shame:

Since then, I have worked hard to do more studies and learn from my peers. I have challenged myself to draw things I knew I wasn't very good at, because i knew it would make me a better artist (even if it wasn't fun at the time). And for the first time I can sit down and draw something and spend 95% of the time actually DRAWING and not TRYING TO FIX MISTAKES. I am beginning to simply draw what I want to draw, and not hide my weaknesses behind props or clothes. I am starting to be able to create without compromising my vision because of lack of skill.

To me, this is what being an artist is all about, the relentless pursuit of perfection, whatever that means on an individual level. And embracing that even though perfection will never be truly realized, that you gave it your all to get what is in your head onto paper. And day by day, to get better and better at making the paper reflect more clearly that image in my head.

I could have easily rested on what I knew, and remained at that comfort level in 2009. But I made the uncomfortable choice to practice the boring stuff and it has freed me in a way I simply cannot describe. I am truly thankful to all those other artists (and stock photographers) that have inspired me, pushed me, and believed that I was capable of more than I was allowing myself to be at that time.

This piece is dedicated to my loving boyfriend :icontadl: who has inspired me more and more to be a better artist since the day I met him.

And these amazing stock artists :iconsenshistock: :iconimperialstarletstock: :iconmariaamanda: and :iconkxhara: who have freely given of their time and talent to help inspire artists like me every day.

Dammit now i'm crying! LOL I just can't believe how far this journey has taken me as an artist and a person. I know I still have a long road ahead of me, but I can see where it's leading and that gives me pure bliss.

Photoshop CS5
Textures from and

The Original Piece from 2009

The 2 Together

Pose Ref

Inspired by Rachael Yamagata's "Elephants"
Lyrics in original piece
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This is simply stunning! I am not sure there is any other word to describe it to be completely honest. Excellent choice of looks, they all work hand and hand with each other to make the piece flow(?) very nicely.

I gave five stars in all categories, as you can see, because I believe it truly deserves them. First off I have never seen any price like this, however this is just from my experience (others may have but since I haven't I gave it five stars for originality). I think the vision you wanted to capture originally definitely shows through now. You have excellent technique here as well. I love how all of you lines are clean(if that is even the right word) and even though they are every which way, they still seem to work. And like I mentioned before you did a wonderful job with the choice of color. It appears most of them are neutral, or pretty close, so no one color is gaining all the attraction. This allows the eye to slowly take in the piece as a whole, instead of by section. I gave five stars for impact because her expression really holds a lot of emission along with the pose.

Overall this is very well done and you have a lot of talent :) I really have tons more I could say I love about it but I think I've written quite enough already hahaha ... Oh dear... I hope I haven't written too much hahahaha. Anyway keep up the amazing work, which I'm sure you will. Since you have gained another watcher just because of this one piece :)
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RadMadisaur Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, beautiful work here.
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :-)
Renee-Mariposa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very emotive!
neonparrot Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
One of the biggest improvement I have ever seen. This work is great : )
I like the composition, static face and details.
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :hug:
Willemijn1991 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This is so amazing!!! I love that the elafants are part of her hair, so creative :heart:
skylite-compass Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous :>
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Intriguing, more daring and poignant than the earlier work where you used the younger face as a short cut. Delightful nimbus around the central portrait, beautifully detailed and masterfully colored.
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much :-)

yes i kinda had a standard baby face that i used as a default on every woman. it's been a real challenge breaking out of that "mold" but since practicing it has been a lot of fun to experiment with different faces.
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