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Tia Dalma by kelleybean86 Tia Dalma by kelleybean86
For the past few weeks I've been trying to create "portfolio pieces" or other things to impress professors, publishers and people. And it was no fun. Nothing was turning out well. Finally I just said, "screw this, I'm going to draw whatever I want." And apparently what I want to draw is Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Caribbean. Who knew?

Stock image used as pose reference: [link]
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Rosaka-Origo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Excellent work! She came out very well. : )
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ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tia Dalma is a fascinating character. I love her mischievous smile, you've captured it excellently! The neutral tones and the subtle reds and oranges in this piece work very well together.

Creating a portfolio for the sake of impressing professors or potential employers is no fun at all. It takes the life and energy out of the work, in my experience, and leaves you dry and wondering why you're doing art in the first place. To get accolade? To get a job? What happened to drawing or painting simply because you love what you do? These were the things floating around my head during my BFA year in my university's traditional fine arts program, and are questions I still have to ask myself every time I pick up a pencil.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree that it's important to always have fun while drawing. There's no point if you're not having fun.
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AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Hello! Your work is featured here. I hope you don't mind? :)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know! Since you posted a link back to my deviantart page, it's totally fine. :)
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AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
You're welcome! And posting links back to the works' pages is the point of these recs. I want to draw the fandom's attention to good works. :D
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well I appreciate it! :)
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MsBlueriver66 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I love!!
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