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Available for prints at Etsy! [link]

*Updated with HQ photo*

I haven't done a portrait in colored pencils for years! I had so much fun playing with all the different shades and just let loose and enjoyed it...All in celebration of my favorite season: Spring!
This is also my entry for :iconthefavouritecontests::iconthefavouritecontest2: contest for TheFavoritesShowcase!

UPDATE: I won first place! Thank you SO much to everyone who voted and a huge congrats to ALL the winners!

>> Created with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Drawing paper. Took approx 50 hrs.



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Given 2011-05-04
Renewal by *secrets-of-the-pen
The suggester says of this beautiful traditional art piece, "The piece is fantastically coloured, pretty (if not fully) representative of life and its vitality. I like how the person has tried to capture that here and I think the detail is brilliant as well." ( Suggested by 3wyl and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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You did an overall amazing job. Everything is pieced very nicely together. Which leads me to saying maybe its pieced Too Well together? Is there such a thing? I feel like it would have been better if the flowers on her hat were a little more imperfect. Besides that there is only one other thing I can even think of, her eyeshadow. I feel like its too harsh for her light skin tone. Otherwise everything seems wonderful. You really did a fantastic job. I hope that I wasn't too critical because the picture is truly wonderful. Perhaps you will do more pictures that are similar to this in the future? :)
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
21 out of 26 deviants thought this was fair.

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This is gorgeous! Period. The colors pop and draw you in an almost mesmerizing way at first glance.

This wouldn't have had such an impact on me without all of the varying vibrant hues that you skillfully incorporated into this. Colored pencils are difficult for many to work with and portraits usually turn out a smidgen below par too, but this has certainly raised the bar.

Great vision & technique - even in the way you made the background look as if it's blurry. That takes true talent.

The best part of the picture for me is that beautifully detailed hat and her bold eyeshadow... (I would love to get her whole look tbh).

Critical Me...
If I have to critique anything about this, it would have to be her pupils and the shine - they seem a tiny bit off as far as placement.

Overall, this is the most visually captivating thing I have seen today and I hope my critique reflects that.
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11 out of 11 deviants thought this was fair.

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:iconpleaseimjustagirl:
PleaseImJustaGirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
 You have achieved a Haunting Beauty. You have inspired a Poem of Colors.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you!
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PleaseImJustaGirl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
 Hi still Here and loving your work. There's always so much to do over the Holidays. Shopping,greeting visiting relatives, Making sure everyone knows that the Kitchen is Strictly "Girls Only",especially for Christmas Dinner, and then Keeping it that way.  ( Out,Out Damn Spot ).
Hope you had a good christmas and a Happy New Year.
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:iconanndreamy:
AnnDreamy Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :D 
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconchicoandpaco1:
Chicoandpaco1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So pretty!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconartificialphantom:
ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the play with the colors on this.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmzkreative:
mzKreative Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
absolutely stunning
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmidnightsbloom:
MidnightsBloom Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
wooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks!
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:iconmansourkfm:
mansourkfm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.............
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconmansourkfm:
mansourkfm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome.
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:iconilovebungasomuch:
ilovebungasomuch Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
wow beautiful
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhaydaad:
Haydaad Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this one too. I love your use of vivid and bold colors. Beautiful portrait.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'd love to try another one like this soon. :D
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valwolfpaw Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
So how do you do hair? This is amazing! And I had been wondering if you could tell me tips, because whenever i try to make hair with colored pencils (prismacolor) I can't get the texture right or the lighting, or blending... Help?
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A trick that's really helped me is using the white colored pencil to mark out the highlights in her hair before I start with color. It's kind of like 'preserving white' when using watercolor. Then after slowly and lightly blending in the color, go back over with the white and other light colors to get the look of individual strands.
I hope that helps? It's hard to describe with words haha.
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valwolfpaw Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you! :clap:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconpetebud:
petebud Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful work - Peter
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsusanjo:
susanjo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Beautiful!! Your use of colour is sensational!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So crisp and bright!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:)
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:iconde5sertro5e:
De5sertRo5e Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Still beautiful as ever!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:icondiana-0421:
diana-0421 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely work! :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icondiana-0421:
diana-0421 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconjeremyosborne:
JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow so you are able to sell that much on Etsy? Are they all prints or do you sell original work as well?
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I sell prints, originals and a lot of commissions, as well! It's taken a while to build up, but it's cool to see it taking off!
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:iconterlia:
Terlia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooh! I like the color revamp!!! :D
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I was looking at it the other day and noticed how faded the digital photo looked compared to my original! I'm glad I spent the time to take another picture and match it MUCH better this time!
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AstridYLDK Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! you do amazing color work
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconoweeilikee:
oweeilikee Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am grateful for having been able to view this.

Thank you!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconmarvincastillo:
marvincastillo Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
great job!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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printsILike Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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:iconteken-lovers:
teken-lovers Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol i can't even believe. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL! :D
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconteken-lovers:
teken-lovers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :)
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