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Tribal Fusion - Manca Pavli by amberj8 Tribal Fusion - Manca Pavli by amberj8
A3 charcoal sketch of the beautiful Manca Pavli, a dancer and teacher of Tribal style belly-dance and oriental dance. I've been looking for some nice dancers to draw and paint, and the Tribal Fusion style really caught my eye. I love the jewelery and the costumes...they're so intricate, and this provided a great challenge for me to stretch my talents. All the lace was a pain, but worth the effort. I'd like to try drawing some of the other dancers soon.

Hope I've done justice to her beauty, and that you like my work. :)
Here's the link for the original: [link]
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this. She doesn't even need to move. Just the look on her face captures attention and draws you in. Your technical skill is superb. Great work.
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Andy813 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's so pretty, her features from this angle remind me a lot of zoe jakes. nice portrait :)
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) You're right, they do have a similar look. I've seen some really nice pics of Zoe, and I'd definitely love to try drawing her one day.
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Andy813 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me too honestly, I'm a huge fan of her and her dancing. :)
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S3V4STR4 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful drawing.  I love your work
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :) Glad you like it.
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S3V4STR4 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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KChampeny Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressive work, incredible detail.  I have always found faces very tricky to capture, I am very impressed with your skill set.
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :) Glad you like my work. I love drawing faces...the rules are simple - after all, we all know what a face looks like, so we all recognize when the proportions are off or the angles are wrong, so it's a subject that works well with traditional realism.
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Hekate01 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
awesome!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) Glad you like it.
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Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow this stunning! Gorgeous! :love: :wow:
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) She's a beautiful girl, which makes it easier. Glad you like how it came out.
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Ange10 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woo, it's really a great job, bravo
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :) Glad you like it.
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MadlenLafayette Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am impressed by your work. it is beautifully executed, saturated with emotion. love,love it)
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :) Glad you like it.
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AGuide Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The values and forms are spot on, you have great control over charcoal.
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :) It was a great challenge for me, and I really like how it turned out.
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Mizz-Depp Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just amazing.
How can you make details like that with charcoal?
I stated using charcoal, but stopped because i simply couldn't make the details without smudging it all out.
What kind of charcoal-pencils do you use ? :)
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :)
I basically use whatever cheap, crappy charcoal pencils I can find. When I started out I found it all messy and frustrating, but it gets a lot easier. Charcoal pencils can be sharpened with a knife to the same fine point as graphite pencils, and if I'm careful nothing gets smudged too bad. I love charcoal because it gives the deep, rich black tones that I could never get with graphite.
Your own work is really impressive. :) I especially love the Hunter. He's one of my fave's too. :)
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Mizz-Depp Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh I see. It's the black tones I love as well :)
And thank you very much :) Hunter was a weird but amazing man and writer ^_^
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detasar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
This is ..Amazing!!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank so much. :) Glad you like it.
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ceebeestaff Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just can't believe your work....speechless.
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) This is one of the few pieces I've done which I really like...that's why I think I want to try drawing more like it in the future.
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charcoal1carly Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
This is a beautiful work of art. The detail is so intricate!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) It was pretty fiddly work, but I think it came out ok.
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PMMurphy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job on this one. I think you did a fine job :D
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. :)
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PMMurphy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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proxi-mity Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
amazing details :D love the composition :ahoy:
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) Glad you like it.
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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Photographer
That's some great drawing. You did really well. Love the details! :)
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. :)
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VianaArts Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a photo! wow!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) Glad you like it.
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SilviaDiMauro Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
wow! amazing job!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Faery-Essences Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy wow! The detail on her arm bans is incredible! I feel like I could reach our and touch them!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) All the fiddly stuff was a pain, but I think it was worth the effort.
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Faery-Essences Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can imagine, heck yes it was worth the effort. Do you have any idea how much time you spent on it?
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I probably spent about three weeks drawing it...but I'm very lazy, so most of that time was spent just drinking coffee and chatting with people. :)
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Faery-Essences Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahhh, the glories of distracting people. :)
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AlexWazHere Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! You are a very talented artist!!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :) Glad you like it.
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NicksPencil Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible detailing - well done :D
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) Glad you like it.
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Very pretty!
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amberj8 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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