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You May Kiss The Bride by imaginee You May Kiss The Bride by imaginee
Hello there! It's been a while since I uploaded anything so I thought I would share one of my last portraits...

This was a commission and is my favorite as of now. One of the reasons I enjoyed working on this one was because of the illustration board, the graphite blended and layered beautifully. The texture of the board was natural which in turn gave the skin a very natural look. I will say those braids took me forever, I didn't enjoy them as much as I thought I would! My favorite parts of the drawing are the goose bumps on the back of the brides neck and the kiss.

18 x 12 inches
Nielsen Bainbridge Illustration board
3b Mechanical Pencil
3b, b, h graphite
plain tissue and blending stumps
2+ months

~Linda
EDIT: Thank you everyone for the very kind comments!

Something that came to mind as I was reading:

I love realism very much, it's always been a really fun challenge! To me it's trying to draw the subjects as you would see them in person, up-close and Real...and in many cases it's creating a feeling...a Feeling that you and those that look upon your drawings get!
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:iconjaseminedenise:
JasemineDenise Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wow, when I first saw this... I thought it was a photograph. It is beautiful. You are phenomenal at what you do! 
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Tatjana01 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It´s perfect!
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MiniLover08 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! LOVE her braids
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:icondarkman34:
Darkman34 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful Black love!
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:iconanakure:
anakure Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!

It seems so real!!!!
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:iconnocol:
nocol Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice...you handled the blending very well.
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:iconannakoutsidou:
annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Omg ! This is an amazing work !! :happybounce:
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:iconnsorg:
NSOrg Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
How that possible ... really lovely...
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silverall Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Sweet
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:iconwinter33:
winter33 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
people like you inspire other people to create wonderful things, your an awesome artist, I can only hope to one day reach your level of drawing and skill.
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:iconj-a-s-o-na:
J-A-S-O-Na Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im trying to reach this level!
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:iconivinson:
Ivinson Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
You are my inspiration and my aunt Huber. Congratz.
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:iconjudyeve:
judyeve Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Oh my GOODNESS!! I LOVE THIS PORTRAIT! So realistic! I love both their hair! WOW!
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:iconsloggsy:
sloggsy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I love feeling you have created in this artwork. You have done a great job. Makes me want to hang up my airbrush and buy some pencils
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:iconshosansharma:
shosansharma Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconcalissto:
Calissto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful draw! I'm impressed
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:iconjozika:
Jozika Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
OMG...im literally speechless
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:iconrenjitsu:
Renjitsu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
simply speechless. What a gift you have! Truely from heaven :D
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SHUGABELLA Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
i love it
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xXLovePurple Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
That's is Stunning! and beautiful! xx
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:iconrebecca68:
REBECCA68 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
REALLY AMAZING
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:icontarallo12:
Tarallo12 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
right your amazing jaw dropping taltenttttt !
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:iconshazhutch:
Shazhutch Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfection! I would love to get to this level of drawing!! WOW!!
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Stunning work
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:iconissa-art:
issa-art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So beautiful!
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:icon14omoon:
14omoon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Artist
I inspire to do this, you are SOO AMAZING!!!!
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:iconarximet:
arximet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
and fiancé ...
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:iconarximet:
arximet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
and fiancé ...
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:iconaureliawilde:
AureliaWilde Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
That is just stunning.
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Vincet-360 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Its amazing, Increibleee, EXELENT WORK!
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lilkimfan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
I envy your talent and patience.
I'm going crazy right now but i don't want to show it with caps or exclamation marks.(kind of cliché in this particular comment section)
Honestly,thank you for showcasing your art.
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skinnymike1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the first comment I have ever made on DeviantArt and this portrait more than deserves it.
Amazing.
It's funny how this one took you 2 months while the mustang took 50+ hours, the one I thought was more technical!

I'm also glad to know that kissing also effects the girls as much as it does guys with the "goosebumps" comment. I always thought it was a one-way street!
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sameera-cube Featured By Owner May 6, 2011   Digital Artist
wow........ really awesome work
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Silvermist-awakend Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Absolutely beautiful! I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to use this as an example in an essay I'm writing about character development.
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anoop4334 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
amazing work !!
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jmoneygetdown Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
amaaazing
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hennarteest Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student General Artist
wow this is amazing... my jaw literally dropped and tears started to form when i saw this. you captured everything so beautifully
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rockthearts1212 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE!!
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:iconlilium-auratum:
lilium-auratum Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
This is soo beautiful, really. The really extraordinary detail and realism makes me so ... swoony, I guess. I like this soooo very much.
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lilium-auratum Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
lal
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   General Artist
Wonderful work!!
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tyresia Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
As an African-American woman, this drawing drew me to tears. The absolute detail is superb!

I was surprised at the detail in the woman's braids: her kitchen, (ends of her hair, the new growth) her scalp, the starts of her braids which are pulling her real hair..I CAN GO ON ABOUT HOW MUCH DETAIL YOU PUT INTO THIS!! OMG SO BEAUTIFUL!
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imaginee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thank you so very much!!

You know when I was drawing her hair details I learned so much and could not believe how much there was to draw. I did think I would never finish and hoped that the end results would be natural looking, so I thank you for your comments!

This is still my favorite portrait, oh and the clients loved it, the husband gave it to his wife as a gift and she cried and then wrote me to say how much she loved it and will treasure it forever. :) I remember smiling all day after reading that.
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ammirammir Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
amazing. its real
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sadeyes16 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
love it so pretty and all the details
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FreehandPortraits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Great work, I admire your patience drawing for that long!
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vedrana7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Absolutly amazing!!!!!!!
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:iconmegz-artopia:
Megz-ARTopia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
stunning!!! :omg:
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jacksl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi!!! you have been featured here...[link]

Have a great day!! :sun: :hug:
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ianHaines Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
great work! very natural feeling..a solid piece of work!
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