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Mandy for Alienarose by OchreJelly Mandy for Alienarose by OchreJelly
Portrait commission #8. I have quite a few of these in progress at once, so I hope nobody minds that I am finishing them a bit out of order.

This is ~alienarose's character Minstrel Mandy. I really don't have much to say about it, beyond the fact that I don't draw blonde hair often at all. Finally getting back into drawing again after being sick. ^^;

A side note: I almost put '05 in my signature. :P

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Character is the property of :iconalienarose:
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:iconeidottrio:
Eidottrio Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
her face is so pretty...like the whole picture :heart: and the soft colours fit very well!
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006   Digital Artist
Thank you. The colours I used in this one are a bit different from my usual, but they were fun to use. :) Thanks.
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:iconezzen16:
ezzen16 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006   Writer
shes pretty she is
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:iconsquabbit:
Squabbit Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Student General Artist
Aw! I really love this, it's so pretty.
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006   Digital Artist
Thank you...^^;
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:iconsquabbit:
Squabbit Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconjekaa:
jekaa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
I just love your style!
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like how I draw. ^^;
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:iconivanmijatov:
IvanMijatov Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006  Professional Artist
Lovely!
Very soothing, this one gives me a more softer, gentler perspective from your character busts.
Well-placed skin tones, and that banjo thingamajigger puts my mind at ease by just looking at it ^_^d
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006   Digital Artist
Thanks. This one is a bit different than the others, you are right. I think it's the instrument. XD

By the way, I got your card a while ago. ^^ Thanks a lot! I'm really sorry mine is so late, I have been trying to draw something especially for cards, but I've been busy with other things lately. I'll get it there eventually...so sorry. ^^;
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:iconivanmijatov:
IvanMijatov Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006  Professional Artist
I'm glad you got it, it came REALLY quickly - those guys at the post office work like dogs :XD:
That's okay, the thought is what counts and I can't wait to see what you come up with.
I, too, should have made a more custom card for the hollies,
but a'hwell -there's always next season :nod:
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:iconmydian:
Mydian Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
Such gorgeous work! You did such justice to a wonderful artist's character! ^^
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
I'm a bit behind with comments, but thanks! :D I have always thought this was a cool character...I kinda want to create one of my own that is similar someday. :)
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:iconblueliquorice:
BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
very beautiful creation
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Thank you. :nod:
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:iconumejey:
Umejey Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
beautiful work! ^^
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:iconmizamour:
Mizamour Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
I love it! :D Beautiful! Really looks like her, too!
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:iconathenatt:
AthenaTT Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006
OOOH! I love this!!! So soft and gentle... gorgeous work sweetie!! :clap:
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Thanks, Athena. :nod: It's a bit different from what I usually do, and it was fun to draw that lute. XD
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:iconanimeshikanai:
Animeshikanai Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
Another great commission done by you! *can't wait for mine* ^_^
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Thanks. I hope I can do it justice. :nod:
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:iconjakface:
jakface Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, she's gorgeous.
You coloured the lute so perfectly!!! I can never colour instruments and have them looks like something. XD You really need to show me a texturing tutorial or something... and I don't get how you can do these so quick. ARG!
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
I'm a bit behind with comments, but thank you. :nod: In regards to the texturing, I have a few custom brushes that I like to use a lot. Low opacity brushes are cool too, for subtle stuff. I really need to outline my process again, so perhaps I'll try and do a tutorial someday soon.
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:iconrynn19:
Rynn19 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: excellent work!
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:iconrynn19:
Rynn19 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
I'm a bit behind with comments, so a belated thank-you from me. XD I'm glad you like it.
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:iconmynameistran:
mynameistran Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
such a lovely piece!
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:iconorensob:
orenSOB Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
Just Love it!!!!! Love Ur stile and works....:) keep it up:)
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Thank you. I will try. ^^;
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:iconindiochink:
indiochink Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
interesting design on the lute :)
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
It's adapted from a pic I found online of a lute, because I have no real idea how to draw them. XD
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:iconaniamohrbacher:
AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006   Digital Artist
I like how warm are the colours you used in this image. I also like her face, expression and her instrument- very pretty :)
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
I'm a bit behind with comments, so this is late, but thank you Ania. I'm glad you like it. What can I say, I guess I like using warm colours! ^^; And while I was drawing the lute I kept thinking of The Island and the Ring for some reason. :P

Anyway, glad you like it. :w00t:
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:iconcrazyadams87:
crazyadams87 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
That is just outstanding job. Such fine detail on her face.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
O_o Geeez her skin looks almost pearlecent (that a word?). I think you did a good job on her hair too and love all the little barretes. :>
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
I seem to have a thing for luminous skintones (woot, crappy poetry words! >_> ) Anyway, glad you like it. Thank you. :)
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:iconxullraezauviir:
XullraeZauviir Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I love the rich colors. You made her hair beautiful, and the lute just looks so real! :drool:
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Thanks...that's because the lute was based on a few pics I found on google, I've never drawn a lute before and I had no clue how to go about it. XD I'm happy that you liked it though, thank you. :)
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DeathRetsu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
I can never get used to the new year date until like Feburary or something. LOL

Anyways, the clouds in the BG are so pretty and I like how the colors from the sky reflect on her skin. They just go together so nicely. I also really like the way the wood on her guitar thing looks (I don't know what it's called because I am lame).
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Heh...well, it's a lute (and I didn't know how they looked until I did some searching, so I think we're in the same boat here.) And yeah, I still am catching myself putting '05 on pics yet.

Anyway, thank you. :D
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ttbloodlusttt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
:D very lovely the colors and textures are great
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Iriesurfinchick Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
:music: :heart: :music:
awesome
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:iconmysticfaerie:
MysticFaerie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
She looks gorgeous! I love her instrument :3
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:icondoubtful-della:
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Professional Photographer
One critique. She has 2 horizontal brown stripes in her hair on the left side of the portrait (her right side) and a few on the other side. Were those meant to be? If so don't worry about it. It's just something that I noticed
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006   Digital Artist
Those are probably just because I have little skill with blonde hair. And because I'm forgetful and forgot to touch up those areas. x_o
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:icondoubtful-della:
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Professional Photographer
I think your blond hair looks just fine. Maybe you should start doing more blonds
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006   Digital Artist
I should probably. Good practice, at the very least. :)
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:iconalienarose:
alienarose Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006   Digital Artist
Oh wow, I love her! SHe's absolutely beautiful. I love your style of painting and have been so excited and anticipating how she'd come out and she's just perfect. I love the way you did her face and skin and how she's playing the lute. You draw lutes really well, you know that? And I like how you "engraved" your initials into it! For not doing much blonde hair, you certainly painted it well and I really love the ambient clouds in the back. The mixture of colors really give this piece such a warm feeling. She's now my wallpaper on my computer! Thank you so much, again!
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:iconochrejelly:
OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Digital Artist
This is so late, and I know I got in touch with you via note, but I'm so happy you liked it so I just have to say it again. It's so awesome when someone likes a picture, it makes me feel like a million bucks no less. :D

By the way, the print should be on it's way, and I'll send you the large file if you'd like it. :nod: Just let me know.
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:iconalienarose:
alienarose Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006   Digital Artist
Hey! I meant to reply to this yesterday! I got the print and it's even more gorgeous in hand than on the computer screen! I love how it's on the same kind of paper photographers put professional portraits on! But anyhow, she's so beautiful. Thank you again. I feel I got her for such a steal!
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