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Stephanie Bittler

Mediavallia, from 2003: a cat-lady I picked at for over 2 months. I did it for 2 reasons - 1. I never really draw more-human-type anthros, so for practice I gave it a shot, and 2. it was sort of a late entry to Ursula Vernon's Livejournal 'Art-Challenge #1 - Clichés', and I picked out things I see a lot in Fantasy images of women - note the unnatural figure, the impossibly-tight, 'how-does-it-stay-on' clothing, the jewelery everywhere, the Big Hair, and of course the ubiquitous companion gryphon-type creature. Also inspired by an Art-Deco statue of a lady holding a peacock in her right hand, by the ladies in lingerie and swimsuit catalogs, and by the beautiful females drawn and painted by many artists I admire. I used a mirror for details. 11' x 14', pencil on Bristol. This sort of pencil-work is fun, but very time-consuming. I used to draw like this all the time, but lately I have been finding it sort of restricting, and thus I've been drawing much more loosely. She's derived from an old mermaid character of mine (Mrii'kirii), and looks less angry in the close-up - see it in my Scraps gallery. You can see she actually DOES have fur - it's just very short and sleek.

Published More than a year ago

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