I saw this photograph of this beautiful Geisha online (Czysta Ziemia by Alan Spence), so I decided I wanted to draw it….. To me they are easier due to the lack of shading on the face. I am rusty at doing portraits, so this is my first attempt.

This will be the first in a series of Geisha I want to draw. This is not your typical work from me, just working out some frustrations and lower my blood pressure which is really high….and this is relaxing to me.

I used a variety of techniques to get the finished image. Most of it is hand drawn with a #2 pencil a really good eraser, paper towel and a Q-Tip for shading., and enhanced on the computer to fix any mistakes….smoothing and applied texture to the background. I tried to keep this as true to the real image as possible….but I did make a few subtle changes that I corrected on the full portrait. The eyebrows were a real booger to get correct…. The original image is about 4" X 6". I used standard sketching paper. I am not at all happy with this result, so I may re-work it. :) The original piece is from a book cover.

This is a link to my original portrait:


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I am a digital artist concentrating on fractals, photomanipulations, Bryce, drawings and photography. Art is the reason the world goes around, and I work hard to convey that in my art. The world is drab, so lets all add a little splash of color to it!

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  • AmbientKreation
    AmbientKreationalmost 3 years ago

    She’s gorgeous!

  • Thank you! :)

    – plunder

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous…..simply gorgeous…. :)

  • Thanks Pam! Glad you like her. :D

    – plunder

  • banrai
    banraialmost 3 years ago

    fine piece

  • Thank you. Most appreciated. :D

    – plunder

  • paintbrushpuke
    paintbrushpukealmost 3 years ago

    ah, very beautiful!

  • Thank you! So happy you like it. :D

    – plunder

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    fab work

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous work.

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