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Lady Cardinal by PinkParasol Lady Cardinal by PinkParasol
Happy New Year! I had hoped to complete this before the holidays, but I ended up putting it on hold to make my Christmas card. It started as an experiment with colored pencils and watercolor, but I kinda liked the direction so I decided to finish it as a full illustration. The paper texture was really harsh on my scan, so I added a soft focus in Photoshop, as well as some color correction.

close ups: [link]

Inspired by the photography of Nirrimi Hakanson

Also for :iconbrickred1: 's contest
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:iconjustapencil:
JustAPencil Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
So beautiful! I feel somewhat foolish for not considering mixing colored pencil at watercolor because it's just wow. You put a lot of effort into this and the details are perfect. :)
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RaynieRochelle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   General Artist
That is breathtaking <3
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:iconfoxyfairies:
Foxyfairies Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing
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:iconhaannabee:
Haannabee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Amazing, I loved it
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DemoiselleDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Those eyes are captivating.
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
shes so pretty
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:iconmorganp33:
MorganP33 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This must have taken you forever to get done! I love it!
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:iconlamperouge0:
lamperouge0 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
her hair is literally a bird's nest
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:iconcanpassion:
canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
:clap: Wonderful... :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: J'adore. :) :love: :heart:
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:iconbolgor:
Bolgor Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A really amazing picture, I love it. The shades in the skin are great, so delicate and carefully drawn.
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:icondougcueva:
dougcueva Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing work!
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:iconcaryandfrankarts:
CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful artwork! :clap:
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thank you very much! <3
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:iconchickadee90:
chickadee90 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my word... you have amazing talent! I love how her face sucks you into the picture. Its so captivating. Really, really great work
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:iconforbiddenfleur:
ForbiddenFleur Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
simply amazing!!!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Thank you <3
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:iconsmileyface33:
Smileyface33 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Wow, just wow:D
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:iconjeremyosborne:
JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You are such a talent, wow!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Thank you <3
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:iconmimi-island:
mimi-island Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student
It is so beautiful!!!!
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:iconentermyfantasy:
EnterMyFantasy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
This is such a beautiful drawing! It's so realistic yet mysterious at the same time. I love the vines around the border. :)
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:iconnemisisbeta:
nemisisbeta Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word, Beautiful.
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:iconseraphinenemesis:
SeraphineNemesis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
awesome, love the details on flowers. and the nest makes me smile :)
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Thank you! <3
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:iconjustafuckinfreak:
justafuckinfreak Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student
Amazing! Your work just leaves me speechless!
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:iconcharlottlebronte:
CharlottLeBronte Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   General Artist
Wow, this is awesome, love the colors and detail, wish i was half the artist you are :D
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Thank you so much! <3
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:icondylirian:
Dylirian Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply beautiful
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Thank you!
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:icondavinciscousin:
davinciscousin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Gorgeous subtle tones.
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:iconkarlyne:
Karlyne Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
her face look awesome *-*
Sorry for question, but... you have used any reference?
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:iconpiratesgrrl:
piratesgrrl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I remember this! This was the first thing I ever added to my favorites! :D
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:iconkisah-san:
Kisah-san Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This picture makes me want to fave it each time I see it. Very stunning, indeed.
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:iconshadowneko133:
shadowneko133 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Beautiful, needless to say!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Thank you! <3
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:iconjuja-anandini:
Juja-Anandini Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
stunning! love the colouring you chose
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:iconnoor-al-haqiqa:
Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Seems you have also been studying Mucha.....
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:iconclare1987:
clare1987 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful xxx
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:iconcleaveice:
cleaveice Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Very enchanting ^-^
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:iconarmarielrozita:
ArmarielRoZita Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely stunning!
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:iconmorgansartworld:
morgansartworld Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
this is just perfect
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OfficerWrathPBP Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautful
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The-Bothersome-One Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
So is this all traditional artwork? Either way, it's amazing! :D
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:icongirlontheroof:
girlontheroof Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
i absolutely LOVE her expression, the artwork is just so amazing!
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:iconshanokoranoko:
shanokoranoko Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
love it!
all of your work is amazing...i love your style
enchanting and angelic
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:icontilwen:
tilwen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
the sharp focus of the eyes and lips compliments the soft colours beautifully. another stunner.
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:iconmissjuli:
MissJuli Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo stunning ^^ like her facial-lines and her eyes is like... :love: really pretty colours aswell! :heart:
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:icontenaciousme:
TenaciousMe Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Stunning!
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:iconyogesh-sharma87:
yogesh-sharma87 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
hey why u left eggs on her head you could have put peacock feather there ?
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:iconbridgetoneverland:
BridgeToNeverland Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this looks amazing!
love the details you put into it:heart:
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