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My Monalisa by vk My Monalisa by vk
This started as some sort of speed painting...then I kinda got into it. So...some parts are kinda detailed, others are left a little raw.
It was fun to draw...

I like her...she looks uhm...different ;)

I find it really odd having to explain this but...this wasn't really supposed to be a copy of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci (I thought it was obvious enough??; )...I just picked the name cause I thought she had the same enigmatic non-smiling smile... :) That's my favourite part of the drawing. (just my opinion of course...)

Reference for the girl...[link]
Photoshop CS. My lil Wacom.
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CatMessFF Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Nice job! She reminds me Taylor Swift 
virtualzelia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Her expresion is great. I love this piece. ^^
smc0414 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
i like it, kind of reminds me of the picture on the cover of the girl with a pearl earring for some reason.. but yes i like it ^^
MorganFae Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
Amazing! She is beyond gorgeous!!! A definite fav!
Emma-Jen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
woah.... :wow: she does look different.. but so beautiful... =D it is kinda mona-lisa-ish, like you said, she has a sort of "enigmatic, non-smiling smile" ... very cool... so realistic!
carolinabarajas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005
Good job!!!!
moonlit-aurora Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005  Student
i have to say, i really like this. i admit i understand about the parts being raw, but that ads to the monalisa part. and her mouth is like, well, it reminds me of something from peter pan, when the narrorator talks about wendy's mom. the narrator says that at the end of her lips, she hids a secret kiss. that for me is part of the mona lisa part about this picture. i hope you get this, because i deffinatly am faving it as i speak.
deltaevenstar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
This is lovely, great work!
naryafaeraine Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005
you have some very beautiful pieces i love this one in particular. good job :+devwatch:
Cuciih- Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2005
this piece of art is amazing.
im like :omg: i have no wors.

i so love it.
so so so love it.
splat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Your work astounds me at times. This is absolutely beautiful, it's just a shame I've waited so long to comment on it (it's been in my devWATCH for months now).

Comparing it to the reference photo, I'm quite impressed with how well you've managed to capture that same look but then take it a step further by really bringing out all the best parts of it. The change in hair style is a definite plus and even the subtle background is an improvement. I'm a fan of whatever it is she's wearing too (pearls?), especially the way they seem to just hang off of her shoulder. Quite sexy, in that innocent sort of way.

The skin tones and eyes are what do it for me. They just seem so real to me, it's hard to even imagine this being airbrushed. Your comparison to a modern-day Mona Lisa is interesting, though I think this has more emotion involved, even with the lack of a smile.

Excellent work *vk, as always, and I look forward to seeing anything else you decide to grace us with. =)
hologlyphic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004
rarebit Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
Wow this is prettier than the original picture... Nice work Tara! That's a really nice name..
InfraGalaxia Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
So gorgeous.. You're very talented. :blowkiss:
snailsbury Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004
i sat here, and i saw the thumbnail as it looked interesting and then i saw the full image...and i was total draw in, i want it. i want to hang it on my wall..
MattDixon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job, Tara. :aww:
DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
all i can say is

fucking perfect
thats like the most gorgeous thing ive seen...its like i looked at her eyes and i was like shes thinking something that she just couldnt tell.
ni-cd Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004   Traditional Artist
she's beautiful. nice job. you're dead on with your comment regarding the smile.
nubbz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she is just sexy..i love her hair and those stunning eyes..very smoothe work hun
2bebo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
My Lords ... how is it possible. This quality ... this perfection ... are you human ?

Drakenborg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is truly gorgeous! Amazing color work and nice touch with the jewelry!
silent-reverie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
A beautiful depiction and wonderful colours :love:
Shiomega Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004   Photographer
she is gorgeus, I love the hair and the eyes
dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
such a delightfully beuatiful and full mouth, gorgeousness :nod: As usual, the eyes are so lovely. I like all the bits of stray hair..nicely done there :nod: I'm seeing a bit of a corner on her shoulder...? maybe i'm crazy... but otherwise, it's all so smootha nd soft and beautiful :clap: :worship:

elfgirlkimmy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
Wow, she is gorgeous. Amazing work, I'm nearly speechless.
mayan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004   Digital Artist
She's far prettier than Mona Lisa. :)
pilot02003 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004   Traditional Artist
Wow this is amazing, your very right about the same expressionless expression, its a wonderful peice.
soopahvi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004
nice colors. her lips look funny to me, thoguh. but no matter what, its 40000000x better than the mona lisa.
noir Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004  Professional General Artist
she has that same air of mystique. that look makes me wonder what she has been up to......

brilliant as always my godess of digi paint
justthorne Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004   Photographer

I'm so glad you shared the source photo - it heightens my appreciation even more.

Everywhere I look, I see how you improved upon reality itself, abstracted your source subject into marvelous dreamy beauty and allure.

Per a comment above, the only critical observation is that the pearls should fade back into shadow to accord with her own (as they do in the photo). But it's really a petty point. Perhaps there should be a touch more headroom up top of the composition?

Besides the rendition itself, it's the highlights in particular that really push this over the top for me. Of course you were inspired by your source shot, but the suppleness and shine here seem especially expert. (Not to mention that hair! :wow: )

No doubt, though, that it's the quality of expression that sells this. That gaze is fantastic - those amazing eyes are entirely penetrating - and the quasi-smile absolutely successful at the effect you intended.

I am deeply adoring this, both as a great work of "portrait art," and for the lovely woman you've created.
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004  Professional General Artist
fantastic! but i think that a bit more contrast or sharpness would of add a lot to it.. but it's fantastic.. loved that hair ,expression and everything about it..
greenfeed Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004   Digital Artist
very beauty mona.
Duracell-Bunny Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
Very nice don't know how you do it... great stuff can't wait for the next... :)
Duracell-Bunny Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
Wery nice don't know how you do it... great stuff can't wait for the next... :)
simba Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
And much like the Mona Lisa, she seems to be looking right at me. :)

Well done. Simply beautiful.
that's really good >.<
Alec3 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004
Another stunning piece - just brilliant :D
saphireillusion Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004
absolutely beautiful. nice work. :)
kristinchick Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work :jawdrop:
It's so soft and the colors are so warm and.... great. :nod:
The whole thing is just so... smooth

citruschickie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004
REALLY good :D
narishma Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004
Having done quite a bit of research on Da Vinci, I have to say that this painting is huge. Although you say it was not intended to mimic or be a re-creation of his Mona Lisa, I have to say that this has all of the same qualities that made the original such a great success. Although, admittedly yours is more attractive. This is very much deserving of a 'narishma favorite' (tm).
miskis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004
hehe..:giggle: @ size..glad to know I'm not the only one who comes up with odd sizes ;) ..ok ok the image..:drool: those sultry eyes and lushious lips!! not to mention each little pear droplet and wayward strand of hair..I think she looks more beautiful then the photo itself!
sugar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004
this is a truly beautiful, inspiring artwork.
i love the way you made that piece, the whole monalisa concept is obvious.
the colours are masterfully chosen, and the expression on her face is priceless.

brutinni Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004
i can't quite spit the words out as to what i think of this, but they are similar to words like wow, amazing, BEAUTIFUL, great... stunning! :wow: i love this piece!
sigourney Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004
Aprilvirgo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004  Professional Photographer
OMG that's gorgeous! I love her smile too, as well as her "attitude". Even better than the reference pic, which was pretty good by itself. :+fav:
aoife Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004  Professional General Artist
Amazing work, very realistic, good stuff :clap: :D
midacceleration Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2004
You're so good at these portraits!
renaisancexx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2004
I have always been impressed by your very realistic portraits and I love the title...a subtle smile or maybe not?...very mona lisa-esque. The shadows around her face rwally povide a soft atmosphere and the small details like the single strands of hair really make this much more realistic...:+fav: in my book....=)
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