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Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan ACEO by Ilojleen Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan ACEO by Ilojleen


Replaced the small, original-sized scan with 3 times bigger one.

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Michael C.Hall as Dexter by Ilojleen Jennifer Carpenter by Ilojleen

Basic info

:pointr: size: 63mm x 89mm [the drawing] + 9mm [the blank, white frame]
:pointr: media: Koh-I-Noor pencils H-7B, regular eraser, kneaded eraser, red Euroclass watercolour
:pointr: time: 5h
:pointr: reference photo:…

About the subject

Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan of the crime series Dexter, my favourite tv-show :heart: Many fans find her character irritating and the actress' look unattractive, but I adore Debra with her amusing way of speaking, full of dirty words, and I think Jen has beautiful eyes.
I haven't done any Dexter fan art since ages and I kinda missed it. Especially now, when I'm thrilled with watching 7th season! At the moment I am also at war with my MA thesis, so I lack time to draw, but I decided to spend two evenings to go creative and draw an ACEO of Debra.

About the drawing

I thought it would have taken me less that 5 hours, but I had serious problems with sketching her eyes. Refining them took too much time :B I almost started to despair when I did the bloody blood fingerprint. The lines didn't come out at all! :cries: Thank God I had a brush with only a few bristles and it help a lot, I just redrew the lines.

Hope you like it :iconflowerheartplz:
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Vou've done a wonderful job at capturing Debra's expression on such a small canvas. It's sad people often dismiss these great tiny works just because of the small size of the full view here on DA.

I really like the fingerprint you've put in there, it being blood-red is a nice touch, as well. Blood in this show is something treated with special care, it's not just something gushing out of people's bodies when being killed, or splashed all over the place. Blood becomes something artistic in the show, something which brings order and creates a path for the detectives and our favorite serial killer/blood spatter analyst to find the bad guy. The fingerprint is, as we all know, a rather useful thing for cops to find the culprit; but blood, a few specks of blood is all Dexter needs to tell us a whole lot more, a story, a dance, a passion. Seeing them combined brings Debra, the cop, together with her brother, the blood spatter analyst (and also the culprit :p)

As mentioned before, you've done a wonderful job capturing her expression, and the hair just looks fabulous. Those eyes of her look just as beautiful even in black and white. However, the original atmosphere differs quite a lot from this final product. It is by no means a bad thing, since it gives the piece a bit more originality, however, choosing to use the same blurred background, it gives a different mood in black and white. It feels darker instead of dim afternoon light. The hair, as I've said looks wonderful, however the small strands, as I often see in works which include lost strands of nearly white hair, lacks a bit of dimension. I know from experience how hard it is to draw around to create those hairs, however, leaving them almost completely white leaves them looking a bit too thick. This is especially true comparing it to the rest of the hair, thus breaking the consistency, which in turn sort of breaks the harmony and illusion of the drawing. Making some ends of those hairs darker, and sometimes thinner, helps give them more dimension, as if they are coming from afar, getting close, and then maybe going away from us again. This is tough, though, and on a tiny canvas it's damn near impossible, however, judging tom how well you did many other details in this drawing, it is nothing beyond your capability.

What can I say? To me it had good impact, I could tell who that was, and the fingerprint reassured me which character I was supposed to be thinking of, beyond the actor, it is the character I see there. I see Debra Morgan, her unique expression, in a really smaaaaaaaall canvas!!!

It's probably not something most regular viewers would understand, however this is FAN ART, it's for the fans! Being a pencil artist, and big fan myself, I am quite impressed and more than pleased to see her depicted this beautifully :)
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Mister128 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuckin fuck this is good, you really made a great likeness of her!
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
:lmao: Thank you very fucking much :giggle: I'm glad you like it!
Mister128 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
freelyne Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Oh Debra Love it :love:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!  :iconsuperheroglompplz:
SammyAriel Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic picture of a fantstic character! And the fingerprint finnishes it off perfectly :)
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Glad you like my concept! Thanks for the nice comment :hug:
LisaCooper91 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful portrait! Really love the bloody fingerprint! Nice touch :D
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm very pleased you like it! :dance: Thank you so much! :hug:
Sanders98 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
It's a small size and a big artwork! I love very much yours traditionnal art (in my language: J'adore vos dessins, sublimes, magnifiques, minutieux, précis... ) I love hair and light (so realist!)
Do like you Megan Fox? Because i'd like to see you how draw it ^^' (google translate is very bad!)
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