This is great!!! The eyes are hypnotic, the model is gold standard, and the lighting doesn't come on too strong. Fabulous and a Fav.
I grew up with black & white in my own darkroom as a hobby and still think the images that hit me with the proverbial sludge hammer when I come around the corner are B&W. That being said, I have an unnatural curiosity about how this particular image would look in color. Or even water color tint. I know --- "Make up your mind!"
Thank you so much for your work and sharing it with us. I'll be watching for more.
One other thing:
I'm new to DA and don't know if there is a way to get the word out to others if you run across something unusual, but fitting for a sector of the DA community.
Earlier tonight I watched a movie (streaming HD) that was entirely B&W. "Dead Man" (1995 w/Johnny Depp) had a great cast, some very dry subtle humor but this movie will not be every bodies cup of tea. But most of all it had varied landscape, close-in camera work on people, animals, gear, and some of the greatness scenery I've seen in a long time.
Please pass this on if there is a means to the community and management.
Thank you for any help you can give and for your excellent artwork.
What kind of reference ?
Because I'm the curious type - I checked it out too. Wow, you have the talent. I've always wondered why my eyes and mind are so willing to sketch something and my hands just laugh at me and the sketch looks like the model has been in a horrible accident. I do well in technical sketches and CAD-like drawings, but just don't have it for the free hand stuff.
I think my calling is with my cameras. I've shot a long time, but was always doing the technical and history stuff instead of art. Now that I've found DA I can see what others are doing, learn from you experts, and post some pictures for some realistic criticism
If you are doing photography, can't wait to see what's up with it
And sure as hell, you can even draw something and post it here, laugh at your hands and tell 'em "this is what I preach" ))))