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The girl with the braid by shideh The girl with the braid by shideh
It was time for a new self portrait, the previous one from 2009 has been bugging me for a long time. This one has better proportions and more likeness! It's based on a photo from my birthday. I recently learned how make a fishbone braid on my own hair, so I'm really happy! This is also the first time I paint one, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Step-by-step animation: [link]
Sketches and close-ups: [link]

Here's the old one:


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Inspirations: Dean Cornwell and J. C. Leyendecker
Program: Painter Classic
Brush: Fine wash
Artwork © Jennie Hålén
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:iconsylgrace:
Sylgrace Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is stunning, I love the way you painted the hair and braid!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very pretty :)
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconmoyan:
moyan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
hi jennie,
you do fantastic digital portraits!
i have linked your deviation with mine under the #dALinkSystem. it is a club that promotes artists' mutual support and help increase exposure to good artwork.

here's mine:

[link]

:)
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:iconstarzareshiny:
StarzAreShiny Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fishtail braid? It's my favorite, so pretty! (:
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:iconhernameispekka:
hernameispekka Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhernameispekka:
hernameispekka Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconj-axt13:
J-AxT13 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
I love how you did the braid!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmesai:
mesai Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O Så vacker! :heart:
Flätan ser superbra ut också!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tack så mycket! :dummy:
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:iconsatanic87:
satanic87 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
lika vacker som vanligt!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tack tack! :flirty:
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:iconicefennek:
IceFennek Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're still one of my biggest idols, Jennie! I'm constantly awed and inspired as well as a little intimidated by your astonishing talent. Keep on blowing us away with stunning art, girl :heart:
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ;3;
And sorry for super-late reply.
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:iconvisnus:
visnus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
vackert
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tack!
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:iconser-comixmann:
ser-comixmann Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
stunning beauty!
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:iconoctorin:
Octorin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
OMG, it's sooooo LOVELY! I'M dying of its prettyness! :XD:
You are lovely too, but the braid. OMG, I'm inlove!

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Hahaha :heart: Lovely pic, great depth and awesome light!
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:iconmrsbrushwood:
MrsBrushwood Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's a nice and warm portrait :). I enjoyed the animated steps you uploaded also :).
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:icongabbi:
Gabbi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
JENNIE!! :la:
Fy vad vacker! :heart:
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:iconagatha-macpie:
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your use of light is SO good ! Great work, really !
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:iconkobaltkween:
kobaltkween Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a lovely and interesting portrait.
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:iconsaniika:
saniika Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are beautiful, everyone is - but what makes this even more charming, is that its not about outer beauty. The portrait radiates warmth and pleasant optimistic personality. Thats beautiful and charming. :)
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <3 (And sorry for super-late reply ^^; )
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:iconmorloth88:
Morloth88 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a pretty girl ;P

Ett fantastiskt jobb som vanligt ^^
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:iconchashirskiy:
Chashirskiy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you'll make a step-by-step gif. I'm very curious!
The portrait is gorgeous beyond any comments. :clap:
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:icongrilliperlatesta:
Grilliperlatesta Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job!
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:iconrakonnen:
rakonnen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I like it very much. wonderful!
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:iconkennyc:
kennyc Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Nice.
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:iconlittlerock34:
LittleRock34 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's too beautiful *O*
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:iconchibisofa:
ChibiSofa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow! :love:
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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Lovely! You've got a very cute nose, too...!
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:iconfax-celestis:
fax-celestis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...does your braid...loop?
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:icondragondoodle:
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! It looks fantastic! :nod:
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:iconalice-bobbaji:
Alice-Bobbaji Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's such a beautiful self-portrait, sweetie! And a very good looking model! ^__^
I love the lights and the rendering of your braid!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, dear! :hug:
(woah, I'm so behind on replying to comments! x'D )
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:iconalice-bobbaji:
Alice-Bobbaji Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't worry, Sweetie, I am sure I am worse with being behind with not only comments but with stuff in general!
:hug: :hug:
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:iconluna-jms:
Luna-JMS Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are sooooooo very talented Shideh my friend! :heart:

It's really great to see the improvement and this looks soooooooooo much like you it's silly! Always the adorable lovely thing you are X3 :heart:

Your art is always such a great inspiration for me~~ :love:
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much sweetiepie! :love:
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GneralMongoose Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Just wanted to be courageous and say that I am really happy and proud to see your improvement. I remember when I first started watching you and I really loved your worked but what I love even more is that you have progressed. Many artists try to stick in their comfort zone and just do what they are used to; same style, technique and all that but I love how you have been changing slightly and in the best of ways. The shading on this is beautiful, especially with the back lighting. The colors are beautiful and the mood is so nostalgic. Keep up the good work! :la:
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your lovely comment! :hug:
(And sorry for super-late reply)
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:icongneralmongoose:
GneralMongoose Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
You are very welcome, and no worries!
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:iconj-wiking:
J-Wiking Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Du har fått till det så jävla bra. Man ser att det är du. OwO *tummen upp* gillar verkligen ditt sätt att måla flätor *q*
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
So beautiful. :heart:
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ;3;
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:iconhelloheath:
helloheath Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
adorable! fishtail braids are awesome~
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:iconlienwyn:
Lienwyn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so beautiful, my little starfish! :hug:

I love the light and the details you've put in the braid and the lace on the top :D
It looks so good!

Lovely shading and colour on the skin, beautiful hair and such a pretty smile...
A truly lovely self portrait :heart:
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