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Keeping Me Down by MAGICatMIDNIGHT Keeping Me Down by MAGICatMIDNIGHT
...do NOT try charcoal pencils on construction paper, it does NOT blend well...

Anywho, this is Emily. She's a strong-willed, hot-tempered character of mine usually portrayed as a half-dog demon. (No, I did NOT take that idea from Inuyasha; it is a coincidence.)

So why did I make her human now? Well, I felt like slapping the ears on would make it... cheap, rob the picture of the emotion I was going for. Also, it would have been a real b- I mean hassle trying to draw ears in all that hair and make them interact realistically.

Why is she crying, then? Emily is a sex slave in a human trafficking ring, has been for as long as she can remember... but she almost never cried when she was abused. No, emily only started crying when she was freed from slavery, like all her emotions burst out at once.

This isn't all that great... after all, she has no bruises or scars a real abused woman would likely have... but I suppose I shouldn't be expecting much more when i only spent three hours idly drafting this up while chatting with friends and surfing the 'net.

Only tweaks done to it in PS are that I played with the levels/contrast a bit and smoothed the overall image some, as the scanner made it look very jagged, or something.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The combination of the colors and the paper you used did work, they work well together, especially since the paper makes a nice tone for the skin color you were working with.

Also, nice work with the hair. The highlights are nicely done.
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MAGICatMIDNIGHT Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thank you! I thought the hair looked stiff, but hair like that sorta is, I guess.
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ominousowl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oh, i forgot to ask in my first comment, but is there a reason her tears are black?
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MAGICatMIDNIGHT Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
This will be a reply to both...
Thank you soooo much! ^^ Curly hair is a bit of a pain to make, though... that took me half an hour or so to draw...

It's supposed to be smudged make-up. XD I would never make tears black on their own... would be weird...
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ominousowl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ooo, that makes sense :3
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ominousowl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very nice texture, considering the construction paper, and i'm glad you left the ears out, personally i'm a fan when it comes to big wavy, curly, etc hair.
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Kaori-Warbird Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Looks great! I can never draw people, my people always look like aliens. O_o
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MAGICatMIDNIGHT Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
So draw me a pony :3
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