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She is the Light in the Darkness by cheetahspirit She is the Light in the Darkness by cheetahspirit
A portrait of Layla, who is the great granddaughter of Suzie Haskew, founder of the Village Fine Arts Association in Milford Michigan. My primary goal with all of my portraits is to create something emotional and powerful, and take it as far as it can go. I wanted to capture her carefree innocence and the feeling that, within her eyes, there is a vast ocean of hopes and dreams. Even though I don’t know Layla very well, it was a very emotional piece to create.

Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore 400 vellum 4 ply (front side of the paper!). 24"w x 18"h. Reference photos by me. Art Photo by Eric Law.

This piece has won:
Acceptance into CP Treasures II: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe
2nd Place - COLORED PENCIL Magazine's 2014 Calendar Contest
Best of Show - Colored Pencil Plus 2013 - Birmingham MI
2nd Place - Farmington Festival of the Arts Spring Show 2013 - Farmington Hills MI
People's Choice - Farmington Festival of the Arts Spring Show 2013 - Farmington Hills MI
1st Place - Kaleidoscope 2012 - Brighton MI
People's Choice - Kaleidoscope 2012 - Brighton MI
2nd Place - Poetry Art Night 2012 - Milford MI
People's Choice - Poetry Art Night 2012 - Milford MI

All of my artwork is copyrighted. This means that ONLY I have the right to copy my artwork. If you would like to purchase a print from me, please contact me Thanks!
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noodle-doodler Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible! 
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
stunning work! 
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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jennasartwork Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
I love this, impressive work :)
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks B-)
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AngieVX Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Very beautiful work!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! B-)
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rpmsauron Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is beyond description, I love everything about it, but I'd say the best is the gameplay with the light sources and overall saturation of the picture, the hair, the expressiveness of the eyes, and the folds of the dress on the collarline and how the yellow ambient light from behind her falls in it and besides brightening it also recolourizes it at the shoulder!
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Such kind words are rare to hear. I am really glad that you appreciate this piece! :bow:
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