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This was my expression all last night, after a withering bout of dissatisfaction with my own art. It’s a terrible idea to compare your work to someone else’s, ever, because it won’t get you anywhere. Alls you can do is use your frustration, I guess.

My husband refers to Jenny as “that girl you draw when you’re upset”. He’s not totally wrong. I guess Jenny makes me feel stronger, and I need her most when I’m angry. And I’m angry a lot.

This became something better, though. Girls in tuxedo shirts turn me on, and I feel like Jenny’s grown-out ‘do is more right for her than the mohawk. The pose is kind of masculine, which I like. Smoking’s for fools, of course, but. Sometimes, to make a point.


materials: pencil, paper + PS8
music: Neil Finn, "Sinner"
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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LaurenSahota Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
i love jenny
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The-Dare Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Oh, Jenny, Jenny, Jenny. Always breaking my heart.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Aww, ha ha.
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poly-m Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
She's truly gorgeous :)
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aseariel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's gorgeous, if a bit intimidating. :o
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dyedough Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Man, I know I feel like this about my own art sometimes....you capture it well though :) Great job :)
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MrsMorrison-Cobain Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I've missed jenny. This was definitely the highlight of the 800 deviations in my inbox. And ill miss the mohawk. I just relate her to it. Having said that, I'm loving the new look (:
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blackmoonfaery Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
God I am in love with her. I've been saving your stuff for last as I clean out my inbox on the off chance I'd get to end my day with Jenny. And I got to. Thank you, love.

Also, thank you for making someone so amazing.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
This just makes my whole day to hear. :D Thank you!
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blackmoonfaery Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't not mention it. heck, I said something on tumblr, doubting you would see it and you did and your answer kind of made my month. It's all I can do to repay you for all of your kindnesses to me.
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unicornokapi Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'e always loved Jenny so much.
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Bouquineuse644 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student
She's just so beautiful. It's amazing :o
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raya-lu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I totally relate to that feeling of dissatisfaction, and in some ways it is sort of nice to know that artists way better than me experience it too. But I wanted to let you know that while you may only see all the problems with your artwork, your art is a huge inspiration to me and has been for a long time. It's very distinctive and, for lack of better words, lovely. I especially adore your lines and faces.

Also, Jenny is my favorite. Watching her evolve over time is so much fun.
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raya-lu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
The angry emoticon was accidental. Sorry about that.
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baren777 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
really like this piece. and i will agree with you, girls in tuxedo shirts are hot. :iconembarrasedplz:
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dustiphoenix Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's no shame in second-guessing yourself. If you're not satisfied, then do one of two things: move on until the proper idea strikes you, or do it over and over and over until it's your mind's eye on paper. :) Frustration itself can be a proper tool if you harness it right. I know I've written some of my best when I'm so down or torn up and ready to drink myself stupid before throwing in the towel, dousing it in 151 and lighting it aflame. You've got to get it out somehow.

This...wow. I love the look on her face. Jenny is always so expressive in so many different ways and mediums that it always astounds me, but this...this might be my second favorite of her, beaten only by the Sherlock-inspired scene you drew out that gave me an idea for writing about her. And it's a pretty close second because I love the look of consternation as well as a peek of sideboob to even out the masculinity that just...emanates from her in this wonderfully androgynous way.
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Luluvampiress16 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Why are you comparing yourself? Do you know who I look to for inspiration and help with drawing? uh, YOU. so stop that sweets! You're amazing! And I know Jenny knows that too- or else she wouldn't be as beautiful and as strong as she is now. You give her that, so don't doubt your own strength.
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kerrikat Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's interesting that even the people us lowly artists look up to feel dissatisfaction in their own work... It's interesting that you draw Jenny when you're upset. I don't think my moods direct my drawings, but I probably just don't draw often enough.

I like how the drawing appears simple but has all these little details like the wrinkles in her shirt. The contrast between her skin and the shirt are really great.
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lineCra Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Ahhhh...during moments of endless frustration I sometimes wish I smoked to just have the expression, I don't give a f*** as a cigarette silently steams in my hand. But Jenny can do that for me. Love seeing her again. I like her hair when the mohawk is grown out.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thank you. I know, I hate to say that smoking looks cool sometimes... then you remember the smell. Glad you like her hair this way!
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roolsilver Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I love Jenny's expression in this, and the gaping of her shirt. Also her haircut makes her look a little older and more mature to me, like she's at a different lifestage than mohawk Jenny. Whoo character progression!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Ya know, I've been thinking about what age she is, and I'm guessing like... 28, 29. She was always a few years younger than me in my head, but I think we're catching up now in personality and age.
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CrumpetsontheRun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Is it wrong that I have such a crush on this fictional character? It's always a joy to see Jenny, and yes, tuxedo shirts on girls are SO hot especially when they're unbuttoned just far of to show such a teasing curve. I keep a tuxedo shirt in my closet for seduction emergencies. The ciggarette smoke is done so simply and gorgeously too.
And in case you didn't already guess, I thought I should tell you you're my favorite artist on Deviant Art. Hands down, no contest. Hope that cheers you up, even if just a little bit.
Also, don't know if you're an Amanda Palmer fan, but she did a great blog piece on art dissatisfaction [link]

Keep up the stunning work...pretty please with a cherry on top...
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Heck NO, it's not wrong! I love it. And wow, that is a gigantic compliment, thank you. It does cheer me up a lot. :)
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CrumpetsontheRun Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Happy to put things in perspective *grin*
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Gin-Gen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Well, you're definitely channeling those feelings well, because this is an absolutely fantastic piece. She just exudes a quiet and persistent strength, and I'm loving the colors. (That hair, God!)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Thank you much. I know, I really love her hair, too. :D If only I could get mine to look like that! But mine is curly, so there goes that.
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peadragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I don't really have much of an eye for technical perfection or anything like that, though even I can see your art is pretty damn good from a technical standpoint. Even more important to me is how art makes me feel (even if that sounds cliche) and your art has always made me feel some degree of awesome, from strength and giddyness in your drawings of Jenny (depending on her mood) to warmth and comfort through drawings of Martin/John and everything in between for the rest. And lately? Your art has given me some really good feelings - not just because of the frequency of BBC Sherlock. So if it means anything I think you're really good at transmitting feelings through your art - the best I've seen actually. And that's why you are my #1 art hero.
So while I understand the mood of getting in a funk with your art (I get it all the time with my writing), I just wanted to let you know that your art means a lot to me regardless.

Oh, and I'm starting to recognise Jenny without her mohawk or having to read your comments. To terrible-with-faces me that's pretty huge, and I think largely attributed to how good you are at capturing her essence whenever you draw her. She is your character, so it stands to reason you'd be good at that, but I mean really good because I am notoriously bad at recognising people/characters based just on facial features.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
You know, my favorite art makes me feel something, on top of lookin' good. I know exactly what you mean, and I so appreciate and I'm so glad that my stuff makes you feel. That's my goal, that's my ultimate, so to know that I can do that even when I'm not totally thrilling myself with my art is really gratifying.

And aw, I like that! :D I'm glad. I guess the artists I know who have original characters are just super good at being consistent with their faces, or I'm just good at recognizing them.
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BoopAbelle Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I'm sure this isn't entirely helpful to hear, but it's somehow always a relief to find out that artists you look up to go through the same sort of art block/slump from time to time. I absolutely adore pretty much all your work and it's been such an inspiration to me. Looking at your work encourages me to keep on working on my own. I hope you're feeling better about things ASAP. <3
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
I totally understand that, actually. I know it should sound like schadenfreude, but I do feel relieved when artists I love who constantly crank out amazing shit hit a wall, you know? Like damn, it happens to them, too. :D
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FlameDeLeon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
So lovely, the pose, the clothes, the simplicity of her beauty. <3 I love it! And, I totally agree; comparing your work to others=not such a great idea. :/
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Thank you! And yeah, that's something most of us do inevitably. But it's nice to know that even the best artists look at others' work and feel envious sometimes.
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FlameDeLeon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! And, yes, very true. It can also give other artists a lot of inspiration, which is quite honorable. :)
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MelZayas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
My favorite things about this picture are her mouth, her hand...oh and the side of her boob...oh and the shirt...oh forget it, I like everything.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Heh heh. Thank you!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Love Jenny. And love you too. I'm hugging the bad out of you.

It's always difficult when you compare yourself to others. Nobody masters everything, and you always love the art of people who master the things you lack.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
True that, all. I have to remind myself constantly of what my goals are in my art, and the fact that they're super attainable and I already meet them all the time. :D But it's nice when you look at a piece of your own work and feel like, Damn, I really knocked that one out of the park.

Aw, honey. You're so wonderful. I love you!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Indeed, your art is already pretty gosh darn awesome. I have to agree that making a drawing that goes beyond your expectations is always a nice feeling. I love that feeling.
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wordjunky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
She looks more somber in this sketch. Kinda pensive you know? Wonder what she's thinking about?
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
She is lost in thought, listening to some jazz, maybe. Wondering where the hell her life is going. It's all very sexy and jaded, until she gets back to her boyfriend's house and his dog is all happy to see her, and she remembers that life is actually hilarious and awesome most of the time.
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wordjunky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Awwwwww puppy love. Did it ever work out with Eli?
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
That would be Eli's dog, yep. C:
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wordjunky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Yay!!
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Lunoki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Your work is hugely inspirational to me. The life your bring to all of your characters is nothing short of stellar. Whenever you update it's like some sort of gift giving exchange you people typically engage in on this planet. It's very exciting. Aaaaaaaaaall of it! Originals and fanart. Just seeing you capture humanity in two dimensions is spectacular to watch.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Thank you much. I love to hear that. C: Ha ha, this whole comment section has turned into a self-esteem booster seat for me. Which I appreciate!
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Lunoki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Everyone needs a little of that now and then. :)
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fluffyz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like this... and fancy clothes are always a good thing! :iconimhappyplz: I love her nose and lips. I just needed to say that.

Everybody else already said everything, like how good the colors and smoke and style are. I am personally fond of using normally cool colors like blue and green as warm colors, and I also like that small pinch of red. I agree on the smoking bit, it's terrible, but oh so fun to draw. :'D

If there is ever an artist that is satisfied with their own stuff, that artist will never improve. But there is always room for improvement. The hard part is wanting to already be better when you are not! It's like a way of torturing yourself to compare your art with other people's art, but it also helps you realize just how much better you WILL be when you try hard enough.

Like me with this picture. One day I will be able to actually draw faces. One day. <3
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
You make a very good point, and I'm reminded of my piano lessons as a kid -- I realized I didn't want to learn piano, I just wanted to be good at it, and I gave up when I wasn't. But this, I'm willing to work for.
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fluffyz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I guess it works that way with everything in life when you think about it! I hope you continue to work for it and improve. :3
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