This is Yuko Oshima (大島 優子) of the Japanese all-girl band AKB48. Oshima is a very popular singer of the group; she has placed in the top 2 in the past 5 AKB48 general elections.
Credits to my friend BrendanPark for showing me the original reference photo (and for inspiring me to draw Japanese singers)!
I've been wanting to draw her for a long while but it was difficult finding a suitable reference photo. In fact, this is my 4th time drawing her, and I reckon it's the first time my portrait of her actually turned out decent.
Considering that I spent easily 30 hours on the past 3 failed attempts, and this came after another 3 failed attempts of Korean actress Park Shin-Hye, I must say I'm REALLY glad to complete this one!
It took me 34 hours of painstaking effort over 10 days, and I have to admit this drawing was a rigorous test of my current standard. The cloth, hair and skin shades were especially hard, so I would certainly appreciate it if anyone could provide me with feedback.
Lastly, I would like to show my appreciation to the following deviantART members/ friends whom I have contacted for inspiration, feedback or both:
Ashraf Malique (Facebook)
Ivan Hoo (Facebook)
These artists are all way better than me and I'll just like to show my appreciation with a little gesture.
Surely there are many more artists who have provided me with inspiration/tips, such on my skin shades, dimensions and such. Thanks! All in all, I wouldn't say this piece is great, but I sure am ecstatic to finish it and upload it here!!!