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!!!
This is great, the blending and the shading is just perfect. Good job
Nicely detailed and shaded. The eyes and hair came out great. Solid resemblance.
What a great drawing !
Wow looks amazing! I love the hair.