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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by HollyTheTerrible The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by HollyTheTerrible
Illustration of Lisbeth Salander. I used Rooney Mara as reference. I thought she did a phenomenal job in the film.

*Update* I took a picture of it today, since last night my scanner cut off some details. Had to take it outside for decent lighting too and took what seemed like a whole memory card worth of shots. I luckily got this one that matches the colours of the original well and isn't too blurry.

Materials used:
Colored pencils, ink, prisma markers, watercolors, acrylic paints, and white gel pen on bristol paper.

Here is my original pencil drawing [link]

And here is the scanned copy that is probably better in quality than my photo, but is cut off in places [link]

~Holly The Terrible

Artist Note: I do not own Lisbeth from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This is just fan art for my own enjoyment.
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MariaPereira Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Artist
Fantastic work!! I love this *O*
HollyTheTerrible Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
MariaPereira Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Artist
You're very welcome :)
silverthehedgehog78 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Writer
I absolutely love this. When I saw you used colored pencils my jaw dropped to the floor. Wonderful. Job. Of course. I can't say anything else besides that.
HollyTheTerrible Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I like (and often use) traditional art materials. I feel like I have more control, at least until I get better with computer paint programs (which I am still a beginner in). :)
Chasitys Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Oh, she's creepy. Like creepy creepy. That's one of the reasons I haven't seen/read the series yet - Lizbeth's design is really scary.
This is beautiful! There's something with the chin area that bothers me. Perhaps it's a little too small? I love the cold yet bold colours you've chosen and her hair is amazingly done. I demand for a walkthrough of your process. Yes.
HollyTheTerrible Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe. :laughing:

I used to wear my hair like Lisbeth back in college and for several years afterwards. I didn't have all those piercings or tattoos that she has though. I would sometimes even shave the sides of my head and I dressed like her often. Maybe that is why I had very few friends back then. lol :)

People probably thought I was creepy too. When I actually was a very nice decent person who liked (and still does) listening to classical music and the occasional metal band. I have friends and family who have loads of tattoos and dress outside the norm, so it didn't seem like a big deal.

Yeah, I can see where the chin might seem off. I was going for an exaggerated portrait style. I never like portraying realism very much. I like to alter things to fit my fancy. :) Plus, I have a very tiny chin myself and I might have subconsciously drawn it like mine. Seriously, it is ridiculously small! I have such an odd face. lol

I have been meaning to make a walkthrough of my art. I'll let you know when I get them done. Hopefully, I will do a good job on them and not make them a confusing mess! Also, thanks on the compliment about the hair! It was fun to work on!
Ladyknight17 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love the books. Haven't seen the movies. But I knew who it was without looking at the title. Very nice.
HollyTheTerrible Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! :)
joefreakinrocks Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely incredible.
HollyTheTerrible Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Wow! Your words have truly made my night! If you like it, then I am happy with it. I wasn't sure before with my depiction of a dragon. I don't think I have ever done one before and I couldn't find a decent image of the full tattoo from the film. I can't even remember what it looked like in the film that I saw days ago either.

BTW your comment is worth like...three, no four, solid gold ships or something. For you are way better at art making than me. You are also better with color too.

You doing any cons again this year? You should. Hope you sell billions of awesome art prints. :)
Kaamosrutto Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I like the way you shade skin.
HollyTheTerrible Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I use a combination of coloured pencils, prisma markers and watercolors.
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February 1, 2012
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Canon PowerShot SD770 IS
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1/60 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 1, 2012, 1:50:29 PM
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