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Celie and Lilit: A Perennial Encounter by HardBargainArt
Celie and Lilit: A Perennial Encounter
The perennial encounter. One chick discovers, to her chagrin, that her roommate is wearing the same outfit. Even the Inquisition never witnessed such ire. But then, the Inquisition was never as sexy as when the proverbial feline fur flies. Above, newcomer Celie appears to realize her transgression over which Lilit is none too pleased.

Artist's Note: This is a progressive render. I generally don't use that option because I try to conserve resources (all of my work is produced on a budget laptop with an OEM graphics card and 8GB of aftermarket memory), but it was surprisingly fast, and I'm very pleased with the result.
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Faith and Vittorio: To Stir A Dragon (Proof) by HardBargainArt
Faith and Vittorio: To Stir A Dragon (Proof)
Artist's Note: Above is a single proof from a sequence of images for a request that I'm entertaining because the concept interests me. The serial will feature the sheer physical beauty of mixed erotic combat, and will be too sexy for dA, sadly. Just thought I'd share the proof.
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HardBargainArt
Tru
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
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A Pretty Paradox - Athletically Endowed Females in Restraint; The Eroticism of Juxtaposed Power and Helplessness

Workflow: Daz Studio 4.* > 3Delight Render Engine > GIMP Image Manipulation (for postwork)

There are many of you who who favorite my work with great regularity, and for that I am grateful. However, the vast majority of you do so silently. If you like a particular work enough to fave it, please consider taking the time to comment on it. I offer my work freely; the only compensation I get for my time and effort invested is knowing how my work is impacts you.

"A truly powerful woman does not seek to escape or obscure that part of her which is vulnerable; rather, she embraces and explores it."
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Zoe: A New Normal by HardBargainArt

This (October) being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as the subject is close to my heart, I thought it appropriate to do a piece that not only pays deference to the topic, but also addresses the stark realities of this illness.  Moreover, I wanted to honor - among all those who have battled this illness - survivors. While pink tee shirts, hats, and ribbons are emblematic of hope and promise in the fight against breast cancer, one should not lose sight of the reality that survivorship, while being the most coveted and optimal outcome, is not a storybook return to life before breast cancer, but an evolution of sorts... a migration to a "new normal". And this new frontier is never without scars, vestiges of real success stories in real lives, and reminders that true beauty is not defined by cultural norms that emphasize - even demand - some elusive, fantastical perfection. At the end of the day, such norms are merely artificial constructs. True beauty is, in fact, perfectly imperfect.

HBA Girl Zoe was developed expressly for this tribute. She will see work in other shoots, but she will retain her lumpectomy scar (and may even keep her hair short) as an acknowledgement of the challenges which breast cancer presents, but also as an immutable declaration that the tide is finally turning. My hope is that breast cancer's days on this planet are numbered.

Congratulations, Zoe. You are a truly beautiful - and increasingly achievable - benchmark for every woman who receives your diagnosis. Someday, you will be the rule... not the exception.

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ei9 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
steamy Season's Greetings and a sexy new year to you Tru my man. Keep the hot stuff coming in 2015 especially more 3somes and portraits. Godspeed all the way!
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HardBargainArt Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, sir... and the same to you and yours. Be safe and happy, and thank you for vocalizing your support.
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Greyscale-pinups Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabulous gallery. I really enjoy your style of muscular beauties that remain delicate and vulnerable. Awesome work!
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HardBargainArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much for saying so. I was actually drawn to your own work because I recognized the care you put into it... we may have a not too dissimilar eye. And indeed, the muscular/fit beauty who explores her vulnerability (and its eroticism) is the core of all my work.
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Greyscale-pinups Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. I can see the same in your work, as sense of detail in the posing and expressions. Dynamic and powerful and not wooden and posed looking. This is how I approach rendering as well. The eyes, every finger and toe, the way the weight is distributed on each foot etc... This is what I look for in my rendering and in the renders of others such as yourself.
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HardBargainArt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, I think there are areas where one can't take shortcuts, and articulation is one of them. No render engine on the planet can rescue one from lack of attention to articulation.
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Pauldelvaux Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you very much for the watch!
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HardBargainArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome... my pleasure.
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dannysuling Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Been a very long time since I visited here (apologies), but the truth is that I enjoyed every moment of catching up. Still, though, with your permission I'd like to start "Watching" this gallery.

It's wonderful to see your skill developing over time, especially in your ability to work with lighting and also with a very tailored color palette. Obviously, your dedication to musculature and pose-tension permeates almost every image, and you seem to have mastered that domain quite well.

There are a couple of images in particular that I feel, IMHO, are among the very best I've seen here at dA in the last 6 months – and that would cover about 60,000 images – so please be proud of them: "Aiko Evolution," "Tommie Origin 5," "Karen Apogee," and a few others. Really exceptional work.

I'm looking forward to keeping better track of your posts. Just delightful!
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HardBargainArt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do recall you... welcome again. And by all means, feel free to watch.

I very much appreciate your observations with regard to lighting and color, especially since I seem to be a member of a rapidly shrinking cadre of artists who use native render engines and targeted postwork to tell a story. Some might accuse me of carving a Federal period chair with hand tools, but... that's the way it was once done, to an effect that is highly prized today.

I'm especially glad that you seem to like Tommie and Karen, as they are two of my pure bodybuilders and might put some more casual observers off. Thank you for that.
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