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Simone: Overture 1 by HardBargainArt
Simone: Overture 1
Artist's Note: HBA prides itself on representing female muscle across a broad spectrum. Gorgeous Simone sports a more understated muscularity, more reminiscent of a pin-up model from the early days of the women's fitness movement in the late '70s or early '80s.
Lyra: Divinity 1 by HardBargainArt
Lyra: Divinity 1
Artist's Note: Though one can't tell because of her hairstyle here, stunning HBA newcomer Lyra was born with Stahl's Ear, which produces a pointed, satyr-like ear. Bullied as a child, she learned to accept her unique trait while focusing her attention on the pursuit of fitness.


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Subject Matter:

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."

My blog: hardbargainart.blogspot-dot-com
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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Pauldelvaux Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional General Artist
thank you very much for the watch!
dannysuling Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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!
HardBargainArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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.
MorphineViolet Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Muscle women in restraint: glad to know other people actually share my passion. I assume you don't take commissions otherwise i wouldn't have to think twice.
Great work.
HardBargainArt Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, sometimes I think I'm the only one...

I don't take commissions, though I occasionally entertain requests is they are within my sphere of interest and capability. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
MorphineViolet Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I have a thing for swimmers, i think they're not used enough in bondage scenarios, just  a hint. I actually commissioned something like that recently.
And you're welcome.
HardBargainArt Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do happen to have a swimmer on the HBA crew.
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HardBargainArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for visiting. I shall have s look at what you have to offer. Thank you.
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