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Gabrielle and Cassandra: Take A Chance On Me by HardBargainArt
Gabrielle and Cassandra: Take A Chance On Me
In life, and in love, there are times when you have to step out on a ledge. In the above romantic single, it appears that Gabrielle (left) is inexorably succumbing to Cassie's persuasions.
Liz Noble: Casual But Neat by HardBargainArt
Liz Noble: Casual But Neat
There are some women whom you simply cannot "unglam". Even draping an over-sized cable-knit sweater over Liz does nothing to discourage me from thinking about how much fun it would be to play with her. Some chicks just "have it".
Armell and Beck: Mrs. Robinson by HardBargainArt
Armell and Beck: Mrs. Robinson
"Hide it in the hiding place where no one ever goes.
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes.
It's a little secret just the Robinson's affair.
Most of all you've got to hide it from the kids.

Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mrs. Robinson,
Jesus loves you more than you will know.
God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson.
Heaven holds a place for those who pray,
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey"

~ "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel
Babs and Madonna: Alternative Arrangements by HardBargainArt
Babs and Madonna: Alternative Arrangements
HBA Girls Madonna (left) and Babs depict a moment of "emotional commerce" that occurs behind far more doors than we may know.
Aiyana: Broken Rose by HardBargainArt
Aiyana: Broken Rose
"I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but one of the reasons I expend so much time and effort cultivating and reveling in the control that I enjoy in my daily life is that I love having that control stripped from me every so often. It's a feeling like no other. I make no apologies for it. It's what I want."

~ Aiyana - HBA Girl


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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."
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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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!
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.
Pauldelvaux Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you very much for the watch!
HardBargainArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome... my pleasure.
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!
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.
MorphineViolet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
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 Oct 25, 2014  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 Oct 25, 2014
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 Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do happen to have a swimmer on the HBA crew.
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