That's so funny! I used the EXACT same photo for reference on a graphite drawing!! I think you did a better job at it though. At the very least you got the background to show up better by using paints. My scanner completly ruined my background.
Great painting! Everthing's very well blended, shows great control. I love the highlights. You captured the beauty of the motion, and grace.
Yeah it's a good reference. I took a look a your version and it's quite good. You may want to change to a digital camera, though it takes more time to set up the shot the results are far superior not to mention making it easier to document larger works.
Thank you! Yeah I already promised myself that unless it's my digital photography, which is downloaded onto the computer via my camera, my next hand drawn artwork will have its picture taken by said camera.
My "scanner" is now just going to be a copy machine for text.