The Pleiades are a star cluster in the constellation of Taurus. They are the nearest stars to Earth and the brightest in the skies. Stars that do not shine alone shine the brightest. And with that I give you the basis for Alice nine’s song entitled “Pleiades” (昴 or subaru). I must have spent an eternity on this… Somewhere around a month at least, slowly picking away at little parts. This has by far been my favorite realistic portrait. I was so satisfied with how the face turned out. I was happy to notices such progress from my previous portraits. A single reference picture used, 5 billion (give or take) hours in Photoshop with a Wacom intuos3 tablet.