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Poseidon by Benbe Poseidon by Benbe
Pastel on wood. Pastel sobre madera. 200 x 175 cms. 2012
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-02-25
Poseidon by *Benbe ( Featured by SRudy )
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I am not sure how helpful this critique will be given that so much of your piece succeeds on every single level but here goes.

The central figure, a great modern take on classic portraiture/mythology, absolutely commands my attention every single minute. The piece is successful at directing my perception from several different points (the trident, the face, the left hand, and the cloth at the chest) and my eyes are constantly moving around the piece. The artist rewards my efforts with stunning details in cloth, skin, and lighting effects.

As a result the background is minimally necessary and the artist executes it exactly as it should be; but perhaps even more than is accomplished. It may possibly be due to the pastels as a medium or the scale of the image (since it is significantly shrunk down for digital viewing) but I found the clouds in the upper corner to pull me out of the picture.

By that I mean the central figure, his trident, and all the details within are startlingly real but the clouds lose a large amount of that punch and appear as a picture within this picture (such as part of a backdrop for a photograph). It is not a question of technique (it is really difficult to even bring that up) so much as how much you notice the sky.

The ocean by contrast is very diluted into the grays, browns, and blues of the wispy haze but still accomplishes its function perfectly. You always know it is the ocean with no questions asked; I think that it would work better if the sky was less opaque so the complementary oranges and yellows do not draw me away from the figure as much.

However this is just such a minor complaint on a piece already near the ideal. Composition is fantastic and engaging (I really love close-range pieces) and the technique is just mind-blowing (I sometimes cannot tell if the face is not just a photograph.)

I can't give this image full marks for originality since I see so many artists here; new, old, and all at once (subject matter-wise at least). But this piece is mesmerizing, modern, and different enough to really hold me in place.

Honestly I could look at this picture for hours and I really wish that I could see it in person. I sincerely hope this goes into a gallery/museum exhibit as soon as possible; I am truly excited to see where else you go from this point. "Wow" is all that I can say really.
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This is a really amazing piece the composition is wonderful, your colors are brilliant and lively and that staff is just gorgeous! Really there is almost nothing in this piece that bothers me. His left arm looks lik it is just floating in space though so that is the only issue I have with it. your rendition of this man is amazing! You are one of the best artist and I seriously mean this BEST artists I've ever had the pleasure of trading words with! Thank you for bringing this into the world. I hope that you continue to make work of this quality. One day I would love to commision you!
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nishadcds Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Very nicely done... the gods image looks surreal... I would like to use the image in an educational presentation, please give me your permission to do that. Thanks in advance. 
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nishadcds Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Hi, please give me permission to use it in an educational presentation.
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:iconkyoshiroelric:
kyoshiroelric Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
closest classical vision of Poseidon.  Great work
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:icondragonmyths:
DragonMyths Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work as traditional is speechless beautifull :) :clap:
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DragonMyths Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rocking good!!!! Dude!!!! You gave Poseidon the good oll look back :D :) Instant fav!!!
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lauraloveanimals Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Impresionante!!! es increíble el gran realismo que has aportado en esta pintura y más cuando está hecha en pastel. No tenia constancia de que se pudiera pintar en pastel a tan gran tamaño. últimamente se pinta pastel sobre soportes de papel pero nunca había pensado que se pudiera pintar sobre madera! es increíble!! Me gustaría saber qué tipo de madera utilizas? Me gustaría saberlo gracias
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Benbe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thanks!! Gracias!!! you are very kind!!!im very happy for your nice comments!!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   General Artist
What a breath taking piece!
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:iconbrittbrattstudios:
BrittBrattStudios Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
this one is my absolute favorite... favorite
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:icontxsballistics:
TXSballistics Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I don't always unleash sea snakes, but when i do i like being helpful to the Greek.
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:iconjuro89:
Juro89 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Pastel??????? Are you serious? My, it's Amazing! I've never seen such a sharpness in a pastel. Oh, and the smoothness of the velvet, the hirsute beard. It's brilliant. I thought it was a photo, I'm honest, and discovering it's a traditional work, made with somthing like the pastels, that aren't easy at all, they crumble, and the colors risk always to stir, leves me astonished.
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:icons-daniels:
S-Daniels Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
what type of pastels do you use ?
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:icongustavoahlen:
gustavoahlen Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Epic Work!
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:iconmorteza-lotfi:
morteza-lotfi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
+
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:icondarkapprentise:
darkapprentise Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Magnificent!!
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:icondesert-poppy:
Desert-Poppy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
When I saw the thumbnail I'm like "Poseidon?" I click it and yep, Poseidon! :D Now looking closer, the first thing that came into my head was that it reminded me of a painting done hundreds of years ago. Well done on such an affect! And congrats on the DD ^^
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VioletSoldier Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SO GOOD!
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:iconthemilwaukeeprotocol:
TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With regards to attaining such a high level of photorealism, I think it helps that he makes these rather big.
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:icongryphonlady:
gryphonlady Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW This looks like a photograph not a painting... Love it WELL DONE... damn
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Slimnooze Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Te quedó exquisito! Al principio pensé que era manipulación digital de una fotografía. Luego, leí la categoría en la que está y quedé asombrado. Después, vi que era pastel, y sobre madera. Te la requete comiste! Hasta Poseidón estaría orgulloso...

Lo que más me gustó de todo fue la manera como lograste imitar preciosamente la apariencia de la plata en el tridente. 10/10
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wood? What an interesting canvas! :D
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:iconfantasywench:
FantasyWench Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Congrats!
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:iconcamilia-chan:
Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very realistic. Well done!
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:iconstephaniaarts:
StephaniaArts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
a very truthful portrait of the sea God, amazingly realistic rendition
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:iconvoidaslan:
voidaslan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Poseidon: I DON'T ALWAYS USE MAGIKARP, BUT WHEN I DO, I USE SPLASH!

Dude, unreal piece. I don't even think a Daily Deviation is enough. Is there a DD squared? :p Definitely fave-ing this one. Good work.
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:iconschnarre:
schnarre Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
...An exemplary portrayal of the God of the Sea!
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:iconjayceran:
JayceRan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Writer
Talent! Raw talent!
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:iconl-art-en-rose:
L-art-en-rose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Sublime!!! :love:
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:iconjardenon:
Jardenon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I almost want to drown if it means meeting this awesome guy.
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:iconsashlyr:
Sashlyr Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Increíble! Esa mirada... Es casi como tener en frente al mismísimo Poseidón en persona, no una simple pintura!
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:icondjjafeth:
djjafeth Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
DEMONIOS HERMANO, ERES EL REY DEL REALISMO O.O!
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:iconmanoloagui:
Manoloagui Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Impresionante! Enhorabuena!
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:icondomdros:
domdros Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ever drew morgan freeman?
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:iconyusgeek:
Yusgeek Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What software did you use in designing this?
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:iconprogalive:
Progalive Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pastel on wood.
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:iconcatelee2u:
catelee2u Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!
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:iconlmcsoren:
LMCSoren Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Maestría nivel: Dibujar una fotografía. No hay palabras de elogio suficientes en el mundo.
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CyberTheHedgehog270 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
You drew this?... :o
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Photographer
Posing Poseidon :lol:
Brilliant work!!
Congrats!
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:iconaikosukoshi:
AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
one question.
how.
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:iconamai-rose:
Amai-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I love playing the 'is is a painting, or is it stock' game with DD's. It's really a credit to the caliber of some of the stock on this site that in the thumbnail, I could still have that question, because this piece has incredible life and beauty that is almost never found in a photograph.
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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AskLyleAndPhil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't always cause storms at sea, but when I do, I compensate for something.
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inannaaton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
ein wirklich atemberaubendes bild. aber ... ich weiß nicht was es ist , der linke arm.... irgendwas stimmt damit nicht. so im schulter - armbeuge - bereich.
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Corona-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Wow. That's a painting!?! ........Well, it looks I had my share of mind-blow for a day. Great job. Beautiful piece with amazing details.
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Dessine-moi-un-Beru Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
amazing !!
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:iconlemures87:
Lemures87 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing as usual :D
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:iconkirschenwasser:
Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulation to the well deserved DD! :clap:
I truly thought this is photograph. :wow: You skill is absolutely stunning and unbelieveable!
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Delet-ed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
He looks kind of sassy.

On a serious note, this is truly a beautiful piece.
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