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December 10, 2012
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Canon EOS 450D
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1/64 second
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23 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 9, 2013, 11:52:27 AM
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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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Given 2013-02-25
Poseidon by *Benbe ( Featured by SRudy )
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. 
nishadcds Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Hi, please give me permission to use it in an educational presentation.
kyoshiroelric Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
closest classical vision of Poseidon.  Great work
DragonMyths Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work as traditional is speechless beautifull :) :clap:
DragonMyths Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rocking good!!!! Dude!!!! You gave Poseidon the good oll look back :D :) Instant fav!!!
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
Benbe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thanks!! Gracias!!! you are very kind!!!im very happy for your nice comments!!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   General Artist
What a breath taking piece!
BrittBrattStudios Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
this one is my absolute favorite... favorite
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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