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November 29, 2012
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Canon EOS 450D
Shutter Speed
1/32 second
Focal Length
27 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 26, 2012, 3:19:52 PM
Digital Photo Professional
Sensor Size
wip by Benbe wip by Benbe
pastel on wood 186 x 122 cms.
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The textures, the core shadows, the highlights is all just so striking. There is such intensity in his eyes and face and those sweat droplets just make it all the more incredible. An immense amount of effort, time, and skill were used incredibly on the making of this. The choice of drawing this man was obviously chosen because of the intense lines on his face and lighting. A great decision in my opinion. My only complait would is that I would like to see something of the artist that separates him from the rest. A unique style that makes him who he is. But overall, a fantastic portrait.
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I will separate art from technician. Art is the expression of one's self in any form of high degree.
This a a very nice techincal process/wip. Not to take away from this, this artist has mastered the visual language of art. Like grammatical skills to form a sentence. What and how you write a story is the art or creativity. Since this is still a WIP I yet to see how he will do something to express himself. The background treatment and how tight or loose will determine the final expression.
yet to be seen. Also technical control which most people gravitate to first can be deceiving. Many tight photo-real artists like to project the proportions via projector from a photo to get all the common problem areas of a drawing down then work on top of it. Sine we didn't see this, I would reserve judgment as to the authenticity of his true drawing skills. I would need to see a step process.

For what it is, in terms of color, contrasts and values it s all working so far. VERY WELL indeed.
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Silent-Assassin21 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
deadmanvalley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I disagree with mvartist's critique. I find it harsh and I believe that too many people don't appreciate this kind of art currently, but that will change. You have not only captured a likeness very well but the piece breathes emotion. With abstract art people try to convince others what the piece is and what it represents when only a few abstract artists can do this without words. This is where you lie. You do not need words to express your piece it expresses itself, the subject and yourself. The use of the word technical for this piece is not one I would use, simply because I think that it belittles what you have created, to describe it in it's entirety as a technical piece is wrong.

This is a realistic portrait. Do all portraits have to be somehow faded, disfigured, abnormal or not realistic to be considered art or true art? Completing a piece like this takes a great deal or serenity.
theartyst Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist

but, it is EASIER to work LARGE
Gilgamesh360 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I have traveled the world and met many people, this touches me.
indigomoonshine Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
As always this is looking amazing. I would love to have the courage to draw so big. How do you protect such delicate art work when you exhibit them?? I put my pastels under glass as soon as they are finished to protect them.
t-wit-chi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is looking to be turning out well. His face seems to have lived a hard life, but his eyes suggest he's portreying compassion, sort of a "Its okay", or "Im here to help". Do as you do, but I would incorperate him holding a token of goodness, a bit worn but intact, out in his hand offering it towards the viewer. Thats my suggestion other wise another awesome piece. Cant wait to see the Background/finnished work
Barbara-Lopes Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Artist
so real...amazing!
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Mon-Graffito Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ive been in front of hyper-realistic works of art (originals I mean, not online) and I was moved. Probably because of a mix of the good choice of the subject and the tremendous amount of work that transpires. There was another period in the art history when the works were impressing with the materials used and the amount of hours spend on making them. I think the work becomes almost physical and hits my senses. Just like watching a pyramid.

On the other hand, I see and dont understand why some artists try to imitate photography, while some photographers try to imitate the classical or abstract art.

Ending thughts: if it moves me, I like it. And art to me is the place where I forget thoughts and access my feelings completely.
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