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.
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.
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.
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-chiFeatured By OwnerDec 3, 2012Hobbyist 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
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.
..."I would reserve judgment as to the authenticity of his true drawing skills."...
Are you kidding mvartist? Even if he did trace from a projection or transferred the drawin it would not matter in the least. No amount of "tracing" would help someone reach this degree of skill, it simply can't be faked. So if he did transfer or trace the beginning stages of the drawing all it amounts to is a bit of time saving. He could have drawn it from scratch, it just would have taken him longer.
In my opinion the scale of the piece combined with the technical skill does plenty to make this work successful. For the love of God please don't suddenly start "expressing yourself". That is what retired soccer moms do with watercolor landscapes. Just keep *moving* the viewer with powerful images like this one. Great work Benbe. Do a series of them, have a show, and don't settle for less than $10,000 a piece.
Well said Francesco. I would challenge anyone to to get the final result that we see in Benbe. The fine details in his work are stunning and the sheer size of them and the fact that he is using dry pastel for his medium is all stunning.
To trace the outline is only a rough guide to the artist, an outline does not define the mood of the drawing or the skill in iterpreting the line into a form.
Excelente trabajo felicitaciones, solo me gustaría preguntarte que le hechas a la madera antes de pintar con pastel y al finalizar el trabajo usas algún tipo de fijador?. De ante mano gracias y espero tus comentarios.
Dear Rubèn, may I ask you how you prepare the wooden underground for the pastels? And which kind of wood do you use? I have less than no skills with faces, but I love to draw architecture! Guess it would give it a kick when drawn hyperrealistic and in this sizes!