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The Patriarch by steeldolphin The Patriarch by steeldolphin
I did this portrait painting primarily as an exercise, using a photo reference from Philippe LeRoyer [link]


This painting was done digitally using Photoshop and a Bamboo graphics tablet. I really had to struggle to not get too caught up in the details (I really want to get away from photo realism in my art). I struggled with not getting carried away with the hat and jacket, and I think as a result they came out a bit flat, but overall I am happy with the result.

C&C is welcome.


Here is the original reference photo: [link]
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Gellydraws Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is great! I think you got the likeness bang on! I like that your painting is "warmer" in tone than the photo. I think the value range is very good in the skin and jacket. Coincidentally I did a drawing from this photo a few weeks ago. I didn't know who the photographer was because I got the photo from the drawing script. I'm definitely going to check out more of his work as well as yours.

Here's a link to my drawing [link]
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks monguro! That's a nice sketch you did, he has an even more interesting expression there. :)
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Gellydraws Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Great emotion in this.
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Cog :)
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Mabelma Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful, it could use more contrast in the lights but aside from that, it's a great study.
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments and the kind words!
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
A very nice, loose, study. Well done.
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks keight :)
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PandaProduction Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great study!

Is that a wool hat?
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

Yeah I believe it is a wool hat, I didn't do a very good job of showing that hehe
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PandaProduction Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yea I was about to say, thicker lines ><
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kupocoffee Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow amazing tone work and colors!
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steeldolphin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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