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angelaobscura v2 by zeruch angelaobscura v2 by zeruch
so I have been having a small crisis with the home network, but I needed a break and I wanted to experiment with some materials I had not ever really used, namely some Staedler triplus fineliner pens and some Holbein gouache tones I had never cracked open, so I made *angelaobscura a bit of a guinea-pig for this. It turned out ok I think, but invariably I return to these things to tweak over and over again.

pencil, brush & ink, acrylic ink, tombo marker, triplus fineliners, pigma microns, gouache + digital
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:iconkirbyrevo:
kirbyrevo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
out of them all.. i think this ones my fav... and im still trying to find the words to explain why
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Terrry Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
Oh YEAH! The colouring here is PERFECT! :pumpkin:
*standing ovation*
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entanglement Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
The colours... the lips... wow.
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Dragonfirejlk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
One of my favorites here. <3
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plucas Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
Just amazing............the colors are verrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy cute...........
great draw.........
i will give my :+fav:
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FixMeNow Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
love this so much, really beautiful use of colour and tone, and brilliant composition
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xxx
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pupa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
good contrast its a piece that demands attentiveness. sweet.
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maura Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004
Jesus you use a crazy amount of mediums. I'm always trying to go through it and figure out what you used where. The complexity really shows through though, you certainly have a great sensitivity for your materials.
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laurel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2004
this is very very nice, ze.
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Missy39811 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004
Excellent portrait.
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fallencupid Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2004
i really love the use of colors in your pieces--whether it is really trying to get the colors down acurately and see each color in the image or you just like to use non-traditional colors, i really love it. :nod: have you ever checked out *boobookittyfuck or *jeffsimpsonkh. your work reminds me of theirs in some ways. :hug: --mary.
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MelGama Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful work! :clap: :hug:
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ivoryocean Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2004
Awesome! I love your linework!
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JillinTheBox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this picture looks so creepy and mysterious, I really like it, I like your style alot you have wicked awsome talent ^-^
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immortus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
again, nice colors... i love how you painted the hair
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digifox Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2004
One of the best yet. What fantastic composition. What a great choice in a reference shot.
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dubou4 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004
tight
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hipster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004
ah
well thats probably my favourite yet.
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dettma Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2004
yet another wicked piece from the man...
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novembre Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2004
The eyelashes are awesome. And I love the title.
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alwayzdazd Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful hair and use of negative space. the black fits in very nicely.
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y0r-UGLY Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice. i love how you contrast your colors
im so jealous!! :heart:
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angelaobscura Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004
oh um waiting for it to load :D...... waiting
yay it's here, i adore the lips i am in love, i love also the way the black leacks into the face and hair, oh and my fave song is playing :dance: hehe anyway really love it, can't wait to see if there is anymore :) oha nd that dark royal blue just in the hair is lovely! hehe, it just reminded me of my self portrait i did and i have bushy unkempt eyebrows, which you and i have both made realistic, but my art teacher spent ages telling me they were crude and we got it this huge argument about realis m becuase i thought surely we should be promoting it for this particular project and he said no not really, so ya know it was hilarious :D anyways thanx and this is of course an instant favourite :) and only partly becuase it's me :kiss: x
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004  Professional General Artist
mind if I make a print of it?
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angelaobscura Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004
feel free! :) i might even buy one when i have some cash :P x
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a-tunnard Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004
I like the "In shadow" effect, its really nice. also realy good is the hair and the eye, again! Nice work, but have u tried doing more full figures? Just an idea :)
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
I have done figurework, but for this series I have refrained from it. The most recent stuff I've done with full figures was a bio-mechanical woman series called Mekanixa that is ongoing.
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b33lz3bub Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
the thing about this that really gets me: the hair and the really powerfull black shadow. its just insane. seriously youve made this real powerfull like that. im loving it :D
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paraballein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
Look at all those tools you used. Goddamn I do not even know what most of those are. Amazing that something constructed with such a range of tools can come out looking so, constant. Love the colors, gold and blue looks sweet. Especially love the lips, finer lines down there contrast well to the rest of the image's stronger strokes imo.

I want'a be a guinea-pig. [laughs] 'You be interested in doing a portrait from my hoodie selfportraits sometime if I got you bigger/cleaner reference?
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
if you can get me some larger, raw images (no post-editing done on them) I will be happy to put em through the works :D

as to all the materials, it comes together because of a few things. First, I am willing to shorten the life expectancy of pens, markers and brushes by mixing all manner of crap together until something I like emerges (a whole lot of trail and much of it error). Secondly, I mix along a band that makes for decent cohabitation, watercolors and gouaches do not have a hard time being laid under/over acrylic inks (since both are water soluable and in the case of inks, waterfast), then acrylic paints simply work with the acrylic inks. Everything else just kind of gets slipped in where it fits. Most importantly though is digitally getting it into some coherence. In a way I am very much a digital artist as the works really *require* a certain amount of digital processing. I simply do not like working purely in digital...for a long litany of reasons.

I do wish I could paint digitally. I just haven't gotten a grasp of it.
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paraballein Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004
Ah, times like this I wish I did not always overwrite my raw photos. ;) I have a big version of the one base photo I used, [all four cells where from mixing one photo], that has only the color changed and one hand smudged a bit, but still not close to raw. Oh well, next time I'll save a raw version for you :)

The work of artists like Craig Mullins who mix digital and traditional methods always have been, and I suspect always will be, a huge inspiration to me. I have found working in traditional mediums an insurmountable challenge, I can not draw a paper-bag let alone draw my way out of one. So I have nothing but respect for your work man, you earned a place up in my pantheon of hardcore medium mixers ::worship:

Working on learning digi-painting myself, my detail work is not bad but blocking in rough forms is something I'm unable to do. :(
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
I have a big version of the one base photo I used, [all four cells where from mixing one photo], that has only the color changed and one hand smudged a bit, but still not close to raw

Well, that is raw enough. If you want me to work with that, I will happily do so.


You know, I had never heard of Mullins, but some of this stuff is quite cool.

As far as the digital painting, its the working in a non-physical medium, where I feel/sense the nature of the ink/paint and the tools on a surface that perpetually throw me off.
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paraballein Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004
Ok cool, I'll note you with a link. :)

I remember seeing his art for the first time when I played the Marathon games [the game series that Halo is pretty much a clone of, though without the depth of story-line], had a big impact on me that was the first time I had ever seen digi painting.

See for me it's the limitless flexibility of digital art that lets me get loose and creative, I can not unhinge my mind and get into the right creative space when I'm working with concert traditional mediums. Funny how every artist is different :)
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caleum Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004   Photographer
Your work is incredible, I'm am in the process of taking on a similar style and method. You have really inspired me to just try a lot of things and see what comes up. I'm wondering what steps you take first when starting on a piece? What materials do you use first and then what do you place on top after that sort of thing?
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
I'm wondering what steps you take first when starting on a piece? What materials do you use first and then what do you place on top after that sort of thing?

Hope you don't mind involved responses. There are rarely any 'first steps' that are routined. However, after the very first of this series (which were done almost entirely in tombo marker straight onto bristol), there are a few things that have evolved. In most cases I stick to limited -albeit obnoxious- palettes, usually only one or two tones per medium except for black+white.* The rest of the color antagonizing occurs digitally. The pencilwork is started under a lightbox so I can block out basic areas rapidly (I never give myself more than 10-12 minutes), after which I take it off the lightbox and move to th emain art table where I start working it over with more detail, and then start applying media. There is no logical order of operations at this point, I work fairly intuitively and scan several times over the course of completion so that I keep a running account of development. Beyond that, I try to get into an almost zen like start of mind and just go with it. The idea is to get the analog elements down quickly, to fous on the economy of line and tone so that you never overwork it (although I still somehow manage to do exactly that more often than I care to admit).

From there it gets tweaked and several final versions and remixes are produced (usually 2-3).

Of note: I pick subjects at random from a pool I have collected from browsing the stock photo gallery, from submissions to me, and from occasional works I just stumble into.

I hope this wasn't too boring.

* in this case, the gouache was skintones, acrylic ink was white added in numerous areas, as well as the pearlescent hair color, but also the blacks. the hair highlights were tombo marker, as well as the greytones in the skin, and the linework was black with pigma microns and hair strainds with the Steadlers.
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caleum Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004   Photographer
That was exactly what i was looking for, thank you so much. The more detail the better. Anther question I'm wondering is why do you use so many different many mediums? Especially if its going to be digital anyways. I think I read that you like the manual part about it, but wondering if you use certain mediums for texture purposes or something as simple as that you just like them.

Keep up the good work. If i sent you a photo, assuming you liked it, would you think about creating one of your pieces with your style?

caleum
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004  Professional General Artist
That was exactly what i was looking for, thank you so much. The more detail the better. Anther question I'm wondering is why do you use so many different many mediums?

1. because I can
2. because there is a technical challenge I seek to overcome and an aesthetic one I wish to probe
3. whythe hell not? :D

Especially if its going to be digital anyways.

Well, most of the effects I achieve simply cannot be done in just one medium. Analog and Digital offer different strengths and weaknesses both technically and in terms of my own personal affinity to them. I need both. People tend to treat digital creation as something seperate from traditional work, which to me is complete rubbish. It is just a different tool with a peculiar approach. You can use a pocket calculator, a scientific calculator, an abacus, a pen and paper and just your head to add numbers too.

I think I read that you like the manual part about it, but wondering if you use certain mediums for texture purposes or something as simple as that you just like them.

The simple answer? Yes.

Textures, forms, and how they overlay or interact (sometimes unexpectedly) are part of the creative experience. Sometimes the most fun is in the travel, not the destination.

Keep up the good work. If i sent you a photo, assuming you liked it, would you think about creating one of your pieces with your style?

caleum
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flaery Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Another nice one from your series--I love the hair and the dark shadows. This one does seem different--so maybe it's the different materials you used. It almost seems softer--I like it.
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LeakyBumWad Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
I know this is a work in progress, but it would be nice to see more detail in the upper-lip, cause I really like what you did with the lower-lip. Your portraits always look so awesome. I think i've seen other people on here ask you to do their portraits...and I don't want to seem like an annoying little tard, but I'd love it so much if you'd do a portrait of me. so yes. get back to me or something, thanks for reading?...yeah, i don't know.
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
OH, and I guess I should say I would be happy to do a portrait of you if for no other reason than it would give me the opportunity to title something "LeakyBumWad"

:D
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LeakyBumWad Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
hahaha it would definantly get some attention. So I can just email you any pictures...would you want more of a "face" shot, cause i notice you do that more frequent. Or can more than the face be included...any preference?
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
I occasionally deviate from just the face, but it is rare. If you have interesting shots that you think would serve well under my adaptive eye, then throw them over the wire and I will see what I can do.
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LeakyBumWad Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
I sent you 3 pictures through email. Thanks for the consideration.
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
I am willing to do anyones portrait given some patience (angela here asked me several months ago and I got to it now, because I take all requests into one directlry of reference photos and take them at random as I see fit). So either post some good reference shots of you (the higher the res the better obviously) or email them to me.
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004  Professional General Artist
I am willing to do anyones portrait given some patience (angela here asked me several months ago and I got to it now, because I take all requests into one directlry of reference photos and take them at random as I see fit). So either post some good reference shots of you (the higher the res the better obviously) or email them to me.
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Al-Sharptons-hair Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
beautiful as always
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duskywolfie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
Beautiful colours... love the golds and blues you used on the lips :clap: nice stuff
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Wanz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
Rich lovely colours...good contrast... :)
It has been a long time since I last touched on traditional mediums...
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