hey sorry for replying so late, this painting took me the best part of a day to 2 days, I tend to work quite fast because I apply the paint with my hands and do not use brushes at all-at least for this painting)
I used a photograph as reference but only loose reference as I wasn't trying to copy or imitate the photo if you get what I mean. I'm pleased with it. I actually sold it which in a way I regret doing because I think this one was definately one if not my favourite
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Fantastic details. I really love the effect. I've seen this kind of look in a painting somewhere else, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment. Wonderful job though. I really enjoy your use of color. Keep it up. ^_~
What do you mean by handpainting? Is it painted without brushes but with your hands? I was far too lazy to read all of those comments and see if this has been brought up already. I cant imagine you will reply though, nobody ever does when they have daily deviations...
You look like John Linnell of They Might Be Giants(just look him up in the wikipedia if you don't know)...! Perhaps a bit of Abe Lincoln, too.
To me, the colors look like feathers. If you touch the picture, it seems like the skin would be plush, but sun-kissed, so it would fluff back up if you press your hand down onto the mat of feathers that actually are your [hand]paintstrokes.
I could stare into the eye of this man forever. His soul seems so calm and carefree because he's always thinking.