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14 by TheElvishDevil 14 by TheElvishDevil
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I drew the majority of this a couple of weeks ago and finished it off today. I personally liked the contrast in level of rendered but I don't know what anyone else will think lol.

(The title is simply because I couldn't think of one and it is the 14th lol).

:bulletblue::bulletblack: Reference photograph by :iconahrum-stock: [link] :bulletblack::bulletblue:

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Art ~TheElvishDevil
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the contrasts are good, I know when I do darker skin tones it is something I find hard - I sort of get shadows and highlights and not much left in between to make a face. That looks good though and you were able to build up some nice skin tones!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Thank you <3
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SerinaGyrfalc Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Some freakishly detailed cross hatching work! This is a case where a piece looks believable but has the marks to remind you its a drawing. I love stuff like this!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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YoshizawaArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice! I especially like the detail on the face. Makes it really stand out.
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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scheherazadenerai Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Digital Artist
I like the hatching here! Gives the skin a nice texture.

I think you might have concentrated a bit too much on trying to show all the subtle curves on the shape of the face - they seem a little exaggerated. If you're going more for realism, try thinking of it like this: the majority of the shape of the face is given by the skull. That means straight, solid lines when you#re constructing, except on fatty/muscle areas like the cheeks. Playing straight lines against curves gives a strong effect for describing which parts have bone underneath and which have fat/muscle.

Watch your colours on the eyebrows as well - one's brown where the other is bluish! (not that it really stands out, it's just something I picked up on close observation :) )
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thank you :D

I was kind of going for realism but not at the same time (if that makes sense). With this one I was mainly just having fun exaggerating pretty much everything lol, but thank you for the tip :heart:

Lol! I hadn't even noticed the colour difference between the two eyebrows. Thank you for pointing it out.
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Rinnii Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic technique. I love the outcome :)
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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MagicalViper Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those line technique that you used is totally cool! It makes me stare for a while and check how you did the depth and lighting with it. Nice details!

This piece is pretty awesome :D!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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mouseeart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I really like this picture too! what program did you use?
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:icontheelvishdevil:
TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Thank you :) I drew it in Photoshop.
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Bluejotain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This looks so cool, I love the shading of the face.
I love how simple the hair looks compared to the rest
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:icontheelvishdevil:
TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you :D
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KwongBee-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow the realism here is amazing
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:icontheelvishdevil:
TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you :)
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katr14 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I seriously love this image of yours! Already faved it actually. You are really good at lightning and shading. But most of all I like you make the face so complex against the very easy done hair. It makes it so interesting to look at. Love it! Well done!
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:icontheelvishdevil:
TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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katr14 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, I really like your style, unique and recognizable. Great job with the hatches and composition, it's very full and pleasant to look at all in all. Great job also with the expression!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you :D
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MystiqueDeep Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your use of cross-hatches to define the contours of his face. I see this technique frequently with ink, but rarely with digital media. The shading and shadows of the face are very well done; I especially appreciate how you used different colors, sometimes light over dark and sometimes dark over light, to create your intended shade.

You might consider adding a touch of dark to mid-range purplish-brown of the lower lip to the upper lip for some highlights. That would tie them together a bit better; as they are they don't quite seem to match. You also might consider adding just a little purple to the shadows under the cheekbones and eyebrows to tie the picture together even more.

The fact that you added a lot of detail to the face then faded the rest of the picture out, is perfectly fine and helps to focus your viewers eyes. However, you could add a little more detail to the hair. There's no need to go to the depth you used for the face, but at least give it a few lighter and darker areas so that it matches the details of the chest area.

Over all, this piece is very well done and your style adds a lot of interest to what could have been a typical portrait. Nice work!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback :heart: I will definitely be re-working the areas that you pointed out.
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StarsAndOceans Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Since you asked for criticism, here goes :)

First of all I absolutely love the way you did the skin of face and neck. Your hatching technique renders lighting perfectly, the contrasts and tones are wonderful. It's especially impressive looking at the reference picture, where the lighting wasn't as strong. You made the whole face more luminous. I find it ok that the shoulders and chest are less detailed, it really brings the focus to the face.

As for what could be improved, the lower half of his face is great, however I think the upper half is a bit too narrow. His forehead would need to be broader and his eyes a bit more distanced. I think the eyes would benefit from having a bit more light in them too. Also, the color of his hair is kind of flat. It would be nice if you had added a bit of hatching there too. Finally, his shoulders are a bit narrow and female looking, they should be broader.

All in all it's a great drawing! :dummy:
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:icontheelvishdevil:
TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you very much :heart: I really appreciate your feedback. I will be re-working those areas :D
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CKDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shading o.o really interesting brush choice lol :D <3 I like it when people don't just make smooth air brush portraits XD I wish there was some crazy texture in hsi hair too o.o hehe
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you :heart: It isn't a textured brush, I drew the hatching myself.
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gangstalike Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He looks like a cross between Daniel Glover and Jean Michel Basquiat :3
I love the contrast between the lights and darks on his face
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you :D
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Takami-Enigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
So lifelike!!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thank you <3
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NightmareOfReality Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Great colouring! I don't know what to say about this, it's really awesome imo =)
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you :D
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NightmareOfReality Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Np =3
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The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really well done! I always love your hatch work, and this is a particularly fine example :D
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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The-Tinidril Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great update! LOVE the basket-weave afro! :D
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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