Commissioned by New West Symphony for their Spring 2011 "Music to See" performance of Rimsky Korsakov's symphony "Scheherazade".
I was chosen among 4 other artists at my school to take on this project. Cropped images from this painting were projected for the audience while the orchestra played the 2nd movement. An amazing experience!
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size: A4 Koh-i-Noor pencils: F, B-5B, a regular eraser and a kneaded eraser time: AGES. I guess, 'cause after a couple of weeks I lost the track of time. reference photo: www.trendnista.com/wp-content/…
Oh hell yes, Mr. Jared Leto again. I love this guy and the rest of band a lot, as you must have noticed very long time ago
I've wanted to use this particular reference photo since the moment I saw it for the first time, but I've never had guts and courage to give it a try. It was way too tricky. His hair, his clothes, the background, all these things used to make me stay away from this wonderful photo [in my humble opinion: one of Leto's best pictures]. I surprised myself one month ago, because finally I felt like portraying him from that photo. I promised myself this would be my best portrait ever. Then I thought: "If it doesn't turn out to be the best of the best things I've drawn, it must be the best portrait of Jared at least". To decide, if I managed to do it, is up to you, guys :> Anyway, this time I'll skip the advantages/flaws part. I only tell you, that it's the most time-consuming portrait I've ever done. It took me a few weeks to finish it, of course, with breaks. The total time might be [approximately] 45h. The title... I like his gaze here. So oblivious... so it's certain why I chose "Oblivion". It's the title of one of the Thirty Seconds To Mars' first songs. Considering his clothes, "This is war" would fit, too ]. Check out the word on the pocket... "calf". Not sure if such a phrase exists in English, but in Polish does - if someone's gaze looks abstent or dreamy, we call it "a calf gaze", so it fits here One last thing to tell you... it's the last portrait of Jared I've drawn. Yes, you read well: I did mean last, not latest. I've portrayed him so many times, that I decided to do a little break and rest. It's time to draw Tomo and Shannon, don't you think? I haven't drawn them since months so they need some attention for sure! Though I'm pretty sure I'll come back to the younger Leto one day.
Sorry for my long speech. It was kinda farewell speech Every time I want to describe sth briefly, I end up writing an essay
P.S. I must confess something: can you imagine I had to re-draw his hair? When I drew it for the first time, I didn't like the way it turned out, so I erased it and drew again Only I can be SO stupid.
*THIS IS UNFINISHED.... and to be honest not something I am happy with, no matter what way Ive tried to do it... the concept is how art can help you escape reality, so unfinished as it it is, I dont think I have the heart to finish it properly...
After some master studies on landscapes and scenery I decided to do my own compositions using acrylics. Here's the first one, more will come. Sorry about the image quality, many details lost on this photo... I will try to get a better photo of it. Acrylics on 60x52 cm hardboard canvas (hardboard ripped off from my bookcase )
last edit: I could get a good photo of this picture at last
Take a look at other acrylic landscape paintings of mine:
It's been a while since I last submitted a painting here Nice to be back! A client wanted me to re-paint my old painting [link] on a larger canvas and with some additions, so I did this. This painting is sold.
A view of the towpath along the old Patowmack Canal in Virginia. The pointillist approach is inspired by the way Klimt handled landscape painting.
This painting is oil on canvas. It was originally "finished" 7 years ago. But an artist friend convinced me to take it down, crop 3 inches from both the top and bottom (which require it to be re-stretched) and then accents where hi-lighted with soft pastel. The result is a much stronger painting that more closely expresses the impression I recall from being there. Thanks Walter!