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Portrait Of Jimi Hendrix by Chris Oatley by ChrisOatley Portrait Of Jimi Hendrix by Chris Oatley by ChrisOatley
This is the first demo for my "How To Paint Stylized Hair" tutorial series which is a part of my digital painting course called The Magic Box: ChrisOatley.com/digital-painti…

During the last half of 2014 I have committed to attempting to paint the hardest subjects I can think of. ...which includes pop icons. They're particularly challenging because they are so familiar to all of us.

So far, this series includes Elvis and Marilyn Monroe (which I'll post here in the coming weeks).

Although challenging, I'm really happy with how this one turned out.

The brushes I used for this painting will soon be available on my website: chrisoatley.com/?utm_source=de…


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JonathanGragg Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love the brush strokes and the simplicity! Great work Chris!
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NatashaEmber Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome! :happybounce: 
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AChangelingOfficer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing I love Jimi Hendrix. By the way your art is awsome.


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kantstanja Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
say did you use an intuos or a cintique with pen rotation for the painterly flat look here?
nice work!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I do have one of those, but I actually prefer this technique now: chrisoatley.com/rotate-brushes…

...and that's what I used for Jimi.
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kantstanja Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
thanks a lot Oats! I got a brush set up that way now and am going to make a go of it ...
you have a good one man!
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snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dude, I really should've taken the time when I favved this to come say what an impressive image it is!

The color interaction is fantastic; many parts of his clothes exhibit a gem/jewel like color but still read as cloth.

It feels so colorful yet not overly busy. I love how you made the green BG color, a color we ordinarily would think of as ugly, but in this context looks great.

Edgework is masterful. I love the face.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thanks, buddy. That is very encouraging to hear. I honestly think my love for Jimi and fascination with his aesthetic (music and personal style) that just took over and somehow communicated to the kind folks who like this painting. 
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
nice
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Thank you!
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longarm358 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
and the wind , .... cries , .... mary


wow , great painting , and the elvis too!

can't wait for the next oatley artcast
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Thanks, Longarm!

New episode this Wednesday!

(I LOVE 'And The Wind Cries Mary...')
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untuox Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Great portrait, very descriptive of the music idol.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Thank you!
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untuox Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
You wellcome!
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sebiondeviant Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They only thing I like more than this painting is your Podcast :D
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Haha.. Thanks!
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Simmonska Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely amazing!!!!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Aw! Thanks!
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leafadee Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
That's amazing!! ;w;
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Thank you, BeLeaf!
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leafadee Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
No problem!
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martianpictures Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This makes me so excited for the upcoming Magic Box lessons!
Jimi looks as bold as love here! Love it!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Haha! BOOM! Thank you!
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inmyside Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it !  nice colours ! very emotionnal !!
thanks to sharinng it ! 
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Thank you so much.
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aniamarcos Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Like you would say: BOOM BABY!
This one is sooo goood!! those planes!!
Can't wait to go back to my Magic Box lessons after Painting Drama :D
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Thanks, Ania. Workin' hard...
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lawsdraws Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure it's not an accident that my eye keeps moving round and round the image?

Lovely job Chris.

Y'ALL NEED TO JOIN MAGIC BOX.

RIGHT NOW.

O_O
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Haha. Thank you so much, Laura!
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lawsdraws Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :) Ba-da-BOOM!
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VeronicaKosowski Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Wow Chris, love this painting!  Gorgeous colors and brushwork, can't wait to get to this lesson in the Magic Box!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Thank you, Veronica!
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joelduggan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Dude... I've always been a fan (art and podcasts) but the new stuff you're sharing on here is fantastic! Loving the bold strokes and colors.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thanks, Joel. I have my Painting Drama and Magic Box students to thank. They teach me so much...
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
This is fantastic. Those colors are positively lickable.
It'll be a while - I just finished lesson 2, but I can hardly wait to get to this lesson. Of course, I can hardly wait to get to any of your lessons, so there's that.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Haha. Thank you so much. That's very encouraging. Keeps me going...
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thanks, buddy. Hope you're well!
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DanSchoening Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this Chris. Kudos!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thanks, Dan! 
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