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Greg Lake

Greg Lake “The Voice” of early King Crimson and Emerson Lake & Palmer. He is also a songwriter, guitarist and producer… I confess that my favourite ELP songs were always written/performed by Greg. This painting is inspired by his song “Moonchild” off the first King Crimson album.

Call her Moonchild
Dancing in the shallows of a river
Lovely Moonchild
Dreaming in the shadow
Of the willow.

Talking to the trees of the
Cobweb strange
Sleeping on the steps of a fountain
Waving silver wands to the
Night-bird’s song
Waiting for the sun on the mountain.

She's a moonchild
Gathering the flowers in a garden.
Lovely moonchild
Drifting on the echoes of the hours.

Sailing on the wind
In a milk white gown
Dropping circle stones on a sun dial
Playing hide and seek
With the ghosts of dawn
Waiting for a smile from a Sun child.”

tech details: About 30 hours, painted completely in Photoshop
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Koamister's avatar
We'll miss you, Greg...
Say "hi" to Keith for us!
mravey's avatar
This is incredible, and you say that is your first wholly digital painting, wow.
Cynthia-Blair's avatar
Took me a very long time! Traditional is easier for me :)
niggiestardust's avatar
Ah this is so lovely! 
danmoore's avatar
Excellent ! I love it !
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Freaktrev's avatar
In the court of the crimson king....yes!...great artwork, luv it!
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Loved that album, such a classic! Thanks! :)
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aww Thanks! That's awesome! :hug:
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Chocolate-Luver's avatar
Oh my. This is stunning! You can see the skill he possesses just by looking at expression.

Also, I really love that silhouette of the woman in the back.
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Thanks!!! :tighthug: I think I finally got him just right, after a few tries (other portraits). He's a rather private person, so having him focused on his playing makes it seem as though he's telling a story through his music. The girl was just to be sort of ethereal. I was going to illustrate more of the lyrics but it was more effective just leaving it as is, I think.
He loved it so I guess he felt that it captured him well, and I'm really glad about that. Strangely enough, people don't often see themselves the way you see them, and I don't always get direct feedback from my subjects. When I do, it's very helpful to know what I did right (or wrong) :D
Chocolate-Luver's avatar
He saw this? Oh, that's wonderful! It's so good to hear that he loved it. :D Congratulations!

You know, I always wish I could see myself the way other people do. xD
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Yeah, he commented directly on my FB. I never expected that, but it was really great!

Me, too! You can ask your close friends, I suppose, people that would be honest with you.
ElainaUnger's avatar
The anatomy here is spot-on! I love the hands the most, especially the way the light hits them and adds to how real and organic they are. The backlight is stunning- this piece has such a presence to it. Definitely a really nice digital piece. Just for the sake of curiosity, I was wondering what brushes you used? And is the girl in the background another piece you made and overlaid it on top?
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Aww...thank you!! It took me way too long to finish...because I tried so many different brushes. I was looking for a brush that simulates trad. oil paint, was great for the figure and hair and hands...but I tried out all kinds for other elements, trying to get a feel for each texture. My favorite brushes came from (his free basic set is on his site) and some were from an old M.Dalig set from Imagine FX and some were concept art brushes. they were all freebies :D

The backlight was originally a stagelight, but I thought "moon" immediately...the girl was from a ref photo I painted from, strictly high contrast, then I sandwiched her in between layers of the clouds...some layer blend mode, I think, with lowered opacity. The idea was to add context to the narrative, in an ethereal sort of way, like the song.

His hands were the hardest! In my ref one was partially cut off so I had to "invent" him the rest of it, same with the guitar's headstock. I looked everywhere for sources of hands playing guitar, from that particular angle! LOL such is the problem with working from cropped photos :XD:

really glad you like it! :floating:
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Ah geez, that's always annoying when a part of the anatomy is missing! You fixed that problem very well though, I don't think anyone could tell that you had recreated the hand. Also, yeah I definitely think adding the female figure achieved the narrative and ethereal mood you were going for =] I found some of the M. Dalig brushes you mentioned you used and I also downloaded some pdf tutorials she had of how to use them. I just have a difficult time blending the colors to look smooth and natural rather than smudgy and clay-like haha. You make it seem so easy!
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I must say it took me forever and lots of layers! It wasn't easy at all. I like to research digital artists I admire as much as I can, so as to learn...she's very very good, Marta Dalig, and has many tutorials in different types of textures, which is helpful. Like everything, it's always about practice! :D
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oh, thank you!! :hug:
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You're welcome :D
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