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John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin by Cynthia-Blair John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin by Cynthia-Blair
John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Them Crooked Vultures

Happy Belated Birthday, and wishing you much success with your new tour and band!

dedicated to Fran Williams Dunlap, who gave me this photo and almost got hit in the head with his luggage.

oil on board
11 x 14
full view recommended
worked from this B&W photo: [link]
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The fact that you took a black and white photo and painted it in color amazes me. So where shall I start? His hair looks alive and fluffy and soft. The eyes have a ton of emotion in them. The rest of the face is also quite stunning. You draw microphones so well! His hand is a bit blurred but other than that this piece is close to perfect! I thought it was a photo when I saw it in my deviantwatch until I saw your name.Great work as always and you should really make some more tutorials to show others how you achieve stunning pictures like this!
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, amazing :O_o:
it's sad he's so underrated, though. a genius multi-instrumentalist, he was =D no jonesy, no black dog!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! this was my first attempt at turning a B&W photo into a color painting...so, not too bad. Not many good photos of JPJ, he's such a shy character when it comes to the spotlight :)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it turned out fantastic, cynthia :aww: the shading is brilliant. you've got real skill =D turning a b&w into a color isn't really easy :XD: did you use any references? =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, a B&W photo...I posted it in artist comments, didn't I? maybe that was one a friend had given me...her sister had worked for the Baldwin family as a cook, if I remember correctly. Meaning, if I didn't post the ref, it was because I couldn't. :)
It is hard, at least for me, to get the color right from B&W. A bit of practice and I'm getting better at it. :)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah, i've seen that picture :aww: it's a lovely picture! i was talking about references for the coloring ^^ i really thought it was him from the thumbnail =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nope, I just guessed at the colors, really. He's fair haired and caucasian, so I started there with that skin tone group. But really, with stage lighting colors, that could be almost any color! :)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:O_o: :omfg: that's amazing!
you don't know just how much more i admire you now =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
alot of the old rock group photos are B&W..and blurry...it's a challenge! It's much easier doing current musicians, easier to find good photos to work from :)
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SeaOtterJesse Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
best bass guitarist ever!!! as well as synth. AWESOME PIC
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww...Jonesy doesn't get enough love and attention...he's so great. :D
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SeaOtterJesse Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its a shame it really is but he definately deserves it
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, what a talent! :D and he's a sweetie. A friend of mine's sister used to work for his family back in the 70's, so she met him and her sister used to say how incredibly gifted he was, and a really nice guy :)
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SeaOtterJesse Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what???? thats so awesome i wish i was there!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My friend stayed with her sister in the same house and JPJ came in once from a road tour and almost accidentally threw his luggage on top of her, because she was sharing the servants quarters (if I remember correctly). Imagine! :XD:
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SeaOtterJesse Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i would have enjoyed being crushed under his luggage. hahaha
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, he apologized for the near miss, and that must have been good :XD:
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Featured here [link] =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you, Nick! You are so sweet to include Jonesy :hug:
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
:rose:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My summer will be spent painting musicians from the 60's to 80's mostly...for an exhibit in tribute to musicians from Birmingham, England. So some of my watchers will be delighted and some disappointed :)
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woaitsleo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Awesome painting. Saw him live a few weeks ago. He was awesome!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Really?! I'm glad to hear that...He didn't come anywhere near where I live, so I didn't get to see them in concert. exceptional musicians, though :D
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monstarart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave: Awesome Work Cyn!!! :iconkermityayplz:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
I know he doesn't usually get as much love as the other Zeps :)
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monstarart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod: That is True! Gotta Whole Lotta Love now! ;)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha..yes! true!
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monstarart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:doh: I'm Sorry, I couldn't resist!!! :lol:
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wwwEAMONREILLYdotCOM Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
great work.:D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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realdarkwave Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
awesome!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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mushroomtailer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
its amazing cblair :D from B&W to Color !!! its challenging yet paid at the end ;) u mastered it and it doesn't need anymore detail... but theres always a but :D the guitar isn't right, the pers. is that much right... take care
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The guitar was too blurry to make out the detail (see ref) if I had another photo of the guitar I've be able to make it much better :)
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mushroomtailer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
i wasn talking about (detail)... try to see this da way i see it, ok.// if ur looking at it in a web browser for ex. try to hide john's figure and center the guitar alone, look at it and check out the perspective, u'll find the neck and the body,, they dont :) :) idn, im not dat good at english,, im only from egypt ... but jus try to look at it once more ..//
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I understand, and I will recheck it carefully against the photo I worked from as well as my own guitar. Sometimes the most minor details can correct the entire painting. I think I see where the problem is already.

Thank you!! :)
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mushroomtailer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
more than glad to help at any time :)-- yup, but not evrybody can point those small details, i take my time checkin every detail in a painting, idn im obsessed with it; i guess !! :S anyway, id love to read ur critique as well at my work ... ur welcome at anytime ;) ok, bye
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome :D
Great bass player! I also really like his new band :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Yes, he's really multi-talented.
I haven't really heard them yet, I should check youtube.
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
You should check them! it's an awesome album :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I def will! Great musicians, all!
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definately!
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Anna999 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work :clap:
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Epic, man~!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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krindoness Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
awsome!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! XD
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akaey Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
i love it. great job
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Great job.
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