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Daniel by demonika Daniel by demonika
Gosh, to say that today has been slightly mad would be an understatement!

I'm still recovering from seeing my message centre bursting at the seams and would like to say thank you again to everyone who has commented on my work/journal and a special thank you to those that have taken the time to write me a note of support.

This piece is very special to me, I've put everything I've got into it and have been working on it since October. I left it alone for a while then for those damn reasons it needed to be finished.

This is my son Daniel and this piece is a christmas present for both my mum and for my mother in law.
I started it on his 4th birthday (Oct 1st) and finished it today because I've been in a nice mood for the first time in ages.

Wacom, Paintshop, Photoshop. No reference. This piece was done from scratch and it was a complete nightmare to get Daniel to sit still for the preliminary sketch as he wanted to use the computer to play a Dinosaur game. There was no way he'd let me brush his hair first either. Oh the joy of messy children and also hurrah for artistic liberties.

Anyways, there you have it. God knows how much it's going to cost to get it printed full size (facial detail at full res here [link]). I'll probably sell myself for scientific experiments or something.

Thank you for looking, I very much appreciate it.
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hotchiwawa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
wow :thumbsup:
CaimanR Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
This pic is awesome!

This is the level of skill i want to obtain in the next years to come.
Trutze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
the pullover must have taken you ages- but it's great, looks like a photo- so real
reideal Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
you have a beautiful son,
and your work is absolutely amazing.
MatchLight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Student Digital Artist
This is astonishing, and from scratch, too! I'm officially stunned.
Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Great job... Excellent work!
ThomasPaulCarroll Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
I think this is a great piece. Well done! I believed it was a photograph at first from the thumbnail. Your detail is very good. Thank you for showing this off!
Kuruccha Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very, very realistic O_O
Must fav! :heart:
jacamat Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Soon as I saw this, I immeadiatley said, "Aw, what an adorable photograph."

and I'm having trouble understanding that this is not a photo!
It's just so realisitc.
foolhound Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
What a wonderful talent you have....very very impressed.
FALLenJ Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006

I didn't think it was possible to look so real!!

Geez, it took me so long to work out that it wasnt a photo..

Well done!! =D

Invader-Zero Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
lochridge08 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
It looks so real awesome pic. ^_^
ziennajames Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
if you look really really closely you can see the eyes, mouth and teeth aren't completely photorealistic. but for the rest... damn, I seriously thought it WAS a photo on first sight o_o gorgeous piece, wow, especially the hair and skintone :D *wants to reach out and touch coz it just looks to real* sweater looks all fuzzy too :aww:
and your son is so cute x3 I hope my kids will be as cute too, but looking in the mirror I fear I need a supermodel for that :XD:
Flixie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005
darn, thought this was a foto, DAMN ITS GOOD! :+fav: GREAT WORK!
ECHOFAME Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bullethead Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
this is unreal, i cant believe it.
korayOzturk Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
you are best i 've ever seen in my life!!!!!!!!!!
IgnisDivine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Incredible, I would not have known that this was not a picture taken with a camera if you had not revealed the truth in your comments.

I have never seen its equal!
filipp Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2005
it is not a vector. tell it isnīt.
ph3mor4 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
OMG ~!!! This is absolutely amazing ,, looks a bit like an oil painting. very warm and nice color ..
Well Done !!!
o-Marin-o Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005   Interface Designer
I have never seen anything like this before! It is amazing!! The hair, skin, face. So real, so perfect!!
aislyn26 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2005  Hobbyist
:jawdrop: i'm stunned. this is....magnificent.
thevampiricfox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005
Holy crud!! It looks like a real photo!! Awesome job!! O O
thegatorgirl Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2004
This is stunning. I can't believe that you can do this on a computer. I mean, I'm good with colors, but only when I can actually can mix them with a knife! Your mastery of color is just amazing, and so is your rendering. It's just lovely, and it looks enough like a 'real' painting to make me drool!
destructomatic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2004  Professional Photographer
holy crud. i'm sure you'll have many, many comments on this, but as soon as i saw it wasn't a photograph, i just had to say something. just remarkable. the discipline, dedication, and sheer skill that it must have taken to create such an incredible work of art. . . i just can't imagine. it's superrealism in its finest. and that hair. . . i wish i could find the words to give you enough compliments.
SBelyea Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004
Looks so much like a photograph.. beautiful job! =D
Taiia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004
An excellent work, I love the expression :).
Piper1986 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004   Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing.
PIXEL-Of-DOOM Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
WOW, Amazing texture on the sweater, i can't believe it, very very nice!
Five-Farthings Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004
Wow. :eyepopping:

This is utterly amazing. The fact that you did this from scratch with no references. AMAZING!

You are an artist of truly brilliant talents. Just... uh, words escape me. I think it will make an exceedingly special Christmas present.

And Daniel is adorable!

Well done!
Prometeus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I specially love his hair, it looks so natural... As usual, great painting.

It would be great if you publish your initial sketch. ;)

... :hug:
Teufelkind Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
I hope you are putting this talent to work!
myrkymyrk Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
A mother's patience is worth more than a thousand paintings etched on the canvas of love (in my opinion).
Lady-Rose Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004   Writer
he is sooo cute
tastyboo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004 amazing!! Your ability is just wow-worthy! The mush have took ages, specially the sweater!

Oh btw, you son is just adorable! Children are just sooo cute!
forbidden-dragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Your talent with pixels is just incredible.

What is 'full' resolution?

Zazzle will do anything up to a full wall poster (7800 pixels x 5200 pixels = 78" x 52"), and they have options in your paper or canvas choices and everything. Worth a look, I figure. Maybe you can keep your organs AND get quality ;)
MourningStar02 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Absolutly adorable!!!
The detail is amazing!!!
ariaeko Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Beautiful!!! Very cute kid as well! :D
freekygeeky Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
absolutly amazing!!!
DelightfulDes Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Your talent never ceases to amaze me :) The fact that you did this without a reference makes it even more awe-inspiring. The shading and the highlights are just perfectly done. The hair is especially fantastic and the textures in his sweater are mind blowing. Looking at the high res version makes it even more obvious how great this piece is. Silly as it is - his ears look awesome! :giggle: This is great work!
Esper-Hiwatari Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004   Writer
He is so sute! And it looks so realistic, kool.
mary-dreams Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Professional General Artist
serendipity04 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
truly amazing, you are so talented :heart:
Morgy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a great work for such adorable reason! he looks so cute!!
cruorvylkas Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Again, the best art - paint wise - is that which makes the viewer think they're looking at a photograph.

mon-n Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
I don't understand how you do it so photorealistic, keep up this amazing work!
And the boy is adorable :)
MinaPr Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
what a beautiful child
dr-elosmisho Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004

you never cease to amaze me.

ruxique Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
This is gorgeous work, and you little boy it's so cute :)
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