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Still Life/Study of Food
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Published: October 16, 2017
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This is something I started quite a long time ago, but hadn't finished. It's just a study from a still life I set up once, finished using a photo of the scene. It was a lot of fun studying the organic shapes and the reflections on the hard surfaces.

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g017 Digital Artist
Stupefying work. The feeling of reality is incredible. I particularly like the reflections and the shadows on the plate, the effect of matter is striking.
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! :)
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g017 Digital Artist
You are welcome! :)
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AndyboomerangablancaHobbyist Photographer
Yumm
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
;)
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shmekldorfHobbyist General Artist
I love that this is digital but looks traditional!
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
I spent a lot of my life focusing on traditional media and really feeling unsure about digital. I seem to have satisfied a lot of my reservations by approaching digital painting in a really traditional way; I let my knowledge of and appreciation for oils and textured surfaces and imperfections sort of be the standard for the work. I like to give it a really sort of earthy, oily, tactile feeling/look.

I'm really glad you like it! :)
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shmekldorfHobbyist General Artist
Yeah I really see that here. I think tat using a traditional method in digital art really works.I know that I was afraid to use traditional materials as a kid because I feared I'd be wasting them. Digital made me more confident because I couldn't waste paint and waste money.  I still love doing traditional art though and want to get better
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
I still love traditional media, too. I think both are wonderful ways to learn and both allow us to create beautiful works of art. I think it's so strange that so many artists and art-lovers create these dichotomies between traditional and digital media, and even between "realism" and "anime/manga." It's ultimately just unnecessary and distracting.
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Wonderful work ^^ Great job with the textures, the cherries especially look good enough to eat xD
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
Thank you!:D

The cherries were one of the easiest and most rewarding parts to paint. Maybe the ease with which they were rendered shows through.

I often find that it's very visible in a finished product when something is a real stuggle for an artist, and things done with ease and pleasure often seem so much more graceful.

I'm glad you enjoy the painting! :)
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You`re very welcome ^^

Good luck with your future artworks =D
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
Love 
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NamiiruHobbyist General Artist
Stunning work!! :love: The textures, the small details, the lighting...it's all truly incredible! I would be very proud to create something like this. 
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
Thank you! I think did some things well, and others not as well, but your words of support are appreciated. I'm very glad you like it!:)
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KoyuusukeHobbyist Digital Artist
The work is wonderful ♡♡ You really have a great sense of atmosphere and also the softness of the fruits!
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :D

My little brother kept telling me the peach needed to look softer -- I'm glad I listened to him. haha 
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KoyuusukeHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes you definitely hit the spot, feels like I could also touch it right here xDD
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
Love 
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Makes me hungry... Let's go make food!
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donavanneilStudent General Artist
I was hungry the whole time I worked on it! ;P 
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