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Let it out by GregStevens Let it out by GregStevens
This is actually a re-imagining of piece Let it out that ~Iamstrange just recently uploaded:



It happened to catch my eye, and I was very impressed by the haunting image, the eyes, and the ambiguity of the piece. (We don't really know what the title means or what is going on, but the image is so compelling it really makes your imagination want to go, doesn't it?)

So, I asked permission to do a "realistic painting" version of the same concept. Thankfully, ~Iamstrange agreed, and this is the result!

Like the original artist, I will leave the interpretation up to you, the viewer, and will re-iterate only the caption of the original piece: "That's right let it out, let it all out."


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Painted with a Wacom tablet using Corel Painter 11. The blood spatters are partially manipulated images of blood drops and partially painted (using the Sumi-E brushset), the rest of the image is painted (primarily using airbrush, blenders, and acrylic paintbrush). I've recently discovered certain photomanipulation effects, also, that are very useful in digital painting. When I "over-blend" the edges of an image to try to get the shading nice and gradual and realistic, I find that I can use the "Distortion Pinch" brush and trace around the edges of objects to "sharpen" the outline without getting the graininess that a "sharpen" effect usually produces.

I also have found that for certain types of shading and coloring, it really helps to create a transparent layer over the area that I want to touch up the color on, and set it to either "lighten" or "darken". That way, I can have the airbrush set to a particular color that will cause it to darken areas that are lighter, but leave everything else as it is.

The biggest challenge, technically, for me in this piece was trying to stay true to the "feeling" that the original gave me, but paint it in a realistic style. As a result I altered some things, like (for example) the pattern of the blood on the mouth and the hand. The eyes I kept almost identical to the originals, though, right down to the color. I love those eyes!
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Spooky looking and gross, shame this wasn't released to the internet for come next October :). I rarely see art that makes me cringe a little and this has done that, and do note I normally see over a hundred deviants enter my inbox daily. It's near photo realistic look works for it nicely. Completely realistic and I don't think I would be impressed. That would lead me to thinking the art was a photo-mip. The shading is very well done with the exception of just below the hand, low arm, but I can imagine myself having a similar difficulty in painting that area to correct shades. The observation put into creating the fresh & dried blood looks very real in it's toning. The eyes, that's what produces that spooky effect mentioned earlier. Great contrast presented in them compared to the softer toning of the rest of the piece.
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loveDRAIN Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
this is amazing!
the eyebrows bother me a bit though 8D
feel a lot like you used a photo //iknowyoudidntbut it's so realistic
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!

There are actually a few "tricks" I've learned to give digital paintings a photo-like effect. One of them is details like hair -- which is REALLY hard to paint. I've created some custom "brushes" in Corel Painter by sampling real photos of hair, which has made doing hair textures MUCH easier.
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Hinatafangirl22 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks like tom welling (smallville superman)
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I never thought of that....
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Hinatafangirl22 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yea dude u got it as close as u can get to tom welling
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Faerie-Glaerdrune Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Love what you did with it! :)
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Faerie-Glaerdrune Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Cooldudenibb Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something about both pieces that just...draws you in. I can't describe it. Excellent work!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The original piece really was a fantastic inspiration.
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job, though the hand looks at an awkward angle to me. You'd think it would be more vertical, with his elbow pushed out to the side a bit. Just try posing like that and you'll see what I mean. It's also impossible to hold your hand straight toward the camera like that. The bones don't allow for so much twist in the wrist.

Good eyes and eyebrows, and I especially like his torso. I'm just nitpicking a bit because the hand position sort of took my focus away from the real impact of the piece.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! I actually spent a lot of time on the hand position, and angsted over it some. Thankfully, I drew the hand on a separate "layer" from the face, and so was able to try different things and re-do it several times.

I decided on this particular angle, based on actually looking at myself in the mirror and holding my hand up. The way I imagine the pose is not with the elbow out -- because, as you observed, that would make the hand position impossible and the angle that it is shown in "wrong". The pose I was trying to mimic (and copy, looking at myself doing it in the mirror) was once where the arm is almost completely vertical, with the elbow tucked in close to the body. The idea was to give the impression that he really was constrained and needing to be "let out" of the space he was in. He is intended to look as though he is pushing up toward the "camera" (the angle of the view).

All that being said, I'm not certain that I succeeded 100% in capturing all of this. But the hand angle is something I spent some time on, and from your description I think you are "imagining" a different pose than the one I was drawing.
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was assuming a pushed-out angle based on the rotation of the wrist, that's all. In this position, there should usually be more "pinky-side."

I'm glad it's something you've already looked at. I just wanted to get you thinking about it.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback!
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acjub Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece!:D
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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digiit Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Creepy! This piece immediately caught my eye, and it's very well done. Good job :)
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Flesrayne Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Photographer
Extremely haunting, its like, how I feel... Trapped in my darkness, trying to get out and be with him, but no... This will ALWAYS be me! I just have to accept it!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you can relate to the piece, although I'm sad that you feel that way.
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CheeseVision Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
ooo this is very intense and chilling!
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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eliexiel Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is so cool!!! I love how it looks so realistic :D
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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eliexiel Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Np ^_^
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Sub-divisions Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow beautiful and haunting piece, I favorited the original too, they're both wonderful! :)
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

And I know, I'm very glad I happened to be online and browsing around when she uploaded the original, or I would never have seen it. But when it popped up on the main page it immediately caught my eye.
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Sub-divisions Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh yes, the main page where they show newest deviations? I love that page, never know what you'll see, but I found a lot of wonderful artwork that way
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