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This is my fourth piece experimenting with this kind of style. I began with a calligraphy liquid ink drawing of the subject imposed in the paper texture background, and I brought in more texture inside the body as an overlay, as well.

As with the other pieces in this style, I am experimenting with the relationships between form and matter, and what makes a thing a "thing" that is separate from the background. Here, the highlight reflections of the shining object stand out as being almost more three-dimensional than the rest of the body itself: as if what makes him "real" isn't his self, but the reflection of an intense light off of him.

Technical Details:

Painted with a Wacom Tablet using Corel Painter 11.

The figure is painted entirely using the Liquid Ink Calligraphy / Depth Flat brushes, with five ink colors applied on separate layers and overlayed.

The background is a stock paper texture purchased by me from dreamtime stock images.

The sandy texture on the highlighted segments of the body are clipped texture from a photograph I took of about 2 pounds of Splenda poured out on concrete. Yes, I had a lot of Splenda that I was going to throw out, and decided to make some of my own stock textures out of it. LOL

The glowing object is liquid ink "drops of ink" overlayed with an impasto paint effect for the texturing. A soft airbrush of white on a layer behind it at 30% opacity gives it the glow.

His shadow was done by taking the layers with the calligraphy and collapsing them to a single image, copying that layer, setting the "preserve transparency" setting on and airbrushing the entire thing a uniform dark brown. Then I set the transparency to 16% and moved it to the right and enlarged it slightly, and then did a small correction on the bottom by the foot to make it appear as if it was a shadow traversing a floor to get to a wall.

And that's it! Comments and feedback appreciated.
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brisnot Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Unlike others, I'm not qualified to critique your techniques; however, I do enjoy trying to understand your intellectual motives.  I really, really like this piece.  The creative aspect (who the devil thinks of using Splenda for texture?), is a spark of brilliance.  The comment regarding the white making him more real is spot on.  If he has been rejected, there is now something that is beginning to give him life (insight, faith, hope, someone he's met).  As always fascinating work.
OceanSon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
The mixture of textures is good, I especially like his shadow, but the light "source" should have been higher, according to the shadowing on his back. Also, curious about the choice of dark sepia-like colors for the definition in his right arm, but not on his leg where the weight is resting.
GregStevens Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh very good point, about the light source angle and the shading / highlighting on his back. I see your point --- for example, above the shoulderblade is highlighted and below the shoulderblade is not, but it should be the reverse with the light source as low at is it. Good catch, thanks!

Now that you point out the discrepency in the shadowing of the arm vs. the leg, I suppose I could have used the darker in color in the leg, as well, especially on the thigh and knee. My thought at the time was that the lighting from the light-source was more "direct" at approximately waist level, by his elbow and forearm. But I definitely see what you mean.

Thanks for the careful and detailed feedback!
CodePurpleyedrawings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
very nice. but there are some strange parts, like the hair and right foot. also buttocks.
GregStevens Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And what don't you like about the hair? The very "calligraphy" way that it's drawn, or the hair style?
CodePurpleyedrawings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
the style
GregStevens Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahah, well I'm sorry that you don't like his hairstyle, then. LOL
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September 23, 2011
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