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This image has been a two month labor of love. I started it in December, got horribly frustrated with it after a week or so, and put it away for a bit. I worked on it off and on at the beginning of January, but finally pulled it out and finished it in the last few days.

Yes, he has a story. No, I'm not telling. Yet.

There is SO much detail in this image. I'll post close ups in my scraps later.

Male model is referenced from the wonderful :iconlinzstock:…

The painting in the back was inspired by Reubens and :iconpika-la-cynique:'s Leda.

Most of the textures here are hand made, though I borrowed one or two from

This is a record breaker. It tops out at around 90 layers in Painter. (hooray for new computers!)

Also, major thank you's to :iconnyrak::iconquickreaver::iconlouisagallie::iconmeredithdillman: for their help
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ashleymarie17 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Extreme Great Picture
56LoveVsLust56 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. Gorgeous detail in it.
Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Your carpet. And couch. And the sheen on the painting on the wall.

*snuggles the moniter*
LadyNight324 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
I'll have what he's having if it puts a look like that on your face. I think its more a representation of lust. ;-) Beautiful.
Selivia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn.. Wish I was there
KarmaIsKarma Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student Writer
Love that picutre. "No......I'm talking about the one in the background." ;-)
ninja2of8 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So amazing! The detail is amazing. So good!
shiori-yumeria Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
this is beautiful.. very sexy. and very well done.
karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. You have amazing talent -- he's a vision!
Wow, this is done by hand? I don't blame you for becoming frustrated with it. It's amazing.
LateNightLady Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional Writer
Very Dorian Gray - Lovely job!
RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
TOUCH of sin...? Or blinding sidekick to the HEAD of sin...? Either way...YOW... :faint:

*steals a grape...or two...*
StormDancerStudios Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009

This guy scares me.

In a very, very nice way.

Simply amazingly done.
oxPaperHeartsxo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
He's very sexy and mysterious...
RandomGoth Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
There is something incredibly sensual about this image, you have done an absolutely divine job on this. His leather trousers look infinitely strokeable. I love the hint of the four-poster in the background and his daring look.
Delicious. A well deserved :+fav:
My apologies that it has taken me so long to comment on this.
fairydaw Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Love this :love:
Gunpaladin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Absolutely stunning. The atmosphere created through colors, mimic, pose and several other details is very dense.

This is Fantasy-Art at its best.
Jouseika-chan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just amazing. There's so much detail it's mind blowing. It's obvious a hell of a lot of care went into this. The colours are astoundingly vibrant, and his attitude just shines through. Extremely well done, amazing.
manaia-hakui Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008   Photographer
You. Are Amazing. There isn't anything I could possibly say, I think, to express to you how good you are. Your long labor, here, shows through with brilliancy. You're inspirational. I can only hope that I can have a glimmer of what you've done here (and in the most recent Jareth and Sarah image) after many, many, MANY years of effort.
Timbrewolf823 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Allahandra Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
I love all the detail you put into this! It's great!
Linuska Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
i love it. Well done :D
MasaiMara Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I adore the peacock feature!
LynTaylor Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Writer
:wave: Hi there. Just a quick note to let you know that you've been featured in my Journal [link] :blowkiss:
aberry89 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist me a good way ;) Great work, the rug is great, I am sure that took forever!! And wahoo for Painter, I am a big supporter!
ShinyDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
This wonderful Work is featured in my Journal here: [link] i hope it´s okay?! :heart:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes. Thank you! :D
ShinyDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
:blowkiss: It was my pleasure
KitsxChan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Student
*faints* Is it hot in here or is it just him?? XD ahahaha.... seriously you did an amazing job on this :worship:
Eolhin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   General Artist
Beautiful work, especially the details and textures on the couch and the rug. :)
shadowedgold Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008 he a villian, or a dark hero? Either way, he's GORGEOUS. ::faves:: I'm ALMOST (almost) as enthralled by the pattern of the couch...the light reflecting off the embroidery is just genius. You feel like if you touched the screen, you'd feel the texture.
NevanAnxa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Spectacular! Every single bit is so detailed ! The furniture sure had effort put into it! :wow:
The couch's golden leafs look amazing!
Aswell as the carpet... the carpet is just... WOAH! :omfg:
His clothes! The fabric! And the guy himself ! :devilish:

:XD: Seriously I'm stunned !
Kcatscribbles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Your detail is simply amazing. The wood of the furniture has the perfect texture, and I love how the brocade of the couch is that gorgeous shimmery embroidery instead of an easier-to-do matte.
Truly, truly remarkable. I honestly think it deserves a DD.
TalentedChild Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
darling... I normally don't start from pictures to write stories, but with your permission, I think this may be of use to me. it speaks to me, alot.

you're welcome to look over any of writing on before giving me your blessing. this is just...let's say I've come back to it several times.
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Can you note me and tell me what you've got in mind?
TalentedChild Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
CaribbeanBlue Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008   Traditional Artist
I want to know the story behind this pic now... like... a lot.
PaleRonin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Holy crap. That's awesome!
CalamityJade Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow, it seems so real! *_____* Great work! :clap:
LadyTara Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this, instant fave
warui-shoujo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! The details in the couch! :wow: The pattern how it shines in some parts and how it looks in the shadows! :nod: It reminds me of my grandmothers old furniture! The patterns on the rug and the wall is amazing and really brings this piece together! I wish I could see the full view to see the details in the wood on the couch! I am truly impressed!
VinRoc Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic my friend!
3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Oh god that's amazing! I'm so glad you said it took a while, because if it had been a quickie, I think I would have died!

I really love your character portraits, because each one has such strong characterisation that you just end up dying to know more about them.

Asterisks Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I am very impressed by the furniture!
KaynessArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
first of all, the guy is totally wonderfully hot :D
i love how you can capture so many textures really well - latex/leather trousers, carpet, brocade, woodwork on the sofa and everything. Must have taken you ages! and the oil painting at the back as well :D
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
From the fabric painting queen, that is a high compliment indeed. *bows* thank you. :D
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist

You're really going to kill me. ;)

He is incredibly gorgeous!! :drool: He reminds me of Gambit. :love: Especially because of his eyes.

The detail in this is just amazing! I feel like I could look at it over and over and still discover little tidbits all over.

Wonderful work! I can't wait to hear his story!! :clap:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Why am I going to kill you? :D

I can see why he might remind you of Gambit. The black eyes and silver pupils aren't really a nod, but the attitude is somewhat Gambit-like. I wanted him to be so cocksure and arrogant that even among so much frippery he still seemed masculine.
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Because all these gorgeous guys you come up with are going to give me a heart attack! ;)


While the eyes did stand out, the attitude is what really reminded me of my Cajun. You definitely achieved your goal!! :)
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
... Nnhur.
I'm having very, very sinful thoughts about that feather. That...
... um. yeah.

And otherwise, that thump you hear was my jaw hitting the desk at the sheer work and quality of all the textures. The carpet!! the sofa!1!
The lighting scheme is superb. And the theme is done so very, very well...
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