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Photo 32 by mutleyjames Photo 32 by mutleyjames
Reginald and Marcus had every intention of winning the Pastelmania Cat Lover's Trophy for the sixth consecutive year; Mr. Tibbles esq. cone of solitude had primed him for the 1986 gold medal.



I had a lot of trouble with this adaptation. Personally, the photo it is derived from is - for me - the pinnacle of amatuer photography. In one glance, you can understand the story of two men and their quizzically coutured cat ring out across the ages with an unprecedented clarity. If ever the sum total of my life was to be wholly encapsulated by a single image, I would want this photographer to be the person who took it.

I still do not believe I have done this portrait justice. There is so much happening in it, it's story so very complete, that I was unable to pare it back to it's essentials. This was indeed a challenge, one that I feel has eluded me in it's complexity and I take my hat off to one of the most exquisitely camp photos I have ever seen.
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linnch Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
goddamnit this is sooo good
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laurart Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
This is amazing...all the different elements and visual textures work so well toghether.
And the way you give personality to the figures in the picture (even the cat ) is wonderful...I wish I could say more about it, but I'll stare at this piece and admire it instead. :thumbsup:
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Hobbit1978 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
YES! More photo art! MAn, I've missed these. I want to compliment you on being the only artist on my "watch list" that gives me more joy with less description in their titles. I see "Photo 32" and I get all giddy because I know I'm going to see some crazy, bizarre, vintage imagery that will inevitably make me want to do a spit take from trying to stifle laughter in my cubicle here at work.

Congrats! Keep 'em coming!
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mutleyjames Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Dude, that is an amazing compliment! I've been slow on these due to work and life, but I intend to do enough to put together a book in the future. It's such a blast getting feedback like this - I can't thank you enough!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh man, this is a good one. That poor cat!
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mutleyjames Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Heh. I swear - this was a real challenge and I didn't do the cat's sorry expression enough justice.
Cheers matey!
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wimpy3 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha! I missed your art:D Great piece:) I've just woken up and you already made my day:D
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mutleyjames Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Thankyou! That's a great compliment!
Cheers!
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Wings-on-Water Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with you that this photo... is amazing. I saw the original linked from your LJ and I saved it. Which even I find strange and creepy. But the guy has rolled up jeans over his socks-in-sandals! And I don't think I've ever seen such a... symmetrical face as the guy in the yellow shirt has. His head is in the exact centre of his neck which is in the exact centre of his shoulders, in direct contrast to the head-tiltiness of his partner. And they're sitting on a pastel couch with stuffed animals that are nested in order of size! The mind, it boggles!!!

I am awed at the detail you put into this piece. Just... gah, I think you have a stronger brain than mine. I would have gone insane. Two thoughts: 1. I don't think the kitty is looming quite enough, and 2. There should be more emphasis on the rolled-up jeans. I think it has something to do with my eye making his ankle and his arm all one piece. Other than that, masterful!

I believe this is the longest comment I have ever left on DA. :omfg:
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mutleyjames Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Not only that, but all of the stuffed animals have hats too small for their heads.
Truly - the magnitude of information contained within this one photo is awesome. I feel like their life has been summarily condensed into one image.
The3 kitty certainly didn't get enough attention from me. i try not to do more than a coule of hours on these images and this was THE most taxing I've drawn yet. Kitty lost out.
As you can imagine: same with the rolled up jeans. It was so hard to divide my attnetion when the WHOLE IMAGE was so very very complete.
Annnnnd - thankyou ever so much!
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Wings-on-Water Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hah, I can imagine it was a bit schizophrenic to do quickly!! :D
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Temphis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
I for one can't stop staring at the Teddy Bear off to the left. He seems to have an opinion on the whole scene he's found himself in :)

Great as ever.
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mutleyjames Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Absolutely. If I was any one subject within that image I'd hold the very same disdain for my environment that the one teddy bear contains in it's posture.

Dude, thanks!
:)
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this-I remember seeing it on your LiveJournal & the photo-I think you're being too hard on yourself.
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mutleyjames Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
D'aw, thanks. I was being speculative, but it may have sounded like a bit of a beat up.
:^)
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I'm glad it wasn't a beat up...These are gold, you should release a book of them ;)
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