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King painted by napoleoman King painted by napoleoman
finished with the drawing/painting of the dead King in Hamlet. There is actually a lot more detail in the image... but I decided to shrink it down to like 1% of its original size so you arent viewing a 2Gb file...

I have a ton of drawings to add... BUT IM TOO BUSY!!!

30x40"

charcoal pencils
vine charcoal
powdered charcoal
arches paper
photoshop cs3

took over 17 scans to get the whole thing... ugg...

*note* As many of you have so intelligently pointed out; yes, I used the Holy Crown of Hungary as a reference for the crown in this image, however my intent was not to copy the crown exactly, hence the abolition of several details, such as the gems and pearls on the crown.

*shrugs* It was a cool looking crown that had a feel I liked, so I used it. And actually a very big reason I used the crown is that I first drew my own attempt at a crown, and the image was finished with my hideously simple crown
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but after a day or two of not liking how it turned out, I knew I had to redo the crown. Luckily the picture I found of the Holy Crown of Hungary not only looked good, but was at almost the exact same perspective to sit in my hands. Lucky me!
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Given 2008-11-03
~napoleoman's way with deep shadows and superb lighting create an atmospheric piece in King painted. Please don't forget to view the rest of this stunning gallery. ( Featured by limnides )
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emeseszorenyi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
"I used the Holy Crown of Hungary as a reference for the crown in this image"
Thanks for the reference! It's always a nice compliment to see the Hungarian crown used by artists from all over the world. :-) It makes me proud as a Hungarian (in New York). You're an amazing artist, I'm glad to see your awesome work online!!
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gromyko Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
the chiaruscoro effects are most stunning and masterful than the other works you presented...well done
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:iconemera:
emera Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Beautiful colors and lighting - I love how it has both a fiery and twilit quality to it.
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:iconchasse-neige:
Chasse-Neige Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
lovely work!
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dublduch Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Writer
That is infrequent artwork at Deviantaer.com. I mean the subject you chose is really deep. My respect! I like it.
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beleequa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I'm in love with his ear...
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:iconnapoleoman:
napoleoman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
haha. His ear is MY ear ;)
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:iconbeleequa:
beleequa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
lol well I am officially in love with your ear... is it too soon to ask it out on a date?

lol
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:iconnapoleoman:
napoleoman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
I dont know... my left ear might get jealous ;)
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:iconbeleequa:
beleequa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
lol this is true.
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Student General Artist
Powerful and captivating. This is art!
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NEWDRESSTRUCTION Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
I love this kind of drawings, and this picture is just stunning <3
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:iconravenhaven:
Ravenhaven Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
WOW!
Amazing!
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borderliner26 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great colors and I love the shadows. Very good work!
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:iconjohnprisk:
JohnPrisk Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008   Traditional Artist
that is VERY cool - serious kudos!
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loojeen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Hiiii:wave: congratssss ur "king painted"was featured as :star: :star:DD :star: :star:Yayyyyy:party: I just found it out by coincidence :clap:
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Rachiebunnybuns Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008   Traditional Artist
THIS IS LOVELY! I love the colors and the contrast of light to dark! I love the mood you have given here this is beautiful!
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:iconpinkylemon:
PinkyLemon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
This is wonderful! It's great to see some awesome traditional artists here.
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olracadejup Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
i love the contrast and the composition of colors,great work
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NicebleedArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow:)
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:iconjoscene:
JoScene Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
This is absolutely amazing, this really moves me. :aww: Thank you for sharing this.
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ZhahiraRotting Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Beautiful.
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:iconb-nihilist:
B-Nihilist Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
I love the gritty feel. Amazing piece.
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:iconjoaov:
Joaov Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It has such a great sentiment... congratulations on the DD
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AokiBengal Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Some how reminds me of actor Dominique Pinon.
The mood is excellent and i love the composition!
The lighting and shadows are amazing!
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:iconnapoleoman:
napoleoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
ha ha. I love him in Amelie. Its actually me.
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AokiBengal Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Oh really?! I think that makes it even more special then!
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KerrianneHarrrington Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Amazing. I love how striking the shadows are.
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Arakida-Ayano Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Striking colours, and what a great subject. ^^
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isiliel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
wow, this is great. I love the play with shadows, and the mood which I find very thoughtful and sad. The king contemplating his death and what it will mean not to live anymore...
I think you've also managed to make him seem ethereal. really nice :)
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
I was trying to aim for an ethereal look. Im glad you were able to see it.
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EraLupus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Wow! The contrast is amazing! I wish I could paint as good as this :+fav:
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poppy-cock Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
beautiful.
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:iconbachterman:
bachterman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
ügyes. határozottan ügyes.
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DieTheComplexWay Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
wow, this is awesome! loving it :)
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sapphyrewind Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
this is the Hungarian crown, isn't it? so weird

great work anyway, absolutely stunning...
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4N63L-Z3R0 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Student General Artist
Whoah o-o
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C3R3ALKILL3R Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
great work dude!!!
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:icondurloth:
Durloth Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Truly a serene portrait full of beauty, doubt and fear. And one of the best lightings I've ever seen!
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:iconmissballer:
MissBaller Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Great style!
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WinkGuy1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008   Filmographer
Well done :)
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badstyle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
I really like the treatment you have applied to the top half of the image and to the background.

I'm less keen on the positioning of the arms or the amount of detail in the crown. Feels like the arms aren't were they "should" be in relation to the shoulders and the crown I feel has a little too much detail.

Sorry, just being constructive. Nice work all the same. ;)
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
no problem, as a middle sibling and art student I am very used to criticism, both constructive and destructive, heh. The detail in the crown might well be caused by the fact that I redrew the crown once the image was completed, because the original one just didnt work. In my naivety I thought I could create my own crown... laughable.

I think I have done better pieces, and I still feel the center is a bit unresolved, but I wanted to create an ethereal look for the King, since he either is going to die shorty or is dead already.

*shrugs* Im always trying to improve and this image had many firsts for me. Ive never used powdered charcoal like I did in this image to create large values for the background and foreground.
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badstyle Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
The treatment you chose is really well done, keep it up mate! :nod:
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MMINC Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
awesome piece!!!
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leinef Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god... This is one of the BEST artworks I've ever seen! I love the lighting effect and also the colors are perfect for this scene. I'm also fascinated of all the little color brush strokes and the details in the face, hands and crown! You created a masterpiece in my eyes and I'm sure there are many others who think the same <3
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napoleoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
thank you!
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Reanimated4now Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
There is a lot of emotion expressed in that face, you've done an interesting piece here, very nice
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Norbert2009 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very beautiful... it has a great light and shade in the dradients... I like that there is not a lot of details. In the mean time we get the idea really fast... and the emotions of the face of the man is fabulous...
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