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King painted

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Published: October 17, 2008
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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!!!


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
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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emeseszorenyiProfessional 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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gromykoProfessional Traditional Artist
the chiaruscoro effects are most stunning and masterful than the other works you presented...well done
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emera Traditional Artist
Beautiful colors and lighting - I love how it has both a fiery and twilit quality to it.
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dublduchProfessional 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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beleequaStudent Traditional Artist
I'm in love with his ear...
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haha. His ear is MY ear ;)
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beleequaStudent Traditional Artist
lol well I am officially in love with your ear... is it too soon to ask it out on a date?

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I dont know... my left ear might get jealous ;)
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beleequaStudent Traditional Artist
lol this is true.
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DSilStudent General Artist
Powerful and captivating. This is art!
I love this kind of drawings, and this picture is just stunning <3
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borderliner26Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great colors and I love the shadows. Very good work!
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JohnPrisk Traditional Artist
that is VERY cool - serious kudos!
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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 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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This is wonderful! It's great to see some awesome traditional artists here.
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i love the contrast and the composition of colors,great work
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This is absolutely amazing, this really moves me. :aww: Thank you for sharing this.
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I love the gritty feel. Amazing piece.
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