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The Emperor- A Self Portrait by oz-haver The Emperor- A Self Portrait by oz-haver
Done for the PB Event: Past Lives

Self Portrait as a Chinese Emperor.

process, etc, here: [link]

I was born April the 4th. The 4 in the Tarot corresponds to The Emperor. 4 is bad luck in Japan. I'm also born on the year of the dog, notice the Chinese dog symbol on the cloth?

"As Aries, the Ram, the Emperor naturally follows the pregnant Empress. Aries is the infant, the first sign of the Zodiac. Like an infant, he is filled with enthusiasm, energy, aggression. He is direct, guileless and all too often irresistible. Unfortunately, like a baby he can also be a tyrant. Impatient, demanding, controlling. In the best of circumstances, he signifies the leader that everyone wants to follow, sitting on a throne that indicates the solid foundation of an Empire he created, loves and rules with intelligence and enthusiasm. But that throne can also be a trap, a responsibility that has the Emperor feeling restless, bored and discontent."
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Oceanafields Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I really like this!
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AllenHwong Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
i like this pics
this man is Hanren
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AllenHwong Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
The culture of China
I think it's Han dynasty's Clothing.
Have a good day!
I like your pics!
best wish from Southwest China!
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Ah the Han dynasty clothing is very beautiful, but I was more inspired from the Tang Dynasty. Best wishes from Puerto Rico!
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tiranaki Featured By Owner May 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow magnífico, en verdad que me capturo la atención por un momento y me quede como que mesmerized. Del preview nada mas sabia que eras tu pero te ves tan regio. Esto si que es arte! Tu expresión es lo que mas como que captura al observador.
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nessa-oronar Featured By Owner May 14, 2007   Digital Artist
el traje te quedo muy chevere, y los ojos amarillos tambien quedaron interesantes...=)
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Anywien Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Love the detail ^_^ The face scares me though.
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Alexandra-Marrero Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow... very interesting. You are very talented.
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Coley77 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
That look really suits you. This is so beautiful and I love the detail on the robe and belt. Just amazeing. The purple in the blue background is a nice touch and balances all the gold colours. :worship:
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
heh! :devil: very perceptive about color ;)
I love it when ppl see the little things...like the purple.
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Coley77 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Well that is one of my most annoying habbits, seeing the little things. LOL
I am glad you love that. Seriously though I :love: the pic it is just so beautiful. :blowkiss:
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evilhamsterhk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
ooh wow this is so beautiful ! @__@
I feel like I shouldn't be within a 10 mile radius around him >XD
also feel like I shouldn't be looking at him in the eye but uuurr so mesmerizing (or however you spell it) >XD
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
ahahaa i feel the same way. I felt like he was gonna cut my head if i didn't do him justice... :hug:
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maligo-are Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007   Photographer
beautiful
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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maligo-are Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007   Photographer
you are welcome
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ip2much Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
That is just sooo you! Ahaha I even got some inspiration for a future project! ;)

I especially love your facial expression and your icy cold eyes. The loose brush strokes and the cool colour palete are absolutely fabulous! :blowkiss:
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PsychoDoll Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
ke brutal! me encanta la ropa y la cara misteriosa k tiene
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
¡Gracias Cindy-chan! :hug:
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PsychoDoll Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
de nada ozz:hug:
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neurolepsia Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous like yooou!
Especially your honey colored eyes... :psychotic:
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
:blowkiss: :hug: Thank you!!!

gawd, we gotta hang out SOON. or something. :)

I am going back to live in Barranquitas! Because I also miss the stars! and the river...and the trees...
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slither-astray Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
you should have added the long kung fu master eyebrows!
jk, awesome painting!
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
I was tempted, but i went more towards the 'emperor' concept.

Being my birthday April 4th
and being the Emperor the fourth card of the major arcana...etc. ;)

ooops i let this slip! but you can keep secrets no? :pills:
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slither-astray Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
i'm totally telling the others! :whisper:
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
:fork:

:lol:
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emcic Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Gorgeous as always... painting and subject..lol.. *much hugnesses*
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
:manhug: thank you kitt!!! <3
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aud Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
ur freakin' glowing.. creepy.. good portrait. hehe. I should check out that thread.
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
did you check it out?

I GLOWS! :mwahaha:
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aud Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
i'm all creeped out.
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
It really is lovely. My only tiny crit is that there are places where the cloud embroidery seems to float above sensei's kimono. Your expression smolders so very elegantly!
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
the floating was an attempt to make something further...and a usual part of my 'games'. I was gonna make the design continue into the background but desisted in the end because the contest was closing. The embroidery is not flat on the silk though...so it does have a bit of volume.
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
Of course it shouldn't be flat and look like a woven part of the fabric, but the volume you gave it came close to that of tapestry.

The year my mother passed away, and my father realized he really needed to get away from the family's inherited "stuff", I spent three months going through boxes and cedar chests and finding museums that still had room for all of the antique textiles and clothing, some of which dated to 1850, I was willing to let them have. I still have the Japanese & Chinese embroidered dragon.
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
your concerns seem to be more akin to 'material' and 'realism', I'm more into colors and forms and the games between them. I can say i really don't care about realism at all... or with painting objects as objects. At one point the robe looked like 'normal silk'...and i decided to play with it. Most ppl would've loved it that way since it looked more like 'the real deal'. But I am tired of the 'the real deal'- I think art needs more imagination and to keep going over the limits.

So no, it shouldn't look ANY way- it should look the way I want it to look. I do know how normal embroidery looks (my mother does them herself), but it was not the 'feel' I was going for. So I went bolder with it and it has the texture i was striving for.

If it wasn't intentional, your critique would be quite constructive to me. But i really did "weave" those golden threads as if it was a tapestry indeed! I even over-weaved (you can see the actual 'stitches' in the full version). ;)

It's a matter of subjectiveness.

Nevertheless, I would love to see your findings from your mother's heirlooms!!! I bet they are amazing to look at.
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henning Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It turned out amazing!
I really like your expression, and those patterns are beautiful!

Good luck with the voting process :cowboy:
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah, the things you have me doing! ;)
Can't wait til next contest! Though I really wanna win the 4th cuz...it's my number! :w00t:

Thanks for the :+fav: :manhug:
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paladinknight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
This looks so much like you! :giggle:
It's quite amusing to have you facing us directly like that. I feel as I'm in the presence of a God and keep scrolling down the page to avoid eye contact! xD The animal part of the silk embrodery is most fantastic btw. I especially love the obi. :)
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oz-haver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
I can't look at "him" for long either, he intimidates the hell out of me! >__< The animal embroidery was based on an actual embroidery so I cannot take full credit for the design of it & the obi was based on actual origami paper patterns I have laying around! <3 Thank you Gilian! :blowkiss:
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