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The Hidden Faces Of  A Masterpiece by R-Tan The Hidden Faces Of  A Masterpiece by R-Tan
I'm sure most of you can relate. People just see the finished painting and don't know the struggle it took to get there.  I wanted to title this piece" How Many Artists Does It Take to Create a Masterpiece?" but apparently DA has a limit to the number of characters in the title.

This is my romanticized idea of a studio with its wood floors and furniture.  It also depicts me, but from about 5 years ago. I've gained a bit of weight since then. I figure my painting, my reality. Also this is the first painting to include my cat.  
I actually haven't even touched paints since I was in school which is about 15 years ago. I miss the tactile feel of oil paint on canvas but don't miss the clean up, smell, or toxic chemicals. Picked up art again 7 years ago and decided to go all digital and haven't looked back. I think is my best digital piece, or at least the most polished.

Just curious, for those of you who paint in oils and have pets, is it an issue?

Painting this piece was actually not like what is depicted.  It went pretty smoothly, for once, at least compared to some of my other paintings.
Done in Photoshop. I was going to use Painter to do this piece but for some reason all my Painter keyboard shortcuts are messed up, so it was back to the old reliable Photoshop.

For some reason the DA site is compressing the contrast ratio and shifting the color palette more than normal on this piece. The full view is a little closer to the original. May have to reload an adjusted version. Looks like the compression issue was only when viewing in stash. Much better now that it's submitted.

Anyways good luck to all the other entrants.  Also looking forward to watching the movie, looks interesting.
God Damn Bugs by R-Tan Refections Of The Past by R-Tan Metamor City by R-Tan Fantasy Mech by R-Tan No Where to Run by R-Tan
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Given 2017-05-23
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smaugthegreat108 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so true
like the darkness and all the different emotions going thorugh your head when you have a MAJOR fudgeup.
it is like OML kill it
while another part of you is walking away,
while another part of you is trying to fix it
while another part of you is thinking it through
while another part of you is procrastinating....

I know the feel
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R-Tan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Out of the lot, the procrastinator is the one I have the hardest getting a handle on. 
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smaugthegreat108 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh boy. mostly got a grasp on him....
but there is still a drawing I started in july that I finished 2 weeks ago
XD
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R-Tan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
LOL, I have a handful of  pieces that are from 4 years ago that are around 70% complete. I usually work on multiple pieces at a time so that if I get stuck or just get tired of working on a certain piece I could just switch to another.  So some of these paintings have sat there for awhile. I will get to them at some point. Currently I have a list of around 20 paintings that are at different stages of completion.  Some are just rough sketches while some are nearly complete. The list also grows as I get inspired to start new ones. I also put those on the back burner when I get commissioned work.
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smaugthegreat108 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, commissions is a better excuse than
I'm lazy
XD
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renacer87 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Student
Excellent :clap:
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Fezzles Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome. Seems every artist (painter, photographer, writer, etc) goes through these phases. I can relate to the pets thing, but it is adorable how your cat stays with you, even if you don't feel like having him/her around. My dog does the same thing lol; she'll stay right with me - they know when you do need company lol. 
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SpicyFictionFactory Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fantastic! :)
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Karalia-M Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true! Funny but it hurts!
*And not just for masterpieces 
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robinbrarri Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist
Do you mind if I make this a yugioh card??
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Gamer623 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student Artist
I keep looking at this picture, and I can't help but feel it so much. I don't draw as much as I used to, especially since I started ceramic work and writing. But even still, when I sit down to type, this image just gets to me. It is amazing on its own, but just the fact it relates to me so much makes it that much better.
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robinbrarri Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist
k
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Gamer623 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Artist
Oh, crap, I am so sorry for hitting the reply on your comment. I could have sworn I hit the comment box on my phone. ><
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robinbrarri Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist
its ok, I thought something like that might've happened 
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Gamer623 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student Artist
Thanks for the understanding.
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Stephano6524 Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw this at first when it was entered into the split shattered self contest. I was disappointed when I didn't see it among the finalist because it really spoke to me. I do digital art, and I often work with acrylics on canvas as well. The struggle can be unimaginable, especially when its a piece I have been pondering for a while and just can't seem to get right. You captured not only the frustration and anger, but the parts where sometimes you've been pushed past the edge and just need to step back. I felt for a moment like I was looking at a mirror. I love it. And btw, although I don't have a cat, I have a dog who needs to be locked out of the room when I paint. If I paint anything and set it somewhere she always ends up with some paint on her somehow. Even if whatever it was is far out of her reach. Not to mention she likes to try and eat the paint as well.... so yea it can be an issue from time to time.
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I figured this piece would speak to many of the people here. Thanks for sharing your experience with pets.
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JessicaYean Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate how you not only captured different expressions, but also different body positions. When I make my art, I go through a myriad of facial expressions and I also move around a lot. If I'm super frustrated and antsy, I literally walk in circles around my house. #artistproblems
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PatrickRieser Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so true. With art visible everywhere on the internet the audience doesn't see the struggle. Ten paintings, each 20 hours of hard and devastating work are just 5 seconds per Klick away. Your art is wonderful and deserves the attention it gets. Thank you for displaying our daily struggle in this charming way.
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colinbush Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Love this
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
this is brilliant. I know exactly how you feel. art is something almost alive, it seems to think for itself at times. I have said frequently its like I am just a medium for the ideas to go through. . . yet at the same time sometimes it feels like such a struggle to get things just so.
a masterpiece indeed :nod:
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, misery loves company, lol
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
and of course there is no lonelier occupation than being an artist; the very act of creating separates us from the rest of the world; most people couldn't even begin to imagine the struggle each artist goes through just to put pen to paper... 
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure genious! I love this piece, excellent work :clap:
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divinebones Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore this.
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lauralicia Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool, awesome one.
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EricLeo666 Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
...hm..Sherlock Holmes ...a beautiful picture complete base on emotion of artist..OMG ...so real..La la la la ..well done.Clap Clap ...
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Stranger-Z Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist
This is something really amazing
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Sofiathedirewolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2017   Traditional Artist
This piece of art is amazing ,so much emotion to reality
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Ururuty Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
Congrats
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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Matttowler Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
oh that's brilliant
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R-Tan Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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March4Fun Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the DD. This is fantastic!
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:iconmabelgleeful01:
This is amazing! And yes this is very relatable. People don't know the struggle it takes to make a masterpiece like Starry Night or the Mona Lisa.
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child-of-aros Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is the best image I have seen that encompasses the struggle 
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IncredibleNyan1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely relatable
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TheDrunkenDarkHorse Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
9/10 for the idea and execution of it.
10/10 for including your cat :3
I always wonder as well if painters struggle with their work as I struggle with mine sometimes :)
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Hakon7 Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Love the idea of it
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SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Impressive work and very original concept. So true that people get to see a masterpiece but never the struggles an artist goes through behind the scenes. This indeed is truly a Masterpiece and a DD beautifully deserved.:wow::clap: Congratulations to you, I felt really drawn to this piece.:heart:
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this piece. :) Congrats on the well deserved DD~!!! :clap: 
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JasAwesomeMouse Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Legit me when I'm trying to draw
Very well deserved DD, well done! :)
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Luminaara Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Logically I always knew that also professional artists struggle a LOT with their art (after watching sakimichans tutorials I was amazed by how many times she corrects her art) but it's very nice and kinda relieving to hear it again and again.... it makes me believe more and more that I will be able to draw like a professional too one day the more often I hear it :D

Thanks for drawing this! :heart:
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2dazed Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
Very well done of a nice concept not seen often, but always wondered about. You managed to capture it in one image. I love it!
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SNartdesign Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha indeed...
Awesome work.
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liontroll Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice. I appreciate this work and this story. It is an important message, but perhaps, I think, I would create an image that shows the artist's progression throughout years! To me, a masterpiece is all of the piece that led up to a creation, and less about the individual choice made during that painting (or sculpture or so on). I found a lot of similar frustration as in the piece above during moments in the 'youth' of my career, (meaning, years 7, 8, 9 of my craft), but for me, the scene behind a masterpiece is the story of developing technique over the course of years. Lots of the inquisitive gazing, and still some frustration yes, but as time goes on, the pain and fury for me is reducing to make way for excitement, acceptance, observation and effectivity. Then again, I work with leather, which is more of a constructive art, and far less of an active sculpting like paint or clay, so, perhaps, like dance, painting always will have that active, responsive spectrum of emotion that your piece spans, compared to a craft that is so step-by-step, masterable and regimented. At some point, that creative moment, the suspension in painting where one stroke or color can tip the whole piece, goes away in leather craft- all of the creativity is in the initial design process (and dyeing) but then it is all construction- so once those tools and techniques are mastered, it is all potentially pleasure and perseverance. Rich image, thanks! (I do look like your character above during the pattern making process, often!).
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
What a marvelous painting. You could also simply title it "The Artist's Struggles" Congrats on the DD!
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