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Fanart: Doctor Horrible by Risachantag Fanart: Doctor Horrible by Risachantag
I've been doing rather a lot of portrait practise the last few months, and as you can probably see, still lots to learn. But I feel I'm getting a little better as I go.

I challenged myself to try a person people would be able to recognise, and since when I started this, I'd been listening to the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog's soundtrack waaay too much, Doctor Horrible it was. (Those songs are so ridiculously catchy~)

Tools: Photoshop CS3 & Wacom Intuos Tablet

Edit: Made some adjustments to his left arm.
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Okay, I'm going to go through each of the categories one by one.

Vision: Ah, Dr. Horrible. I love how you've put in the dank, dark room that we could all really see him working in, not to mention the "no hammers" sign. I also like that you put him in the red suit. So many people like to put him in the white suit that we see him in throughout the show.

The only thing that bothers me is how he's smiling. By this point, I'd expect either a forced or insane smile, or a sad/resigned expression. I'm going to give you four stars here.

Originality: I have to admit, I haven't seen that many color portraits of Dr. Horrible. Of course, I'm not a big part of the fandom, so that might be it, but because I haven't seen many well done portraits, I'll give you five stars here.

Technique: Definite five stars! I'd give you 6 if I could...or 10. I love the color, I love his skin tones, I love how you painted the lab coat, the bricks, the glasses, the color...I can't get over how well done this is! He may not look photo-realistic, but I like that about it. What's the point of drawing photo-realism except for practice (in my opinion). All in all, I absolutely love your technique.

Impact: I'm going back to the smile here. I can see a little insanity in there, but it really reminded me of the character before the third act, not after. I think that detracts from the impact a little. Otherwise, I think you did a fabulous job. Four and a half stars here.
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I remember the first time I watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog I was effortless whisked to the edge of my seat upon the reveal of the surprise third act and was not sure if it was time to laugh or cry. By the time Dr. Horrible revealed his new ensemble (pun not intended) I realized it was time for neither. I was simply supposed to be in awe.

When I saw this image it immediately brought me back to that time and I felt the same cold chill I did when I first watched the internet epic.

This picture is a brilliant use of colors and a fantastic portrait of one of my favorite characters of all time. The villainous smirk added is almost too perfect for me to overlook.

By far the best detail in this picture is the hair and left (his right) glove. The coloring is great and coincides with that eerily mucky background you have in the green. It's a great touch and really helps for the red doctor's suit to pop.

The face, goggles, and remaining glove are also good by not as fetching as the left glove and hair. If I were asked to explain further I would have to say it is probably because, seeing as how they are metal, I would expect the goggles to be a bit harsher in tones and perhaps a bit more shiny? As for the other glove, I can't say there is so much something wrong with it as it was something I more or less looked for as opposed to the detail coming at me. The face is excellent as far as expression is concerned and I really get a feel for Billy's changed character here, but there was not as much green lighting/shadowing on his face as there was say on the clothes or gloves.

The only real "negative" I see would be in the lab coat. The coloring on it is fantastic but I don't really get a sense of what the fabric is like I do on the gloves or in the texture of his hair. To be perfectly honest this is simple nitpicking and I'm no expert by a long shot, still I'm hoping that this may help.

Overall, this is a MORE than fantastic picture ad I'm giddy as a school girl to respectfully add it to my favorites.
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dalekdude11 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
cool job
guysthisismyusername Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Amazing oh my gosh!!!
ThereallylargeFly Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Oh he would TOTALLY do that if put in charge of a city. 
pyropony00 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
this is amazing!!!
PagingDoctorPaine Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, and very well done. I greatly enjoy this piece.
LunarDino Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
And with my freeze ray I will *stop* the world.
kittyluvsux Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
one of the best movies of all time
fantasticEverything Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous, I love the detail and colors
tHEaWESOMESTnAMEeVER Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"I have a Ph.d in horribleness,"
Zexeos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is my current desktop- just thought I'd tell you. x3
GZLTriforce128 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa. Awesome...
lugiamo3 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Artist
OH MY GOD!!!!! I am not the only one who loves doctor horrible!!!!! i think i am in love with that photo!!!
(falls over and faints)
nice job on it !!!
carleysmiles Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Excellent work I usually dislike fanart because it's usually poorly drawn (not that I'm one to judge), but I love this and more importantly I love NPH<3<3<3
Shiovra Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Doctor Horrible!
AngelaLeonetti Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this piece and have featured it here [link]
spiffingsailor Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is absolutely amazing! Love it!
handmade-crown Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
burnzy22 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing! i love it! It looks so real!
Sketch-Zap Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! This is amazing! How long did this take you?
yokogreyword Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It's a brand new day, and the sun is high! All the angels sing because you're gonna DIE!
Tree-Family Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
wow this is pretty nice.i love that guy from the "evil ligue of evil"
LJofSpades Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant work. Really very good. Does he remind anyone of Neil Patrick Harris? LOL
IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional
I was thinking the EXACT same thing... and, he's a "doctor" too. ;):D
Kerevon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
...Good work. VERY good.
Slartybardfast Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do him in white Suit next! Fighting Captain Hammer! :D :D :D :D :D
WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Gwee! Just saw the musical two days ago, and bought the album on iTunes today. X3 Looooove those songs! And the story.

Anyway, fantastic job! ^^
carnival Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Heeee wicked-sauce! ^______^;
SweeneyLestrange Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow this is totally awesome!
I can only agree with all that has already been said. The colours are amazing and Dr Horrible/Harris is immediately recognizable!
finlaysmummy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Great work!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
Risachantag Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
bystander55 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Photographer
beatifique Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Wow, this is just fantastic! :D The colors, shadows, and choice of medium are flawless. Excellent work!
Zimriver Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
this is really amazing! I love Dr. Horrible, it is SO good! This picture really captures it. Well done!
Katyonka Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Love your work and added it to our favorites at ArtWorldToday [link]
AngelaLeonetti Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful!
Estonius Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Great portrait/rendition.
mandaren Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome aswesome awesome!! This is so awesome, that I can't even spell asweomg right!
Suko-Aida0326 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to go watch this again, it's so effing funny! :D Tried to make an original Halloween costume by drawing Captain Hammer's logo, but my friend said nobody would get it. XD Love how you did this, it just blows me out of the water! :dummy:
vamped66 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
This is nine kinds of awesome!
Aqua2Grey Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
This is really good! My friend had me watch this earlier this week and I absolutely loved it! I jsut wasnt expecting it to be a tragedy! nothing wrong with tragedies, I love them, but I was really shocked and sad at the end! haha
idia199 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
This is great :)
RavenBaraq Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
pinkcupcakemassacre Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
wow. this is amazing. hnnng-
zombielovejuice Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
haha this is awsome!
Soraish Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Great sign, great work. :D
QueenTobi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Elektrosmurf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Dr Horrible! I would have chosen him over Hammer Man ANY DAY! He's so adorable!
Awesome details and shading and lighting in this pic! /love
craszystring Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awsome! i love Dr. Horrible.. and this is just great! going in favs for sure!
MissMaisy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
I am in agreement with how ridiculously catchy those songs are, dammit! I finally downloaded them, and I've been listening to them nonstop. However, this is brilliant; I loooove it! :)
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