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A Portrait by Wolfie-chama A Portrait by Wolfie-chama
Introducing a "Japanese Ah Pek" (old man). He was grumbling that his face was too orange (the photo I took of him had sunset lighting), so I desaturated it in the end. =______=;;;;

Executed using American Realism technique. I just realised recently that my method of painting in acrylic is really weird, seems like nobody else is doing it my way, hope this doesn't spell disaster...

C&C appreciated!

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
A Portrait II:

Reverted back to original colours (which are somewhat blaring) after reading :iconivangod: 's suggestion. Thank you! ^^

Oh my goodness, my first DD, thank you so much ^snowmask ~~~~ TTwTT
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Given 2010-01-24
Can it be helped to be moved by certain types of portraiture, creating that peculiar connection both subtle and irresistible, that serves to rouse the curiosity and imagination of the audience? As shown in this piece, A Portrait, ~Wolfie-chama's brushstrokes clearly possess that authority. Please enjoy a closer look. ( Featured by snowmask )
TeresaWPack Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2019
I think they should have worked on it a little more, but if you can imaginary complete it as a lower case d and upper case A. They just edit them to look like a

AmmonaArt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work.
ricardomartinezz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist
Maybe this man grumbled because you showed off his soul! Should be thought twice before sitting in front of an artist!
AniaTheArtist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful!!!
PorooshArt Featured By Owner May 19, 2018   Digital Artist
Very well done :)
AnoukF Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Student Photographer
wow, you have a super technique ; good job, keep on going!
graFXmachiniac Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent piece of work; a modern parallel to Hans Holbein the Younger, or Vermeer.  The color saturation seems to work exceptionally well.
A delightful portrait.  Thanks for sharing it.  I find the art to be inspiring.
debojyotiboruah Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional
This is really amazing. Specially in acrylic.
Prufrock73 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful. It looks like a Thomas Eakins portrait. 
LadyMacbethsSoul Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thats cool
thomas-thorn Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
interesting positioning of the signature
Art2gn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Congrat for your art. This is something else.
Madesafne Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing! I like the colours. I think they make this portrait special, give me a feeling of nostalgia.
Wolfie-chama Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your feedback, I'm glad you like it! :)
Darkemus06 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Student General Artist
no, it's not strange ,  it's great :) 
Alair-Of-Many-Things Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
What do you think is weird about your method of painting with acrylic??? I think this is a beautiful painting, and an excellent portrait. To me, the eyes are always the most important feature in a portrait, and these eyes, as well as his eyeglasses, are done beautifully. The lighting and color pallet are really special, but there is also a breathy quality to your paint's saturation or texture. Not sure how to say it. But it is very beautiful. And I don't see why being different should spell disaster, at all, especially with results like this! :) (Smile) 
jeffharrison10 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional General Artist
Nicely done!
nicemanda Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Love it - there is beautiful detail but still freedom in your strokes and the light is so perfect :)
ilikevomit Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow how is this even,the colors are magic
foxglove1978 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful! I really love this painting and his character
Gertruth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the use of acrylic, the portrait in general, very beautiful!
Karisius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Kinda wanna frame it on my wall actually...
Karisius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Hrm, can I ask for permission to post this on a Tumblr blog of mine? I won't use it in any other way, I just want people to look at it. "LOOK AT THIS THING. THIS BEAUTIFUL PAINTING. LOOK AT IT."
Wolfie-chama Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww that's sweet of you. You can reblog it from here:…

Thank you! :hug:
iamdattran Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is great! It looks very realistic, but I don't like the background a little bit.
JonCPool Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
I like how sharp the highlights are compared to the darker areas that kinda dissolve in the background.
Matoki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
This is so beautiful
MonsieurTerez Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I am wowed by how realistic this looks. 
volker03 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great. Very awesome!:clap:
Rheasan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
nice piece! I like the shading
Thitika Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing!
StrawberryKukki Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's absolutely well done.
I love the different shades of the colour. ^^
portvoller Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done 
gizmoinferno Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*_* Wished I had this talent. Love the tones. 
navmun6485 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
RiZ-Z Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
grumble-bum Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
IF this is a disaster, then I'd love to have one. I'm blown away by the light. Just blown away.
Brownielola Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love the way of using the light!
tshkt20 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
do you mind sharing your method of painting with acrylics? I hated working with acrylics until recently.
Wolfie-chama Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My method of painting is a combination of transparent and opaque application. The tonal values are done dark-to-light, as opposed to the watercolour method of light-to-dark.

For the first part I do the pencil outline using 8B pencil on canvas, then apply layer after layer of transparent, watery washes (a little like watercolour) using a large brush to get the overall look. I use a lot of wet-on-wet glazes of colour, and mix the colours on the canvas itself, but you might prefer to get them right on your palette before applying the paint. By the end of this part the values of the shadows should be just right, while the lighted areas can be slightly darker as I would touch them up with opaque paint.

The second part is basically just touching up and adding more details using a tiny brush loaded with no water and lots of paint. I try to mix my colours frequently so that the final product will have a lot of subtle colour changes. Make sure to keep the paint really thick and concentrated, so cleaned brushes have to be dried, and I give my colour palette the occasional light spray of water to keep paint from turning to stone.

Hope this helps. : ]
hataru101 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Magnificent, and so beautifully done!!!!
RyanEddieJones Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely work! :P
toogoodartist Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Lovely portait dear friend
ART-UMO Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Great Warm shades used in this Portrait.
9kidd2 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the lighting
Megan0505 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Beautiful work.
Remraftra Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful artwork. There is nice emotion portrayed through his facial expression and the way he gazes out with so much thought in his eyes. Lovely.
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