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20 minutes
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Published: April 12, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 zancan
This painting is the result of my participation in the "Arting Spirit" competition, as part of Polymanga 2012 convention, held in Lausanne, Switzerland. 28 illustrators worked for 22 hours on the subject "20 Minutes".

I first though about the name of that free newspaper called "20 minutes" that I used to browse during one of those boring train travels between Bordeaux and Paris, which inspired this setup to me.
I imagined this character, dressed in a busied man's suit, who arrives in a train station to catch the next departure in 20 minutes, but finds an abandoned scene instead. Two different timescales meet in this painting, the one after which we run, and the one that inexorably flows by.

Technically speaking, I applied the same process that I used previously in those speed painting sessions: underpainting with acrylics the first day, followed by a layer of oil paint on the second day.
The painting made it to the 4th place of the competition. Although it didn't win anything, it found a buyer before it was dry, and a nice home place in switzerland.


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JaneIanniello's avatar
enchanting painting
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StephouF's avatar
Nice, some classmate was telling me to go to Polymanga for the artists... Looks like he was right. You going this year ?
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zancan|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only i am going, but also I'll have a room dedicated to an exhibition of my paintings, nearly all of them! I hope that it will be another motive for you to stop by ! 
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StephouF's avatar
Ben je vais faire mon possible pour y aller alors !!
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Mizamour's avatar
This is so beautiful - reminds me of a Ray Bradbury story!
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LucaTedde|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know why but at a first look I thought "damn, did he paint it in 20 minutes???" Then I read the description well and got that you painted it in 22 hours. I felt better :D ahhahahah
This is as all your other work a beautiful piece of art, the concept is tremendously great and you painted it so well. The color palette is just.. perfect. :+fav:
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KingeTB's avatar
I don't know how to create it in 20 minutes,but it looks very soft and charming^^
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Leeuwtje|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and dreamy...
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overmood|Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the concept a lot. And the composition is very good. I see it is less detailed than your other work, but it is as beautiful.
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LMScorpius|Student Traditional Artist
Zancan, my friend. I'm concerned. Surely it could be upsetting to have someone of far lesser skill than yours critique your work as less than glorious. You strike me as a man who is asking for truth as others really see it. "Don't bullshit me," is how you strike me. I'll take the risk. If I'm wrong, I'm about to find out.
COMPARED to your previous works, you played it too safe. It is beautiful and desirable as evidenced by the fact you sold it so quickly. However, my opinion is, you didn't win because of a lack of risk.
There is nothing in the art to suggest you are bored with painting. However, I see the same colors as with that painting of you I love so very much. The patterns have become predictable and in their own way "academic".
Let's excise all of the painting which is world class: the theme, the layout, the concept, the composition, the use of color. You get 100% on all that stuff. So, my critique is not "bad". It's that one missing element: drama - surprise, risk, aggitation, mystery. Did I share with you when I first emailed you that I believed you were Irish? Green. So much green. It's like your theme is "look how many varieties of green I can make without using tube green". How is the sky blue and yet all the reflected light is green? If this were the first time you had done that, it would have been risk. It wasn't.
The focal point of my critique is about DRAMA. There is something inside you which is so offended by...something in art--something primal. Maybe you hate Raphael's work because it's so dark. Maybe you don't want your work to look like anyone else's work. To me, you moved away from your strengths. You have a devine talent with figurative and portraiture art. You own a soul with a spectrum so wide, most of us will never acheive what you have here. I think the judges saw that in you as well. They just didn't see it here.
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Peanutbubble's avatar
beautiful painting and story :) your work never fails to inspire
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asclaire's avatar
J'adore la façon dont tu retiens tes personnages dans l'instant, souvent avec des tiges de plantes enroulées ou des lianes ! 4ème place + 1 acheteur, deux belles récompenses pour un sacré challenge :)
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LadyLanggle|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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DaziXD|Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, this is awesome.
really beautiful!
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soluble-hermit|Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations. :)
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Toa-Lagara|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wa-au.. It is so beautifull.. I like such colors - they are calm and soft : )
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KnightLynderic|Hobbyist General Artist
Dreamy :)
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ZooWee's avatar
I love your works. They're always so...clear.. It looks like a place i'd like to step into. So warm and cosy.
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ButterflyMoonWings|Professional Photographer
Thank you this beautiful lovely work :)
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Ataum|Hobbyist General Artist
I love it ^^
The thought you gave it, and the two worlds that meet (sort of).
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Nooknook|Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the idea with the plant that grow and try to held the man in place (that's how I see it at least)
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GiantToby's avatar
Nice work. I tried underpainting a couple of times and was quite pleased with it- although I used a glaze of acrylics for the top coat.
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zancan|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never painted a canvas entirely in acrylics. I still don't like it enough. After doing the underpainting, switching to oils is such a relief for me! So much more fluidity, more opacity, the ability to blend the colors, to work with wet paint, to push the shades here and then just like a sculptor would do with clay, I love it.
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