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20 minutes by zancan 20 minutes by 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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The piece is beautiful and the sense of perspective is amazing the way that you have the back ground almost faded makes the viewer come up with something going on with out actually knowing what is going on in the background. It allows the viewer to come up with their own story in the painting. The only thing I can comment on is very tiny and something that unless your really looking at it you don't notice BUT the tower in the back ground has been slightly cut off. It is perfectly straight every but the second half towards the top. Other wise this is a beautiful image and I can not wait to see more from you. Good work, keep painting!!!
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Normally, when one hears of a drawing of a train station assumes Rush and crowd of the industrial age. Instead, this drawing gives a bold yet pleasant new perspective where nature and artifacts blend with indistinguishable ease. Yet that might have cost the emphasis on the character in the picture.

Moreover, the painting done rigid enough to sustain an attractive quality yet have a loose and nebulous texture giving overall sense of balance and perfection.

Lastly,The ruins and plant growth on the rail and the brightness of the drawing seems to tell a story of someone who has long waited believing in the train taking him to better place yet not not able to see the reality in front.

Overall, the painting holds a unique vision and lasting pleasant feel in the eyes of the observer.
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JaneIanniello Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
enchanting painting
Jane Ianniello noirscapes.com
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StephouF Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Ben je vais faire mon possible pour y aller alors !!
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Mizamour Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
This is so beautiful - reminds me of a Ray Bradbury story!
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  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 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student
I don't know how to create it in 20 minutes,but it looks very soft and charming^^
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Leeuwtje Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and dreamy...
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overmood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
beautiful painting and story :) your work never fails to inspire
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Arunomushi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Cool ;)
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asclaire Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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DaziXD Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, this is awesome.
really beautiful!
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soluble-hermit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations. :)
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Toa-Lagara Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wa-au.. It is so beautifull.. I like such colors - they are calm and soft : )
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KnightLynderic Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dreamy :)
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ZooWee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you this beautiful lovely work :)
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Ataum Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it ^^
The thought you gave it, and the two worlds that meet (sort of).
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  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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meimei808 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this!! great job. :)
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you..
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
=) great story and I am glad it already found a home
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks !
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
You are welcome
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ella-artiss Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
J'aime beaucoup. L'atmosphère est très étrange. comme dans la plupart de tes oeuvres d'ailleurs.
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci.. mais ce n'est pas si étrange, cette scène pourrait exister dans la vraie vie.
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ella-artiss Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Cette atmosphère me fait plus penser à un rêve qu'à la vraie vie...
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pinkvil Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zancan I LOVE your art, you are my favorite painter in the world.
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks, I'm very glad ! But you know there are some extraordinary painters out there.. way way more than I..
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lgmac Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Wonderful creation! I love it!!
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks ! :)
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ashtoledo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is wonderful!
i'm so happy you're uploading more here :D
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks ! And I have some more to share! I just need to find some time to write a bit about them.
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ashtoledo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
its so great that you take such thought into your artists notes :)
your pieces are so awesome and so inspiring to traditional artists i cant wait to see what you put up next!
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Spells17 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this is really lovely and colours blend really well. Before I saw the description and read the title I thought you painted this is 20 minutes. I nearly actually fainted. :faint: :D Love it :D and yay for the buyer and 4th place! :D :party:
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to take months.. now 20 minutes, I would have been a superhero !
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Spells17 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe :) cool :D
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Yuriakashu Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this work. : ) The use of the theme is unforced and works really well. Fourth place is really good, and I'm happy you found a buyer. Keep it up!
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zancan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks !
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