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Pas d'Ange

Pas d'Ange
Oil painting on canvas - 70x165cm

Pas d'Ange was painted during the year 2008. I hesitated a long time before releasing it here, for its obvious change in style, and the harshness of its theme. Crude, frontal, humid, profane, not the kind of imagery you want to hang in your bedroom; I was not in a fancy mood actually! though the painting gets the merit of being here.

It has been visible on my personal website for a little longer, so extra information can be found there:

Details and close-ups

Remember: he's not a Christ.

Image details
Image size
843x2000px 307.23 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
25/10 second
Focal Length
58 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 23, 2009, 4:33:50 PM
Published:   |  Mature
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SinkingHigher's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Hi Zancan,

Firstly, I just want to say that I tend to focus on the negative things in a piece because those are the things you learn from. I do not dislike this piece by any means, just in case I come off that way.

Anyway, the first major issue I notice here is anatomical... discrepancies. The nipple to the viewer's right seems a bit too far to the left. The angle is good, it's just a matter of placement. Similarly, the eyes seem slightly highly. (Just SLIGHTLY) but enough for it to be noticeable. I want to say that the indents around the eyes should be a little darker and deeper, however, the light source is a little ambiguous. I know it's coming from infront and above him, but that would mean his chin and cheek bones would be the lightest part of his body (since they're closest to the light source, protruding away from his body).

I really enjoy the kind of vein/root like "growth" on his body, however, I feel like it stops short. It would be nice to see hints of it coming up onto his chest from his back. Likewise, it would be nice for it to be emphasized slightly through contrast around the hips. It's such an unusual sight, it would make a good co-star in terms of visual importance.

I really enjoy the colours here, also. It's very reminiscent of James Jean in the subtle uses of discord. With that said, It would be nice to have seen a more pure, almost full intensity orange or yellow orange on his body (probably on his chest, chin and cheek bones, since they'd be the brightest.) The bones are there, they just need some more meat, so to speak.

I have nothing bad to say about the background. The detail work is stunning and the slight shift of horizon line plays well with the lost and confused look on his face. I don't know how I feel about the darkened corners. I know they're used to keep emphasis on the main character, but I feel like just the involvement of a face is enough to keep our attention.

The clouds, I am unsure about. I feel like they should be darker. Not to the point where it becomes a night scene, but just a little more body and... gloom. (Just like the clouds around his shoulders.)

I know it's a little late, but it would have been nice had the top edge of the image moved up about one head height to accommodate more sky (but not so much that it becomes distracting). On the other hand, I think the spacing from his feet to the bottom edges and the placement of stones to create a sort of S-curve composition is done beautifully.

Ultimately, I think the big issue here is proportion. There are some minor issues here and there but they are easy to look past.
MimozaBlooming's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Honestly, I'm somewhat apprehensive about giving you a critique - who am I, with my silly doodles, to points out potential imperfections in the execution of this piece. But commenting on it is too tempting.
Let me first speak of what I really like: the color scheme of sadness and desolation; the teetering angle, as if the world is about to overturn; the gesture - small, almost like a beginning of a question; certainly the concept - drawn angel wings, dripping ink, the roots - as if in at attempt to reestablish his identity, he froze in an eternal inquiry (although I guess the roots were supposed to be more indicative of his being grounded vs. able to fly?). Love the dying pink tree and the tablet - even though don't really understand it. Bow down for the detail on the cathedral.
Good art has more to it than just the visual. And as far as I remember, you've always produced good art.
To the things that seem awkward (perhaps to my eye only, though):
- it's been raining, or is raining - but the bricks in the distance, and even close to the tablet are moist, very visibly so... That isn't the case by his feet - the only reason one feels they're wet is because the rest of them are wet, and thus one assumes.
- the atmosphere is interesting... Mostly, it's melancholy, but still. However, the clouds at the top (which are a good complement in terms of composition) suggest something more active and incoming - suggest that there should be a storm (the feeling in that manner is somewhat contradictory). Also, those clouds are much more haggard than all the other ones - and even though they still look perfectly like clouds, the styles seem to differ within the painting. It's somewhat distracting.
- Some people commented on the anatomy of his arms; even though it does jump out at you (mostly the connection of his shoulders into the arms), I don't think there's really anything wrong. After all, perfectly drawing the anatomy of a human is not the same thing as drawing the anatomy of a perfect human.
By the way - his left foot is amazing. The whole foot. The thigh especially.
CulTona's avatar
This speaks to me in a way i cannot explain... I understand it.
A stunning artwork - a real pleasure to view
beachelf's avatar
:wave: Featured here -> [link] :woohoo:
Fullmetal-Hikaru's avatar
There is something about the expression and colors that in this particular painting that evoke strong emotions in me. This one makes me feel more solemn and sad, but at the same time, it makes me love it all the more. The mood is very different from other paintings of yours, though your images of nature and the human form and their coexistence are still present. I normally do not like works like this, but again, there is something amazing about this one that really draws me in.
Xpotshotx's avatar

The only part I'm curious about is the absence of anything on the left side of the cathedral whereas on the right side there is a silhouette of some civilization in the distance.

Is the lack of anything on one side of the cathedral supposed to symbolize anything?

Also, when I look at this I think of the pictures I saw when I visited Dachau and I also immediately thought of the Sistine chapel mural. Again, fantastic imagery.

Thanks for sharing.
ALTANART12's avatar
A great idea is a great subject, combined with excellent impressiveness that is hard to avoid a masterpiece ,Congratulations, you really have an impressive master images
bdunn1342's avatar
I'm so pleased you decided to share this. The details are exquisite. Well done!
E-raserhead's avatar
Beautiful. Breathtaking.
CanveySue's avatar
I don't know what it means but I love it
Entula's avatar
I love the ink dripping into the picture of a wing, it's very symbolic...
runedrum's avatar
Actually, this IS the sort of imagery I'd want hung in my room, simply for its honesty, the raw and feral essence of it.
N-rose5's avatar
It is brilliant painting!!
What kind of colors do you mix to create skin?
gagi13's avatar
i love the color scheme in this one :-) the detail is incredible
mithrialxx's avatar
To actually criticise your exact brushwork would be to complain about a missed 'g sharp' in a whole symphony. The deep emotions conveyed here flood right through.
I'm sad you felt this. Glad you allow it here now.

Tia x.
k3si4k's avatar
great painting, I like your website too, amazing work, the details about your paintings are greatly helpful - for example sketches, studies etc.
Angellese's avatar
Amazingly beautiful work!
Beckerwith's avatar
Just, wow. Incredible. So dark and morbid. I would have never expected to see this from you, given the rest of your gallery is very light, with faeries and sprites and such. His nakedness and his arms spread wide open, give me the feeling of vulnerability. Like all the walls built up inside have crumbled away, and he is baring his soul. I also feel like confusion was a large theme in the piece; perhaps even spiritual confusion, due to the cathedral? I just love the ink wings which appear to have been spilled onto the ground, mostly because they remind me of Icarus, or a fallen angel of sorts. I can't for the life of me figure out what the fish carved into the tablet behind him mean, but thats part of the allure of this artwork! Amazing!
zancan's avatar
I just read the comment, thanks for sharing those words... It was close to what i felt while painting this canvas.
Animefeiry2's avatar
strong concept I love it
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