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4.06 / 5.00

Dec 10, 2009 | 8:26 AM EST
Fine Art
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Author Comments

A referenced portrait of Ray Charles...
About 1 hour in photoshop...

didnt turn out great, but well, its okay I guess



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This very well drawn with honor to a musical legend.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Stippling. . .

Is badass! One of my all-time favorite techniques (on paper). I had never thought to do a digital-esque type, so inspiration was acquired from your piece and I thank you. As for the whole minimizing photoshop problem you are having, you can always save the picture to disk, and open it in a new window in PS, or even print it out to reference from. Although the way you did it is probably a lot better practice.

Anyways onto the actual piece. I really enjoy the colors that you chose for Ray's scheme. Very moody and emotional, with good contrast. His expression is really great, and you got really detailed with the wrinkles, which I think make it that much more realistic! A very nice work, especially for an hour, very impressive!

Only problem I have with it is the excessive space on the left, but it could just be the look you were going for. I definitely want to see some more stuff in this style!

J-qb responds:

Thanks... you have to be one of the best reviewers on the art portal!
It was quite a new challenge for me too, the stippling. Funny thing is it doesnt work at all like normal stippling works... you draw lines in photoshop, but it turnes it into stipples.
The reference thing was indeed kind of intentional... I dont want to rely on heavy referencing too much, Id rather develop a good eye.
As for the space on the left;
a] Composition-wise it would be logical to have some empty space on his left, because that is what he is looking at.
b] I might have made his shoulder to short, so that might add to the impression of excessive space
c] I`m using this as a desktop background, with my icons on the left ;)