Benedict Cumberbatch


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Oil painting of Benedict Cumberbatch, background isn't to bad in this one


First off, How large is this? (I'm just Curious.)

Ben C. is modeled well and is overall pretty awesome. I like shiny texture he seems to have, though I have to say I'm most impressed with the background. It's not particularly interesting or exciting, but I can't believe how perfect those patterns look, and they're in oil, too... :D

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mephiztophel responds:

I cheated a bit with the background, I carved the pattern in linoleum before hand and the pressed it in the paint before painting ben, the darker brown is the toned canvas and the lighter brown is what I put over it so when I pressed the linoleum block on it, it would pull away the top layer of paint to show the bottom.
as for how big it is, its slightly smaller than whats shown here (sorry for lack of accuracy but I paint on random bits of matting bored and they are never similar/regular sizes)

You are an amazing artist! This looks soo real. At first, i thought it was a photograph! Take that as a big compliment! How long did it take to make? And how did you develop into making art like this?

mephiztophel responds:

Thanks! This took about a week, and man was that a trial trying to keep my cat off of it. Oil paint is one of the few things I can make people this realistic in as the paint doesn't dry quickly unlike acrylics. I started painting with acrylics in high school, my teacher would comment on how I liked to paint thickly and recommended I try using oil paints as they layer better and allow for more blending. As for development...I just worked at it, I have always been better at drawing people than anything else so portraits weren't that difficult. Its colour blending and patience I need to work on, skin colours are so finicky they don't use the colours you would expect; Benedict here had a lot of pink and orange in his skin even though it looks like I just used peach and browns. Ah but im rambling...I hope actually answered your questions.

Wow, he is amazingly well painted !!! Very good work you've done here !!

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4.62 / 5.00

Sep 26, 2012
2:10 PM EDT
Fine Art
File Info
440 x 529 px
179.9 KB

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