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Saint No.33 _detail_ by Doc-Hammer Saint No.33 _detail_ by Doc-Hammer
This is a semi out of focus detail of Saint No.33. Those little white specs are light that reflects off the variegated surface of the painting. It is hard as hell to avoid unwelcomed lighting effects when photographing oils. But, I guess, little specks of light beats a big glare that covers half the canvas.

All my crap is painted lifesize. So just look at the figure and you can get a good idea of how big the canvas would be.

It's all just oil on canvas. Ya know, with an underpainting and successive glazes of transparent and opaque paints.

You gotta trust me, they look much more gratifying in person. I am just not a very good photographer.
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Zvonka Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Artist
An excellent portrait and l love the somber expressions in your ladies! Very talented !
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal :aww:
You can take a look here :[link]
ArtByCharlieAsher Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Not only are you an excellent painter of the exterior, but you are also excellent at capturing an interior. Thanks, Charlie
StaviArt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Very well done, I love it!
Attila518 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Im sure this a question that would normally take a few seconds of research to answer, but do you use references or just work with whats in your head? I prefer working with ideas rather than material, but sometimes you just cant it right until you see what you want.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Oh, I can't work from my head unless it's a cartoon style I'm doing. I'm an observation guy. I can't/won't/shouldn't do this kinda thing without a sitter. They are "portraits". Like in the strictest sense. These paintings are very accurate representations of the women that sat for them.
Attila518 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Ahhhh, see I'm the total opposite. I work best from my head. But, I'm also a idealist kinda painter. I like symbolism, metaphors, etc etc. Almost as if my paintings were poems. Sometimes I'll wish I could do more realistic type stuff. I mean I can, but not to your degree. I suppose all of us painters have our own unique skill set. Just so long as it Isn't the kind of skills that only works with a tablet, I gotta respect the love for art. And you sir, have deep and painful(what other kind is there) love for art. How do those kids say... Mad respect!
RyanGutz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
i imagine this would be quite overwhelming up close, in its actual size. this may sound odd, but there are strong elements of the classicism in your figures' relation to the background and the viewer. the way light and shadow roll over the convex and concave aspects of her face strike me as strongly roman, before Constantine came along and everything started to suck.
GypsyGoddessDeva Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Is there something particular that jumps out at you when you pick your subjects? Do you try to capture emotion you already see in them or get them to pose in such a way it captures yours? She seems so pulls on ones emotions. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Yeah, I do pick girls that I think have a weird something that is paintable. Posing them? It's a conversation. I try to lock in on their beauty, and then find a way to have it mesh with my particular aesthetics. Although my paintings are overtly melancholy, they are also meant to be attractive and flatter the sitter. It's not like my models just sit there and I go "Okay, good enough!" There is a long posing process that we go through. It's a whole lot of crap like: "Stick your chin out more. Yeah. Like a dancer... Ya know? NO, it looks fine. Now move your right arm back. No, the other right arm. Now turn your head at the shoulders. Okay, that's tilting, I mean turn it." So... It's neither fun, spontaneous, or glamours. It's work.
glossolaliablack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Every once in a while I'll come back around here and look at your stuff and think, "Damn, I wonder if he knows how exceptional he is."

No, seriously. Maybe you've been surrounded by talented people all your life and you think that this is just what people do, but, no. This is really exceptional. As in, this stuff is the real deal. This is the sort of thing that ends up in Sotheby's catalogs 50 years from now. Mark my words.
Mr-Sovar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you base these off of real women?
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
They are portraits. As in: a real girl sits for them. I met her in a bank and asked her to sit. Yeah, that easy... Usually doesn't go that smoothly. But! Huge language barrier. Like she spoke almost no English. That's probably why she is one of the very few paintings of a girl not in her bra. I need to learn how to say "underwear" in more languages.
Delfinoui Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
This one is breathtaking! There is so much emotion in it...

Love your work and especially the mood that you are creating. :aww:
ricsbrush Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
kollie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Stunning work , I wonder if you also find that after a master piece like this ,you dont work for a while?
leon-mcnichols Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Good Evening Good Dr. I must say I do like the cheek structure and the way you applied the brush stokes for the lips. It might seem grainy to you, but from where I am at viewing this from a PoS Nec monitor? It has the qaulity the does make you think she's ask so how was your day? Expression.... so "IMO" I woul dhave to say you have captured her quite nicely.
BlackCloudConnected Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
This is very impressive.
Just like the rest of your works.
mitchellnelson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
wonderful portrait!
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NereidaAlvarez Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006   Writer
It does look grainy, but its great it brings out emotion, i can feel her
Lily-in-Utopia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006
i love the way you treat light. amazing!
beleave Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006
very da vinci. me likes.
mklanglo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Exceptional..... Thank you for sharing.
mwYrocK Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
this one is my favorite she looks so beautiful
musickscapes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2005
beautiful skin tones....i'm so far from creating this type of depth in my faces! WOW, very impressed with the subtle changes of color, that stroke of light pink right under the nose...beautiful!
anthony-pace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2005
I like it; however, the proportions of the face to the jaw look off.

You're still a better painter than me.
JuniperFaery Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2005   Writer
Bravo, bravo, bravissimo. It's amazing to me when anyone can get this much emotion into a two dimensional work. Truly amazing.
NancyvandenBoom Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005
Just wonderful :)
undisclosed Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005
one thing that i get from this that i couldnt get from the full-size is i can see how deep set her eyes are - you did a good job presenting them with the reds... and the softly parted lips make it more emotive. doing the detail like this really focuses on the emotive aspect of the portrait.

i'll take pictures of your work for you some day, if i'm ever in your neck of the woods.
Jessie31688 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2004   Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing and your comments were very humorous yet helpful!
DustMatter Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
over the top outstanding work ! :+fav:
Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004   Writer
kashghan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
Stunning oil work!!
yasanagi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
It's very impressionant!! I like very much her lips

You are a great painter
Sanaa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
the shading is perfect and the lippout looks very real
DeLaV Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
excellent. stunning. breathtaking.
There are so many word to describe this picture. But these should be enough... for first.

Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work !!!
Sillyyellowrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
This is stunning! It looks incrediably classical, i don't know, alotof painters now don't think its important to be able to actually paint, especially in oils, but this is just gorgeous. There is SO much emotion in it, all i can think to say is wow!!
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
I know what what you mean about painters who don't think it's not important to know how to paint. What the fuck are they thinking? Like a surgeon that cant operate, "It's not how I close your wound, it's the spirit I close it with." That, of course, is said to a guy that bled to death.

Some painters are just too "smart" or "clever" to bother with the lowly art of painting.
Adoniram Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
Your sense of light is phenomenal. It reminds me of how rembrandt captured light (and from the left too...). I see that you are living in NYC. A tough place for painters, to say the least.

i have little encouragement for you, i believe you already know yourself.

selfawareness is of far greater value than any sycophancy or passing barb.

so consider this a salutation. but know you do a great credit to this community.

paroxysmal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
It's hard to believe the painting is just that - a painting. You are excellent at what you do. Keep it up (=
nitescence Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004   Photographer
i am in awe; this is gorgeous portraiture.
makeyou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
It's very beautiful. You've captured the smoothness and light of her skin well. On full view it looks quite grainy- is that the painting or just the photograph?
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
did you read my comment? It is about that graininess...
Mulysa Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004  Professional Artist
Great work, love the shadowing...
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