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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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SaphireKitsune Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional 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.
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