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Saint No.52 by Doc-Hammer Saint No.52 by Doc-Hammer
MEDIUM: Oil paints on a canvas that is around 28" x 22".

MODEL: The other painting of Rikaco. You know, the girl from the little spackle picture. A handsome lass, is she not?

NOTES: If you look on the far easel on my gay-assed Desktop Picture you can get a blurry eyeful of this thing at an earlier stage. Not that far away from this one. But you can see that I hadn't yet started to join the tones of the background to the figure in the foreground. I adjust that relationship till the last stage of the painting process.

Has that thick texture that the other painting I posted has. But this is a bit more of an "image friendly" photograph. If you look at the bottom of this photo (this is a photo of my painting, NOT the painting. That's why I call this a "photo") you can see where the flash has bounced off the texture on her tummy. (I said tummy. Is that effeminate? Should I have said "torso"? Okay, even if "tummy" is kinda fey, I could have said "belly"... And that is inarguably kinda girly.) There are a few strange camera flash artifacts on this photo, like on the neck and the tummy (I mean torso), etc... And depending on you monitor, this photo may be slightly more red than the actual painting.
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THEALEJANDRAART Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
amaizing work congrats!!
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kateback Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student
nice
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youthzero Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really like the detail and shading on the face. very nice.
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gamehuntera Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
great work. 9.9999999\10 )
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BlueBlaze9 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Looking at these again, this is one of my favorites. So beautiful.
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goratrix1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Holy crap, I had no idea you were a competent, Nay, talented painter. I mean wow. You're really good.
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jakeonthegreen Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I really had no idea you were this good. But, she kinda looks like Boomer from BSG.
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ConfuciusCubed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I love the way you capture emotion win the faces of your subjects. She looks thoughtful but also a little sad.
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daxusflashlight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
amazing
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corbenfan84 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of paint do you use?
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corbenfan84 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow iove this good job
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I aspire to be like you. :P Your paintings remind me quite a lot of Rembrant's work. I'm guessing you took a lot from him.

You always work from a live model, do you not?
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GaryStearly Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very nice gallery my friend
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
a very lovely piece! :)
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Taiman Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
:jawdrop:

Ugh.

Wow.
This is mesmerizing.
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:iconj0rosa:
j0rosa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and full of emotions :love:
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scribbler Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love the warmth, emotion and realism of your work... especially here. Would you consider joining the painted-ladies group and adding your works there (don't worry about limits for now)?

:iconpainted-ladies:
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estrayastar Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I'm pretty bad at commenting (as in, people usually don't get what I'm saying) but I just had to say something about this because it's gorgeous, and it kept me looking for a really long time. I love how warm it is and how much depth there is and the little highlights. It's very layered and there's a lot to it and it's just really nice.

Sorry if you said it elsewhere, but how long do these normally take you? And if it's a long process, how do you keep yourself motivated to finish? A lot of the time I find it really hard to stay with something for a few weeks so any advice on that would be amazing if you have any to offer.

Thanks. (:

Also post more paintings soon, derp derp.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
TIME: About two months. Usually with 16 hour days.
MOTIVATION: Trying to make the painting not suck. I have motivation innately. I paint. It's not a task or chore.
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estrayastar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Oh wow, that's incredibly long. Do you have the model sit each time then, or just the first few days and then use photos from then on?
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PaleMajesty Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
I know I don't comment often, but your work is very inspiring. I especially love your use of light in making such rich and lively yet sombre portraits.
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ACEJester Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
It's crazy to look at the date of this submission and realize that you haven't uploaded any paintings in three years now.

How much time do you spend painting these days? I understand VB and your band must already take so much of your time, so I'm just curious how, if at all, you fit painting into your time.

Also, how old were you when you started painting seriously? I'm already 22 and have only been painting for about 7 months and feel like I'm getting such a late start. I've been comedy writing and doing basic flash animation since I was about 13, but it's hard not to feel so far behind or "late to the party".

I hope to see you guys at comic-con. I'll be the guy with a pacman tattoo who looks surprisingly like a jock. I promise not to put on a Letterman jacket and shove you into a locker though.
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o0oTamarao0o Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Silly man. You're still saying "Gay-assed" like you're a cool kid from ATL. I love how our little southern colloquialisms like that seem so fantastic to you yankee fellas.

Moving on...I can't get over the look on her face. Not only can I not get over it, I can't quite interpret it. The emotion is incredibly raw and evident but almost impossible to put a finger on. That makes this really excellent. Beautifully captured indeed.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Sorry, but "gay-assed" is a colloquialism of childhood, it's hardly regional. I've heard it my whole life and I live in the North East. It's like "retarded". A completely offensive slur against a group of people when looked at by an adult with an agenda, but to children... It has very little to do with homosexuality or mental retardation. It's an appropriation of a taboo... Just a bad, therefore exciting thing to say for a kid. The excitement of a taboo generates emphasis on its negative aspect. Like: "Water the plant that I loath because it refuses to grow in the desired fashion" can more easily executed as: "Water that fucking plant." The plant in question is not copulating with another plant. "Fucking" is used to add emphasis on its negative aspect... MAN! I'm off topic... I just got all into bad-words... Anyway, "gay-assed" was not used as a nod to the homophobia of the South from an adoring Yankee...
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shtl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful portrait. Very touching. :heart:
Love the way you rendered her eyes/look. (soory for bad spell/english).

:+fav:
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nargynargy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
the camera flashes are kinda interesting because they bring out the texture detail to a greater degree than your other pieces. I think I like it more because it feels more like you'd see in real life.

I'd love to be able to touch that bit around her belly. You use oils so perfectly :)
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Neilando Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Absolutely incredible. Your colours absolutely kill me, and not in the "please, no more" way, quite the opposite actually. They kill me in a glorious "there are what appears to be a thousand completely different colours in this small area of skin and it brings it further together".
Beautiful, Mr. Hammer.
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marianorc Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
What can I say...awsome techniche, I like painting female models too, but my techniche is not as refined as yours. May I ask where have you studied?
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
In my studio... Self taught.
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:iconmarianorc:
marianorc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
And what types of books would you recomend to self teach yourself like that?
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Cheye89 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
D: Holy crap, that is beautiful!! I could never be able to do that. I struggle so much with realism at school. Really, this is awesome! XDD
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ZepherFish Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I have been wanting to see your paintings up close for some time.
This is just Beautiful.
Respectfully Jonathan
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ElTheGeneral Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
ahaha! Tummy is good enough. Do you have a model that sits for most of/some of the duration, or do you paint from a photograph?
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squiglemonster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Beautiful beautiful.
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HettyBobcat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love the low light. The skin looks like one could touch the canvas and feel the ridges and the change in texture from one part of the body to the other. My oil painting leaves much much much to be desired, but it is a medium I so love to use, through all my painting-short-comings, I keep coming back. (regardless what my mom says. :D )
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Life-takers-crayons Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Just stunning work :)
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jahwatson Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
AH, so you are a crazy man. explains the brilliance in the expressions. thanks for the late night expulsions of words in fragments. very fun to read. well, not read, but more experience.

great work.
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gromyko Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
i love the whole saint series from your works...very expressive
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
This is an excellent artwork. Nice tones - great lighting.
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The1Blur Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very emotional...very beautiful!
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TimeNorPlace Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
i noticed in your desktop pic that you have a baddass standing ashetray, i want, lol, nah good work.
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Raedmund Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, "Tummy" = Girly-Boy and "Belly" = Boyly-Girl...so I'd just go with "Gut" if you want to convince people that you're a beer-swilling manly-man. Oh yeah...nice painting!
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
I like the safety of "abdomen". It lets people correctly believe that I'm a chatty little dork.
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Raedmund Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Good point...that's precisely the reason that I give unsolicited advice to people I've never even met!
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Distephano Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
You know, this one of the only portraits of yours I've seen where the model is looking upward? Funny how the little things can make such a huge difference. It adds like an entirely new spectrum of feelings she could be having. Anyway... totally faved.
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sanderus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
Extremly well done! To my fav :)
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Rawfall Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
whoa :wow:
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elfenight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Student General Artist
Oh... just to say: I'm fond of your works! It's awesome, and realised very well *3*
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motorcyclehero Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006   Interface Designer
I chose 52 to comment on for various reasons (mostly pertaining to the DC book I spend $3 on every week).

I can never get any real (not digital) painting to look so emotive, so I stick to abstracts. I'm really impressed.
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modest-rye Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
from one painter to another, I admire your work a lot. I love how you pinpoint the spots of light on the girl's skin at such softness that it adds sincerity to her aura
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