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Boy Thinker by XandarX2 Boy Thinker by XandarX2
This 12"x16" original oil painting from a photo, was done for a friend of mine, as a Christmas gift. It's not for sale, but if ever I find a model as cute as this one, to do more paintings with, I will create some for sale. I just thought everyone would love to see some of my traditional work.
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ephorie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors and his lonely expression, great job =]
XandarX2 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
yes, as with the famous "Thinker" statue, this was a lonely or thought provoking expression. I was just glad to have been able to paint what I saw in the photo...
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love this, the color palette is fabulous.

Great art is all about moving the observer in some way, touching their hearts, conveying and inspiring any combination of mood, emotion, story, wonder, beauty/ugliness, message, idea, and thought.

There are 412 human emotions and only 20 facial muscles to express them.

As you know, faces are the ultimate challenge in figure drawing. Drawing a face is not that hard, the challenge is in capturing personality, emotion, attitude, spirit, and story of the character's face.

You have captured this boy's countenance beautifully.
XandarX2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
I continually strive to do better with my figures. Faces are my place where I tend to live. I mean I love doing them, and looking for every nuance that I can find to portray.

The palette was a bit intense for me, but it still worked in the end. I would love to do this on a larger canvas and try something different with the colors... Not sure, just feel the urge to work it again... Something I rarely do. I hate repeating my work. :P
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
But the work is never really repeated. You are not even the same person anymore. You approach the same "subject" from a different place, with different insights and ideas. It would be very unique to anyone who knows art in the least bit.
XandarX2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
I know that would seem to be the case, but in the case of doing this subject more than once, I don't feel I could do it justice. Now I have taken the subject of "the last supper" and painted it twice. I approached it in two very different ways, but there you could change so much, to change the look and feel of the painting... whereas this painting is limited to the boy, the ladder, and the wall. It just wouldn't be the same. That is why I say repeating myself just wouldn't work for me.
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I see your point. I had not looked at it that way. To be new and interesting, the environment would need to change, like having him sitting on a boulder in a meadow, or on a railing of a porch, etc. But hey, there are so many other things calling out to be painted...
nowayiminsane Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Fascinating... how you made the colors so perfect. So much in sync with the boy's facial expression. I'm truly amazed at this work of art. :)
XandarX2 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. The fact that this was taken from a black and white photo, I thought I did a nice job of translating the colors. I was so pleased when my friend, to whom I painted this for, shed a tear over my efforts. He thought I had done a great job. Is nice to do gifts for friends like that. But I never thought I could get emotional responses like that.

Thank you so much for your comment. I hope to post more paintings soon, with the same quality. I have a book cover to do soon, and I'm taking photos of the model this weekend, so I will be busy on that as well.
senses-wb Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
man, it s a great painting.... wow man i am really impressed...keep it up
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