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The Not So Talented... by aRtUSSELL The Not So Talented... by aRtUSSELL
Here is my entry for :iconmr-ripley: 's contest
14,000 points in Draw Tom Ripley Contest Please fave this journal to let more people see this contest. Thank you!  :heart::iconHugMePenguinplz:   Welcome to    Draw   :thumb244035591: 
 TOM RIPLEY      Contest  
Hello. Let's draw my favorite guy 'Tom Ripley' and win all my 14,000 points. All good artists are welcome :pat: 
:heart:  Who is Tom Ripley?   :+devwatch:There are many versions of Tom Ripley in the books, movies and stageplays. But Tom Ripley that I mean in this contest is the leading character from the movie in year 1999 called   The Talented Mr.Ripley   (Matt Damon version) only.  
Click here to see his images :  Google  http://ww


I do not usually work this dark but I liked this movie still and thought it quite emotive. I found the tonal qualities of the face interesting and assumed- not incorrectly that this would be a challenge for me.

Hopefully it is recognizable as Matt Damon in the role of Tom Ripley.

Even if you are not entering the contest, I recommend you take a look. There is some seriously good pieces drawn by some amazingly talented (Wa-Hay... Topical) artists.

Incidentally, this is the first portrait I have ever completed, of a famous face.

This is the second upload of this image. I was not happy with the first attempt. Natural light is always better when photographing artwork
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Photographer
Here is the DTP feature including your wonderful work, Russ: [link]
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gord bless ya. :D
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Photographer
I'm late, but congratulations on your victory! Your piece was really phenomenal, as I'm sure you know! I'll be posting up a Feature in my journal with this. =)
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much, especially for inviting me. I couldn't believe I finished in the top 10. Definitely one of the best competitions. So well organised.
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surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Hello!
Congratulations for your tenth place in the contest "Draw Tom Ripley"!
You are featured in my profile page, under deviantID: [link] . :heart:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again! :D
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surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
You are most welcome! :D
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:iconjocelyner:
JocelyneR Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Hi!
Congratulation for your 10th place in the contest "Draw Mr. Ripley"! :heart:
You are featured in my profile page, under deviantID, right hand side [link] . :hug:

Your work is awesome, btw! :love:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again! :D
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:iconhoydadi:
Hoydadi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congratssss! I featured you here [link] :D
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent... Thank you very much :D
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Dude, this is and emoted post:
:iconvioletrose1plz::iconpinkrose2plz::iconpinkrose3plz:Congrats for :iconvioletheartplz: the contest!!!:iconpinkrose4plz::iconpinkrose5plz::iconvioletrose6plz:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My Eyes!!!

Thanks. Your piece had my vote. It was just a bit good!
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations on your win in Draw Tom Ripley contest! :party: :heart:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I just managed to squeeze in there. Congratulations to you as well.
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, Russ, and thank you!

What? Squeeze in? Nooo, you did a superb job on drawing Tom Ripley's facial expression, especially the eyes!! :clap:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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manimelvr Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a lot of the entries were realllllllyyyyy good, but yours.... I thought it was a photograph at first!
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thank you very much.

A really lovely comment. I am very flattered.
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manimelvr Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was my pleasure! <3
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You've been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

You're too kind :heart:

Hope all is well and you start feeling like your old self soon. Ehm... Young Self. ;)
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!

Lol.Thanks, Russ :hug: :heart:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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rlyawesome Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :love: this had my vote in the contest! :clap:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much indeed. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you like it :D
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work :wow: His emotion you've portrayed in this drawing is amazing, Russ, and you did fantastic job with eyes again! :clap: Good luck with the contest :heart:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Mayumi.

I am still not 100% happy with how I capture eyes. I feel they still miss a certain reflectiveness that others, you included, are able to achieve. I am getting there though and this comment helps me to know I am on the right track.

In an ideal world I would be happy to finish in the top three accompanied by two very special and supportive pencil artist that I would definitely refer to as friends, who have entered as well. Hmmmm... I wonder who they could be?
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Not completely happy with the eyes? I think you did a pretty good job, but wanting to improve the quality of your art is always a good thing for an artist! ;p The only thing I noticed is that the outline of his irides are quite sharp. You could make them a little softer and that may help to achieve more natural look. If you look at a photo of an eye, you'd notice that the outlines are not so crisp. I usually trace along the outline with my tortillion to soften it.

You're such a sweetheart, Russ :D
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for fave as well. :D
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :heart:
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melanoteskiatnne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If the photographs aren't satisfactory, why dont you scan it in?
But yet, I have no idea what you're talking about, 'not recognizable'! You simply must give yourself more credit.
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found scanning to be worse. It loses so much information, especially in the lighter tones. I am sure there are better scanners out there but if the funds were there, I'd rather spend them on a good SLR. I'd get more use out of it and probably do some amateur photography. I just have to do the best with what I have. :)

Thanks for believing in my abilities. Sometimes I stare at and compare the piece I am working on and the reference for so long, I kind of become blind to it. I ask myself if I have achieved the likeness I was going for. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no. Invariably it changes from one minute to the next. I think this one is OK but perceptions tend to differ.

Thank you again. :D
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melanoteskiatnne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, i see XD

no problem :3 You work at your skill often, I'm sure you'll reach your goal no matter how lofty.
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, your belief in me is inspiring.
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melanoteskiatnne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very kind of you~ Thanks :D I love helping people!
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   Photographer
I'm so glad you managed to finish it in time, it looks incredible! It was definitely a great moment in the film - and I'm glad it was a scene you decided to capture.

Good luck in the contest, Russ!
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also.. Thanks for the fave :D
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, Kendra.

I uploaded the piece again. I wasn't entirely happy with the first try.

I have a confession to make "I have never seen the film". I plan to though. I do, honest :)
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww.. You portray his emotion so well in this work, and your traditional technique on his skin is interesting and has neat detail. :clap: Did you use just pencil? ;) Thank you so much for joining my contest. Good luck! :pat:
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your comment. I am glad the emotion came across.

The entire piece was drawn in pencil. I just re-uploaded an edited version. I took the digital photo in better more natural light. The version you see on screen now is truer to the original, although still not perfect.
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely recognisable and looks very good to me. I can't see the details properly, I'm sure I'm not seeing to it's full potential either, my laptop screen is .. well, gubbed (for want of a better word you understand :giggle:) :(

Loadsa luck!!!! :la:
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, Paul.

Gubbed Laptop screen... Ewwww!
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol... Paul-a
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NicksPencil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Instantly recognisable - well done :)
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thannks for the fave, as well :D
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, Nick.

What a relief.
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