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Member : Marcelo Chiarella
Picture Name : Julia (detail)

Julia (detail)

From a photograph I took from my little niece.
Mostly using Den Brushes and a set of Jeremy Sutton Brushes.
Some impasto in a separate layer for the final touches.
A photograph I took from inside a coconut shell were used in a layer for creating a discrete texture, mostly seen on the white part of the background.
I worked around 20 hours in producing this. Done in high resolution appropriated for printing with richness of detail even on a bigger format.
I decided to publish only the face detail here, due to the limited imposed upload resolution.
To see the full image at a higher resolution, please visit (not the full resolution but the full work):
http://mchiarella.deviantart.com/art/Julia-79110788

Original shot:
http://mchiarella.deviantart.com/art/Julia-Original-Shot-79420469

Thanks for your viewing and commenting. All of them are really much appreciated!

PICTURE STATISTICS

Number of views: 4109
Number of comments: 33 Bronze award for more than 10 comments
Picture rating: 4.93 Gold award for a rating of 4.7 or above
FACE-OFF STATISTICS

Number of face-offs: 363
Wins: 34.16%
Runner-up: 14.05%
Draws: 51.79%
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COMMENTS

RT says:

Think this is probably one of your best Marcelo. It is so beautiful worth much more than a 5.

Posted 116 months ago

SusanRichey says:

Absolutely wonderful. Great idea with the coconut texture. The impasto brush strokes give it a very painterly feel.

Posted 116 months ago

Tigran Eduard says:

Beautiful work, Marcelo !

Posted 116 months ago

Floortje says:

I love it! Really nice work.

Posted 116 months ago

Helen Chierego says:

Marcelo, I went on over to DeviantArt to see the whole image-it's beautiful! I especially like those painterly brushstrokes!

Posted 116 months ago

Jill Garl says:

Just beautiful Marcelo. The brush strokes are wonderful!

Posted 116 months ago

atadesigner says:

so lovely and so well done :)

Posted 116 months ago

jobema49 says:

Nicely done Marcelo, she's cute

Posted 116 months ago

jobema49 says:

Nicely done Marcelo, she's cute

Posted 116 months ago

Meg says:

Wonderful work, love your brush work and texture :)

Posted 116 months ago

MLSH says:

This is really an impressive piece, Marccelo. I enjoyed looking at it.

Posted 116 months ago

Sandria says:

Marcelo, I love this little portrait, the brushwork really is lovely. 5.

Posted 116 months ago

Grandison says:

Great man! You continue to surprise me. Love the texture work. I would redo that left eye though because it is not following the curvature of the face but goes straight out to the side. Take a closer look at it again.

Posted 116 months ago

chiarella says:

Thanks all for your kind comments and observations! I really like to hear from you. Grandison, in fact, after so many brushstrokes, is there a great possibility of things running out of their original place or even being distorted. After finishing it, I realized something weird with her right eye (left for the observer). I thought it was a little bigger but, maybe you are right, the eye line is not going around the face as expected. I was really tired for correcting this. And, the most difficul part, after correcting, is to give the same treatment, textures, color to the edited portion. Iīll got some inspiration and patience and try to correct it, because I really liked the print I did it on photographic paper.

Posted 116 months ago

Grandison says:

Yeah, I can see the difficulty now, Marcelo. It may help to lock your layers in place, both PS and Painter do it, label everything, obviously, but keep them to a minimal else things will start getting away from you. Lastly, only flatten and format what you're going to submit. Works for me anyway because in hindsight I'm always thinking I should do this to it or that. Don't get me wrong, Marcelo, I'm loving you're work and that of most of the artists here. As a matter of fact, I applaud you all for using so many different mediums i.e. pastels, oils, acrylics, etc. I have used those traditionally in the past but I've never been gusty enough to try them digitally. I mainly use the markers and, oddly enough, traditionally I can't stand them. What gives, right? :) One thing I find very consistent about your work before I go. Your sense of color and direction of the brush strokes are very admirable! Ciao! Now get back to painting, all of yuz! :)

Posted 116 months ago

PIerre says:

Marcello, a good portrait in this loose brush stroke method. I've read and understand Grandison's comment. He has a good point. On the other hand, you did not try to be photorealistic here. The nose makes a deep concave curvature at the bridge and I find that my eye reads it without finding the straightish line bothersome.

Posted 116 months ago

chiarella says:

Ok, Grandison and Pierre. To warm up our judgement of this piece, I decided to make my original shot available at: http://mchiarella.deviantart.com/art/Julia-Original-Shot-79420469 Please, fell free to criticize and suggest anything. Really much appreciated all the opinions posted here. PS: The link is available for clicking right on the work description.

Posted 116 months ago

akroach says:

Fantastic Marcelo. I have to say that I love this crop. There is something very appealing about it.

Posted 116 months ago

Patrick Belote says:

Excellent Marcelo. I liked the uncropped version on your web site. The coconut texture is uniquie. This is definately a fantastic portrait and a great heirloom piece for your niece.

Posted 116 months ago

PIerre says:

Marcello, I looked at the original and stick to my opinion - you weren't going for photorealistic; it is a matter of choice how you treat certain details. If you are unhappy, then by all means amend until satisfied.

Posted 116 months ago

chiarella says:

Thanks all for comments and suggestion, again! Patrick, indeed, although in my first works it was a tendency of being photorealistic, today this really bothers me! Letīs say, if I begin a work from scratch, being photorealistic would be a merit, but, this is not the case when a photograph is my base. I this case, the merit is to produce something artistic, to imprint my own symbols through my brushstrokes and according to my interior style (bad or good). This will be an eternal searching.

Posted 116 months ago

Judy says:

Wow, great texture, fabulous painting!

Posted 116 months ago

carmaz says:

Excellent!

Posted 116 months ago

kobi says:

I can appreciate the added effort with the coconut layer...it does give an extra element of richness and texture. Excellent Marcello!

Posted 115 months ago

Giovanna says:

I looked at it larger...impressive! You did a beautiful and artistc painting, Marcelo! Bravo, Gio

Posted 115 months ago

chiarella says:

Thanks Judy, Carmen, Kobi and Giovanna. Itīs allways a pleasure to see your comments.

Posted 115 months ago

Carrie says:

Wow! This is so real and old feeling. Carrie

Posted 114 months ago

Nickillus says:

Who wouldn't melt if those eyes looked at them? Aaaaaaw!

Posted 113 months ago

William says:

Love the brush strokes, they are very good, gives the painting effect. you have done well.

Posted 110 months ago

Alana says:

Absolutely lovely! Brushwork is awesome!

Posted 105 months ago

Dave oconnell says:

nice job great brush strokes

Posted 97 months ago

chiarella says:

Thank you for the continued support to my work!

Posted 95 months ago