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For a minute there I lost myself by Marie-Esther For a minute there I lost myself by Marie-Esther
Mixed media (watercolours, pencil, black marker, coloured pencils, white pen) on thick smooth paper, size A3

Reference pictures: www.facebook.com/angelicaphoto… and www.facebook.com/angelicaphoto… by Angelica Photography www.facebook.com/angelicaphoto…
Check out her FB page for more inspiring photos!

Keeping up with my more personal kind of portraits, dealing this time with the sensation of losing ourselves at times.
Inspired by a conversation I had with a person at my small exhibition, about traditionally painting dynamism and several instants all at once versus usual traditional portraits' staticity.
Inspired also by the photography of a fellow deviant whose works I really admire: :iconpotworow: and her double exposures and films. Check out her gallery, you won't regret it!


"Karma Police
I've given all I can
It's not enough
I've given all I can
But we're still on the payroll

And for a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself"

Karma Police - Radiohead

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBH97m…


You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artbygaiaalar… I am slightly more active on there, if you want to get in touch with me, I recommend you to do so via FB!

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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-03-25
In For a minute there I lost myself, Marie-Esther does a wonderful job of capturing the subject matter with great skill. ( Suggested by Dragos-Sulgheru and Featured by Astralseed )
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Alright, where to start.
First of all, The motive is pretty cool. This is one of those pictures you can look at for a while and appreciate the details. I find it particularly intersting how the hand can either be touching the touching her lips or covering her face, considering how you look at it.
The technique is great. The proportions of her facial features and the hand seem all in place. Shading and lighting are very well done too and her eyes pop out instantly. I'm especially fascinated with the way you coloured it and considering this is traditional art, this is even more astounding. Also worth mentioning is the combination of the red and black hair colouring. What I also noticed after looking at it for a little while is the nice shift in tone from the colder left side to the warmer right side of the picture.
It's a good thing you worked some of the colour in the background in the upper left aswell. This may seem trivial, but you could've just aswell let it white, however this little change does in fact make a difference.

Now construcitve critizism also includes pointing out the negatives. And I tried to find something here, but that would just be nitpicking for the sake of it.

Overall this is a great piece of art and even more so considering that it's done with a traditional medium.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
34 out of 36 deviants thought this was fair.

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Everything about this piece works flawlessly!

Vision: It's as if you went inside your own mind, took a photo of what you saw, and printed it out for all to see! The freckles and hair are all so realistic! The colors and lighting are sublime! And the eyes are like vacant pools of starlight longing to be filled!

Originality: I've seen MANY portraits that have this dreamlike/mirage look, but there's something about your's that just screams volumes!

Technique: Your method of using different tools - pencil, pen, etc., - I think worked perfectly!

This piece GREATLY reflects the artist who created it!
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
63 out of 67 deviants thought this was fair.

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mizuuumi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Woah, you're playing with my head there! This is stunning. Love it!
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ngoc15081990 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
so cool , I like it, ! <3
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Shanghi8 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Really caught my eye and made me stay to look further. The colors are wonderful and the title really fits well. Well done. :)
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nicolesinger121 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
This is so amazing oh my god
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:iconjaehawthorne:
jaehawthorne Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist
This is... Perfection!
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:iconimlovingdn:
ImLovingDN Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
That's so damn amazing!
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:iconhanahikari4:
HanaHikari4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
wow ... Im freezed **
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:iconaliaabdelnasser:
AliaAbdelnasser Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
The most beautiful thing I saw today 😍
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:iconzootweek:
zootweek Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is stunning!
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:icon13creationz:
13Creationz Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
Great execution of and excellent concept.
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:iconstabbert3:
stabbert3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  New member Student Writer
Gorgeous. I may be wrong, but I see a contrast between a human soul and an imperfect flesh. 
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jessebg2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  New member
This is really great
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:iconbombasticplacebo:
BombasticPlacebo Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  New member Student General Artist
I love how you executed the two faces at the same time!
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haileyseidna Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
Wow factor. :3
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indiwibarcih Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Incredible, it's fantastic man. Congratz :>
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:iconbbmckenzie:
BBMcKenzie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa.. sweet
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CasheeFoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
I love it!
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:iconfeirse:
Feirse Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Beautiful piece :)
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:iconmclaramunt:
Mclaramunt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Incredible!! I am a dummy! 
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:iconmrshimizutaiki:
MrShimizuTaiki Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! <3
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:icona-long-story:
A-Long-Story Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous !! Well done whimsy. <3
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marvsl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  New member Student
love it:happybounce: 
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Nichtsdestotrotz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  New member
amazing...!
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:iconbogaromi:
bogaromi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  New member
wow, im in love with this!! i'll buy as soon as possible! 
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QueenOfHellSouls Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! Amazing art *_*
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EpicArtGirl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's awesome! I recognised in your picture that feeling when you think about something and don't understand anything around you; I like colors in this picture too
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:iconrinaloop:
rinaloop Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
wow!!
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:iconsergioartist:
SergioArtist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
very imaginative incredible easy to imagine anything good conbindado is not confusing and very expressive
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:iconkagamiwizard:
Kagamiwizard Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The eyes are memorizing
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:iconminerva-anthen:
Minerva-anthen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...
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:icondoylemichaels:
DoyleMichaels Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous.
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ja-kub-a Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoah! This is stunning as stuntsman's stunts, man! :D
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andtherewaslight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nah you are actually rude. Who do you think you are?? Im furious. Making me spend money i havent got. Had to be creatively original didnt you. Had to be detailed and precise... you couldnt resist could you. Artists like you make my wallet sick. You only have yourself to blame. 😠😠😠😍
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AlexandraGuizado Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
the technique is sick, awesome work Nod 
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:iconilbianconeve:
IlBiancoNeve Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what the fuck ?!?! ... hell ... stunning ... LOL
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torivan6 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
:o (Eek) just  amazing 
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:iconcidian:
cidian Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
My workspace is a lot more inspiring now thanks to you :happybounce: 
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: :heart: Thank you so much for showing me! Can I share your workplace also on my facebook page mentioning you too? :eager:
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:iconcidian:
cidian Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Absolutely :) Here is a little bit better photo with some Android Jones art also
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:iconkeithpun3:
keithpun3 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is so intense. Color, concept and those eyes....What a trip;) (Wink)  
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AlexaDeviantArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extra!
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creatingisbreathing Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I think it's the best portrait I've ever seen!
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AyaSenoArtLyricalH Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What a beautiful work!!!!!!Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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dahol71284 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mesmerizing. This is a wonderfully provoking piece. Thanks :)
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lithiumvi0let Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Outstanding!
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TheJoanaPADJ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Lovely work! A well deserved DD! ^^ Congratulations! :D
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:iconblanquis:
blanquis Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woooow nice
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Carl-McIntyre Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, this is amazing.
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tranzintel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy wow this is amazing! good work!
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jainswapnil52 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
deviantart is changing my perception to art//

best painting i have seen in like, ever..
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