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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:… and… by Angelica Photography…
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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…

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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 )
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
43 out of 45 deviants thought this was fair.

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?
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66 out of 71 deviants thought this was fair.

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jsdraws Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Karma Police?!?!?! (the title)

ah, my, this is a dream. Very inspiring and now looking forward to trying a self portrait in some way to this!

You are incredibly talented!
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
If there was one focal point in this piece that seals the conveyed emotion, it is the distance within the eyes.  It is as though she can be seen clearly on a precipice viewing a lifetime of memories and seeking the one that makes her, her.
phantommenace2020 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WOW awesome
SpotlessDestiny Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
wow! impressive!^^
AMusingPrentice Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is completely mesmerising. I also love that it is done with mixed media.
LuvTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome details
Magnitude-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Student General Artist
This is really good! Confusing but amazing! :D
ComradeSlagathor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
this is insane! love it. confusing in the best way.
haimokochan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I love this!
LilliNovember Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Stunning artwork!!!
YsabeRondeau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
StayCrafty88 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
I really like this - I'd love to do an interview feature on you!  will you email me -

Shanisaya Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very well done!
Prernagupta Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
The merging is totally awesome! You have great talent dude!
kreativemente Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I first looked at thi and noticed the eyes like WOW, beautiful, then looked up and saw a nose. CONFUSION, then reset and noticed its an after image, then read the title. PERFECT!!
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
Debrakay50 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
This is talent great work
kirstentheartist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Student General Artist
This is fucking excellent. 
ElenaElune Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, trippy... Reminds me of psychedelic art. Love it! :D
mindpoet61 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
mizuuumi Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Woah, you're playing with my head there! This is stunning. Love it!
ngoc15081990 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
so cool , I like it, ! <3
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. :)
nicolesinger121 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is so amazing oh my god
jaehawthorne Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist
This is... Perfection!
ImLovingDN Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
That's so damn amazing!
HanaHikari4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
wow ... Im freezed **
AliaAbdelnasser Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
The most beautiful thing I saw today 😍
zootweek Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is stunning!
13Creationz Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Great execution of and excellent concept.
stabbert3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Writer
Gorgeous. I may be wrong, but I see a contrast between a human soul and an imperfect flesh. 
jessebg2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
This is really great
BombasticPlacebo Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
I love how you executed the two faces at the same time!
haileyseidna Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wow factor. :3
indiwibarcih Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Incredible, it's fantastic man. Congratz :>
BBMcKenzie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa.. sweet
CasheeFoo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
I love it!
Feirse Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Beautiful piece :)
Mclaramunt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Incredible!! I am a dummy! 
MrShimizuTaiki Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! <3
A-Long-Story Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous !! Well done whimsy. <3
marvsl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
love it:happybounce: 
Nichtsdestotrotz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
bogaromi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
wow, im in love with this!! i'll buy as soon as possible! 
QueenOfHellSouls Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! Amazing art *_*
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
rinaloop Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
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
Kagamiwizard Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The eyes are memorizing
Minerva-anthen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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PENTAX Optio M10
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1/30 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 1, 2006, 12:02:27 AM
GIMP 2.8.6