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If I may and if I might by agnes-cecile If I may and if I might by agnes-cecile

another experiment mixing oil and watercolor on canvas, I think I finally found a way to feel comfortable using oils. :)

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50cm x 50cm
oil and watercolor on canvas
around 2 hours
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The use of watercolor and oil mix, has created a wonderful effect, the eyes created an traumatising yet full hard hitting emotional experience, the colors used in the eyes brings sorrow and fear into those eyes, and the use of detailed lines around the eyes has created a realistic yet abstract boldness into the character. This wonderful piece has shown the aesthetic human mind and creativity. The colors almost perfectly blend together,
the bits of color and detailed and such accurate lines has finalized the posture and expression of the artwork, Well done Agnes, looking forward to seeing more of your artworks.
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ciao mi chiamo matteo, ho 22 anni e ho finito quest'anno il liceo artistico. quindi prendi questa critica per quello che è :)
ti scrivo in italiano così posso essere più diretto e preciso. sono molto colpito dai tuoi lavori, hai una manualità spaventosa coi pennelli e i suoi effetti (uso delle gocce etc) e i temi trattati sono semplici ma aperti a letture profonde. guardando la tua galleria si capisce che il tuo percorso è fatto di una ricerca di temi a te cari oltre che a uno stile molto personale. hai una sensibilità del colore tale da smorzare sapientemente le tinte per esprimere quella vaga malinconia che leggo dai tuoi lavori. trovo molto interessante l'insieme di malinconia e luce dei tuoi lavori e secondo me si prestano a una ricerca di ossimori sottili, come sembra essere la tua personalità. da questo punto di vista vorrei consigliarti di sperimentare alcune cose che potrebbero arricchirti senza cambiarti. ti ho già scritto in un commento che potresti provare ogni tanto con l'inversione supporto/soggetto, usando sfondi scuri con colori chiari. secondo me è un modo per approfondire l'uso che fai della luce nelle tue opere. un secondo consiglio è sui formati: prova dei tagli diversi dai soliti, anche esagerando se è quello che senti (disegni su strisce o su supporti dai contorni non necessariamente lineari). l'ultimo consiglio è il più opinabile perchè credo che la sottile malinconia e la predominante assenza di espressività dei volti sia un tratto distintivo dei tuoi lavori, e quindi del tuo carattere.
prova ad esplorare le emozioni. sperimenta le esagerazioni e le esplosioni di colore. non credo corrisponda molto alla tua personalità, ma sperimentando cose un po' diverse puoi arricchire il TUO stile. alla peggio deciderai che sono modifiche che non fanno per te; che non ti corrispondono.

in ogni caso sono un ammiratore ;)
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nina-namart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Great work! I like your expression :-)
kraakr Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
so beautiful... the eyes are amazing! Love your art <3
FoolsGolde Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This has to be my absolute favourite work of yours, the colour pallette is so wonderfully unsual and subtle but at the same time it really jumps out at you, I love the eyes :D
AirelavArt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Molto espressivo! Perfetto mix tra olii e acquerello! :)
arcanehalo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks amazing! D: Could you explain your process? I'm an art student and I plan to learn watercolor next year but this semester is supposedly on oil. It's got the watercolor look I love though! D:
theheek Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WyseGuy5 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this one…really really wish it was available for prints.
ZAKI47 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Writer
Lex Luthor? Is That You?
GoombaPie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
i can't get over this one!
i just love it to no end :D
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've paired your awesome painting with a poem by Patrick Lane in my journal - [link]

If you would prefer that I do not include it, please let me know. Thanks.
QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Hi! this great work has been featured here [link] :hug: :heart:
FredrikCreo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Photographer
Onigiri-man Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Photoolish Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I so love this!
Spades-Kings Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is incredible, the emotion is clear and the use of negative space is excellent
cdrake66 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is just breathtaking. I think watercolor and oil is SUCH a nifty idea :D.
HyeDaa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The eyes is really captivating!
TrisAyumi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
What attracts me to this is the hopeful determination shown from the eyes. That's what I receive from this image.
ranouttahere Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Just absolutely stunning. You have no idea how jealous I am of your talent and vision.
evanescentlachrymose Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. I have been looking at your work for a while now, and you never cease to amaze me. You are pure talent!!
keezymusic666 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student General Artist
If I could favorite this a thousand times, I would.
leviporn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so jealous of your artwork. The emotions it makes me feel, unlike any other works I have seen are breathtaking.
Misskuroineko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wouaaah !!!
MeltingCORE-NEO Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student General Artist
As everyone else is saying - have I mentioned I love the way you do eyes? I feel like there's depth in them - this person seems sad but in a constrained kind of way - they're trying to hide it. (Or maybe they're asking if it's okay to cry?)
fadedintomist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh gosh. stunning~
DoveThunder Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I love how you always put emphasis on eyes- the way you do them is stunning.
sasu1985 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faaaakkin fantastic work with the eyes man!!!!!!<3<3<3<3<3
Huzian Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love those eyes..
Intergrativeone Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
love your style...
DaplasticSmiles Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for some reason, I am very drawn into this drawing
epicr Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome portrait! :onfire:
hellou4 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Amazing eyes! :O
Cantcurestupid Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow. . .
MondayIsHere Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is stunning. :)
Very beautiful!
AfterTheBreaking Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional
Bald-Imaginations Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist
amazingly simple! awesome work :)
CarolineGreen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I really love this piece. The detail on the eyes forces you to zoom right in. It works really well as contrast to the lose face and unfinished negative space. Love that one drip down the neck. Makes the viewer question whether the subject is crying or if it was artist technical/style choice (which i have notice it becoming more popular). It Is a striking piece. Id like to see more like this.
iluvwritin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Absolutely incredible! I don't see much that I think deserves to be on the front page much anymore. Most of what I see are a bunch of fanart that really takes no talent but I do enjoy this piece greatly! Well-deserved.
BetweenTheTeardrops Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
kidkovdrop Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Interesting. Did you go over the oils with watercolor, or the more usual way the other way around? I like the effect in the eyes for sure. I often underpaint with watercolors or acrylics. Nice job here.
gaga-crazy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats good
LeahBu1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. This one makes me think of Jenny Saville in a sense. I love the extreme reality in the eyes and the softness of the rest of the face! NOTHING I wish you had changed. I look to you as an inspiration. Thank you!!
jess-o Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This gave me chills. Absolutely stunning work.
THEBandGeek1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
i apologize that im not in the mood to give you a long critique or applaud, but may i see this is just splendid. I love the feeling i get by looking at the eyes. Keep at this work, because its quite amazing.
Liliumjess Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Amazing...I am at a loss for words...
MissEvaJames Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
LisaSchindler Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to disagree with the prior comment, I find it very appealing that there is so much white in the painting. It brings out the eyes even more, they become more intense and vibrant. It has something of the feeling one gets when staring at one's face in the mirror until everything except the eyes starts to blur.
I really enjoy this painting, bravo! :clap:
MickeyBona Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
jump-cut Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I absolutely adore how the detail fades the further from the eyes it gets. there's just enough information, and no more and the way you've off centered it helps add a great deal of interest. Love Love Love it.
schwarze-eiselfe Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
somehow cool.
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July 16, 2012
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Canon EOS 500D
Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Focal Length
26 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 16, 2012, 11:27:16 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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