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Only Music Can Take You There by angrymikko Only Music Can Take You There by angrymikko
In my art there are often elements of nature because I believe in the healing power of it. To me it works anyway, every time I paint it's like I'm escaping to my own hidden garden that always manages to make me happier.

(it's a bit ironic that I'm writing this in horrible fever but whatever)

Sketched from a reference pic I took. :eyes:I painted the whole image using a round brush with opacity at 50%. I'm going through a face when I feel so bored with all the realistic portrait paintings. And YES I do it too sometimes, I don't think I'm better than anyone by saying this. When you see pores of skin painted exactly the same way for 1000th time you kind of stop caring. Besides you can manipulate the eye in endless ways by using the brush stroke contrast and direction. This isn't a rant, there's nothing wrong with realism. I'm sure I'll do that stuff again many times. Just for now, I hope you can enjoy the brush strokes with me.

Thanks for viewing and reading/enduring my odd descriptions.
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taggartm Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the brush strokes - excellent work!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
:wave: Featured here -> [link] :woohoo:
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Awesome! :iconsquee-loveplz:
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sharpie101 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist
I love the colors and composition great job!
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Krismas83 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very nice image, your technique comes off so well in this one
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010   Writer
:heart: "Only music can take you there." :nod: Is true for me, too. Nice work!
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured here [link]
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:iconmarshmellowbrains:
marshmellowbrains Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hello!

I'd just like to let you know that I have featured your deviation here: [link] !

Thanks! :)
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TomBydand Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
nature rules! i heard somewhere that nature will regrow from what ever we chuck at it. but we wont. i always remember that and try and help it out.


nice picture by the way. its verry calming
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SURFBOARDJOCKEY Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
AMAZING DUDE NO LIE :) I am def adding you to my fav's
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axelalonso Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A real cozy palette color choice! :+fav: and describes well the enchanted personality you show on each work! Have a great new year! wishing you get the best of it :star:
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arhcamt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
i definitely enjoy the brush strokes! :w00t: feels so refreshing. :nod:
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E-motional Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work
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agenda666 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
true:nod:
and so is good books, and art such as your;)
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jubazi Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
kaunis ja kysymyksiä herättävä
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katikat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You may got some popularity because this picture ;) i saw it from Helsingin sanomat-magazine.

I'm glad that somebody made that article, usual peoples don't know what is deviantart.com hopely they know it now ^__^
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angrymikko Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I'm really glad they picked this one. And the article shows the community in a positive light so that's good too. It's so common for old people here in Finland to think that young people aren't at all interested in culture because they don't even know pages like this one exits.
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katikat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, i hope peoples read that artikcle.
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katikat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is beautiful and so true, only music can get you to places you never get in real life.

It got happened to me too.
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michellemariesuan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful colors. I also love how you integrated nature with the human subject. It really is what I look for in a painting, the connection of man and nature... This was always very clear before the industrial age came... :D
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Lechtonen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Mahtava, rentouttava tunnelma tässä...
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Light-Archangel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
WOAH! my friend! this IS an amazing job!! really great ! allow me to congratulate you! so full of feeling!
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ur13y Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
It remembers me an illustration i did some time ago... humm
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dragonlady13 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008   Photographer
Looks beautiful!
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timterrenal Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
nice rendering
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snarkisaur Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
This is gorgeous, the first thing it reminded me of was Michael Phelps. (:
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:iconnarratress:
Narratress Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
"I'd like to be...under the sea" (beatles)

looks very nice
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DIVASOFT Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
left hand is not right)
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ivoryblood Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Why he looks very lonely? just with the goldfishes...
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jevinart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
beautiful work, pal!!!
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CarnivalChild Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
I love and agree with your strange descritption. But the angle of his shoulders/arms feels a little awkward.
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ikari3 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
i love it. the goldfish, the skin tones, and the entire concept of it.
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MellowMarie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. Very peaceful and relaxing to look at.
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It's a nice piece, but when you say you hope we can enjoy the "brush strokes", I'm just not sure if you're using the right vocabulary. Digital brushes don't operate with the same nuanced complexity that real physical brushes have, especially holding the diverse thicknesses of real oil paint.

Check these paintings out to see some really noteworthy examples of minimal brush strokes used elegantly yet powerfully. (1, 2, 3, 4)

I think it might be better to say that you hope we can appreciate your subtly-textured departure from ultra-smooth realism.
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angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
But you're only giving me face close ups! Bear in mind that I work in a very large scale so at this size there's a fair amount of optical and digitally blurred blending due resizing. So for example this man's head is actually quite similar to the links you gave in terms of brush use. I do enjoy the oil paints unique way of defining the starting and ending point of the brush stroke but after seeing my digital paintings in the exhibition printed to large scale I noticed the beauty of round flat brushes too. They're fresh, graphic but painterly at the same time. And as a artist it's easier to appreciate (for me) because you can't do any tricks with the shape of the brush that way. =)
If you for example look up some work from Edelfelt you'll find that they all look fairly realistic until you see them in real life up close. Thanks for the comment.
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Salemish Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
That's so true. Amazing picture! And it's kinda sexy c:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! :clap:
I love the brush strokes and stylized-ness of it,
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Yay! for fever inspired description rants :giggle:
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purple--platypus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
I think it's lovely.
Though... is there any reason he's only in underwear?
Or is it simply to show off your awesome way of colouring skin?
:P
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angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I wish I had such high and mighty reasons for doing what I do. I think it was just me being a horny man and painting stuff. The yellowish orange hue pops out of the blue background well so I think it serves some composition function too. Thanks for the comment.
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purple--platypus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Haha, being a horny man is a perfectly good reason. XD
Out of interest, roughly how long did this take you?
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ImInUrDreams222 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
I think a lot of times artists might feel they need to do something different, and that sometimes really does create wonderful new experiences and art. I personally think this is one of them, hehe.
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fangedwolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Overall I really like this work. The lighting is good, the bodyshape is well done and I am loving the way the hair moves.

The only thing that bothers me is that the edge of the face is sort of lost a little. I am not sure how to remedy that except making the highlight on it brighter perhaps. I don't know. I just feel that the face lacks something.
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:iconangrymikko:
angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
True I forgot that bit from the light bloom layer. Now erased, thanks for noticing =)
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fangedwolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad to have been of assistance ^.^
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pseudoenergy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
I love the way the brush strokesd make it look--it definitely suits this picture better than a more realistic approach would have.
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TheJasmineDragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
awsome skills!! hope u feel better soon tho
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masquerading-SANITY Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
you talk sense
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Heguy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love very much the concept.

I hope you get well very soon! :*
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rikku300 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful ^_^
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ll Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
delightful! (and not just for the subject - hee hee)

I wouldn't have said i'd peg myself as a fan of impressionism until quite recently - but much like good concept art it fires the imagination to fill in the pores and other detail, meaning everyones interpretation is kind of.... well, personal :)

Brilliant job, and heres to the first of many! :)

LL
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