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Barachiel by Dan-Harding Barachiel by Dan-Harding
18x24 Oil on Canvas. More from the show. Barachiel one of the Archangels. **SOLD**
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Barachiel by *Dan-Harding ( Featured by STelari )
JNRedmon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Oh my word, this is long did it take you to do this?!
This is a very creative representation of an angel. Too many people just stick wings and a robe on people and call it a day. I love the mask.
Dan-Harding Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I think it took around 70 hrs.
JNRedmon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
:jawdrop: That is impressive.
thisguyrocks Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, just thought you should know, someone entered the "Train Your Brain" contest with a piece that is a half assed replica of this piece by you. His name is Tanicdesigns, he's on Deviant's site...
Dan-Harding Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Bro, thanks for the heads up! I read the comments and what he says is way off. It's true that there are similar pieces from one artist to the next but not like that. Maybr I'll enter the contest lol.
thisguyrocks Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, you should totally enter. That would be hilarious...
Dan-Harding Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It seems it's an art student contest. Damn!
thisguyrocks Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, u would have stole that one... I don't plan on entering any contest's for at least a year. Need to learn more texture and surface techniques.
thisguyrocks Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Question, how did you make the wings look so realistic? Did you use a photo reference? The shading, or forming of them are so subtle yet, it's all that's needed. They look great. I use alot of deep value changes in my art, so I have a hard time doing light colored hair, and especially wings. Mine always look like tattoo style wings. Any advice? Yours remind me of old baroque art work. Very well done...
Dan-Harding Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My day job is doing art restoration mainly for churches so over the years I've painted a lot of wings. I haven't used reference for them in quite some time. Plus, I try to stay away from using to much reference. It's not a bad thing to use it but for me I'll start to rely on it to much and I'll get brain lazy lol.
How I get them to look soft is trying not to use to much black. I do a layer of a mid tone gray and while it's still wet I go in with straight white ( I prefer Titanium) and map out some feathers. Tighter at the top and looser towards the bottom. That mixes with the gray so you get a pretty subtle look right off. After that use a bit darker shade of the first gray and outline some feathers. Again starting tighter at the top and getting loose as you go down. Then use a very soft brush ( a mop works well for this) and blend the entire thing so it almost looks blurry. After that I go back in with white and basically start again until I have a good gradation and sharp feathers fading into blended out ones. Sometimes Black is needed to sharpen some edges but not to much. Also, Bending some feathers to add some cool shadows helps give it depth. Hope that makes sense:)
Thanks for the compliment man! I really appreciate it!
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