Oh my word, this is beautiful...how 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.
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.
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...
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!
That makes sense, Thanks for the tips. I tend to use alot of dark tones so to me, when I keep something light, it doesn't look finished and I always darken it up which usually just gives it a false illusion. I think I've got alot of practice to do on my wings. I love when Caravaggio did his wings because he didn't usually just use white wings. In the "Victorious Cupid", he used wings with dark tones, like bird feathered wings. But then again, he painted set up scenes with propped wings, so being the realistic painter he was, he would just simply paint what he was looking at. I to do not like to use too much references, I agree, they make you brain lazy. That's a very impressive job, sounds very time consuming. Well, thank you again for the tips. I will do some more sketching I suppose. Keep up the good work man, take care.
+ the wings and their feathers a leaf like and interesting, I have never used oil paint before so i guess there is a difference in how things come out??? almost a paper like heaviness to his wings along with a greek - o - roman like toga/wrapings and the mysterious dangling chain or is that a vine of thorns... hmm
it's too bad no one remember's ol' Bara; what's even more sad, quite a milenia has gone by; I suppose the Archangel's themselves forget their own kin and or siblings from time to time. odd take on it but that's how I feel, besides thatm I notice the rose is in a style I seemingly am beggining to notice, . interesting halo of thorns and not light. looks like a doleful and sad being with a great deal of power behind it's facade. this makes want to look up the sybolism of a white rose, and I do so love the stone, gray skin almost alien like instead of statuesque in form; the face just distracts yet intreigues me. I know more about the Archangel Micheal than this Archangel here, I wonder if Micheal remembers Barachiel.....
Thank you! It is a shame. I guess it really depends on what faith you go by if you hear of the others more or not. My guess is they just aren't as interesting as the other big 3 to get the attention they deserve. They are two vines coming down. One alive, one withered. Cycle of life sort of thing This one has the most symbolism out of all of them.
Oh my God...I don't know what to say...This is amazing and disquieting at the same time. (It also vaguely reminds me of Chet Zar. His figures are grotesque and usually extremely ugly, but have a strange innocence to them.) I love the contrast between the figure and the background as well as the figurative contrast between the innocence of the white rose and the obvious deviousness of the figure. The small features like the disheveled feathers and the veins in his arms, they just blow me away. You definitely deserved the daily deviation...This is perhaps the best painting I have seen on dA in the eleven months I have been on here.