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Velvet by piuccheperfetto Velvet by piuccheperfetto
My latest exercise in ballpoint insanity. I quite like it.

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ballpoint pen on watercolor paper
11" x 14"
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:iconnoondarkly:
Noondarkly Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm... not sure... if I like it... or am repulsed by it... morbidly pretty. Or sg like that. Great art obviously!
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piuccheperfetto Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I am always happy to play with ambiguity. As long as it's good to look at!
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Quick critique:
The pen hatching is gorgeous. I weep with jealousy.
There's plenty of contrast between the figures and background, and the background itself is lovely, I like the breath effect.
There's definitely a sincere expression of some emotion I'm not going to dig around for the words to describe on that upper figure.
The expression on the lower figure is stiff and not in perspective. Also, her breasts, shoulder, and torso in general are just not right. The way the cloth lies also feels off. Why is she bald?
It's beautiful, but the way the man floats above the woman feels a little dirty/silly. Maybe if you'd arranged them so that she was propped up on pillows as he leaned over her diagonally, or drew it so that he was lying on or holding himself up above her rather than levitating horizontally it'd work better.
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piuccheperfetto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, I see where you're coming from in terms of the composition and its effect on the piece... The woman I think suffered from the crop. I wanted a very specific shape of negative space between them, but then it made an odd shape out of her and I was never quite able to compensate in terms of her anatomy. So there's that. Tell me about the perspective of the expression - in what way is it off? (I swear, I'm going to watch those Vilppu things, but till then...YOU WILL BE MY PATRON GODDESS OF ANATOMY.) (That sounded really weird. Well, the world at large will have to deal.)

As for the baldness, I confess to a fetish. And wanting a weird sort of symmetry.
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
It's hard to explain without drawing. The nose isn't centered or perpendicular to the face, the nostrils are at a different angle, the eyes look flat and tilted oddly. The top cheekbone is suspect. Etc.

I'm with you on the baldness fetish, certain characters look so much more interesting without hair.
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charcoaltree Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Amazing. Your skill with a ballpoint pen just blows me away. I applaud you! :clap:
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:iconpiuccheperfetto:
piuccheperfetto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm not really sure what to make of my current obsession - all that hatching is just MADNESS! Wait, perhaps I'm mad! That would explain everything...
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:iconcharcoaltree:
charcoaltree Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
You're welcome!
It's okay. I'm mad too. :crazy:
Although, hatching is nowhere near as bad as stippling...
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piuccheperfetto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know what stippling is, but I know I don't want to know.
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charcoaltree Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
In that case, I will spare you the details. :D
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