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Elise Portrait by Sankam Elise Portrait by Sankam
As promotional pieces for my comic, Persona Animus, I am doing formal portraits in oil of the main characters. This one is Elise Bowen, a healer and diplomat. I also made wallpaper.

This is my first finished illustration in oil. Ever! Very challenging.

This picture is available as a print! Details here!
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Given 2007-05-02
Dainty and elegant; a beautifully painted Elise Portrait with so much sophistication in her subtle smile. Don't forget to stop by *Sankam's page and take a peek at the rest wonderfully textured work! ( Featured by y2jenn )

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BakinJake Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Fur Elise? Sorry, couldn't resist. This is very nicely done. You should be proud. I like the costuming, especially the way you painted her lace trim and the folds of the cloth. You have captured the texture of the cloth-bound book behind her. It reminds me of some of the books my father had.

The only criticism I have is that I think you could have muted a little more the green in the shadow behind her.
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JudgeDeadd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
A nicely thought out color palette, some nice technique and soft shading that make her look all adorable and fluffy. (Though she looks a bit old on the picture, like a grandma; was this intentional?) I love the way the dress turned out.

And the concept itself--an anthropomorphic character masterfully depicted in oil, as if a Rembrandt portrait--is heartwarming somehow.
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Luigilady95 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
how lovely :clap:
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awash2002 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Very beautiful
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cdcantrell Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
very cute work
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:iconkosjenka:
Kosjenka Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007   Artisan Crafter
So, so cute! :flirty:
Well done! :clap:
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Hermione75 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
see tribute to your pic, will reomve if not o.k. with you
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:iconsankam:
Sankam Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional Artist
No problem, as long as you credit me when you display it (which you are). Strange to see the environment around her go all surreal like that... it feels like I am rapidly falling away from the picture.
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Hermione75 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm nice take on it, thanks
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PurpleMuffin Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
mice pictures rock
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sorceressmyr Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
lovely...i love the color ;)
such a lady she is.. :D :D

an congrats on DD!! :D :D
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:iconnot-of-this-age:
Not-of-this-age Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
She looks like something Walt Disney would drem up to serve Cinderella..... Lovely...
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sbcuknowme Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Student General Artist
cuuute
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K-S-O Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that is one nice piece!
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FictionArtwing Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
I love her eyes! She looks so sweet!

Awesome job for a first time oil painting!
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CheshireCat8D Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job with the painting, l love the highlights and shadows in the painting. How long have you been painting?
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Sankam Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Artist
Let's see, it's been... (Looks at watch...)

In all seriousness, I just took up oils a little over a year ago. I've been taking classes in painting, composition, and color theory. I had done most of my color work digitally before then (and I still do, now), but I love real media. There's just something about having a physical artifact at the end of the process that is so satisfying.

Thanks for the kind words!
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CheshireCat8D Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had some limited experience with painting in my high school art class and a semester of painting in college. I was never any good with coloring mediums, but I want to work on them more. I want to practice with watercolor in particular, but I constantly get interupted at home.
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:iconsankam:
Sankam Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Artist
I've found that once you start to understand tone and color, you can pick up almost any medium and get decent results pretty quickly.
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Gabycat Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
wow! so many many comments and views! and all well deserved! congratulations!
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ospreyCG Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Digital Artist
I appreciate the nice, traditional feel that this piece has - it's a fresh alternative to the usual style of work that I'm used to seeing around here.

What I like about it is that it's not a completely refined piece - it's not overly done. It's simple and elegant. Keep it up.

- MH
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Sankam Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you-- I have found I really enjoy painting with real paint.

I think the secret to good painting is knowing when to stop before you screw it up. =)
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Westbury123 Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
wow!!!!! you are soooo talented!!!! :D
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SpikyhairdVash Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
very nice, I see why it was selected as a DD
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ekrem-onemultiplied Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
very beautiful :)
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Booshnig Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
I can feel a lot of personality expressed in the character and the colors you've chosen. Very nice work :)
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AngelHalfie Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
She's very cute, and this is overall such a great painting...it's like you found a little lady mouse and asked her to sit for you!!! The oils really bring out a lot of texture and feeling, and I like the deep rich red you've used in the background to make her light blue dress and pale face stand out.

Great job. I could never do that!!!
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Sankam Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Artist
YAY. That was exactly the intention-- to make it look like Elise came in for a formal sitting. There is nothing cooler for me than for someone to read a piece just the way I intended. :boogie: Thank you!!
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AngelHalfie Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
You're welcome!!!
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Yuna-arts Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
it's sooo beautiful!! congratulations! :clap:
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
This is a very well done piece. I like that you did it in oil colors. I wish you well with your cartoon.
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AmyAquaMaster Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Photographer
awwwwwwwwwwwww
shes soo cute!!!
i lovvvvvvvvve ittttt!
awsomeee
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sooo kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiii!
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CryofDevil Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Photographer
anyone told you how cuttie is??????
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Sankam Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Artist
:lol: Today? Yeah, a few. ;) Thanks!! :love:
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FireSoulPhoenix Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
awwwww....

congrats on the DD ^_^
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shewhoroars Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
this picture makes me think of emily dickinson for some reason.
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Minimony Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oo how sweet! This is very pretty. You worked so well on her expressions, she looks real though she's a cute mouse ;D!
Congrats!
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:iconalebat:
alebat Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very nice.
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:iconj-nny:
j-nny Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
awesome picture, well done
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dahenia Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Amazing, love this work, in particular her expression. Excellent!
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ipeksen Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Aww! This is cute, touching, sad, happy.. and a lot more.
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PrincessTigerLili Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Disney should hire you... if it's not already done ;)
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:iconsankam:
Sankam Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Artist
Gawrsh. Thanks. I have not worked at Disney, I don't think I've got the chops for it yet, and probably too late anyway.
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:iconrodrev:
rodrev Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful man! And in oil, wow...just wondering. When I paint Acrylic I always have a problem with the scanning. How do you put your paintings on the computer?
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Sankam Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Artist
Just so. It's a digital photograph, taken in natural light from the window, since that the light I used to paint it. Since I could not get a straight-on picture without reflections, I took it at a slight angle and then corrected the perspective in Photoshop.

The original is 16x20 inches, so it would not fit on a scanner bed.
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rodrev Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay. Thank you very much :)
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i-invented-roses Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
take a picture with a digital camera. thats what i do.
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:iconrodrev:
rodrev Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But wont you even then get light back from the painting, and will it be just as good as the scanner?
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