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Stranger Series - Absence by Keh-ven Stranger Series - Absence by Keh-ven
Hey! Sorry if I'm inactive and all, but I haven't really been given the liberty to do anything of interest. (well, at least nothing unrelated to academics)

I'm working on my AP art portfolio some more this year, and I'll be illustrating various pieces for my concentration. I call it the Stranger series: a compilation of surrealistic portraits that involves the study of human anatomy, emotion and different elements.

I'll try to update with stuff when I can ahaha.

This is the first that I call "Absence"in the set.

"Sometimes the moment appears fleeting and evanescent, and everything begins to erode away in front of you like nothing existed."

Graphite medium. 2B Mechanical Pencil.
16in. x 20in. Bristol Board.
Approx 58 hours
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The first thing that strikes me when I see this is the astounding amount of detail that is in every inch the drawing. From the cracks in the bones to the translucent muscle fibers in the neck, it is breath taking when I think about how much time it must of taken you to draw all the layers of shadows and shading and leaves me envious of your exceptional abilities.

Now, the actual idea of the picture leaves me wondering whether the figure is being disassembled or forming itself from the apparent vapors that is surrounding it, which neither a good nor bad, though if it were slightly more apparent it may of added a little bit more of a story to it.
My next critique is simple, and really more a personal thought for you to consider: A small splash of color.
Whether it be the iris or perhaps the muscle fibers, a little something that brings attention to the apparent and wonderful amount of detail you so very capable of producing might add just that extra factor.

Regardless of my personal preferences, I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Darkness. Not so much evil, cruelty or suffering but it seems to me like darkness you've created. Distilled and pure or the essence of darkness, you could say. With me personally, this rings on an elemental note. A rare find.

Much like the critique before me I wonder if the smoke is coming or going, however, I feel it is not as important to see but would have made a nice touch. I don't know what you meant by this but I see darkness and man. Is it darkness that infects the man? A tribute to the fall from perfection? Or Darkness man spews? A political statement of how man destroys everything he touches and twists nature around him? Either way there is the man and his smoke. For all I know you've got a smoker friend you got inspiration from and thought it be "neat". lol It would be nice to know but the image is powerful enough on its own with out a story line so I gave it 3.5 stars

A problem I have is that I tend, without meaning to, to make every thing squared away just so and perfect when I draw. Rigid in creation, you could say. I leave out little details that give personality like 'wear and tear'. I say this to point out how much I appreciate, not some much the attention to detail, in this case but the free reign I feel like you have while drawing. The large bald spot where the ear should be, the wrinkled nose from a snarl. Touches of personality for a lack of better words.

On technique there is so little say. Absolutely fabulous. The hair, the bones, smoke, muscles, flesh, all of it. It all comes together like a BOSS. The level of detail is almost painful to look at. I am in awe.

When I first saw this it grabbed me in a heart beat. It Resonated, it snuck a small feeling a panic in my chest for a second. Made me think if he would be screaming if only he had lungs at this point. I would put this on my wall in my home to look at every day if it were a print. But with a lacking background of what is happening I wouldn't say I'd think about it all day, but I'd sure stare at it for a long while. lol So I gave 4 stars on Impact.

And I'm serious about that print business ;]
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AH86 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely stunning.
GilPires Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
nintensony Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this here [link] and figured to let you know.
Johnnymauch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I love the smokey effect you added here. Must've been very difficult. Very nice!
FanofLions Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just awesome.
waterphoenix25 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
there are no words for how brilliant this is, your amazingly talented!!
diamondgirl600 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
I saw this in the SCAD challenge and just thought it was immaculate! Seriously how long did it take?! :)
sketchartist123 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thats dope
taco7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Amazing, i've never seen smoke effects drawn on paper so perfectly.
rimrimrim Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
This is amazing!
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