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Iliijaa by navate Iliijaa by navate
The prophet Iliijaa.

Acrylics on canvas. I’m not positive about the size… I think it’s around 30” long? Forgot to measure it. Painted in about 10-12 hours total, I suppose.

The marks on the canvas are scratches and water spots. The paint was scraped away in places. I also used my fingers in smear the paint around in some areas.

This is the best I have ever photographed my acrylic work… for once I can happily say the photo does the colors justice!
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RileyJCooper Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
This is fantastic. The neck and shoulders blending into the background astonishes me. Great job!
vagepaul Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
asanteM Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Is this a black woman with red hair basically?
navate Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If that is what you want to take away from it.
AlmAArietis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow.. this is lovely. Really well done. :clap:
MidMiddleton Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
If only I could meet her!!! Such things to tell I'd imagine,
nice job remembering the things forgot.
Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Your skin tone and the way you shaded this is amazing. The colors are beautiful
Usagi973 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Xenophilia-Topaza Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this.
SLography Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
This is fantastic. I love the colours, the energy... she looks determined and warlike, and fragile at the same time. O.O
Skelderthorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Beautiful! I love the colors :)
BlackDelphin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! :clap:
Took you quite a few hours to finish, but the result is marvellous! I really like how well the transition is made, and at the same time the amount of detail that can be seen.
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in a news story [link] on beautiful and creative works currently on display in the various Ugly Mug Portraits galleries!
navate Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
marychain Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
eliriel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, im in love with the color scheme and the style. absolutely wonderful! favorited. keep it coming!
marielynn724 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your painting style is really amazing. I like this piece even more than your digital paintings because I can really get a sense of technique and the artist's hand in the work. Very organic and original.
defcon79 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
truly beautiful...the contrast between the greens and reds make the face show some real depth.great use of complementing colors!!!!
Kemiel Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Student General Artist
This is truly amazing. I like the neat/blur effect; it suits it just fine.
Photosnap Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this in my journal :)
DM7 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm in awe! It's ur best ever! :+fav: for sure!
dejahofmars Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is fantastic. it conveys such power. i would love to hang this on my wall... [sigh] someday, when i'm not in poverty, i will buy great pieces like this.
kicsicsillag Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
waaah, thats fcking beautiful!!! (sorry for these words, but now i can't express myself in onther way)
tsareia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is outstanding! :+fav:
Elescave Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
I have featured this painting here: [link] :butterflytwo:
navate Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
sleepindarkness Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Wow! You did an amazing job!
almendro Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
realmente impresionante
PitaVegeta01 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
PseudoSavant Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
gorgeous...i cant stop staring:hug:
roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
amazing artwork and photo of it
BlkJade Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
olNadavlo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Brilliant work !!!!
Sileas Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
She looks very exotic and is very beautiful. I love the transition of the soft and hard colors. The dreadlocks are pretty awesome. I also love the expression of her face, she has a serious and almost apathetic look to her as if she's like "been there done that, got the t-shirt." It' s stunning.
themisskitty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
I think the painting itself stands wonderfully alone, but the scratches, smears, and water spots you gave it allows for a more intriguing appearance.
Sylvina77 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007   Photographer
... very interesting work ... skin of her face looks so real ... and there is hidden mystery in her eyes ... :clap: ...

PhilRey Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Student General Artist
awesome...but creepy...

ive never even heard of her...shes cool though xD
LunixVampyr Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007   Digital Artist
i love the textures and the feel of it :)
JoBeeOne Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Artist
This is lovely - very pouty - great detail and depth but also the cool painterly bits that make it look a little raw too. Think I will have to fave! :)
HulloAlice Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
alexandreafr Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Very beautiful. Strong and beautiful.
WhoLovesLou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
UGH! It's amazing!!
d10n1tr1x Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
its so it......
you are something truly special :)
ChaiChe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
this is fantastic. are you going to make it into a print? I will love to buy one. Or are you selling the original??
ElgntDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Wow! Absolutely fantastic! This is one of your best yet! It inspires me greatly... :love:

btw did you use rapper Eve as reference? I seem to see a few similarities with the face and hers...:hmm:
navate Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) I've don't know who Eve is... the face wasn't referenced.
ElgntDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Oh, ok... first off - WOW! I mean that is simply amazing, without reference! Holy cheesecake all the way... :faint:
Oh and I've got another question - how did you start off? Did you start with a background or the skin? Or the eyes..?? *iscurious...*

I guess it's just coincidence about the Eve thing... but do you normally use references...? (I have to use ref for absolutely everything! It's really getting on my nerves! grr...)
navate Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I start with the background, by laying down the base color and going from there. (In this case the bg is mostly still the base coat.) The figure is sketched onto a large piece of tracing paper then transferred onto the canvas after the background coat is done. I have some progress steps for the next painting I am working on that I will upload when I post it here, if I am not explaining myself well. :)

And of course I usually use reference. Not so much for simple portraits like this one, because a face is something I can pull from my head, but more complex pieces I always have refs for the anatomy, just in case. :)
ElgntDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Oh ok... I love knowing the process of artworks! It helps me a lot! So I can't wait until I see your next piece and its WIPs!! :w00t: (yes, you rock big time!)

Last question (I hope! ;P) - when you say you transfer the picture with the use of tracing paper, do you mean you first traced your original sketch then onto the tracing paper, then went over the lines on the other side of the tracing paper, and finally went over the lines once again this time transferring them onto the canvas. Am I right? I'm asking as that is the way I learnt and I never thought that you could transfer anything onto a painted canvas.. I mean you used pencil right??
Sorry if that was a totally dumb question!
navate Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I use pencil for the tracing paper drawing, but I don't transfer the graphite... you can transfer it to the canvas but it discolors the paint. I transfer it "by eye"... I tape the tracing paper sketch on the canvas, then I slowly roll it upwards, sketching in the lines with paint underneath the paper as I go. It leaves me with a very rough outline of my original sketch, which I can tighten up later using my pencil sketch for reference. I hope that makes sense... it is hard to put into words, but it's shown in the WIP shots I will show later for the next painting. :)
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November 28, 2007
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot A95
Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Focal Length
8 mm
Date Taken
Nov 26, 2007, 5:13:33 AM