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Submitted on
March 14, 2008
Image Size
6.3 MB


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Canon PowerShot S80
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
7 mm
Date Taken
Mar 11, 2008, 3:27:27 AM
No Hands by mynti No Hands by mynti
Commission, 16x20 inches, oil on canvas.

More photos available here: [link]

This is a gift from Bryant to his brother for graduation. The painting depicts their dad, an incredible man who was lucky to have such a loving family.

I learned a lot painting this, had some fun, was liberal with my changes while keeping the subject matter the same. When I was painting, I realized the "No hands" trick on a bike could very well symbolize this man's rise from humble background to raising a family and becoming a successful attorney. I chose a completely different, warmer color palette and an earlier time of year setting. No reference used for the background.

Crits are fine, but the commission is drying and will be shipped soon, so changes are not possible. I know there are errors, but overall I'm happy with it. The photo is the best I could do; the painting seems to have more colors when I look at it in person.
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C-Dot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Look! No Hands! No feet! No teeth!
Mushiboo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gawd. That's amazing.

ChiiSanCullen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
YOU PAINTED THAT! DX I need to get my eyes checked. From a far it looked real! You're ah-mazing!
DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Beautiful painting, Gracie! (Hadn't realised you did traditional media as well). I love how "in-the-moment" this feels, like a moving scene frozen in time, and the green just gives the picture vibrance and life. :D
mynti Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Far :D Yeah, actually two of my three DDs are traditonal :) I only picked up digi art 4 years ago, trad's been in my veins for 11 years. (Mostly figure work) There'll be more oil paintings this year; I've got 6 canvases to fill this summer, and I'm doing a few landscapes from life I think! Weee, I can't wait to go out in the woods with my paints and easel and paint en plein air.

Anyhow thanks - this was tricky to do without the layers I'm so used to now, but I think considering this is the first serious landscape in oils I've done, I did okay with the background :D I'll pin that on my speedpaints. It was overall pretty darn fun to paint actually, I wouldn't have painted this on my own but I still enjoyed it :D
purplecatcreatives Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
I like this. thank you for sharing it! :) :)
slimpig342 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Just looked again on pageview and realised he actually looks quite happy, hehe.
slimpig342 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I think there's great comedy in this- the deadpan face combined with the fun, childish pose made me smile =)

Good to see you're still around and busy- we all miss you over on OMM! At least now I can see you've got a good excuse for abandoning us =D


pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Excellent. They should be extremely happy with this.
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is very lovely.
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