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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!
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Mushiboo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gawd. That's amazing.

Wow.
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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!
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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
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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
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purplecatcreatives Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
I like this. thank you for sharing it! :) :)
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slimpig342 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Just looked again on pageview and realised he actually looks quite happy, hehe.
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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

Jo

Xx
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pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Excellent. They should be extremely happy with this.
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is very lovely.
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paulashins Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
you're really amazing XD ~^^
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tawtwi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
you are amazing.
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a-Rion Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008   Digital Artist
cool
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junoknight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my all time favorite paintings EVER.
:love: The details are great, the highlights are stunning... You're so awesome, Gracie!
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
:o that's surprising... why an all time favorite? Just curious.
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junoknight Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just amazed at your talent, that you could take a picture and represent it on canvas so well... I love things by how much effort goes into them, not always how well they turn out.
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Sventine Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! specially in the trees and the bike :clap:
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D I had fun with the trees, this is my first serious oil landscape... hehe... I want to try another one this summer from life :D
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Sventine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
or you can try again with oil earlier... :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
The weather is still a bit chill to spend hours outside :) I'll at least wait till it warms up a bit more weather-wise before I paint en plein air... I look forward to it...
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Sventine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
oh! you paint outside :) that sounds so bucolic^^
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah; lack of a studio forces me to paint on my balcony at least. Painting this commission during the winter months proved difficult; I couldn't paint unless it was at least 40F and not raining/damp/foggy (moisture is not good for canvas)... tricky in February in Philly :D some days when I was working and the weather was nice I'd have to stop what I was doing, paint, then work at night to make it up :giggle: But during the summertime, I love painting outdoors yeah... plenty of natural light, lots to look at and see, and my neighbors are fun and greet me if I'm on my balcony.
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Sventine Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe the neighbors are learning your techniques XDD
balcony art school :D
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memod Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional
hehe, you know that I like this :aww: the colour palette just looks so natural and pleasing, and yeah, I think you're right, this could be seen in a symbolic way :nod:
one little thing bugs me a bit - the piece of sky that we can see looks so rectangular. I think a more varied tree line would have allowed for a more random and natural looking shape. but other than that, nice work, darling :cuddle:

:heart:
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah... you're right :D I missed a few things I meant to do... the strap from his backpack is missing too :paranoid: But hehe.. there is a little cut off from the photo; luckily the treeline is a bit less harsh looking on the canvas :giggle: Not by much, but some.

Thanks dancakies.. the colors were fun to make up... the print of the ref I used was in black and white so I wouldn't be influenced by the reference :D I mostly looked down off my balcony when I was mixing the colors... the pavement, trees and grass... it's not the right time of year right now, but I took the info and extrapolated the rest :D
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memod Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional
I won't tell anyone about the strap, I promise :paranoid: no one is reading this :paranoid:

:giggle:

the trick with using a blackwhite ref is neat, I might try that sometime when I work with a direct reference again...and I feel like I might, soon :paranoid: we'll see :aww:

:heart:
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, greyscaling helps a lot if you're choosing a whole different colorscheme, it really clears your mind of what is there and you can just focus on the forms and leave the color to your own intuition... For this one since I was painting outside, I figured I'd draw from the colors I can see with my eyes instead of what the camera captured :D

Thanks :paranoid: it'll be our secret then :giggle: I even had that strap and a few other things on my to-do list but I never pay much attention to lists when I'm painting :bucktooth:

I don't really think it's necessary, and if I didn't notice it was missing I don't think it's a real problem... :giggle: that area has quite a bit of detail already, so I'm not too miffed. I would almost say it was intentional but that would be lies :lol:
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Figuer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
You are an ARTIST, Grace.
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
:blush: thank you.
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Abufari Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Excellent and beautiful colours. And I don't see any errors.

greets Abufari
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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DannyluvsPie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
beautifully done =D i've always wanted to know how to do that no hands trick xP


this was traditional right?? because its very good ^^
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
yeah, oil on canvas :) The no hands trick just takes some practice, try first with one hand, get a feel for it. Then do no-hands quick, build up your balance, and try longer :)
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Limetastic Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
This is so beautiful. I know it'll mean a lot to Bryant, thank you so much for painting this darling. <3
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
It means a lot to me that this is important to them :heart: I think he's a great guy for giving it to his brother for graduating :D it was a real pleasure to work on this for them.
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Limetastic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
You're so sweet. <3 He's lucky to have someone like you paint this for him because you care. Some artists just never care. :<
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
I care :D I wouldn't normally paint something like this, but that doesn't really matter to me... the heart is there in the project and that means more than subject matter to me... In this case, for this family, this picture does speak more words than words can... so I think I've done okay. It is a really unique way to commemorate someone too... normally commissions of deceased family members are serious portraits... this was playful and fun.. I think it's really touching that his family wants to remember their dad like this... It's sorta how I'd want to be painted XD doing something silly.
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Limetastic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
:giggle: Yes! Me too!! I'd want to be painted snorkeling or something. :giggle:
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
parkour! ice hockey? Me with paint on my face at 2am? I can't decide XD :giggle:
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Limetastic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
:rofl: I think I'd be painted falling down or running into something since that's what I do best. xDD Maybe holding my nose and sulking at the smell of cooking fish? xD
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macarthurfamily Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Wow... just wow. :heart: :wow: :heart:
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you :love:
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parliamentFunk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
I ken flies!
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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Athos-of-Light Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that is glorious. i love it. its fuzzy and happy.
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
It is happy... It was a fun project!
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E-Derby Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
L.o.v.e the concept and the execution! The lighting is particularly fine.
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Gaina Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I think that's excellent, there's a real sense of exhiliration in it :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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