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Nervous System by DerekRestivo Nervous System by DerekRestivo


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Something that's been missing from my portfolio are portraits. Portraits aren't my expertise, but it's a skill that I plan to continue to improve. I have so much respect for all the artists on here who do exclusively portraits, because they're not an easy task.

Anyways, I included the cyberpunk angle to keep myself interested in the painting. Credit goes to Aaron Beck for his work on Elysium for inspiring me to include the facial implants. I envisioned this character as a junkie who would fit perfectly into William Gibson's Sprawl series. The trachea hole is meant to emphasize the griminess of the cyberpunk vision of backalley surgical enhancements.
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Almerious Feb 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh! Portraits are bloody hard, there's so much that can go wrong! But I think you did this amazingly well! The detail in the skin, tattoos, and implants on the face are just superb.
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DerekRestivo Feb 15, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! They sure are hard. If you mess up one little feature the whole painting looks off, but sometimes that feature is so minor you can't even tell what's wrong :/.
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Almerious Feb 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hah, agreed. And the more realistic it is, the easier it is to see something is wrong, and re-working it sometimes makes it worse XD!
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DerekRestivo Feb 19, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Yeah tell me about it...
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