Self Portrait in Red by jlwilliamson

Self Portrait in Red

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Added: Jan 23, 2004
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This is a redo of a much older self-portrait I made. In trying to fix it to account for the evil tricks my monitor's been playing on me, I ended up re-painting the whole thing.

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jlwilliamson's picture

That's okay, Dave. I was trying to reply back with a quote from one of his stories, but I'm having that half or no message bug cropping up. I love the creepier bits of those short stories myself, so thanks.

Guest's picture

Sorry! I forgot to post a comment on the art. I love this piece - it evokes the atmosphere of Robert W. Chambers ( for me anyway ). Excellent work.

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CAMILLA : You sir, should unmask.
CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside
disguise but you. STRANGER: I wear no mask.
CAMILLA : (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask?
No mask!
THE KING IN YELLOW: Act 1-Scene 2d.

kenmeyerjr's picture

This is really bold, great statement...and I like the fact that it looks more like an acrylic/pastel piece than digital.

jlwilliamson's picture

Thanks Rowan. I'm a theatrical kind of girl, so it works for me. Smile

dodds's picture

Wow, very nice! The theatrical feel of the image is fantastic and the execution in brilliant. The golden dragons upon the kimono are a really nice touch too.

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megaflow's picture

Wow - I love this! The lighting and rendering are lovely, and the eyes looking off to the right add a bit of mystery.

jlwilliamson's picture

It's really not so different from normal painting, you just have to learn how to exploit the tools you have in a different way, because digital has different strengths and weaknesses. I suspect that someone with a good eye for form, color and composition (such as yourself) would likely 'get up to speed' very quickly. The tutorials here on Epilogue have been a great help to me, too, and I highly recommend them.

flingling's picture

I like this a lot. The bright light captures the eye right away, and I love how the hair and the dragon mask seem to merge into each other. You´ve done an exellent job pointing out the similarities in these two different components. How long does it take to become this good at digital painting?

mistere's picture

Great Kimono as well as the mask, I wish you well

jlwilliamson's picture

Thank you, Michelle!

batbrat's picture

Wow! Beautiful work. Such lovely detail. I am also captivated by that hair and by the rich silk fabric.

jlwilliamson's picture

Thanks! I really like curly hair. It wasn't hard to do...just lots and lots of thin layers of color. The inspiration for the decoration on the kimono (originally I think I had flowers on it, which wasn't working) came from a piece Christina Stoppa posted recently here on Epilogue. I was so taken with her Dragon and Phoenix pairing I knew I had to draw some of my own!

elven-nell's picture

I am absolutely mezmerized by the hair! So magical! It reminds me of how the old masters painted hair Smile The details on the costume is just staggering as well! Interesting composition too- I like how you have placed yourself to the left- it leaves room for unlimited possibilities, not to mention she is looking to the right. Now it's got me thinking!

jlwilliamson's picture

Thank you! Smile Having looked at your beautiful work though, I'm thinking there's one liberty I shouldn't have taken - I should have left in all the freckles!

somerset's picture

Excellent self-portrait! Jennifer! love the oriental mask, and that kimono is so beautifuly detailed!

jlwilliamson's picture No need to be envious. The hair is based on a Halloween wig (once very nice, now something far rattier). My real hair is ash brown, currently short and spiky. But we should be able to paint the hair we wish we could have, right?

jlwilliamson's picture

And it should come as no surprise that you just named the two parts I had the most fun painting. Smile

jlwilliamson's picture

Why thank you! I was surprised at how much more colorful this is the second time around, but I'm quite pleased with it. It's been a bit of a struggle, probably because it's so personal.

eschulz's picture

Jennifer! Wow! Is your hair really that nice? If it is i'm totally envious.

kenmeyerjr's picture

really nice job on both the hair and the patterns on the kimono....

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what?! no comments?? well that's perfect, that's all I got to say

Art at its best.