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In ictu oculi by donavanneil In ictu oculi by donavanneil
This is a painting done for practice, based on a self-portrait I did a few years back:  Self Portrait circa 2012 by donavanneil.

The original drawing had imagery that pointed much more obviously to its theme of life/death/time, but I pulled that back a bit here. I think it's appropriate that I'd do a retread of this and these themes at a point in my life where I'm dealing with a lot of fear about aging and such.

I made some composition-related improvements, and I'm fairly happy with the finished result. I love the fairy-tale illustrations of Maxfield Parrish, and the work of Mucha. I really love playing with the 2D drawing/painting plane in a work that is meant to sell a 3D illusion. It' something that I tried here with mixed success. It was fun to do at any rate. :)

I'd love to hear others' thoughts!

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Andyboomerangablanca Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like my brother.
donavanneil Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Student General Artist
Hmm... I wonder why! Sherlock Holmes 
thequeenbrandonian Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017
Amazing! 😍
donavanneil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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