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Apprentice of the Rocket Man by JozJaeger Apprentice of the Rocket Man by JozJaeger
Inspired by the song "Apprentice of the Rocket Man", by Angus & Julia Stone. A self portrait. 30cmx40cm.

Watercolors, on watercolor canvas! It's the coolest stuff, I highly advise you try it sometime.
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There are so many reasons to love this. I haven't heard the song you're referencing, but this piece speaks volumes to me. There's this wonderful dynamic of brightness and cheer versus somberness and seriousness. The strength and saturation of your primary colors really pops, but there's a kind of delicateness to it because it's watercolor and most of it is very thinned-down. The way you made the clouds is great, too. It's like they're literally just holes in the sky. And I can't get over how beautifully rendered the head is. It's so emotional. The muted, bluish, dark gray was the absolute perfect choice. And that tiny, subtle bit of pink for the lips is gorgeous. The way your shadows kinda make the skin look like it's sagging a little, the thinness of the hair, and the crispness of the lines all make it look like "I've just been told something terrible but I don't know how to deal with it and I can't wrap my head around it, and this is stressful."

The composition is very strong, too. You've got this great approximate symmetry thing going on. I also like how you note the shoulders with just those two lines. It's really all you need, I think, because otherwise it would be too much information, and it would take away from all this other loveliness.

I absolutely adore this painting. You've made a phenomenal work here. Thank you for sharing this beauty with the world.

(Side note: This was probably the easiest critique I've ever done. I could go on for days.)
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laforeze Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm crazy to try using watercolor but it seems overall just not for me and i'm afraid i'll suck :( so for now i'll be just appreciating amazing art like yours! :love: congratulation on your work, really well done and emotional.
JozJaeger Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, thanks c: I recommend giving them a real chance, I love just playing with watercolor sometimes.
lalagabrysia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love love love love love.
JozJaeger Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, and thanks for the critique! I haven't read it thoroughly enough yet, but it's very much appreciated c:
Akram99eg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
oh my god so emotional , you so good , keep going ,
JozJaeger Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Submitted on
February 9, 2013
Image Size
142 KB
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Shutter Speed
10/400 second
Focal Length
5 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 9, 2013, 10:48:50 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Windows