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Beguiling Enigma by LiamSharp Beguiling Enigma by LiamSharp
This is a painting I'm just doing for myself - been YEARS since I did an oil painting for no other reason than to just DO it! I must do more!
This is just about done I think. Will look at it again tomorrow and decide... :)
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duerer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
love it!!! <3
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winternachtloser Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I guess you are a professional & I am an amateur . This painting is not done yet ; I find her hand & arm too maculine , too much masculine work affect on you ? maybe ? I can see that she is not a fragile women , but still ..and what disturbs me on that painting is the left of the woman ( the right of the painting ); why did you do the grey background after you are done with the woman ? When I first opened this painting it hit me like old
paintings , " very well done " I thought & it is . There are so little paintings that  I would like to hang on my wall & this could be one . I also , always plan to paint pic. with different windows . But you must do something about the left background of the woman . It is like you painted it , then I came & completed it very untalented:S 

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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Artist
You are right - it's not finished yet. And I'm also unhappy with her hand, which is still at a rough stage. I don't mind the rey background though, and it was really all an experiment, trying something with negative space and a composition that breaks the rules. I'm not at all sure it works but I'm glad I tried something different.
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winternachtloser Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I can imagine only now , that you don't mind the background because you knew already you could do it as perfect as the rest of the painting but you preferred not to mind . I should understand the mind of the artist before . I am curious to see the final state of the hand . I love hand & foot drawings & paintings ; very special lines & veins & shape of muscles .
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kindsouldier Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Personally I'm unimpressed by perfectly feminized features when doing a woman, or equally with masculine figures. Coming from a scientist's perspective, women range from various levels of hormonal development and a beautiful woman with remnants of masculinity in her appearance are incredibly real and appealing to me. We can turn genes and hormones on or off, mostly without consciously thinking it, and a rough life with more demanding activity can show in the appearance of a beautiful, naturally estrogen pumped female. Gorgeous. The other aspects of the painting did seem more of an experiment, and aside from that grey on the right having too many distinguishable lines and patterns that cause a lot of distraction, I love it. I say go with the hand! (the thumb nail could use work, though. It's a bit too distorted by contrast)
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Igotmo4 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Amazing work !
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you so much! :-)
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Igotmo4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   Digital Artist
U r welcome.
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ileWolf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow! I am speechless.
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Leancosta Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
He,is this really the conclusion?Got your mind made up indeed?
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artist
Actually it WASN'T the conclusion, and this still isn't finished. It's currently in storage in the UK. I have no idea if it will ever be finished...
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TheRealDarkRevan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
DO IT DO IT DO MORE MORRRRE
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artist
Ha ha! :-)
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DanFeatherston Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
love seeing brushstrokes haha! your art works amazing :) if your ever really bored your welcome to paint me something for thrills
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Stunning artwork - well done
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FindingOx Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
very nice! I like how you chose to put the window-hole in the wall at that spot -- keeps me looking
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PandaIlustra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
awesome!!!
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DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best reason to create art is for your self. ;)
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humawinghangin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
this rocks Liam! no Bisley and Frazetta influence, but definitely fine art! :)

how do you start an oil painting? do you underpaint? or d you alla prima and wont stop till almost done, then do revs when dry? or do you still work out the problems thru thumbs?

i like how you textured the white wall, never have i found white backgrounds, or foregrounds to be this appealing. and it compliments the intensity of the woman. :) you're not drawing musclebound creatures and i'm still loving your work!

hope to see more. :)
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artist
I am without plans! I have no technique. I really should, but I'm a hap-hazard organic kind of creator. I just sort of see where things take me... :-)
Thanks for the kind words!
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jott6900 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I prefer this kind of work to your barbarian stuff - there's much more emotion here and it's clear you put more of yourself into it. Great stuff.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you. :) I don't quite know what it is that forever draws me back to barbarian pictures... I think I FEEL like I have a classic of the kind in me somewhere and I need to achieve that aim. Sadly, in my eyes, I never have. It's the emotional resonance I'm looking for, and that's harder to find in a stereotypical barbarian piece!
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jott6900 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Maybe that's the answer for you? To break out of the box and do a barbarian picture that is not stereotypical and has the resonance of this piece and others that you've done. I liked one you posted a while back-I think it was a portrait actually...Maybe your conscious is making you do a stereotype and when you think barbarian this is what you get? you're almost tuned into it that way.. I don't know maybe that's looking too far...
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saturnword Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As others said, the texture and depth of the wall is amazing. Her eyes are mesmerizing as well.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you! She has different coloured eyes, so I'm glad you mentioned them. :)
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saturnword Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A pleasure! Her eyes are what captivates people with the lower corner I think.
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Whoooou, is that Spawn in the background? Can we see it pretty pretty pls? The chick is nice too
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
What, that old thing? ;) The Spawn cover is already in my gallery. :)
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
It sure is, didnt recognise it from the first sight, Btw u should add a new pic of it without all the signs. As for today's barbarian he's cool but if u allow me to point your attention at it, I think his back seems kinda too straight and flat, u know, I think it needs more of a curve in the waist and depth in between the shoulder blades. May be only the photo though, u seem to have taken it under some angle, which bends and twists things a little
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phiq Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
It looks great. Though my attention is being somewhat distracted by the Dark Ages Spawn pic in the background, lol. Love that thing. Anyway...
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
LOL!
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mravenger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
im loving your painting man, there's just something very refreshing about them!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you! Appreciated. I'm loving doing them! :)
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tokibun Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The composition is really interesting. I love how it looks like a wall.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you! THat was my hope! :)
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Faraku Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
:) Happy...
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Me too! :)
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Faraku Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
yaay :D
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chungusamongus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how the wall really looks like a wall.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Cheers! I was hoping it would! :)
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pingvin66666 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
a.m.a.z.i.n.g.! :D
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Too kind! :)
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Aw. Thanks. :)
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Very nicely done, Liam.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks again Keight! :)
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Punisher75 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Beautiful!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Thank you! Appreciated. :)
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Muady Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I mean this in a very good way: That is borderline creepy^^

Im afraid that if it was up on a wall and i walked by id think a beautiful woman was checking me out.
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Ah, my jester friend! I think there's a lot in my gallery that's borderline creepy... :)
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