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January 16, 2012
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Canon PowerShot S400
Shutter Speed
1/318 second
Focal Length
18 mm
Date Taken
Aug 1, 2005, 11:35:07 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
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Gold Leaf Monk by EricKuns Gold Leaf Monk by EricKuns
My attempt to digitally paint a monk in a style reminiscent of Van Gogh. It's based on several photos I took in Thailand of a sculpture of a monk covered in gold leaf, and different backgrounds. There's no magic filter button to do this, I have to set up the ground work and then do all the brush strokes individually with a tablet. And I wish it were that simple.


There's more about this piece, and how I made it, at my website: [link]
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Given 2012-02-28
Gold Leaf Monk by *EricKuns may be a digital painting but the attention to detail and focus on brushstroke, emulate a physical brush on canvas feel, making this piece truly interesting. ( Featured by Moonbeam13 )
Critique by guy2695 Feb 28, 2012, 12:09:46 PM
I'm 13 and this is my second critique so sorry if it's bad.

I like this picture a lot. The lines used all fit together perfectly. The use of colour in the background is great. The white lines do show very well the light or however you call it. The dark lines do show the folds and shadows in a lot of detail. I like how you were able to use a good technique while still making sure the picture doesn't look like something completely different. This actually looks like it was painted by hand instead of digitally. I find it very impressive.

One small thing: I think the lines might need to blend a bit more together? They seem to be like in rectangles. I don't know if this is the way you wanted it so I was just pointing it out. Other than that, this picture is fantastic. Keep up the great work!
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This is a really stunning peice of work you have here!! I adore your use of color in the background, it gives it a sort of 3-D feel :). The tribute to Van Gogh is very clear as well!!! I am simply amazed that this is a digital peice, really well put together!Your composition is lovely and your eye for detail is simply astonishing!!

The only critique I have is that I wonder what it may have looked like with brighter colors.. but that may just be my aesthetic...Kudos! :)

Keep up the awesome work!! Hope to see more in the future! :)
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Cemhta Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the 3D effect this one have! It has a very unique style :)
Thanks! I worked hard on achieving that impasto effect.
woah, this is amazing!
Glad you like it!
Stripesandangelwings Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful. I love the combo of Van Gogh with Eastern Flare.

You pulled this off very well. :)
Thanks! Glad you dig it.
thats great
Making things look golden is hard. Reverse engineering Van Gogh's style is even harder. A worthy effort.
crazy-david Sep 20, 2012
Amonsgt other things, this could be a 'tribute to paint', which is weird, since it's digital.
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