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Alan Rickman by Cynthia-Blair Alan Rickman by Cynthia-Blair
"I am the character you are not supposed to like. " - Alan Rickman
One of my favourite actors, in both movies and theatre.

This is a quick oil study I was going to give him if I was able to get to see him in Seminar. I was in NYC last weekend with friends down at Parsons, but didn't have a chance to get over to the theatre. Maybe another time :)

tech details:
9x12 oil painting on board
about 6 hours
photo ref here: [link]
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:iconerineaston:
erineaston Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
That is really good.
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Lecture-Ready Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Wow. Oh my goodness...I can't even find the words to compliment you as well as you deserve. You're just insanely talented and this is gorgeous. I admire and covet your work so much and take a lot of inspiration from it. I hope I can be as good as you some day, omg ;;;-;;;
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
oh, you are being too kind! :tighthug: I'm glad my work can inspire you! Geez, I'm not all that talented...but I've always just worked hard at it...so I'd say the secret-if there is one-is never giving up :D
There's so many fantastic resources here on DA, tuts and such, that have helped me alot along the way :D
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Starlight673 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :D
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:icontheskaldofnvrwinter:
TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS MAN THAT WOMEN LOVE SO MUCH? LOL I see him EVERYWHERE
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's because of the way he portrayed Professor Snape.
Rickman brought a dimension to the character that was much better than in the HP books. He was the flawed hero (or maybe anti-hero?)...dark and tormented...women love that ;)
I get tons of requests for Snape ;)
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You MUST tell me how you DO it. I wanna do this. Here's a list I'd like to do:

My very good friend Johanna.
Clint Eastwood.
Jimi Hendrix.
Jimmy/Robert.
Kiss/Ace Frehley--I've drawn him, once, technically Space Ace.
Tom Baker.
Red Sonja.
Robert E. Lee.
U.S. Grant.
Stonewall Jackson.
The Civil War.
Conan the Barbarian.
Gandalf!
My god, I could go on and on...

I always felt, at heart, Snape was a good, maybe in his own dark way, but dark isn't always evil.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There are some really good tutorials on drawing portraits if you search DA...I have a few, but I'm really not the best teacher. I end up making tons of mistakes, then figuring out how to fix them :XD:
But, if I had to say one thing about doing ANY portrait well (besides tons of practice) it would be this:
Know your human anatomy. facial anatomy. Proportions, references...study how the light hits the form. Once you get that right, and you understand- really understand the anatomy of your subject, your portrait will be great.

Anatomy fail is the single biggest problem I see here when people try to do portraits and work from a photo. Photos can be deceiving...you need to know how to interpret what you see because a camera will lose shadow details. :)

Sounds like you have plenty of inspiration, get yourself the best sharpest largest photos you can find to work from. Good luck with the Civil War ;) since any real photos from that era are terrible (Brady just invemted the camera around then).

I have plenty of trouble with old 70's band photos, which are AWFUL 99% of the time...takes me much longer to get anything decent from them, it's frustrating! I'm getting a bit better at it these days, but it's rough.
Start yourself off with a more current photo so you don't get discouraged as you practice :)
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silverhemera Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3!!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :D
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EmilyDragonflyWolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Perfect Alan Rickman!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! More Alan to come :)
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hhamlet Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow...this is amazing!
You did a great job on this one! :)
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww, thank you! :D
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I-LOVE-ANIMAE Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
OMG u love this sooooooooooooooo much and i looooove alan's acting well done
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! :D
Me, too ... :heart: Alan R
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I-LOVE-ANIMAE Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
:D
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I-LOVE-ANIMAE Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
i looooooooooooove alan to :D :D :D :D :boogie:
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AmbiiLeBambii Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Wow. I'm sure Alan would've loved this! I hope you can give it to him. :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
One of these days, maybe...hopefully... :D
I'd be all nervous he'd find something wrong with it :D
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AmbiiLeBambii Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Never! I'm sure he'd love it and would find it perfectly fine!
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WelkinCooper Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
What a shame you didn't get to give this to him. It's a spectacular portrait of him.
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Maybe someday I'll get the chance :D You never know! :D
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Dogmatil Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
You're so brilliant!!!! He looks great :love:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! well, he does...not many guys his age look as great as he does ! I think it's his personality, too :P
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Dogmatil Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
That's true. He's such a sweetheart, but also a very calm person. I Love watching Interviews with him. And his Voice .... :faint: :love:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The Voice.
:faint:
I want him to be the voice on my GPS in my car.
I want to hear him tell me I'm an idiot for making a wrong turn. :XD:
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Dogmatil Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
That would be Great :D
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peccatori Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's wonderful! :clap:
Good job! :meow:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much indeed!
He's amazing, what a versatile actor...I'm watching him in Rasputin tonight, from 1996 :D
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imhilien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely! *fans face*
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean...if I met him I'd likely :faint:
but I'd try to aim for his arms...
I can just picture him staring down at me flat on the sidewalk, thinking WTF? :XD:
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Nadlss Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Great job!! =O
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :D
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:iconnoxxnoctis:
NoxxNoctis Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you've captured the texture of the hair, it's really beautiful!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! He's got beautiful silver hair, which reflects alot of light :D
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YellowRainbow20 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
holy catfish! :faint: i love this! it looks AMAZING! :D fantastic job ^-^
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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Snapelove14 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Beautiful painting of Alan! :heart:
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Sooo after a long time I finally get it to comment this brilliant piece of work. Its beyond words... honestly! I simply adore this here!!!!!!!! <3 Even Alan looks a bit much younger than he actually is^^""" But who cares XDD
Cause I'm sure he would have been very happy about that great gift :D :clap: Amazing job love!! <3333
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, I think the "younger" part was done by the person who took the photo, from Seminar :D
But why put extra lines back in? He's still the sexiest guy on B'way, either way :XD:
One of these days I'll catch up to him...maybe do a drawing with many of his characters in it. :)
How are you doing? OK?
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Maybe XD
Ohhh yes thats true XDD He def. is!!! <3333
Ohhh lool believe it or not but I working on the same concept with Alan XD I just don't know when I will finish it ^^"" :XD:
Oh I'm fine again, thanks god. I got a flu the last three weeks... :S And you?
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Thlipsi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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Thlipsi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome
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TheCopperDragon2004 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
gah! that was done in only six hours? I officially hate you now! lol.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's only a small head shot, after all...I didn't detail his clothes, either. OK, maybe 7 hours. and it took awhile for me to correct his nose (as usual) and his mouth (as usual). That man never fails to give me trouble! :XD:
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TheCopperDragon2004 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
maybe that's cause his nose and mouth are so distinct?
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