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Jack White by Cynthia-Blair Jack White by Cynthia-Blair
Jack White
Inspired by his recent Blunderbuss tour, with his favourite blue color. I've wanted to do a portrait with one of his hats, and this pose reminded me a bit of Clockwork Orange's Malcolm McDowell.
Dedicated to my friend ~GuitarLuv and all you Jack White fans!

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10x16" oil painting on Strathmore Mixed Media board
approx 10 hours time
ref photo used: [link]

there's wallpaper and iPhone sizes on my website: [link]
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Atnica Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Nice! Great painting. I can't believe how much he looks like Johnny Depp.
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ladyjart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice my friend i so love your work..Hope your doing well..Miss our chats..:)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Lady J, thanks!
I hope all is well with you, and your daughter and your new life...

I have been rather immersed in the challenge of digital painting, and work for clients, but I will get back here and post more new work soon. And I am not abandoning traditional, not at all...at the moment I am disciplining myself not to fall back on my tried and true techniques(traditional), and keep pushing out of my comfort zone. I know in the end it will all serve the same purpose: to be versatile and switch effortlessly between mediums when needed. :D

My daughter has graduated high school and will be headed to NYC for art school this fall at Parson's...so I'll miss her dearly but have lots more time (I hope) to be here :D
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ladyjart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats good to hear that you are busy..Me im trying to find a job..:(
Its hard when your ex would not let you work for 30 years..and now you 57
and no work history..
so it been tuff..
sam is going to be getting married next april 13 and so i guess i will be helping..
i really miss her..but its been good to be by myself..
some days i get a little sad tho..but all in all its been good to only relie on myself..
Well im glad your art is taking off mine is still not doing much..
i guess if you really want to sale your work you really need to do Digital..
i could never get the realisum with a sharpie..
Well take care it really good to hear from you..:)
Ladj
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LaurenHasCombusted Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic!! *dies of awe*
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!! His face is so beautiful!! :love:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww, thanks!! :hug:
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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GuitarLuv Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
It's so amazing! I can't believe you can make him look so life like ^-^ and I couldn't help but smile that you dedicated this painting to me :D As always your work never ceases to blow me away. lol if you haven't seen his new music vid "shakin" check it out the concept is so cool :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww, thanks! :D well you're a huge Jack White fan and suggested I do him in a hat, which was a great idea :) And it's more of an up-to-date one of him, as well... I must check out his new video, he comes out with such great stuff! I loved his one for 16 saltines :heart:
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GuitarLuv Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Your welcome :) in so glad your painting came out so amazing with his hat! I love how for this album he is all into the pastel blues and black as a combination. It's like with the white stripes he had the color combo of red, white, and black. Have you also checked out his music video for freedom at 21? I love that one too :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a GREAT song, Freedom at 21! I love it!
I'm not sure about the "Blues on Two Trees" ...not because Jack can't pull it off...if anyone can, he can...I'm not usually a big fan of rap...do you like it?
He loves being minimalist, or like he says "putting limitations on himself forces him to be creative"...you've probably seen this, you may have sent me the link, I forget...it's been awhile, but I love what he says on this video (from White Stripes under the great northern lights documentary!) [link]
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Once again, another fantastic job! I love how you painted the eyes and his face (the flesh really looks like it is sitting in all the right places when a person has their head tilted). I like the color palette you used as well, the warm colors and smoky brush strokes behind him make me feel like he's standing on stage and the lights are hitting against him =] (btw when I received a comment from you on the Keith Emerson painting, it only said "He", so I think DeviantArt did something crazy there, haha).
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks! :dance: - sorry if my reply is late, because I thought I replied a LONG time ago! (My DA acts really buggy sometimes).
I am trying to be very careful about getting all the shape and color correctly...anatomy-wise! So many colors in skin, because it is a bit translucent :) Every painting presents a new challenge!...I re-worked this a couple of times before I was happy :D I do like working with color complement schemes alot :icondeathhugplz:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I re-painted this one- well parts of him- a couple of times. I liked the pose with the strong light source and the shadow of his hat brim, and the contrasty-ness between him and the stage set...I added the colored smoke after...I'm finally getting better at that with traditional paint using a paper towel instead of a brush :) It was to give a sense of depth and space.
Yes, I do love using color complements!
How's your work going?

Oh, DA probably did that crazy error thing...sometimes I hit "add comment" and it gives an error...but not with one word...that's cryptic, LOL :XD: I've even answered so many people or commented (like in one session) that DA calls it "spam" and won't add the comment, LOL...that's when I know I've been on too much and time for bed :D
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, it's always a pain to repaint things, but it always seems worth it in the long-run haha. And I couldn't have guessed you used a paper towel, that's a good idea!

As for my own work, I'm still building my portfolio and trying to get my work out there so hopefully I can catch that "big break." I've had a few offers so far (one was a published comic book writer), but I turned them down because I didn't see the projects going anywhere. I've actually started to do portraiture (I have to admit you kinda inspired me haha!) and I really enjoy doing it. I went to Comic Con NYC a couple weekends ago and networked a bit in the Artist Alley and I think it went pretty well. One of the people I exchanged info with was an art representative from Comic Art House, and I think I'm going to email him tomorrow. Hopefully I'm making the right move haha!

And oh geez, DA gives me weird errors sometimes as well. I'll be typing a comment and when I click "Add Comment" it claims I'm logged out and I have to log in again :roll: Lol, that's so funny how DA thinks you're spamming when just answering comments. They should fix that somehow. I noticed their upload page is different now, and I actually like it much better (I thought the other way was a little buggy haha). What do you think of the new upload page they got going on?
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lots of people are into portraiture these days...I find it really the hardest - it requires such fine-tuned observation skills as well as anatomy skills - those were 2 areas I was weak in when I started. I could still use plenty of improvement :)
Hey, speaking of cartoon and concept type jobs, have you ever heard of Chris Oatley? He worked full time for Disney but he's more freelance now and is online with alot of good tutorials and inside advice on breaking into the business of being an Illustrator. He's got some great advice about building your portfolio. his website is [link] Even though I'm not interested in cartoon or animation, what he has to say is valid great advice and guidance for any artist...you might find something interesting there that could be helpful:)

I haven't uploaded anything since Jack White, hmm...it must be a recent change, I'll have to check it out :) They're always doing something lately in site upgrades :D
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, if just a bit of the anatomy in the face is off, then it looks like the person in the portrait got a nose job or something lol. (And personally I think the anatomy in your paintings are spot on haha!)

Nah, I never heard of Chris Oatley, but now I do haha! Thanks so much for the link! I was looking through the site and he gives so much information. I am definitely going to sit down and watch his tutorials on the digital painting, they seem like they will be very instructive. His posts seem great too, I'm excited to go through it =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think he gets right to the main issue. I like that.
It can get so damn confusing at times...composition, edges, lights and darks, anatomy, perspective, mood...agggh!
My anatomy is pretty good but could be better! I skipped way too many figure drawing classes :(
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, it's ok, DA gets confusing when there's a lot of comments! And I think your art fairs pretty well without a load of figure drawing classes tbh! Especially the new piece you did, it looks great! I'm going to get a better look at it right now =]
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ANZUmocochang Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
♥♥♥♥
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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ANZUmocochang Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
you're welcome sweetie xxx
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lackasleep Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Whoa! That's incredible!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
That's Jack for you- very intense ;)
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Aquiliris Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it looks like a photo again. Great job Cynthia. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh, man, this is awesome! You always nail his stares. Another masterpiece by the amazing Cynthia. :clap:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you!! :tighthug:
I really wanted to try a hat, he's got so many great hats! He's also got an unusual nose I usually stumble over...it took me a couple of partial re-paints to get it right, the nuance of the stare. This wasn't one of his more friendly stares, some day I'll do one of those :D
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh, I can't wait.

And you're welcome! :tighthug:
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Ginryuzaki Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
great work!! :iconkokorox:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :D
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zednaked Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing !
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :D
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catherine51892 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It looks so good! And the colors are so nice. :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love those color complements for punch.
I notice it alot now in concept art and movies, too...color grading towards cyan, so the fleshtones and blood and fire - all the drama- really pops :)
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catherine51892 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes! I noticed that too in concept art. Makes people really stand out a lot. It's all about the drama. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It always is, isn't it?
I definitely believe the resurgence in realistic art is due to movies and game art. Great book I just finished reading: "Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers" he details the how's and why's things work from a cinematic/storyboard approach.
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catherine51892 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm... sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to look into it.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
when you have free time, or it's in the library, I think you will find some excellent advice you can apply to any medium. His thoughts will influence the work I do in the future, most definitely. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug: I love color and using color complements.
How's art school going? You happy with what you're doing?
How's Lauren doing with her photos?
I've been crunching deadlines so haven't been around enough here...there should be more hours in the day, dammit.
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catherine51892 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's good. Finally getting into design stuff! Not just being given silly take consuming projects. I just finished up an editorial cover for an article I was assigned to. Haven't posted it on here yet, I don't know if this is the right place for it. But here's the project on my tumblr [link].
I find that I'm most happy Monday, Wednesday, Friday when I have my design classes. Tues/Thurs are kind of a drag. Just figure drawing and a music culture class. I mean, they're both good classes. They just don't compare to my design classes.
Deadlines are evil. But a necessary one. I agree. I need more hours in the day as well... that way I can get more sleep in. :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
that's fun stuff you're doing! are you sketching in class with an iPad these days? I'm always tempted... I tended to hate my 3D classes, but Design classes get you doing creative problem solving. And at least they give you projects that are interesting! (unlike many clients). Figure drawing is like going to the gym...you don't really want to, but you know it's good for you ;)
Deadlines suck but it does teach you to work under presssure for sure...
Your martini project? I can't wait to see what you do with that one :D
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catherine51892 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, some of it is pretty fun. A little scary since I don't know how I'm going to get it all done and done well!
As for in class, I'm just using pencil and an 11x14 sketchbook. I find it easier to work outside the computer and get it how I want it to look first. It's faster. Then I scan and trace over it in photoshop. I know there are better programs for digital painting but I know photoshop and don't want to have to deal with a learning curve right now. I plan to keep working on this stuff over the Christmas break to get better. Class is just a vehicle for starting me on it. :D
Yes, that's going to be interesting. I've got ten icons now for 'how to make a martini if you're James Bond'. I need to come up with a better one for 'do not stir', but I have crit today so maybe someone in class will have a better idea than me. I should post more process on here but I just never get around to it. I'm trying to do that on my tumblr but it's still hard to make myself do. I never stop working long enough. >.< Haha.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Most digital artists start with a scanned sketch. I've been following some of the pros who are willing to share their workflow and tips on getting more out of Photoshop. I think Photoshop is still the tool most pro artists use for painting; those who use Painter often use that for finishing work.
I like how fast they (concept artists and digital painters) develop their ideas into finished works, and the versatility (because of layers) in changing up key aspects when needed (like color gamut). Those kinds of changes are near impossible doing traditional work.
I find that fellow students teach you as much, sometimes, as Professors. I'm not surprised you don't have time to post when you're in the thick of a project...after all there are deadlines...and you always have to deal with the possibilty that a project will take longer than you ever expected.
good luck with the crit! and don't forget to sleep now and then...it does help your brain function more efficiently :D
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catherine51892 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I do sleep every night. At least like five hours. I know I have to or I'll just be useless. A lot of fellow students always complain about all nighters, I haven't had one yet. The latest I've been up is near 1am. I get up at 7am so that's not bad.
This weekend is going to be pretty light in comparison to the last few. At least on design related stuff. I have two tests to study for next week so I might still be busy. I wish I didn't have to take tests. That would be so nice.
It amazes me how quickly concept artists work. But I guess that's just practice and doing the same type of thing all the time. They just get used to it. That and they've probably highly customized their key commands and things in photoshop to work quicker. Maybe one day I'll get there.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you will get there, for certain! I'm lost without my key commands when I change from PC to Mac I get confused :XD:

don't laugh I once did an entire semester's work (for illustration class) in 3 days, and didn't go to sleep. When it was time for the crit I accidentally slept through it LOL. That was really stupid of me :( I think I partied too much that semester. Never did that again, though :XD:
Used to fall asleep in my art history class, too...it was 8:30am, and they'd turn the lights out and show slides and lecture so :sleepy:
These days I prefer 6 or 7 hours, anything under 4 and I'm miserable :)
You're smart not to do all-nighters...whatever you think you gain, you end up losing at the other end. Architecture students did that regularly, stayed up for 72 hours. No thanks! :)

Hey good luck on your upcoming tests and crits, I'm sure you'll ace them :#1:
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Ladowska Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: I love it :heart: im going to see him on stage within a month! :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lucky you!! :D
and thanks! :D
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