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Jack White iii by Cynthia-Blair Jack White iii by Cynthia-Blair
Jack White iii
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the formation of the White Stripes (On July 14, 1997 they performed 3 songs at an open mic night at The Gold Dollar in Detroit, and history was made.)
this painting was inspired by an old photo I found of young Jack White, posing with his guitar.

of course I can never leave well enough alone...the blood comes from the scene in "It Might Get Loud" movie where he's playing and his fingers are bleeding, smearing over his guitar.
The Medusa and snakes I had fun with, guess I wanted to give him a deadly woman who could wrap her arms around him.


tech details:
the painting is done in traditional oils and acrylics on board, 20x25
6 of the green light trails are done in Photoshop using an excellent set of brushes by a fellow deviant (will post who, I must track down the creator)...
I will re-create this effect using traditional acrylics or oils back on the original artwork in a few days, and re-upload the final, which will be all traditional medium. Final details like this I like to test drive in PS before I commit them to the canvas, because I don't want to ruin the painting at this point :)

ref photo I used here: [link]
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:iconjnd888:
JND888 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
This is incredible. I say that as both a HUGE fan of Mr. Jack White, and as a lover of art. Really incredible. That airline guitar looks so real it makes my mouth water... Love that guitar.
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d-o-m-i Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that painting! <3
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I had fun with it, that's for sure :XD:
Thanks!! :hug:
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EmilyDragonflyWolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i love that's paint!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, I'm still better at traditional paint (and faster!)
I have another Jack to upload in a day or two :)
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GuitarLuv Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Simply amazing! I would buy this off of you in a heart beat :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awww...thanks! :tighthug:
I know it comes from an older photo of him, but I wanted to do it for a long time...this was from the White Stripes days....next I will do one when I find a great shot with one of his hats...I have one I like, but it's wayyy too small.
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GuitarLuv Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
your welcome :hug:
I love all of his photos from the White Stripes
days. Although he always looks so young in those
photos at the time. I hope you find a photo where
he is wearing his hat. He looks good wearing a hat
I must say.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He looks good in anything ;)
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:iconguitarluv:
GuitarLuv Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah he does look good in anything! :o
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I sketched a few...not happy with them yet (new paper I tried is yuck-y)
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:iconguitarluv:
GuitarLuv Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Well i know you will find the right paper and
sketch. Everything is experimental as an artist. lol
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Finally did it!
dedicated to you :)
[link]
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sorry for double posting, my keyboard messed up...
yeah, love that greenish haze circling him =D
the chair is so fun xD
fantastic portrait cynthia =D
well, i guess a seven nation army couldn't hold you back :XD:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
'tis fine, np...
I hope Jack likes snakes! :D If not he could envision one of his past girlfriends - or wives, maybe :XD:
I like that song alot - 7 Nation Army - also his cover of U2's "Love is Blindness" that will be in the Great Gatsby movie is excellent :)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well, i think meg white was his only wife, but yeah, girlfriend maybe? =D i never really understood girls, they're very complex human beings...
yeah, i love the riff! especially the fact it sounds like a bass but is actually a normal guitar tuned down an octave makes it even more cooler!
did you watch that scene where he teaches jimmy and edge the riff in 'it might get loud'? that was totally awesome =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He was recently married to Karen Elson (if I spelled her name correctly)...they just had a big party celebrating their divorce last year, I think :XD:
I need to watch that again :) IMGL :)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
okay, i was wrong on my point :XD:
it says they were married from 2005 to 2011...
i didn't watch that one, i still need to watch TSRTS and IMGL - but i have neither :XD:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I never keep up with anyone's private life...I just remember reading that about Jack :XD:
When you can, you will love them both! (TSRTS and IMGL)
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
okay...i got a HD copy of TSRTS. I mean...it's so freaking amazing.
i don't get all the guys who say that their performance was crappy and stuff. it's fantastic. i watched like the first 15 mins or so (i don't have enough time to watch it in one full session) and i was blown away!
lovely stuff.
oh, and i have another example of how voice is affected by added weight - axl rose is one fine case.
compare this: [link] to this: [link]
and also axl's physical figure. he used to be slim back in the 80's and 90's, i think his sedentary life during the hiatus added to his weight :XD:
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
perfect! just perfect!
love his stern expression!
love the blood stained guitar!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks sooo much!
His expression was a pain to get right, I think I worked it over a few times at least! :XD:
Blood is pretty easy, but I find I end up doing it a bit differently every time, haha...this was mostly smear-y blood, because he was strumming...then I realized I had to show where he was bleeding from, too...so it would make sense :D
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i always sucked at drawing hands, faces and expressions :XD:
i say you did a great job at this =D
i dunno how easy blood is, but you gotta make it convincing, that's a given...and i'm quite sure jack would be proud to see this =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Blood is fun, not hard, once you get the paint a bit transparent and the right color, hehe...the edges are a bit darker than the center, usually. I think I've done every kind of blood by now...drips and smears and splats :XD:

If Jack ever does have a concert near me, I'll be sure to go and give him this :D
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tskorigami Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow! he'd be so proud to have someone do such an awesome portrait of his =D
i can only hope some rock band i like comes to our city, where no one has ever performed =/ the least i can hope is that ac/dc comes here =D
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manga-meloney Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Love it!
Playing until his fingers are bleeding - that's so fitting for Mr. Hard Work ;-)
You did great on the guitar again!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it was that scene in IMGL...that really stuck with me :D
I don't dare get guitars wrong..haha..those mistakes get noticed :)
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing. The chair is so cool; I really love the snakes! And the blood is such an awesome detail.

I can never get over how talented you are. :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awww, thanks! :hug:
I think I had wayyy too much fun with the snakes, LOL... The chair was cool on it's own, too...I just couldn't resist adding a womanly touch :XD:
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Test driving things you intend for traditional art digitally sounds like an interesting idea. :D
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've done that for a long time now, it's part of my workflow...It really speeds up the creation process because you can visualize on a monitor instead of guessing what it will look like, and do a bunch of variations, different colors, etc. I use it mostly to compose my design idea and later on, if I get "stuck"...I play with ideas...without ruining the painting, LOL.
I discovered lots of trad artists doing the same thing, now...The computer is just another tool :D
There are some famous illustrators who use both digital and traditional in the same finished piece.
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Novvaik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The same perfection I always expect from a professional<3
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww, thanks! :hug: I always try, but don't always get it the way I want first time...there's always things to snag you, hehe :D Glad you like him!
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Novvaik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, same here. I actually put down my brushes for a while after I did Bill, but I'm feeling confident again, all I need is the inspiration...

:love:
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ChrisCrowell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
15 years already huh?Wow,yeah this is wonderful!I fell into them seriously around Elephant.I still love that record very much.Always had a huge crush on Meg and all her shyness.:DAnd definetly loved the stuff Jacks' put out with the Racontuers and The Dead Weather too.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I admit I didn't get "into" them til more recently...I never heard of Jack before the movie It Might Get Loud. But he is a fascinating character. I've never heard much about Meg at all...her shyness explains that, I guess. It's too bad they finally called it quits on the White Stripes, though. I do love the Raconteurs as well. Haven't listened to as much Dead Weather yet. I've been training my Pandora radio to play what I want but it's getting annoying (I have a "Jack White" station). I think it's time for another internet radio channel.
Did you ever see the "American Pickers" TV episode with Jack White? He bought an elephant head (a real one)...it was a pretty cool tour of Third Man Records.
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Mfashions Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
The effects of the green smoke & how it contrasts with the reds, & of course his facial structure with your tonal work... JUST. You never seize to inspire me. <3
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :tighthug:
This was a fun one, but it was a bit large and full of details so I had it hanging around awhile before I decided it was finished. I still can't decide if it's finished! Jack is finished in it, anyway...if I change anything, it will be in the background stuff :D
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Vonni-Von Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Your work is absolutely incredible! The way you capture his likeness & are able to include such detail amazes me. I do very little painting, but seeing your work really inspires me to get practicing. I'm excited to see the final version!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's a pretty large painting, so I can get a bunch of detail in with small brushes :D
Yes, I will use this version of the light trails as the prototype for the final. So the final should be almost identical, or very close - I do make changes as I go along. Jack won't change, or the chair or anything. I give it a coat of acrylic gloss and go right over it with the transparent greenish grayish paint...if I make a mistake I just wipe it clean and try again :)

Traditional painting is fairly easy for me...I only wish I was as good with digital paint! But then, I need to practice that more :)
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Wild-Theory Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is an amazing piece, I love the nod to It Might Get Loud, great work :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I really discovered Jack through that movie, and I always wanted to find a way to get that scene (the blood on his guitar)into a portrait of him. Doing red blood on a red guitar was the hard part :D
Honestly the whole Medusa part of the chair was just an afterthought...I wanted some kind of womanly/sexual tension in there. Next time I'll probably use his 'blue' theme :) since he's into blue lately.

Thanks so much!! :hug:
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Wild-Theory Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too :P I always quite liked the White Stripes but started to respect him a lot more since seeing that, same can be said for Edge as well I spose lol. The bit is awesome I can imagine the red on red especially given they are both quite glossy it's a similar technique so hard to make it stand out, You managed it really well tho :D

The tension comes across really well it was a brilliant after thought ;) Would be awesome to see a blue one :P can't wait to see what you come up with

Your Welcome :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awww...:blushes: Thanks! :hug:
I think my next Jack needs to have one of his iconic hats...when I find just the right photo :)
The Edge's technique is really interesting but for some reason I never quite got into U2, can't say why... I LOVE Jack's version of their "Love Is Blindness" for the upcoming Gatsby movie :) When I heard U2's version, it was kind of meh.
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XBlackFerretX Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodnessss!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how much I love piece! :D I've always loved this picture of Jack, and you captured him so well, as usual, and made it so much more fantastic! The Medusa idea is great and I really like that you put the blood in :)

And I love all of your work, keep it up! ;D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it!
He has a wonderful look when he pouts :XD:
I guess I wanted him to have a dangerous woman to contend with, just to add some drama along with the blood :)
next time, I must find one with him wearing his hat :)
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XBlackFerretX Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so welcome!! :) And yes, I would love to see one with one of his many hats! XD :)
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Henu-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work! :love:
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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