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Halo by zach84 Halo by zach84
Oil on panel. I will say it again, OIL ON PANEL. Painted with only paint brushes, over 150 hours of work. Sorry about the bad photo, the actual painting is much sharper and the white balance is off on this photo.

18x24 in(45.72x60.96 cm)

Thanks for looking!
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Given 2012-08-26
Halo, an amazing painting from ~Zach84 ( Featured by SRudy )
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RoninEyeCreations Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thats pretty awesome.
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AndreaCipolla Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
incredible
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EmersonStem Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is incredible!
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kirstenbakker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly thought it was a photo.
Your painting skills are truly amazing
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AidanValentine01 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Holy shiet. This is fantastic
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Cyndrome Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:

If this was a photograph I would say it was a brilliant concept with an awesome title. Than I saw the materials used...
Genius, absolutely genius!
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lesil1000 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy frijoles! :O
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zach84 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thanks a lot everyone! I can assure you I PAINTED this. I barley know how to navigate camera options or Photoshop for that matter, and it's insulting to be called a fraud when I make my work as genuine as possible. This was painted on a smooth wood panel using only Winsor and Newton oil paints and Grumbacher mediums. I know it doesn't have much heart or feeling to it but that's possibly because I was going through a very depressing time while working on this. Also, If you examine my other work you can see that I use a lot of imagination most of the time. While painting this piece I just became obsessed with details and took many months to finish it, something I'm not proud of, as it's embarrassing. My goal was to amplify the banality of the keys by sharpening my focus as mush as possible. It's hanging in new owners office right now. Also, yes the photo of this painting is terrible, too much noise from the high ISO and blurry from no tripod. Also, I took this photo with the wrong white balance settings which I learned later on, but it was too late to re- upload a better photo after it being up for so long. I just uploaded a photo of this painting along some others that recently sold. Thanks again I really appreciate the DD and the kind comments!

-Zach
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missi-alicja Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dont worry what this ignorant troll says. He has no idea about using traditional art tools neither about photography. You dont have to make excuses in front of such rude ignorant as he is.
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
I have not the slightest issue believing it. The thumbnail makes it look like a photo, but at a closer look you can see it's a painting; and a damn good one. But, people will bitch. I've been around traditional artists all my life (my Dad paints water color, acrylic and oil), my wife's a traditional painter (charcoal and acrylics mainly), so I know what can be done. And after you stated that it was done on panel, I have no doubt. Plus, obviously people didn't read the size of the original in the description. I don't wanna see the price tag on a scanner that could handle that size. So, whatever.

I'm the first to wonder half the time why something got a DD, but in this case it's well deserved and the level of patience to create something like this is immense! So, well done and as far as I'm concerned you have no need to justify yourself.
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EllenEge Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I was at first thinking, why does an average photograph get a DD? And then I saw the description. What an amazing painting that is! It's one of the very most photorealistic ones I have ever seen, on dA or otherwise. You should be very proud.
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DeevArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
bravo
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OreoOwl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing, at first I had thought this was a photograph!
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IndigoSkyes Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy jeez.
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nenesumeragi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I'm impressed I thought (like many people I think) it's a photo. Amazing. Congrats DD:)
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wolvensong Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll be honest, I wasn't very impressed when I saw the thumbnail, thinking "It's clever, but it's just a photo of keys" Then I read "painting"

o.o My brain is still wrapping my head around the incredible. This is an incredible work of art, congratulations on the well deserved DD
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Abyss-the-Coven Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are such a badass... If I could hug you through the computer, I so would. This is awesome photorealism.
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tira-chan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   General Artist
Most people don't have a scanner for an 18 x 24 painting, hence this pic having camera data.

If you look at the bottom parts of the picture, particularly the center key with the black "K" topper, you can see tiny bits of brush strokes. Also the lines/surface of the opener device on the left isn't entirely level-- it's CLOSE, very close, but not quite. The key ring isn't perfectly circular/true all around either. Not that I'm nit-picking things that are wrong or anything-- but little things like that happen when recreating something with traditional media. Because humans are not machines, we're just painting pictures of machine-made items ;D

But This is an awesome painting, detail-wise and realism wise. I would be curious to know how long this took to make!!
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sh3bang Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Oil painting? really? I've seen realistic paintings before and they sure give off hints it's a painting alright. But this? sketchy.
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zach84 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Yes it's an oil painting. Plain, oil on panel applied with paint brushes.
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DragonsAndDreamscape Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
WAAAAAHHHH???? But, but, HOWWWW??? Even up close it looks like a photo!!!
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Romi2010 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Amazing.
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dizzzaster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
HOW???
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zach84 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Dedication. Thanks.
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stephanieAurelio Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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Thokash Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I kept wondering "Why the hell is this so popular?? It's not that good of a photograph."
It's not a photograph.
Pretty friggin awesome.
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alohadiscordia Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i wish that one day i'll be so skilled people think my paintings are actually a photo.
this is stunning. keep up the amazing work!
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ernesin149 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
OIL!!!.....OOIL!!!!.....
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KageBates Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very nice, but I must know. What inspired you to paint keys?
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zach84 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I was just trying to find something new to paint, I liked the composition at the time. Thank you.
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Moonlight02111 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*clicks on picture* "How did a picture of car key's get a DD" o_O "Its a painting...Oh thats how"
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azuramustaffa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
i downloaded the full size...cant believe it...IT IS a painting!!!
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Toppinish Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
If you look at the bottom of the keys, you can tell its a painting.
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Toppinish Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
it's*
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ravenlachrimae Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i disagree that it's a photographed keys. You can kind of see some brush strokes...
Unless some one could prove it isn't a painting. I might have to admit I'm wrong
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zach84 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Thank you, it is most definitely 100% painted.
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Darth-Sparrowhawk Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, I was staring at the thumbnail thinking, "why is a photo of keys a daily deviation?"
Then I saw the category it was in. = :iconmindblownplz:
Really amazing stuff.
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Erm, did you see the size denotion in the artist's comments? >> 18x24 in!

Do you have a scanner flying around your house or office THAT size?! I don't. My wife has to constantly take photos of her artwork, because scanning isn't feasible. The fact that there is camera meta data listed means absolutely nothing. How else is the artist suppose to get his work into a digital form to post?!

My wife is a traditional artist and I was growing up around a Dad who is a water color, oil and acrylic painter. This level of realism is absolutely possible. Plus, the artist has stated that it was painted on panel, not canvas. So it is very smooth.

As for your other comment somewhere on here that the 'three stage zoom' shows it's a photo... I have the same effect on some of my works if I set them to full resolution, non-photos included.

But I guess you're one of those people, if you have made your mind up that a banana is red, you can be beaten with a yellow one and you will still not admit that you were wrong. :shrug:
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missi-alicja Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
said the expert whose gallery is FULL of big traditional art things. its crazy that such comments usually are given by people who have 0 knowledge technically about things they comment and accuse.
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
If you have the space; plus last time I used one of those they are fiddly and no good on a rough surface (like an oil painting would provide). Also, a digital version of a painting is merely suppose to be an example. It can never provide the feeling of the real thing; and it's not suppose to. All the traditional artists I know use a digital version as a reference only, or as a way to advertise their work in brochures, on websites or perhaps an online shopping system. Nothing else. You're suppose to buy the original after all.
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
A looong time ago to be fair, but still. A photo works fine usually. But then, I don't need to, I'm not a traditional artist.
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Fangscream Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL. We all know it's a photo. I get your joke.
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Quanyails Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
It is a photo... of a painting.
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FHFan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if you download the full photo (if you haven't already) and study it closely you can tell it's a painting...

I think.
I mean, I'm convinced it's a painting...can you give any proof that it's a photo? I genuinely want to know if it's a painting or not.
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