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Release Me If You Want To Live by XenaQuill Release Me If You Want To Live by XenaQuill
Oil Pastels

Based on the painful scene in the episode "Dalek" when the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), while chained up and being scanned torturously by Van Statten, tells the foolish collector of alien life to let him go so that he can save them from the Dalek that threatens to destroy the base.

This is my third-ever portrait, but my first formal one in which I could take my time, and my first color portrait. I'd never worked with the face this closely before, and this was my first time working with Rembrant's triangle. I enjoyed working on this piece, exploring the many beautiful fascets and details of the face, picking up details I had never noticed before. Working on the Doctor's face for such a long time was like wordlessly getting to know him without ever actually meeting him. The Ninth Doctor was and still is my favorite Doctor, but I really felt like I personally bonded with him after having drawn this.

It literally took me all the courage I had to draw in the shadow in over his eye as I feared I would ruin the beautiful job I'd done on the eye, but it was the most liberating thing to have it done. I've not been so thrilled to have conquered such a daunting piece of art since my gemstone drawing.

Done in roughly 10-12 hours.

See the compare and contrast to the actual reference shot here: [link]
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful piece!
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cuki108 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
fantastic :)
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Intense! Great work on the shadows.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Very nice, and the shadows certainly did work out well. (Nine is still my favorite too.)
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm particularly fond/proud of the shadow over his right eye.
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TangiRose Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. Possibly my favorite Nine episode...not to mention Nine was my first Doctor. I can never capture facial detail on a real person, let alone from a photo.
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have to say, just staring at a face and tracing its contours with your eyes over and over again is a HUGE help to understanding the detail. The longer you stare at something, the better you know it.
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TangiRose Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Suppose I could vouch for that. I'll try more contours of peoples' and pets' faces...
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StellaBrettiana Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You have so beautifully drawn his so wonderful regard...
And Dalek is simply great and thrilling... and full of feels !!! He is ultimate in it ^^ !!!

Oh... watched The Invisible Circus yesterday... he is so amazing too...
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! The Ninth was at his best in Dalek.
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