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Bit Of Fry by xCINNx Bit Of Fry by xCINNx
If you don't know him, love him now. Stephen Fry is the lovliest, pinkest, and most completely oblate of all of my subjects. If I haven't, I will, as far as posting a slight journal of the inclination to do 30 portraits in 30 days, not all of which will be posted here. But since i am doing those I have chosen to do, please check this man out. I know no better example of what humans can aspire to.
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subhankar-biswas Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
wonderful capture of expression! :clap:

(i have to shamefully admit, i haven't read anything by him. what would you recommend?)
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thank you!
As far as recommending, that is tough. Stephen is both prolific and eclectic in his expression. He has done a number of television specials,radio shows, hosts a show called QI, has acted, directed, and written. As far as the books he has written, I cannot be sure what to recommend. Paperweight is pretty great, although it is mostly short essays taken from mostly radio broadcasts. His novel "Hippopotamus" is pretty great, but "Moab Is My Washpot" is an autobiography. I would almost rather point you to his talk in Sydney last year (or the year before?)as far as introductions go. I wish I had better, but there is just so much of the man. You could almost start anywhere and with anything. :)
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh Stephen Fry...he's on our TV at the moment trekking through the U.S. in his taxi...lol. This is a great likeness, very well sketched, love the texture look you've created on his facial hair and on his head :)...I also like the deep set wrinkles, well done! Nice work!
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I love that series!!!! I honestly love everything to do with Stephen Fry. He is, in my eyes, the world's best friend. As for the drawing part, I actually worked really hard, and somehow chose a really difficult source image, and not one that makes him look his best. The facial hair really had me scratching my head. I don't think I could pull that off nowadays!!! But, in the end, and for all of my mistakes, it is a kindly face. And, I hope, a relative likeness. :)
Such kind words! The vapours! It is always odd for me when people take an interest in what I am doing. But I have come to a compromise with it. When someone wants to chat, I always pause, and get to know them. I suppose that what I am saying is that I have come to accept what people say to me with humility and awkward grace. For me, I just think that I should be more disciplined than I am, and enjoy the work. And I dearly love the lines so much. I just get lost in them.
When I see something I like, I always struggle to think of something to say. I want to be helpful and encouraging, and I want to say something of worth. It is really hard to most of the time. Finding words.
Just about everything I said with far too many of those pesky words is that I really appreciate you taking the time to find words for me. It is a wonderful gift. And I very much appreciate it.
:D
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm like you, I have had to come to accept compliments about my art too...it used to be difficult but I'm now getting more used to it, but am always humble.

What helps me, when I see something I like, is to look at it through their eyes and get a feeling of what it is you like about it and say it :) easy as that! I love trying to find new artists, and especially ones that don't have a lot of comments or favorites...and encourage them to keep going. I always say something positive, like "I like the way you painted your sky" "I love the colors" "I think you're shading is amazing" or "I love the path leading down or through the..." etc. etc. anything that gives them confidence and courage to keep going.

By the way, I am a word freak...so throw the words in my direction, I don't think there pesky!! ;) LOL

Cheers :)
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I agree with what you said, word for pesky word! :)
It is always beautiful to see a creative mind blossom and grow. Words of encouragement can really make a huge difference to people, as the lack of those words can stifle so much promise and beauty. When I began to do this stuff instead of what I had spent my previous life doing, someone made some very hurtful comments about what I had done, and I just about gave up completely. Looking back, I am glad that I stuck with it anyway, though I am not sure why I did. I suppose it was partly out of spite, and partly because I had no idea what else to do with myself. Anyhow, I truly love an honest expression better than anything else. An honest heart always finds a way to shine through everything. What could be more beautiful than that?
Also, I am a self-confessed word freak as well. Though, if I can't spell it from memory, I often choose a more simple way of saying it. I try to do things the old fashioned way in that sense. "I used to think the brain was the most important organ in the body, and then I thought, look who's telling me this!" - Emo Philips
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree..it makes a huge difference to people in how you say things, as much as what you say! I agree too that an honest heart will always shine along with compassion and love :) I am so happy you stuck with drawing and didn't give up on yourself because of some hurtful comments...look at all the great masters of any trade or passion they didn't give up because of a spiteful hurtful person, they stuck with it :) and the rest is history!
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xCINNx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I lost the original response. But I will try...
I thank you for the beauty of your words, and I thank you for your kindness. My inspiration has come mostly from those that believe, and it helps me to. I never know what I am doing or why I am doing it, but the amazing nature of beautiful people I meet along the way makes it so worthwhile. I said something else before, but I will say sorry, and thank you for adding to my life. I think sometimes of my favorite authors and artists, and look at the advent of the internet community with some amazement and quite a bit of suspicion. William Blake was not very well loved in his day, though all of his friends were. He mostly lived with his closest friends, those that could put up with him. He never had any money. But he had purpose. And faith outside of himself. His close friends and his wife knew him as a great genius. As for his friends, they pleased the people that had money at the time. They are mostly forgotten. I wonder if William would have been a large internet personality, and I think his fate would have been different if he had that. But I think privately that he would have shunned it at all costs. I sometimes think that the best of the best now will not be known for an hundred years. Or perhaps it has changed. The support and love for art and life is so very alive like it has never been. Things may change for Blakes, and Blakes may change with it. This is my weird musing, of course, but I am very curious about what may come of it.
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As William Blake once said...If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out! So believing in oneself will see anyone on the road to great things and magnetise the air around them, and draw like minded people inward. We then will only have the love, care and support of those people and our ears will fall deaf on those that seek to hurt or destroy that, and they won't matter :)

I agree with you that the support and love for art and life is very much alive!
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VanDortLover Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work!
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