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"The magician… takes the ordinary something and makes it into something extraordinary."
The Prestige (2006)

A portrait on display at my cinema-inspired solo show MOMENTS, which opened June 7th at NYC's Bottleneck Gallery. (It was last Friday! The rain was TORRENTIAL, but thank you to everyone who braved the tropical storm and showed up anyway!)

This was inspired by Tesla's lightbulbs in Nolan's The Prestige. Not a big or important scene but somehow I remembered it the most - it was just an ethereal moment. Painted with a Cintiq 21UX tablet in Adobe Photoshop. Reference: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pX-p7… Used a texture from =Sirius-sdz
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:iconnessielakee:
NessielaKee Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Breathtaking 
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GUDDINI Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!) Awesomeeeeeee nightime)
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aujourdhuidemain Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mystique...
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chris211245 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
absolutely postively love this painting :D (Big Grin) 
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JustAnotherEntity97 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I just saw the light bulbs in the snow and went, "Wait, isn't that from... IT IS!"
Gorgeous painting :)
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phantomxfanatic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
i recognized this immediately. absolutely love this movie.
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nikgokuhil Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ahh...a true genius!
A great scientist, a great man!
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Aquietus1027 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
The prestige. How fitting. X3
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jugnessXLI Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This art really reminds me of The Human Abstract's album cover for their album "Midheaven". www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/…
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IWantSleep Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I love this! Great work :)
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:iconemeres:
Emeres Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Great work! Have you ever heard of Project Wardenclyffe? Maybe it could inspire you...
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snehz6969 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Awesome work:) 
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AndreRaj Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS MOVIE BLARAGHRGAHGRHAGRHGAHRGHAGRHAGRHGAHRGAHGRHAGRHGARHGH
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SistaSwann Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
The prestige 
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ArkenstoneStar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's the Prestige! Wow, this is so effective :)
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David-Michaels Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Featured in portuguese blog! Have a nice day!
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deejaymiky91 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
tesla *-*
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romero-leo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:) nice
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SSJ-Videl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist
I remember that scene :love: awesome!
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IreneWeasly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
BEAUTIFUL Clap 
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NeoIqbalBaihaqi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waw.... its perfecto ..!!! what media it is ??
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ThePadilla Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous
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infinitelogan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
this is AMAZING! One of my favourite movies AND one of my favourite artists!
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Voltonwarsled Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cool:)
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chomiji Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Beautiful!
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AcquaMarina29 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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:iconfademian:
FaDemian Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
pretty cool !! :D
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moonlightshines9467 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!
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IAstartov Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Beautiful!
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flot-yk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This is one of my favorite movies from Nolan! It's so nice that you choose this scene, you made it incredibly beautiful!! :deviation:
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Nikola-Tesla-and-You Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
:iconnikolateslaplz: :iconsaysplz: Ize approvze of dis artworkz!
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:iconsilja1993:
Silja1993 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
great job !
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Neidonkorento Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amaizing!
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minime41191 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This is one of my favorite movies, and I just love that you painted this scene because it's /not/ iconic and yet that makes it even more important. Wonderful job as always!
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eddevla Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Is this 'the pledge' or the 'the turn' on display here?? :) :)
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MuffinsAndArt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is insane talent and prestige.
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SashaWren Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would it be too much to ask you to make this an iPod case? I'd like....die.
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Venasa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Oh i love this scene. Has almost a 1940's feel to it but with a hint of fantasy. I like =D
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EmHallucination Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my, this i truly fantastic.
I love this movie and you captured the feeling just right.
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LilRedBird101 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Prestige! I love this movie.
This is one of my favourite moments and you certainly did it justice. Simply beautiful.
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TeaDanceMacabre Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recognised the scene straight away. You captured it perfectly :heart:
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cesca-specs Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extraordinary painting of an equally extraordinary scene from an extraordinary movie. :)
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LuckyLizardLover Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love this movie so much xox
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Midnite247 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome, man. I love the colors, the darks n the lights n the ppl in the distance. This pic... *lost for words*
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InfiniteMirror Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Fuckin'

AWESOME!!!
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with-silver-luck Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is one of my favourite movies of all time! I'm so glad you could portray it so genuinely!
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yeahBISH Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Photographer
I loved this movie :3
I really like this work too :) Looks fantastic
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The simple colour scheme and the effects of light in this are so, so gorgeous. I love the fuzzy halos around the lamps, the abstract shapes of people and the very, very vague background. It's dreamy and wonderful.
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LauraSea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! A bit eerie and mysterious, but so is the movie, which is one of my favourite movies. :)
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animeleo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Absolutely beautiful!
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