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Your face is poetry by alicexz Your face is poetry by alicexz

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*purplekecleon suggested we do some "limited palette" painting studies for practice the other day. So she gave me these five cool colors (in the bottom right corner) and I used them to paint this rough portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock Holmes aka congratulations on your face.) Drawing with a pre-determined palette is a great artistic exercise, I highly recommend it! Try exchanging a color palette with a friend, it makes it fun. :) Or do any of the various color memes floating around dA!

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srinath-ste-v Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

All the mysteries behold 
None that Sherlock can't unfold 

oh my god you're works are amazing ..........
you've just become my favorite artist on Deviantart [other than myself of course]
love your works simply love

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Neurotic-Deductions Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Congratulations on your face, indeed. Brilliant, and wow with only five colors o.O
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:iconstuff-i-do:
stuff-I-do Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
i dont know. i have been staring at this in silent awe.
and still i dont quite found words for this.

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WooHooGirl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
that's the most fantastic portrait ever! My the most favourite!!! I'm absolutely in love in it!
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:iconjeroenderks:
jeroenderks Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Like this very much, thank you!
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:iconjfraser96:
jfraser96 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZINGFGGGGGGGG
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:iconasterene:
Asterene Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I find inspiration in this style?
I will credit you, I will use oil pastels and I will draw Daenerys, not Benedict
I would love to have something that is precisely in that style (I love it!)
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wastingwine Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful, and i am definitely going to have to give that limited palette attempt a try!
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EnadarxelAlcadrios Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Nice.
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:iconcaptainjacksparrow11:
You're an amazing artist! I absolutely love this XD And Benedict is just so hot!! :D
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:iconfmbm:
fmbm Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
you are so talented and it kills me because i am so shit
#1 fan right here, lol :#1:
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:iconcatacutan95:
catacutan95 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
The bright colors really soften the portrait. I like it!
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:iconaeidhryn:
Aeidhryn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
The limited color thing whatever thingy you did ... whatever it was... was pretty awesome.
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Aeidhryn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Good definition.

Be•ne•dict Cum•ber•batch • noun 1 Sherlock Holmes 2 Congratulations on your face

if I may add something:

3 Congratulations on your everything

Except for, perhaps, cutting tomatoes
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kytesandfairies Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist
So it is, dear Benedict, so it is.
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:iconsaa412:
saa412 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love love love limited colour. This piece is fantastic!
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:iconamkitt:
amkitt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
i love the colors. his face merits stark contrasts. greatness lies on this page.
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:iconanotherbrightidea:
AnotherBrightIdea Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
"Congratulations on your face" Yep that pretty much sums him up.
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:iconbillycrow:
billycrow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice, kinda like a neiman painting
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DoodleOwl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Definetly the best!
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the-improbable-ive Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
"Congratulations on your face". That is what I'm calling him from now on. XD
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ShannaWhitlock Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the... HOW?!
This is beautiful oh my gosh. I love the colours and the way you did this, it's absolutely amazing, you never fail to amaze me/others with your work. :O :D
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Sherlocked4life Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Writer
His face is my favorite poem.
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:iconlu-no:
Lu-no Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
"aka congratulations on your face" LOL
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:iconmessengerofdreams:
MessengerOfDreams Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll tell you this, though, as soon as I made the mental connection I dropped everything I was doing to find this thing. xD
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MessengerOfDreams Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me a year to realize that was Sherlock. Wow. Congrats, me.
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Arrow-Dynamic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I agree! His face is marvelous. He should get his cheekbones insured, I bet they'd go for at least $10,000 a piece
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SimplyNevaeH Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your enthusiasm about Benedict Cumberbatch's face is equal to mine. I approve!
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AnimeKoneko242 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Great choice of colors~ It came out looking very blue and moving. :+fav:
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Sinistershadow11 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
It's very cool what you can do with just five colors! This guy actually looks a lot like Colin Morgan who play Merlin off the TV series Merlin, and that was what first attracted me to it.
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sapphireswimming Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Fantastic. Very nicely done. :D
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Calliope5 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...this is vis. poetry!! Jeez, he's poetry in motion even when he's standing still, duh! :heart:
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superwalta Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Digital Artist
a real cool work.
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luvofbatman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it really is poetry. his face is facsinating. and since its already that way the color scheme you used just made it that much more awesome. love it.
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IsabellaKira Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love it!
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MagicBunni Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Congratulations on your face" = perfection! I'm more inclined to have though, if it was in the poetry category, that you were being quite clever. People are strange, yeah? :laughing: Another excellent job, and another painting that's drunk with colour. :) Love how your brain works. :D
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   General Artist
wow these colors are amazing!!! :wow: i love it!!!!! :squee:
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auroravalentine Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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Rheatheranger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the colours are fascinated...This is one of my fav pieces
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DarkraiSaxophone Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Cool! And you know purplekeckleon? Doubly cool! How do you do this stuff? I've done a lot of rough sketches of Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock's face, but I can never capture the intensity and angles of his face! My applause on your amazing work!
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poetxonxjunex91 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic~
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KimmiBlue Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
WOW! Love it! And the title is sooooooooooooooooo true...!
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Suanin Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! :clap: You are one of the six winners of the Celebrity of the Month challenge at #CelebrityPortraits! Your portrait has been featured here! :D
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alicexz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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musicartlovesmile77 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I just LOVE how you did all the colors in the eyes- it gives them depth and sparkle.
I will absolutely try this.
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fireyfreedom Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So cool!
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MidAbsentia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
How do you art?
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Mirrixor Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
He sure has the most special face, doesn't he? Every time I watch sherlock, I can't stop like staring to his face... xD As long as you don't stare with two, right?
However, quite awesome you made that with only those 5 colours. Fantastic!
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gibiere Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I love the play of light you've managed to convey... keep it up, please!?
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b0g17o Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love the colors that you have chosen. They go very well with each other and the portrait is amazing.
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