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Style Experiment by MicahJGunnell Style Experiment by MicahJGunnell
Study of a photo by Irving Penn(not sure who the subject is). I wanted to try some different things stylistically with this one...I'm a big fan of Sergio Toppi's work, and I've always wanted to try some of the distortion techniques he uses in his work. I simplified the shapes in this but still tried to keep an element of realism. The color scheme is analogous with a complimentary. Hope you like! check out my blog where I'll be posting the majority of work like this: [link]
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Goregoat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man, I adore this. My own style has always been recognized (as I'm told by others) for having very sharp, dramatic lines and angles. Lately I'm getting more into high detail paintings, and the more realism, the more I'm losing that flavor, or so I fear. This is a great example of how one can keep both qualities - very inspiring! I'd love to see you toy with the technique in future.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Yeah, I like doing stuff like this sometimes...Its a nice change of pace and forces you to try new things!
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Goregoat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can tell - Your work is very broad in the best kind of way, and I'm sure your knack for really stretching your arms with style and technique a big aspect of that. I think the pieces in which you've gone out of your norm have the most energy and life. This is still one of my favorites though :'D Awesome work as always, Mr. Gunnell!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much for that, its nice to hear! I do enjoy "designy" type work, so maybe that shines through in those pieces. Thanks again for the kind words!
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jharris Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nailed it.
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
this is dope
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you like!
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Shyree Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Fantastic!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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tZuB Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sergio Toppi for the win!!! It's a great study man!!
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luilouie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Looks great! Nice colour work too.
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jeroenbrugman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks good!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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jeroenbrugman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep and eye out for more work in this style. It has a certain period advertizing poster feel to it.
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Max-Dunbar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional
very cool. Always interesting to see artists try out new things. This is very successful
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man! I have to try new things from time to time or I feel I'm not progressing at all in my art...Glad you like!
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egg-sterminator Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Really cool.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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Rhunyen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it. I'm not familiar with Toppi, but if this is in a similar vein, I'll have to check him out. ;-)
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, he's awesome...Go on Googleimages and check out his work! Thanks for the kind words :)
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Rhunyen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely will. Thanks.
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
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go pop art!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hmm...When I think of Pop Art I think of "artists" like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein...However, I'll try to take that as a compliment :)
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
the color palette +more minimal strokes to render the figure made me think of pop first.
postmodern might be better choice :D
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:) Yeah, I don't even know...As long as you like it that's fine by me :)
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol my art history is atrocious so who knows. keep up the good work!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Mine too...I never really took a class dealing with modern art, thank God...I remember one design class I tried to take at community college that I dropped out of because of how ridiculous the "art" was...Gold plated urinals are not art in my opinion, nor are cans of human excrement. That professor disagreed.
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
gold plated urinals?! i need me one of those! potty in style
ugh i suffered through art history which ran from stone age cave paintings all the way up to modern stuff, each class was 3hrs at a clip, 2x week. i barely made it conning the teacher into doing verbal finals cause i knew i wouldn't pass a written. lol i had to take another art history elective that dealt with modern sculpture and we(me and my friend in the class) made many arguments about why stuff wasn't art. Teacher said hey those "artists" many big $$ making boxes with lights inside, if you can do it, then you should. we just said, why? it's not art!

I'm with you, at a retail job, once i had to clean up another persons poop, and it was thoughtfully put in the shirt pin can and left in the dressing room. poop in a can is not art or an expression of anything, other than maybe arrogance and disrespect!

i did kinda have fun with op(optical) art. using lines and colors to make patterns and images that mess with your vision. little tics and dashes that don't look like anything up close. but stand back ten feet and you get a picture.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nice! I've cleaned up barf before at my first job at a fast food place, but never poo. yuck.

I think I'm fairly open to other art styles, but it needs to require some real skill and imagination, and not just a plaque on the wall telling me what it "means". In my opinion, art should be able to be appreciated without having an explanation and shouldn't be considered art simply because its placed in a gallery. If you drew a realistic drawing with poo I'd be impressed :)
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StevenWilcox Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man!
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Hobo92 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Super groovy, that'd be awesome to see more.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'll probably try a couple more in this similar style.
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seanb47 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Freudian,Micah.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hmmm...If you say so!
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JoshuaJordan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is rad
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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Patrucca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
The mix of very simple shapes with a decent amount of detail makes this an interesting & unique portrait piece. :)

-P.A.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, it was a fun experiment! I think I'll be trying it again in the future...Thanks for the kind words!
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JoelGomez Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
very cool, sir!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Joel!
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P-I-R-A-X Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Digital Artist
very "artsy" good stuff dude!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you sir! Sometimes I like to get a little artsy-fartsy :)
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JohnRauch Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
That's just badass.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks John!
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