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Fade to Black by Rahll Fade to Black by Rahll
Was initially a quick portrait, inspired by these Alchemy faces done by ~sandara. Overall, it didn't take very long, but it got sort of dragged out. We all hit those weird funks, but now I'm back out, and ready to rock some more stuff.

I plan to kick my work into overdrive, I really need to work hard and prove myself. Your comments and support are always appreciated, thanks for being great you guys.

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Big thanks to `adonihs for the motivation and help, as always. And thanks to =CaelestisTrucido for the support as well, such a sweetheart.
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:iconerockalipse:
erockalipse Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
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:iconroez497:
roez497 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa. This looks like that 5th dimensional guy from MIB3
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, my girlfriend pointed that out when we saw it together, and I was like, "Holy shit, you're right!"
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:iconjemmy24:
jemmy24 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
ur a fucking godly artist
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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome, what did u use?
tablet?
photoshop cs4?
i wanna know so i get on the right track...
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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn i love this one, those eyes are so strong!
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:iconemooi:
EMooi Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow man, this is realy a piece of outstanding art! How do you create the pores on this one? is it a brush or all done by hand? i hope you can give me some tips on that!

Thnx so far.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, this one I use some custom brushes and texture overlays, but these days I tend to just use a set of custom brushes I made specifically for pores and skin. Thanks :)
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EMooi Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thnx for the reply, it realy looks stunning!
Than i'll go practise like hell on my pores i realy want to achieve your level.

Keep up the good work, you rock man!
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:iconj-oddi:
J-ODDI Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
this inspired me to try different lighting techniques, you are amazing!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks :D Work out well for you?
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:iconj-oddi:
J-ODDI Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Hahhaha sort of! I couldnt get the backlight as well as you! but i did use it for my "just a pinch" picture.
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:iconthugnastay227:
Thugnastay227 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009   Photographer
Highly impressive. Highly Highly impressive
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:iconmilo13200:
milo13200 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The whole composition is very well executed! those eyes! wow outstanding lights and strong mood on them! congrats!
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:iconstacylyn:
stacylyn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
u rock :)
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:icongiovanny11:
Giovanny11 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
nice one... your ideas are so original and fun!

but what leaves me breathless on every piece of yours is your way of adding texture to the painting... are those skin textures fully painted??

I mean... that's a fantastic job!
It rocks!!!
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:iconaregulardude:
Aregulardude Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
This is really neat work you have here, the image looks so realistic and almost dangerous, in a sense. The eyes have a real piercing quality to them that makes me keep myself glued to them. The textures and colors really bring this piece to life. Where did you come up with the title, however? I'm not implying it's a terrible one, but in my years of reading books, I have read one with the same title. Only the story was about a high school student who had contracted HIV and is the victim of a hate crime. Anyways, kudos to you for making such a realistic piece.
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:iconshimpmonk:
Shimpmonk Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very cool! What program do you use? ^^
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
All painted in Photoshop :)
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:iconshimpmonk:
Shimpmonk Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ok thanks! I hope i´ll be as good as you one day!
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:icondavidbrown:
davidbrown Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice work, is that a texture u used for the skin or a brush
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:iconderilictdavinci:
DerilictDaVinci Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
perfect man, i actualy like the blurriness to the ears, shows focus on the face. great job
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:iconreha6ykuh:
rEHa6yKuH Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Cool One :D
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:iconjezzy-fezzy:
Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
"I plan to kick my work into overdrive, I really need to work hard and prove myself."

You have proven yourself in a big way indeed. :nod:

This is one mindblowing digital painting you got here. :) How you colour the texture of the skin is pretty life-like and the colour scemes is top notch! :thumbsup: The eyes are just stunning but it also has a sinister look to it. Amazing! :heart: I can see you working for Michael Bay in the near future. =p =D

:+favlove:
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:icongensanity:
gensanity Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome texture

great pattern

love they eyes too
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:iconeralash:
Eralash Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Great work Rahll! :winner:
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:iconthetagraphics:
ThetaGraphics Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Very impressive!
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:iconaleifr:
Aleifr Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Rahll's paintings are more detailed than reality. O_O The top of the head is a wee bit blurry though.
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:iconpegahoul:
Pegahoul Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The skin texture is amazing. How did you do it?
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:iconrellsurf:
rellsurf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
thats a bad looking mofo. nicely done!
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:iconinkonsiderate:
InKonSiderate Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009   Digital Artist
Very nice man! :o Love the skin texture! :thumbsup:
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AlexisUnderwoodArts Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing skin texture...I love the head...that's a funky take on it. :giggle:

I love the blur you did to give it that depth. Really amazing. You keep getting better and better! :clap:
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:icondachef216:
Dachef216 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I really love teh depth in the eyes.
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:iconno87:
No87 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional
nice work man. the details and the lighting in that work brilliantly
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:iconazley:
Azley Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy cow thats damn detailed - very well made. the thumb really don't do it justice
:+fav:
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:iconsespider:
SEspider Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Incredible Work, Bro.

My only complaint is that the face/head seems a lot more detailed then the body. Thus throws it off balance a little. At least for me.
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:iconfusion-defiance:
Fusion-Defiance Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowzer man. His face looks real.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
awesome! a fantastic texture to the skin as well as a cool and rather unique creature! the bright eyes look very dark and creepy :-)
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:iconoosaki-nana:
Oosaki-Nana Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Finally.. a self portrait that shows the real you.
Tch, I was sick of waiting.
<3
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:iconossifray:
Ossifray Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome, it looks like it could be real! It's so creative, like, the shape of the head and the lines on the face; it's neat. :D
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:iconmoonacat:
Moonacat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Superb! It's so extremely detailed even though it's only one object!
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:iconguiper:
Guiper Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Wow, for a second I thought it was a real picture, this is awesome!
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:iconredassassin:
RedAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Wow, the textures, the great shading and the realistic depth are making this piece come to life, something I like a lot.
Also, you made him scary, but still in some way, I find him very relaxing and peaceful, friendly if you like. Does anybody else see it that way?
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:iconhellequin0:
Hellequin0 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Wow..amazing!!!
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:iconcggp:
cggp Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009   Digital Artist
Did you just create a bump-mapping effect on a 2D program? This is insane.

You are God.
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:iconfreezu:
freezu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
want to trade my s5 set for the skin texture you used,wicked man,glad your still painting!
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:iconaszhasal:
Aszhasal Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
This would be an awsome portrait for Neverwinter Nights\Baldur's Gate\Icewind Dale.
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:iconthetortuga:
TheTortuga Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
OMg textures and details!
Wow, great job :D
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:iconekurian:
ekurian Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
yikes it looks real o_o
the skin looks touchable o:
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:icongizcorpse:
gizcorpse Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i can see the friggin pores on his forehead :faint: damn really good :XD:
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