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Jared Leto, again. This took about 26 hours, I tried to make it as realistic as I can.
I used Photoshop Elements and a mouse.

WIP Jared Leto 2 WIP by Melusaaste
WIP on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzASkP…

UPDATE: I fixed the hair. And skin and, well... everything. Again.

Notice that when I draw, I do the sketch with pencils and since I don't have a scanner, I have to take the picture with my camera. Then I continue working with photoshop. So that's why there's the camera data showing on the side of my deviations.

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:iconnikodonburi:
My first response when this came up on the screen was that it was a great portrait photo. Upon reading the comments I learned that this is NOT a photo, but rather a drawing. It is an excellent--and incredible--display of your talent.

Some thoughts:

(1) I like the positioning of the face in relationship to the frame. Cutting the face just above the eyebrows works well at drawing the viewer's eye directly into the subject's, as opposed to his nose, which would otherwise be the case given its positioning in the middle of the shot. Having the slight turn of the head rather than straight on works well.

(2) While I can see why you'd have the black hair on the left side of the face, it lacks sufficient depth and instead of appearing to be hair it looks like a black void. You might consider adding some almost black coloring to that portion, particularly as you have the light source hitting the cheek right there and one would expect a bit of light reflection. That would still give you the framing the hair creates but also help to make it even more realistic.

(3) I like the texture on the background wall but am not fond of the color as it competes with his skin tone. What about trying a maroon? That would be dark enough for his face to pop out, yet light enough to show a contrast with the hair while still showing the texture of the wall.

(4) Your attention to subtle detail is remarkable and, I believe, is what helps lift this piece above most portrait drawings. In particular, I like the slight gap in the tooth on the right and the pimple on the nose. There is a concept in Japan known as Wabi-Sabi, which can be explained (roughly) that the imperfect makes the perfect, or the flaw creates the beauty. Your portrait captures that feeling very well.

Excellent job!
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Critique by TheScreamOfDestiny Dec 8, 2010, 5:03:52 PM
When I first saw this I was just rocked by the eyes! So much detail in them it looks like they were photographed almost. It is literally what draws you in first and thats what a lot of people like and thus why this portrait is so successful.

The skin as well I think you rocked! Some people have a habit of making the skin look too perfect which falls too much under 'super-realistic' which is kind of unbelieveable in a sense.

The composition is awesome as well because again it draws you right into the eyes and it puts really good focus on the rest of his features. It makes it feel like your in his personal space which honestly who doesn't want to be in Jared Leto's personal space? lol

The background is the only thing I have issues with, the squiggly texture feels too much like it's drawn and takes away from the overall composistion because the face is fairly simple and straightforward then you have some squigglies thrown at you. If it was a flat colour with some sort of gradient and had the look of a real out of focus room or studio I think it would contribute to this looking more photo-realistic overall.

Finak verdict: LOVE!
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arthurxfrancine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Holy dhaskdhaskdhaskdhasdhaslkd
you drew this? you drew this???????
It should win an award and be used in rolling stone magazine :iconroyaltyplz: :iconamazedplz:
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ImthenD Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student General Artist
wow impressionante!!! WAAA??? plz 
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Thank you! :)
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xuxu87 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Stunning!  
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Thanks! :)
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Lavi-Lena Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am So wowed... This is WAY TO AMAZING, I totally thought it was a photo taken, Wow you have a real talent.
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Sommeil-eternel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I thought it was a photo, it is awesome 
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Sommeil-eternel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :la:
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Grayspirit7 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Wow! This is awesomeHeart 
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks! :)
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MarwaSarrat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this drawing is not normal.......................just WOW..............
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thank you! :)
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MarwaSarrat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yw ;)
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Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly can't believe this is a painting! The level of detail and realism is mind blowing. (I almost wanna call shenanigans! lol) I have seen many other people draw/paint from this same reference photo and achieve no where near the same results. You are amazing. :worship:
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thank you! :hug:
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LauraTheStrange97 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
This is gorgeous, it looks so realistic! :o :heart:
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thanks! :)
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PepstarsWorld Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artist
Totally epic. Unbelievable!
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thank you! :)
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JC-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that is all i can say
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thanks! :)
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J-Moriarty Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Wow amazing! Clap 
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thank you! :)
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J-Moriarty Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
You're most welcome :)
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taylor-youth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gooooodddddddd

You're so fantastic
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you! :)
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carowelt Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You did it so beautiful and realistic, I thought it was a photo !!!!
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks! :)
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SailingSong Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything about this is breathtaking. I showed it to my mom and she thought it was a photo. I am blown away by all the detail you put into this, especially the skin and eyes. I'm no digital artist, but it doesn't take a professional to see that this is a pure masterpiece and beautifully crafted work. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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ChesireCat96 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought it was a photo :o So impressed!
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Thank you! :)
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ChesireCat96 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3
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sebestova117 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With mouse!!!!? :O wow! Amazing!
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Mallowee Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Oh my god, I tought it was just a photograph found on the internet. Well, WELL, WEEELL DONE.
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Jadescarlet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
He is so amazing!!!! I love him and this is the most fantastic drawing I have ever seen! 
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Thanks! :) He is quite amazing.
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Jadescarlet Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Welcome :) and yes he is. 
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MixxyMess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Holy shitballs... this is the most amazing piece of art i have ever seen. WOW <3 almost wanna kiss the screen haha! You are an amazing artist :)
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Jack-0f-Spades Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Photorealistic digital art is fantastic
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you! :)
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MochaRa-t Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student
You- you did that with a mouse???!!! O.O

Unbelievable...... It's absolutely beautiful, I don't know what else to say... Perhaps the power of a mouse is underestimated..
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Amhyst Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
So realistic, it's incredible! *-*
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Melusaaste Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Sep 7, 2010, 12:42:48 AM
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