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September 7, 2010
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Canon EOS 500D
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1/49 second
Focal Length
38 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 7, 2010, 12:42:48 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Windows
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Jared Leto by Melusaaste Jared Leto by Melusaaste
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 (updated, I found the sketch so you can see it now)->
WIP on youtube: [link]

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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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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xXLeviRavioliXx 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.
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thank you! :)
Sommeil-eternel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I thought it was a photo, it is awesome 
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thank you! :)
Grayspirit7 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Wow! This is awesomeHeart 
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks! :)
MarwaSarrat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this drawing is not normal.......................just WOW..............
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thank you! :)
MarwaSarrat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yw ;)
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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