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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.

Woohoo, he saw my painting! I'm so happy :) twitter.com/JaredLeto/status/6…

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:
Critique by nikodonburi nikodonburi/critique/299937428">Nov 6, 2010, 7:23:36 PM
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 TheScreamOfDestiny/critique/319039854">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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:iconcorpor8chic:
corpor8chic Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Ummmm I dont imagine you can make it any more realistic it looks like a photo! Wow Amaaazing!
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:iconangelaaliartarcade:
AngelaAliArtArcade Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Superb work..wow!!!
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:iconvoiii:
Voiii Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Not knowing who this was, for some reason I thought it was PewDiePie xD
It's a really well done image, such skill you have! ; w ;
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:iconelnaive:
elnaive Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant
awesome
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:iconjezabeththedemon:
JezabethTheDemon Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm jelly   
very jellyfish
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:iconjaelenefrance:
JaeleneFrance Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
MasterpieceHeart 
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:iconsokkstationzero:
sOKkStationZero Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student
HOW AMAZING *-*
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:iconsnowwyleopard:
SnowwyLeopard Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wow, I'm so speechless, that is fucking amazing! Given the fact you used a mouse that is also extremely impressive. When I seen the thumbnail I thought it was a photo. I envy you :3
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:iconelyianamagic:
ElyianaMagic Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW
HOW IS A HUMAN BEING CAPABLE OF BEING THAT ACCURATE
i seriously thought this was an actual photograph 
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:iconbrandoch-daha:
Brandoch-Daha Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job on it, too - it looks wonderful!
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:iconp-koi:
p-koi Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  New Deviant
a MOUSE???
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:iconar00551:
ar00551 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  New Deviant
This face is very amazing to look at. It's like he's waiting for me to say something. Well done for a digital painting. I thought it was a photograph in the thumbnail.
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:iconibitz:
Ibitz Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done! From far away, I literally thought this was a real pic. And, even when close up, I can barely tell you painted it. Nicely done! ^_^ 
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:iconcreativeinfinity:
CreativeInfinity Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
let's see paul allen's card
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:iconklarenechanteuse:
KlareneChanteuse Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
F*** NO WAY! NO WAY THIS IS A PAINTING? WHOA YOU ARE HELLA RAD
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Haha, thanks! :D
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:iconseiaral:
SeiaraL Featured By Owner Edited Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For only a 26 hour job, this is REALLY good! It is very realistic and SO beautiful! You are amazing! Seriously. It reminds me so much of this beautiful picture here: i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/0… , and that is what I love most about your drawing. :D  The eyes are so piercing in the same pleasing way. I just love them.
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconmongoosa:
Mongoosa Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Whoa.
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
:)
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:iconflammensturm2:
Flammensturm2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Student Writer
It took a while to load the information. And I was asking myself the whole time: Photograph or painting?
It's amazing
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Thanks! :)
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:iconaoifetello:
Aoifetello Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Do you know Jared Leto shared this on Facebook? You should check it out! 
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Yes, I know! I'm glad he finally saw it. :)
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:iconaoifetello:
Aoifetello Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Sorry, I only seen in the description right after I commented that you'd already seen it! :) 
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:iconhubertroguski:
hubertroguski Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
amazing work!
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thank you! :)
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:iconkibra91:
Kibra91 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
:Deep breathing:
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:iconjmsayasavanh:
JMSayasavanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist
OMG So real
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thanks! :)
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:iconleafturtle:
leafturtle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ITS A PAINTING? I THOUGHT IT WAS A PHOTO!!!!
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Haha :D 
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:iconanthro-adopts18:
anthro-adopts18 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
IKR I THOUGHT THE EXACT SAME BRO
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:iconleafturtle:
leafturtle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahaha, I think everyone did XD
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:iconanthro-adopts18:
anthro-adopts18 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD truthz
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:icontattoofun2003:
tattoofun2003 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A mouse ?
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Yes :)
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:iconmatsuemon:
Matsuemon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
haha oh my god, NO WAY!!! You used a mouse on this, and it's STILL this good?? Please listen to me carefully. Do a tutorial on how you got those amazing skin tones, and people will pay for it. Please, take my money haha
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thanks! I have one tutorial on skin texture though Tutorial: Painting realistic skin (Photoshop) by Melusaaste
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:iconmatsuemon:
Matsuemon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Yah I saw this the other day. I don't have trouble with monochromatic drawings or skin details, mostly just getting skin tones right in colored paintings. I just can't see how some people can get it so exactly.
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:icondragon-creator:
Dragon-Creator Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Holy f*** , this is a painting?!?! I seriously thought it was real!
Talk about art goals.
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thank you! :)
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:iconbunnychocoaddict:
BunnyChocoAddict Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Too good •-•
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thanks! :)
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:icondrake-n-willard:
Drake-N-Willard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
WOW that is sooo good, that's great he saw it!!
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thanks! I know, it made me so happy :)
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:iconwings-dragon:
Wings-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh...my...god...I was just sure that it was a photo...until I saw it was classified as "Digital Art"...I have no the words...Very amazing...
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:iconmelusaaste:
Melusaaste Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Thank you! :)
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