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Shakespeare by JW-Jeong Shakespeare by JW-Jeong
Charcoal & Coloured Pencil on Paper / 26 x 31cm
I drew this exclusively for the fundraiser for Seoul Shakespeare Company, the non-profit organization of expatriates in Korea who are about to stage 'Hamlet' in April.
It will be presented tomorrow at the fundraiser party, and I hope it would attract some to open up their purses.
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"Before I begin, I should point out that I judge every piece as if I were walking through a virtual museum so, although I do my best to place the piece it whatever context is intended, my background is fine art and my viewpoints come from that arena."
'Vision' is an inconveniently vague concept though I consider it to include a work's composition and its artistic elaboration (how much an artist has manipulated a reference or source image). In this portrait, the subject is centered and fills the space provided appropriately but I think the left edge could have been cropped ever so slightly tighter than it is.
In regards to 'Originality', a category which does share some overlap with 'Vision', this is a portrait and little artistic elaboration could be taken while maintaining such a staunch likeness. That being said, the quality of the piece, and the style in which it was rendered, I believe, does certainly separate it from other portraits of William Shakespeare.
In terms of 'Technique', the piece is absolutely breathtaking and, as was briefly touched upon earlier, was rendered beautifully. The texture of the subject's skin, hair, clothing, all varies, and the technique used to describe the material does so superbly. Moreover, the shading is accurate and provides an incredibly lifelike depth to the subject.
Finally, as far as 'Impact', I consider how powerful the overall image is to me and, in this category, the piece excels (see previous categories as to why). This is a genuinely beautiful work and it was a pleasure to critique.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
 If this be not how Master Will DID look then certes 'tis how he SHOULD have looked!

 Please allow me to compliment you Master Jeong on a surpassingly excellent portrait.:) (Smile) 
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ArtyCheese Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Woah
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AFennis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Great great work!
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miamary123456 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This had been submitted into group: Hamlet-The-Play: [link]

Is that alright with you?

Thanks so much!
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miamary123456 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Wow. Amazing work! Simply fantastic!!!
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winstonscreator Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
flawless!
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CAMERON1395 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Kind of looks like Gary Oldman... Very, very good.
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Mykeleen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One thing I especially love about your art is the way you draw the eyes. They have a lot of depth and they reflect the light and the emotion of the subject. They really draw you to the person.
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JW-Jeong Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe in a simple statement, that the eyes are the windows to one's soul.
Let me tell you an interesting legend from ancient China.

Once, a master painter painted a dragon without the pupils in its eyes. People got curious and they asked him why he wouldn't paint the pupils.
The master answered, 'if I do, the dragon will fly away from this paper.'
People laughed and called him crazy. The master got upset. He took out a small brush and began to paint the pupils.
When he finished them, to people's amazement, the dragon came alive and with its thunderous roar, soared up into the sky.

A proverb was made out of its legend, 'add pupils to the painting of a dragon'. It's used when you have completed something grand and important.
I'm a Korean, not a Chinese, but this proverb is quite famous and frequently used among the Koreans as well.
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CatherineSatine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god!
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