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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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Robert-Anthony Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work
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zeezeeazc123 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
his eyes :happybounce: 
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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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:iconmiamary123456:
miamary123456 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Amazing work! Simply fantastic!!!
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winstonscreator Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
flawless!
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CameronHarperArt 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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:iconcypher-black:
Cypher-Black Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
astounding job
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:iconammona2011:
ammona2011 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
omg amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing.fav
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:iconelidor1984:
elidor1984 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Amazing
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It looks like a photo, even though photos are long after his time.
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SupertrampCantrell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is so amazing
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Anita-Sanderson Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is the best portrait of Shakespeare that I have seen...you make him look more attractive than the usual that I've seen of him. I love all the detail too, that you have drawn and I'm sure that someone at the fundraiser party will have paid to own him, by now. :-) It's super.
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ArtFreakA Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
.....i dont even.........*mind is now blown*
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indieanajess Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I'm sure they'll fork over some cash. This is beautiful; lovely textures.
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Althea-25 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amazing work! :)
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TheHiddenDandy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Hey! You're excellent! Keep on letting your artistic inspiration go!
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:iconcrayonmaniac:
crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
the bard :faint: i love him and i love how you rendered him waw :iconheartdanceplz:
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ArtCrawl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so nice. :)
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:iconaeriusexodus:
aeriusexodus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
his eyes are so big! I think it just me . :P
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eikenboom Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done - it could be the Bard ( with capital ! ) himself...
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OutlawNinja Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
The bard so wonderfully portrayed.
Great work mate, I am sure someone will pay a handsome price for this work of art.
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Gargapitics Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Nice job, man! What's about the earring?
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VengatorBlaze Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
amazing!!!! master!!!!!
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hannie001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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HoneyandChai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really good. But am I the only one who thinks his face closely resembles Gary Oldman?
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JW-Jeong Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
haha, indeed, if I were to cast an actor to play Shakespeare, it would be Gary Oldman.
But I thought my Shakespeare here resembled Alfie Boe!
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eikenboom Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too much honour for Gary....LOL
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Oyashiro-5ama Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
My thoughts exactly :D great job though
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verriterriberri Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Fantastic piece. Great proportions and shading, and I particularly like the texture created in this
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:iconorcuntahtali:
orcuntahtali Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
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GoldenGirl954 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Nice! :D I love the textures
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semituf1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
way goooood!!:)
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I love the light and rye little smile.
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:iconrespentile:
respentile Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This is really good
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:iconfrora-chan:
Frora-chan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amaaaazing ;)
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:iconifcha1984:
Ifcha1984 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
amazing!!!!!
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ArtGoldArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!
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joshggghghgg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great overall! specially the skin
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chemicalRed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Awesome.
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
:wow: Stunning work!
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byron7 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's gorgeous!
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ChevalierdeSeingalt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
An exceptional piece of work. My compliments.
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Lauratar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Your art just makes my life!
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