TJ Oshie; #74 of the St. Louis Blues – Right-Wing. Tablet-drawn in SAI. Finish time: 138 hours 16 minutes.
The debut is out! Introducing my newest piece formally known throughout art history as "fauvism". If you previously studied my work then you guys know I'm recognized for my photo realistic portraits drawn using TegakiE. As of January 2013, I've received many emails and direct-notes whether or not I could draw something more original and imaginative but keeping my grip in sports art. Considering the demands, I decided to complete this belated project I started back in September of 2012. Between my main line of work, this portrait's taken five months to complete with a total time of 138 hours and 16 minutes. Being said, this makes my largest digital piece drawn outside of TegakiE. I used a program called SAI with a total of two-used layers opposed to the main canvas (or no layers if you will). To further the originality of this portrait, I didn't use a strict reference. I had to look up about seven different photos of this particular hockey player. It was a good challenge to compose something in an angle that purely does not exist anywhere online.
Furthermore, I decided to digitally paint fauvism because it is the very style which lead my path to realism; I have taken a like to continue this genre of art and mix it with my passion for sports. Being that I'm a St. Louis Blues fan, I wanted to test my skills on a custom portrait of TJ Oshie which I'm quite proud of (and was able to keep the general concept of fauvism throughout the image). Not only did I modernize the style but I also established symbolism, surrealism, and a bit of abstract throughout this particular painting. I enjoyed working on this piece a lot, but I was more surprised while reading up on Oshie's heritage to see that the Ojibwe Natives also painted in such similar styles, making the painting all the more meaningful to athletic Natives of North America.
I previously made a promise to my fans: If this portrait generates great reviews I'll consider releasing other fauvism sports portraits in the near future. It's not often you see realism painted up in high contrast, but with your support I'll do my best!
For best results, click "download". The image measures at 1440x900 - Ideal for a computer wallpaper.
Artwork © Sylvia Cook "Que-ink".
TJ Oshie © Himself.
"Long Live the Note" (Text) © St. Louis Blues Hockey Club.
"NHL", "NHLPA", and all logos are rightfully © the owners. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this drawing is strictly prohibited without written permission from me FIRST.