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17 Years later by marcgosselin 17 Years later by marcgosselin
Young refugee 17 years later
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I find this exquisite portrait haunting and so emotive...It compels you to look and wonder .
I think you have chosen so wisely to make a contrast between her face and her surroundings.One dark and beautifully detailed..The other very light and delicate. You are compelled to look first at her wonderfully drawn face,Your approach is quite minimalistic as you draw it..Her fine eyes with their direct,haunted gaze and those so furrowed eyebrows plus the tense ,tightened,slightly puckered lips make an impressive sight.
It has a lovely quality...Lots of your feelings about her are apparent , You obviously were inspired to draw her and you have produced a beautiful ,so interesting picture!!The more I look at it the more I want to know about her!!...
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I write this critique with a direct observation the way the piece comes to me. Note that I do not have the original in front and I relate the piece as accustomed in this spectra of art. To redirect my score, I'll separate it in divisions and in general perspective. Please do remind that what lacks in one, can be strengthened in the other. I'm not an easy critic as I write direct and I compare with what I feel, know from you and know from sort wise works in this spectra.

General: This piece (the second of two) comes alive to me and penetrating, though this one lacks a little more "convincing realism" than the 1st of the two. If I compare your quality works that I'm accustomed, I don't think this is your best, nor your worst. I assume this is realism orientated, and I know that realism commonly comes with a lot of technique and less originality. I know a very broad variety of artist that try realism. A lot of them get lost in technique, without the the touch as they try to just show how good they are. This is not the case here, but it doesn't show a full fetched mastered technique either.

Vision: It is a refreshing concept to see a dual-drawing like this. A lot of people wonder how people will look when they haven't seen familiars in a long time, but uncommonly it is used in this direct way. Did that had the purpose intention to get insight of the viewer? I don't know... that is quite subjective.

Originality: It is a good concept and there are ingredients added to make the whole piece work. I can be short about it. It isn't put through other cornerstones of art. I know you have that ability. I rate it 3 stars and that is quite high, regarding that realism alone lacks originality.

Technique: It is not the best, nor the worst. I do not know if you have references for this. In case of observation, you lack mainly sophistication of detail work and balancing through a convincing realism that lends its power from that part. If you went from out your mind (intellectual realism), you must know that it is very hard to perceive all natural and subtle nuances that "makes" it. The style is not too consistent as well; at least not as well as your 1st of the two. Compared to your surrealistic works, this isn't your best, though the proportions are plausible correct. The technique is there, but the understanding and observation to make it look convincing isn't developed enough.

Impact: Like I've said, the technique takes away some convincing impact that realism lends its power from. The radiance and essence i feel from this drawing is the biggest celebration of those two. It is deep and emotional and that for me personally, is the most important factor! The conscious reminder on how people look when aging is an impact on itself! Well done on that part!

Congratulations on this piece and there are more celebrations to be found here .
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artserge Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great portrait Marc, she seems really alive.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much Matthew.
How have you been? I hope you are all ready for the holidays.
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artserge Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok cheers marc, recently became a dad so pretty busy and art time is a precious resource. Been really enjoying your latest work, impressive as ever. Still thinking of a corpse if you have a window.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations on becoming a Father that's wonderful.
I'm definitely looking forward to working with you. I have four on the table to complete, and I could send one your way once I'm done, and if work doesn't prevent me from doing what I enjoy.
Happy holidays to you, and your budding family.
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KmyGraphic Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow magnifique , this is Afgan girl , i recognized only to one look , bravo , great design:)
:iconheartforyoupls:)
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much.
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
wow! excellent work
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much Mona.
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Ray-of-Afterlife Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hauntingly beautiful!!! :D I can't imagine how hard her life must have been, the expression says it all. A woman striving for a better tomorrow. Great work Marc :D
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, she has seen many hard years.
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Ray-of-Afterlife Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yea :( I wish her the best of luck :)
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm hoping for the best for her, but in a society that has absolutely no respect for women, I doubt she is going to have a bright future.
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Ray-of-Afterlife Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ugh I know, it really brings me down :/ and I agree, women deserves all the respect in the world :D and yea, I still hope that she will have a bright future, this world...its a dark place that will bring us down to our knees no matter how tough one claims to be. That's why we need get back up when we fall... metaphorically speaking of course. The short version of that is to never give up :)
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
We have no choice but to continue, that's life.
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Ray-of-Afterlife Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed yes
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threepussycats Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I remember they had returned to look for her, especially since her photo as young girl still leaves a great impression to this day.
As sad as it is, it's good to know she's still alive.
The bewilderment is gone from the eyes, but her face has hardened, without a doubt.
Life hasn't been easy on her and it's a reminder of how lucky we really are in our 'rich and civilized' world.

Well captured, Marc!
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, her eyes describe a very hard life since we've seen her in her first photograph.
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bluepainthorse Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful drawing. I recall seeing he again on some TV show, her eyes were just as startling. You captured her 'grown up' self great here, and the headdress is well done! :)
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Kay-March Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
She has ressemblances with the girl form long ago... the veil of stars and beautiful eyes... hope is vanished somehow with lost expectations, or not, perhaps it were us that imagined her with expectations, because she was a beautiful young woman... to reminds us of the truth, the muscles of her face are pure sculptured lines... we don't see any tears but we don't see any trace of smile either. Wonderful work of the 2 pieces together, ageing.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have the impression that she has had a hard life, and that it's going to continue that way unfortunately for her.
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Kay-March Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Yes... that's the sad reality of life.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Especially for women in that country.
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Kay-March Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Exactly... I often think that the photo itself did her more harm than good.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Who knows.
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Kay-March Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I would like to hear her answer on that one.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, but she is probably so oppressed that she wouldn't even say the truth.
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Revolucci Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
havent i seen this somewhere already.. i couls swear it was in one of the corpse thingys
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it is, in Time Passages, I just thought I would submit the separate portraits.
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional
nice job
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Bear.
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