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Harley Quinn (Halloween Illustration 2015) by Hax09
Harley Quinn (Halloween Illustration 2015)
Hello everyone. It's been a while since I posted. This is the digital painting I've done of Harley Quinn for Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

The original stock photo I've referenced is from here:…
Thomas Shelby Peaky Blinders by Hax09
Thomas Shelby Peaky Blinders
A quick photo manipulation I did of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) from Peaky Blinders. Can't wait for the 3rd season.
King Ragnar by Hax09
King Ragnar
Hail King Ragnar !

A digital painting of Ragnar Lothbrok from the TV series Vikings.


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Hakim Shujaee
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: United Kingdom
Favourite genre of music: Film Soundtracks
Favourite style of art: Matte Painting/ Photo-realism
Operating System: Mac OSX
Favourite Anime character: L (Death Note) Johan (Monster)

I just wanted to update my followers on my lack of activity in the past few months. I may have told a few of you that I am working on a really BIG painting that will take me next to forever to complete... I have not forgotten. However in the past few months and weeks I have been the most busiest I have been in my life. A lot of it involves a pile of stuff I need to do from work (I work as a full-time graphic designer by the way) and the rest is preparation for my summer holidays. So with these things taking a chunk out of my painting time it's been difficult to find those extra hours. So that's the reason. Just thought you should know... 
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Hans Zimmer
  • Drinking: Water

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Alevire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
motion graphics? cool!! :)

I'm taking a break from kinda everything :XD: 
I don't draw, I don't do schoolstuff, i'm being very, very, verrrryyyy lazy :)
Hax09 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! me too. I'm very lazy as well. It depends on my mood!
BenJaminTheArtist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG i just fell in love
dude your work is like, I cart even describe 
how detailed it is i thought it was a picture 
Hax09 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D :D

Yeah I spend longer than most people would have the patience to on a painting. Might as well. It's not like I'm against the clock or anything. Better to spend time perfecting it than rushing it.
BenJaminTheArtist Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true 
and yeah i agree Paw 
Vyndicare Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You have a wonderful way with coloring! How do you make the textures so realistic?
you've just earned another watcher ^^
Hax09 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Annie. Really appreciate that!

It's just years of practice I guess. I really like to zoom in and make each part as realistic as possible. Sometimes you'd be surprised at how effective a regular black or white brush can be. Like when I try to make a metallic piece look shiny using a full 100% white brush really brings out the shine to the extreme. Obviously you have to pick and choose your spots. But something like a few streaks make it pop. I used to only use the regular hard brush for the whole painting but lately I've been working with a chalk brush. There are some very good brushes out there that speed up the texturing process. Not to mention textures themselves that can be overlayed. Although I've never done that last one because I find the whole colour matching process tedious. And I have a tendency to get it wrong too. :D
Vyndicare Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh it's no problem at all. ^^

Really now? Thanks for the tip on metallic objects. I've always had a sort of trouble making something look metallic. Rough fabric textures are no exception either. I'm starting to get skin pores down, though. But I'd really like to learn how to make something have rough textures so that it's more realistic. I mean I've never been taught how to do anything digitally. I learn on my own or from tutorials or other artists. It's helped out a lot. But I'd really love to learn how to properly texturize ^^ I mean I looked at your Assassin's Creed work and did a double take thinking it was a screen shot or poster from the actual game. It looks so real! It's amazing! I looked at the WIPs and I was blown away. It's amazing how detailed you make your drawings. How long does it take you?
(Love the Metal Gear as well ;))
Hax09 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

It usually takes me about a few weeks (mainly because of work and other commitments) I think you picked a good example with the Assassin's Creed one because that has to be my most realistic drawing to date. I think in the end it looked more detailed (especially Ezio's rough face) than the original. I actually find it more easier to do detailed painting rather than ones that require smooth textures. I think with the smooth ones it's easier for it to look unrealistic. But with the rough ones there's no set rule. A good way to put it would be the difference between a silk cloth and a rough face with cuts. The cuts can be anywhere on the face, any shape and any size. Deep cuts or maybe just a scratch. But with a smooth texture it can only be smooth and anything out of the ordinary would break that illusion. I think it's good to experiment as much as you can. My technique is like a collection of 5 different methods I've learned over time.
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shanetherarechoa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thanks for the visit at :icongamerfriend:
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