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His Only Friend by dahlig His Only Friend by dahlig
For a while now I wanted to paint a portrait with a sort of sad hint... I chose loneliness.

This piece has challenged me in so many ways. The amount of detail almost drove me crazy, also I have never painted an Asian, nor a child for that matter, so it took a lot, lot, lot of work.

The piece was done entirely in Painter and Photoshop. Two weeks of hard hard work.


Here are some progress shots I captured during painting the face AND the face closeup: [link]

Here are some closeups: [link]

Here are 3 refs which really helped me in the stylization: [link]
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:iconkhoitibet:
khoitibet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
so great
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:iconrahfuga:
Rahfuga Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well done!!!
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:icondannysuling:
dannysuling Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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:icondawonderer:
DaWonderer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
:(
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:iconprofutur1971:
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image! Good job![link]
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:icondazzyq:
dazzyq Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
beautiful!
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:icondeviantlilgirl:
DeviantLilGirl Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
this made me so sad, because you can see the sadness in his eyes, behind the anger. and i like the contrast of how angry he looks, and how strong he sits, but right where his fingers rest on that kitten, you see his gaurd drop slightly... you did so well on this piece i loved it!!
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:iconkitzu-jama:
kitzu-jama Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Amazing!!! It.... leaves me speechless! You did a fantastic job with the detail and the child looks so real!! congrats!
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:icondarkdevil16:
DarkDevil16 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Itīs feature time: [link] !! :happybounce: :hug:
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:iconalek79:
alek79 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fajne!
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:iconalek79:
alek79 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fajne !
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:iconalek79:
alek79 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fajne.!
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:iconrick-lilley:
Rick-Lilley Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
AWESOME
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:iconbabyboo69:
babyboo69 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Wow! The colors and detail in this piece are amazing! I love the round cherubic face of the royal boy, and the sumptuous fur of the kitten. This is lovely. Thank you for sharing =)
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:iconkimmig2000:
kimmig2000 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg the colors are incredible!
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:iconyuriaustrawberry:
Yuriaustrawberry Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly done. Grats for all your hard work. Do you ever have people pay you to get something done? I would really like to collab with you.
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SamErik2091 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice The Golden Child :D
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:iconbozzy-lady-of-sunset:
bozzy-lady-of-sunset Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
<3 <3 the kitty :))
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:iconsasohe:
Sasohe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I love the depth you put into his face, it has almost an adult seriousness to it, and it tells a story and shows a sadness that comes from being forced to grow up. Really amazing colors and details.
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:iconamrgalal7:
amrgalal7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your fantastic work has been featured here [link] :)
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:iconlarqven:
larqven Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Certainly a pic where your hard work speaks for itself! A lot of sumptuous surroundings rendered in rich color and intricate design! Lots of dragons!

The child is almost suffocated by his surroundings--and all those dragons are actually symbolic of threats about him? The cat being the only one he knows that really cares for him? A sad pic indeed involving a child.

Am I correct in assuming that this portrait is of the "Last Emporer" of China?
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:icontrisste-stocks:
Trisste-stocks Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Szkoda, że linki z opisu już nieaktywne, chętnie bym zobaczyła "walkthrough" i closeup-y.
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:iconheavenonlyknows:
Heavenonlyknows Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Just Love your work......Beautiful
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Queen-of-Spiders Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Not sure how I haven't added this to my favorites by now ! This is one of my absolute favorite pieces from you. I can't imagine how long it must have taken to paint all those different pieces of fabric !

I really love everything about this - the concept, the color scheme, the composition, and so on. Not to mention, your technical skill is out of this world. This piece is beautiful, and certainly sad and lonely as you were going for. Awesome work.
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TinyViolet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work amazes me. i love how the little hand seems to be grabbing the kittly, like the boys afaid the friend will leave.
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TinyViolet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work amazes me. i love how the little hand seems to be grabbing the kittly, like the boys afaid the friend will leave.
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:iconalice81097:
alice81097 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
CUTE KITTY !!!!!!!!
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:iconlittlemiki2:
LittleMiki2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a PICTURE! OAO AMAZING!!!
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:iconavamaren:
avamaren Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010   Digital Artist
when i saw this i was like... awwwww poor kid.
i got the expression right. :-)
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:iconstarscreammyvampire:
starscreammyvampire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
I Am Amazed At Your Work.


i love this picture and all your drawings!
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:iconcrayuns:
Crayuns Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Theres only one problem. The head, it looks abit erm. idk xD
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:icontommy62688:
tommy62688 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I immediately got the sad hint when I looked at the picture then read the title. It is amazing. I love your work
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:iconmirellasantana:
MirellaSantana Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
your work is amazing!!!
love it all this amazing arts!!
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:iconashwolf13:
Ashwolf13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aww is sad
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:iconxdisturbedsilencex:
xDisturbedSilencex Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
amazing work as always...
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:iconnotreal-love:
notreal-love Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
omgosh the kitty looks so fluffy!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

ok now that thats out of the way.. omgosh i really likie! you do a great works!
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:iconhomobernardus:
HomoBernardus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
so sad...
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:iconoro-elui:
oro-elui Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: stunning work again.
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my journal, Spread Some DA Love, Part XVII [link]
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XsquirrelXhaterX Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
there was a chinese emperor once who was placed on the throne when he was three and no other children ware ever allowed to play with him (because he was the king), so he smuggled a lemming (like a small mouse; i have it in my gallery) to be his only friend. i believe this has a connection to the story.
and i really like the picture :thumbsup:
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charlie-aux-fraises Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009   Photographer
omg so sad :(
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:iconelegantpaws:
ElegantPaws Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
It is phenomenally beautiful in its complexity, detail and colour balance. Sumptuous as I said. YOU have a flawless and entirely sensual eye. What a rather determined look on the little face and the kitten is precious. The materials and the mood grab me. This is consummate work.
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ElegantPaws Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Sumptuous doesn't cover it.
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:iconlillehanna:
Lillehanna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
so sad....
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:iconlovemedeath:
LOVEmeDEATH Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
:w00t: awsome! looks like the kid in the 30 seconds to mars video ( from yesterday )
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:icondaribear44:
DariBear44 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
:eyepopping: omg your amazing
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:icondarkredcrystal:
darkredcrystal Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Is it ok to burn those candles so close to cloth? Hmmm very detailed!
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:iconfireflyx2:
FireflyX2 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
beautiful
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:icona-redheads-ramblings:
A-Redheads-Ramblings Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AWww this picture made me want to cry :tears: Its just so sad.

But so pretty
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DeceptionAlchemist Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
It's really amazing, even the embroidered dragon has amazing detail. Just one problem for me, which is the eyebrows of the kid. I think if you made them softer it'd be better. Like more curved or something. Particularly on the outside side. I think that would make the sadness of the picture more apparent. Besides that I have no complaints.
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