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-Faces Tell Stories- by HennaLucas -Faces Tell Stories- by HennaLucas
"I turned to him—he was focused on me, yet somehow away, as well. He almost looked as if he was somewhere else, a place entirely different from this early morning rooftop. His face was benign and pensive, almost beatific, it’s contours softened yet by the golden morning light slanting in rods through the cracks in the clouds. The light caught the planes of his eyes, hitting the flecks and pools of brown, making them flicker like a lighted chalice. I had never noticed how truly handsome he was until this moment—the patches of gray above his temples now seemed singular and familiar, the notch in his brow unique and profound. And perhaps others wouldn’t find him to be so wonderful. They might think his smile crooked, his nose lopsided, his hair messy and his bumbling, endearing awkwardness rather off-putting. But I didn’t care. I suddenly realized how irreplaceable, how rare and matchless he was, and it filled me with a sudden bittersweet sadness that I could not trace nor explain.
—Paper Stars, pg. 217

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face and style study of Benjamin Jastrow

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art, character (c) me
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This is a great piece of art. The musty colors definitely set the mood very well. The direction the boy is looking and the use of catch-lights capture his emotions. The proportions are all correct, but the shading on the eyes and nose almost makes the boy look sickly, but maybe that's what you were going for? The clothes are very cute. I really love the shadowing used, on the jaw and the neck in particular, the made it more realistic. Although the drawing doesn't seem very memorable, I think it's a great example for artists trying to find the perfect combination of cartoon and realism.
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TheEyeOfTheHurricane Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, I'm geeked up. The snippet of your book matches his description perfectly; I think this is one of your best works yet.
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Living-Magikally Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO MANY FRECKLES IT'S ADORABLE!! Lovely writing and art, as per usual :)
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Writer
:aww: Thank you!
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Xavryn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   General Artist
I love watching your style change and evolve! I adore the cartoony realism that it's taking on. Beautiful.
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you!
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billytheixi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I love Benji's character design. Excellent work as always. ^^
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks!
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billytheixi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
You're very welcome. ^^
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amadeaux Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   General Artist
This is exactly what I needed today. Great work.
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HennaLucas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you!
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