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Robert's Marbles by robertsloan2 Robert's Marbles by robertsloan2
5" x 7" Prismacolor Premier and Prismacolor Lightfast colored pencils on white Rising Stonehenge 100% rag paper.

Robert's Marbles was inspired by a photo reference and exercise in Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg. Rather than just do the exercise based on the cover illustration verbatim, I rearranged the elements, made some of them larger and thus increased the depth of field, and fooled around with the colors changing the reference dramatically. I had to figure out how the highlights and reflections would look done with these changes by my imagination. The results took my breath away. This painting is absolutely not for sale.

But it demonstrates specifically what I mean by colored pencil painting. It is completely saturated with at least a dozen layers on every area of it, even the background, smooth realism with crisp edges and a painterly stroke that blends easily, then burnished thoroughly.

In person it shimmers and bounces off the wall, it looks as if the marbles are going to roll out of the painting.
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
i just got the book and cant wait to try these
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DrawDesign Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so gorgeous! Great job!
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful
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Holidayrush Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Damn! I wanted to draw something like this! But how can i POSSIBLY top this??
Damn you and your skill!
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maiziedog Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I love this! Gorgeous details; it's just beautiful! I haven't been as active as before...college does that to ya. Haha.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
thank you! It is my new favorite colored pencil piece ever.
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maiziedog Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Me too!
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kulideb Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Wow!
love the light!
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:iconrobertsloan2:
robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Thank you! This is my own favorite of all the colored pencils pieces I've ever done.
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psychorchestra Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
This was definitely and instant fave! :+favlove:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Thank you so much!
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Wow. The difference from Stage 3 is amazing, the colours are beautiful. I think you're right to not sell it!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Purr thanks. Yep. It's framed and NOT leaving my house till I do a better colored pencils painting.
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BeautifulDesaster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
So pretty! It seems perfect - really outstanding ^.^ You should use this style more often :)
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thank you! It's slow and difficult but very satisfying when I do it.
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BeautifulDesaster Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
:) How many layers have you used alltogether?
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I didn't count but I'm pretty sure on this one it went over 20 layers. Some areas got more layers than others, the smooth background area may only have a dozen or so.
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BeautifulDesaster Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
That's pretty much.
But it was all worth it!
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katarthis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I still think this is so close to a photo, it's just breathtaking to read the description and realize that you didn't even have marbles sitting somewhere for life example. Pride in the things you do... I know you have it, but if you didn't, I'd be telling you that you've every right to do so.

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deviantpainters Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
You got featured! [link] =D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Thank you! The club really tempts me, but my watch list is out of control as it is... maybe I'll join anyway. It's too cool and I've been doing watercolors lately too...
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Cattyonines Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless, the detail here is amazing. I'd fav it 10 times if I could. :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Thank you! This is a slow, difficult technique but I love the results. I may have to do some more like this with other still life objects.
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
So cool Robert. Your marble pieces look great.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Thank you! Drove me nuts working on it but now that it's finished I love it too, this is one that isn't leaving my house.
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
A truly marvellous piece that caught my attention thanks to, what you mentione din the description, the quality of it that makes it seem possible for the marbles to simply roll out of the painting. I do have to admit that I wish for them to do so, simply because the red one is of such a beautiful shade that I can not allow my eyes to let go of. Keep the amazing eye for details, shades and colors trained and well-accomplished!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Wow, thank you!
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Feathers-of-Love Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
You are very welcome :heart:
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youngmoons Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great xD love the colours :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Thank you!
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wow, that is really nice! :wow:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Thank you!
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lamagamorgana Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
*comes from your journal*
oh yes, very good indeed. *_*
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Thank you! I love the original, this is one of those keepers like Reef!
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Bah, I didn't mean to include an emoticon, especially one that's fearful!

...Unless I'm fearful of your awesomeness? :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Naw, you were looking over my shoulder at that zombie army coming up behind me...
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes, it's all coming back to me now:

"Throw your marbles at 'em!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
LOL yep! Oh that's a wicked move. More than one child has broken an adult's legs doing that...
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
*shudders* Child zombies - now that's a scary thought!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Oh yes. Oh I should write that someday. It'd rock for a horror piece. Turn a grade school into zombies... all homicidal regenerating little brats with destruction on their minds. With just enough personality left to bully, tease and heckle their victims while attacking brutally.
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It'd make an excellent Guy Krieg piece, for sure. I can imagine parents feeling sorry for their zombified children... right before they were devoured alive! Haha, wicked.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Hehe oh yeah. And especially the sorts of people who twitter and get sentimental about children. Parents at least could tell their kids were misbehaving and are used to that though not the scale. But the sort of people who sentimentalize children might as well be drenching themselves in chocolate syrup...
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Utter brilliance! I do not know of many artists who can churn out so many beautifully inspiring pieces with such varied themes and subjects, and in as many mediums, as you do. I loved seeing the progress for this piece in your journal, and I never would have thought of using an underpainting of complementary colors to start off with. They make complete sense, of course, when you put color theory in mind.

The marbles, as you rightfully boasted, truly do look like they are about to roll out of the painting. Way to go on altering the reference to make it something that is uniquely you!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Thanks! Ever since I did this one, I've been on a roll with doing marbles. They're even more fun from life!
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TheRaptor-Wolfy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Wow.... that is just simply stunning! Great work! It looks wonderfully smooth and realistic. :thanks: Nice work.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Thank you! I spent a long time on it with many layers, and it was so worthwhile once I got it finished.
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TheRaptor-Wolfy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
*smiles and nods* I bet you did!
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CrazySkye Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
beautifully done! I love the depth, and I love the variations in the shadows. Beautiful
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Thank you! You're the manga expert, take a look at my latest. I think I'm starting to get the manga look... at least on girl faces.
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CrazySkye Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
yeah, you're gettin it down!
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