Thursday, June 14, 2007

B&W Ben


Inspired by a neat picture book I found at Barnes&Noble for ten bucks. It's full of faux reproductions of historical documents. If you like that sorta thing.

34 comments:

Randy Bantog said...

I like your paintings. nice designs and edges.

Craig Mackay said...

Love the pirates, and Ben Franklin. Such a great blog! Thanks for the inspiration.

Nastya said...

Great style! Very nice.
:)

Sam Nielson said...

Great portrait! The way you handle value is always inspiring to me. I think we need to do this sort of thing for an Avalanche challenge.

S.T. Lewis said...

This is incredible, man. I've always dreamed of having a hairdo like old Ben's.

The likeness is great... in fact, as long as you're into faux reproductions... might as well make this beauty into a hundred dollar bill. I doubt the authorities are fans of faux reproductions, but it's worth a shot... because this looks better than the "Ben" on the actual bills... from what I've heard. I've never seen one, but I've heard tales.

Marcelo Braga said...

The best part is to imagine how do you do theese drawings. Seems real simple and must be for you, but a real mystery for me. A great portrait of Ben.

Ken Chandler said...

You have an incredible talent Ryan. Really amazing caricature.

Bill Ferguson said...

Looks fantastic. Ben would be proud!!

Dave said...

Really nice tones! Beautiful work :)

Anders said...

excellent portrait, Ryan!!!
perfect likeness but yours looks smarter than the original! ^^

GhettoFab said...

you complete me.... O

Jamaal Bradley said...

nice work...keep grindin'

jamaal b

Nasan Hardcastle said...

Great job blending both traditional and digital techniques! (At least the sketch looks traditional- you never know with painter now . . .) I like how you allowed the original drawing to show through.

Mark Behm said...

Yes, it's nice to see just a touch of your drawing thru here and there. He's totally thinking holding back from making some smart-ass cynical comment about someone but refraining.

Richard Oud said...

It looks beautifull..

Doron Meir said...

Great drawing!

Dillon Thompson said...

If all you have to do is invent electricity to have a book written about you, than sign me up.

Also good value here.

marcobucci said...

Great painting. The values and construction are just perfectly indicated.

Tirso Cons said...

Your work is soooooooooooooo nice!!

Congrats!!

t.

Nathan Lindsay said...

very nice piece.

J. Nowland said...

Hey Ryan... dig this picture.... another good job.... PEACE!
J

Jason Seiler said...

WONDERFUL drawing!

Roc said...

Great piece Ryan. really nailed the likeness. ya technique always amazes me.

Alex-Triedro said...

Incredible work, master!!!
The drawings have life, the expressions, the color, everything is very very good...
Stuffed my subscription to this blog of unconditional form.

:^D

Shawn Escott said...

Great portrait!!!

Alina Chau said...

beautiful!

Mike Mac said...

nice man!

400lb Ninja said...

Uhmm wow man-Killing it!!!!!
D

khojines said...

No tiene desperdicio este lugar!
Paz y polvorones!

Ben Reynolds said...

Can't say I'm hugely into historical documents, but I am really into your painting!! Thats awesome man, always love the way you handle faces. Very well done!

tom said...

Wonderful piece Ryan!

sarah said...

So interesting to see this side by side with the inspiration. I like how you changed the lighting a little and exaggerated things slightly. Really cool.

Bobby Chiu said...

what a beautiful take on Ben Franklin. VEry nice

shou' said...

I really dig your brush strokes. It has mm... a sensual touch to it ;)

Nice Ben~