For those of you who donâ€™t like to read, I suggest slowly scrolling down to see the image. Youâ€™ll get a better effect that way. This has been in the making for over ten months now. About a year ago I first started experimenting with brushwork in PS and Painter, some of you have seen my first image with the technique (and some of you have seen the progress shots to this). Any ways, I liked how I could blur and mix heavy streaks of opaque colors, so I began expanding on that. This started as me just looking at people around me, and studying the lighting on them. I sketched a face of a random girl on paper (no photograph, no model, all talent) and played around FOREVER with her perspective and shading. After that, I booted up painter and did a very rough transfer of the image to digital, making sure I used big thick colors and little detail. I then began blurring tones to produce a spectrum I could then pick from. I would sample the color from an area of a blur, paint the area around it that color, and then continue blurring, until all I had left was the brushwork: no blurring. Her shoulder is the exact outcome I wanted (almost looks like she's molded out of clay), her cheek is too detailed, and the rest is the result of a rush to meet a deadline: not very nice looking (to me). (I did use poser a little to get a better idea of what the lighting â€œshouldâ€ have looked like, but Iâ€™m certain the light around her lips is wrong.) I wasnâ€™t aiming for some â€œ1337 a$$ $h17,â€ instead I was trying to create something I havenâ€™t seen much of before (this is also an example that no one needs filters to look sweet as hell). The more I look at the finished product, the more I am repulsed and yet satisfied by it: the brushwork in some areas makes me instinctively say to myself â€œthat looks ugly,â€ but when I look at it as a whole, it is absolutely more beautiful than I had imagined it would be. When you see it, look up close at all of the extremely visible streaks, then step back, and blur your eyes a little. And with that, I present: Lumen (Eat your hearts out, nubs ) They should make a Forum Artist award: I really need 25 bucks DISCUSS!