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the Pope by shawnsmithart the Pope by shawnsmithart
Pen and Ink on Illustration board + photoshop.
Definitely one of my better works.
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The very first thing that caught my attention about this piece is your remarkable attention to variety of texture and beautiful mark-making. Your technique is exquisite, and the concept behind this piece is not only clear, but (successfully) edgy and thought-provoking. Religion and religious symbols are great subjects to explore, and I don't see it done this nicely very often on this site. As far as any tips go, I might suggest that you soften up some of the lines around his face the big mutation connecting his mouth to the hat, as it gives it a sort of outline quality that doesn't seem to fit the rest of it.
My favourite thing about this drawing is that the more I look at it, the more little things I admire, such as the subtle faces and appendages from other creatures I see crawling all around him. I gotta say it's pieces like this that remind me why I want to be an illustrator. B) Excellent job man
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TarkanAtilla22 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
The form is nice and under other circumstances I would be impressed. The shading and the lines and the form are all great. It has very discernible texture.

But the ignorant anti-Catholicism - common to most of the English-speaking world - is strong in it.
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Jet4321 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I for one agree with this picture.
You can see how it may seem how demon's are surrounding him.
This may be so because the pope is the "only one" in contact with god.
Yet I belive this is... let me see the dictionary...
BULLSHIT.
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TarkanAtilla22 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Any Catholic who follows the Church's teachings considers himself and anyone perfectly able to get in contact with God - i.e, to become a real follower of Jesus Christ, to enter a personal relationship with God, etc.
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Jet4321 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I stopped being christian monthes ago...
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baldo19724 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing work! What part/parts of this piece were done in photoshop?
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LaMere01 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This reminds me of Francis Bacon work
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shawnsmithart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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TheEyebrowsOfGlory Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so friggin cool O.O
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SweetAsSugar-Nicole Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think a DD is needed.
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