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Cathexis by SRaffa Cathexis by SRaffa
Gouache and Drawing Ink 30" x 40" 2006
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is quite possibly one of the most dynamic and playful poses from you, neck to neck with "Boba Tea". It's almost a childish, "caught in the act" expression. So adorably mischievous <3
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
My pal Ani, when I was first getting to know her in Russia-- she was very unpredictable back then! :iconhappycriesplz:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not now? :<
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:giggle: She's in Seattle now; I only get rare updates via facebook these days... :shrug:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I... got a Facebook account. It's only because I'm getting a website done and Facebook is apparently so essential for the spreading of news...
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aye lass; and because it accounts for a lot of people's only internet presence-- I only check on it when I get alerts via email... :shrug:
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Rubius Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
You're magical.
... :giggle: Laaaame I know.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
You couldn't be lame if you tried! :glomp:
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Rubius Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
:hug: Thankyouuu
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:glomp: I'm reallllllly hoping I've said nicer things to you than that...
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Rubius Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
:lmao: :heart: :heart:
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RosannaFante Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
is she going to sink into a pool of her own hotness?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
:lmao: Ani's pretty hot-- she showed me all the best parts of oldtown Switzerland... :P
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RosannaFante Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
awsome. One of my best friends is from there. Nifty people
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ani was born in Iran, but the family fled to Switzerland when she was a kid; Switzerland is like some fantasy of a city, where everything's clean and everyone's cool... :D
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joronx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
good
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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lexiconoclast Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
my favorite word in the english language

brilliant work man

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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man!
Every once in awhile, in the middle of working on something, just the right word will arrive for the title... :nod:
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flotsamjetsom Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
I wish there were more words in English so that I could somehow craft a sentence appropriate for this piece. It's like it's been painted with the colors that we can't imagine or see.

The detail is completely overwhelming, the expression is genuine, and the world created is ornately gorgeous. I'm floored to say the least..
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much, Mr. Tateosian! This image was the result of a trip to Russia, after a lifetime of never having travelled anywhere... to say the least, my senses were overwhelmed... :)
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artistneetu Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice painting...
i liked the background effect...
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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BlackMageAlodia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is nice! :clap: the face, the pose and all the details were nicely done! And to think, this is made with gouache, I must learn how to use that medium..sometime..:D
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
I think you'd really love gouache, Edjie; the colors are so pure, and the paint itself is very satisfyingly rich and thick... :)
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Truyen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Hobbyist
That's an awesome artwork!
I can't believe it's a traditional painting, it looks so smooth and perfected. The colours are very intense and beautiful .
Very nice!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Tru; this is another painting of mine that got all tangled up in the memories of the time; I think I want to start moving towards simplification...
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billyjoel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
Wow.. I'm so amazed by this piece. You really did excellent on this. The mood in it is joyful and calming, in her eyes I see a playful soul, a young soul, kind and friendly in every way, and loving. Her clothing and face details are completely divine. And me being a foot fetishist and having a love for feet, examining them when I get the chance, I took a lot of notice into her feet on here, and you did a very superior job on them! The soles, the toenails, the shapes, the sizes of the toes, each smaller than the before. They're so cute, and very greatly drawn. I also really love that armband she has on, I hadn't noticed it before but I did now. I hope to see more like this one, very awesome job. :hug: Your art so far is some of the best I've seen! ^^ Have a great day! ~~Mike.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much Mike; the model does indeed have some magnificent feet... :nod:
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billyjoel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
No prob! Mmm. I'd love to huglick them <3
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BramaleaArtist Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who is the model you used? She is gorgeous!!!
Any chance you could provide a ref picture so I could take a stab at drawing her???

I understand if you can't provide ref. picture for personal or professional reasons.

Let me know.

Again, amazing work!

Craig
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
I'll ask the model about it, Craig; if she's okay with it, I'll email you something... :thumbsup:
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BramaleaArtist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the reply. I look forward to hearing from you with the model's decision.

Cheers,

Craig
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salmonofdoubt Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
I don't know how you manage to get such vivid qualities of light in your paintings. This actually seems to glow - I suppose it's the use of undiluted primaries. I love the detail, the use of colour and all the different textures. Really stunning. Why the elephant, incidentally?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks, buddy; I always love your comments...
This is such a carefree and joyful moment in this person's life, but I know her, and I know the memories she carries around with her... "an elephant never forgets."
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miskis Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
I always seem to notice the 'little' things first..hehe..the ele' has his ears pierced! :giggle: and omg toenails! The little blue berries on the bush..*sigh* It is the inclusion of such fine details that keep me captivated by your work. It looks so smooth what is it painted on?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sweetie! :hug:
It's painted on hot-press illustration board, which really is smooth as glass-- I go back and forth between loving the texture of canvas and craving the glassiness of board...
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miskis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
o0oo..*adds hot-press board to her if I ever pick up traditional paint brushes list* :D
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RosannaFante Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006   Traditional Artist
your Gouache paintings blow me away like no other! I jsut played with the medium recently for the first time and realized how
amazing you were with it.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Did you like the stuff, sweetie? The smell, the consistency, the COLORS?
Didja? Didja, huh? =P
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RosannaFante Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006   Traditional Artist
it was totaly new to me :) I will have to play witht hem more to get the hang of it. For now I like liquid water colors better but only because thats what I'm use to. I likes how they dried fast and smoothe
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
It seems like the kinda thing you'd take a liking to; it's just so sensuous, you know?
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artscendence Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Abundant wholeness :worship: (I dream, therefore I'm Sam)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional General Artist
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Hey, buddy! :D
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Twofold-Division Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
I'm in awe :wow:

What a fantastic piece...the whole thing is very warm, and happy...there's so much going on...so much detail! And the girl is just a doll...she looks so real...I feel like I've met her before.

brilliant
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
You may have; she's been all around the world...
:hug: Thanks so much!!!
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Twofold-Division Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
:nod: ;)
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shemit Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
whoa...talk about an angle to draw! looks great, love the vibrant colors!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks, shemit!
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Fishstix1011 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
This piece is beautifully done. Her face intrigues me with the personality in it, and as in a lot of your work it is almost more interesting to notice what is in the background versus the subject matter.
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