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Ben Kweller. by hever Ben Kweller. by hever
NOTE: The painting is done on an OVAL canvas. No more criticism about the border--it's only there because the format needed to be rectangular for uploading purposes!

There's a story behind this.
Since I entered grad school, I've been so busy that I hardly paint anymore. In fact, for a while I hadn't been taking any time for myself...it had just been school, internship, eat, and sometimes sleep.
A few weeks ago I took Chris to see Ben Kweller for our anniversary. I hadn't been to a concert in at least 2 years and I forgot how fun it was...and also, it was just great to get out and about.
In return, Chris gave a new easel, a tube of paynes grey, and a tube of caput mortem violet.
I was inspired to paint...but what?
That's when Chris said, "There's a bunch of high resolution photos of Ben Kweller...paint him."
And what do you know, the jacket he was wearing was exactly caput mortem violet.
Although I don't usually paint from photos that I don't take myself, I decided what the hell...I'm not going to put it in a gallery or sell it...painting it would be strictly for me and my sanity. I provide art therapy for several clients a week--it was about time I started painting for my own therapeutic needs.
So, thanks Ben Kweller for putting a little rock and roll back into my life.

(Listen to Ben Kweller: [link])

Oil on Canvas

*original photo taken by Michael Waring
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:iconjosh-mcd:
josh-mcd Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Aw man, I love Ben Kweller. And you did an incredible job on him. The whole mood here. Nice and warm. It's so nice. I've yet to see him live. He seems like he'd be awesome.
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hurrah for Ben Kweller! He is pretty awesome--next time he comes around, you should see about catching him.
And thanks for your comment :)
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DriversCoot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
amazing painting! :heart:
Ben Kweller is so freakin' awesome :D
I hope I get to see him live sometime.
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you--he is pretty rad. Next time he comes around you'll have to try to catch a show :)
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DriversCoot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
you're welcome ^__^
I'm so gonna try to catch one of his shows and VERY hopefully meet him :XD:
but it's odd I can't find the tour dates anywhere on his site :?
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well, he's probably not touring at the moment then...he just came around last year to promote his latest album...so he's probably working on a new album now.
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:iconhanishi:
Hanishi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
Again, I love the way you paint eyes!
I also really the oval border, it makes it slightly different and draws your eye to the center. :)
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again--what's interesting about this painting is that it's done on an oval canvas.
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:iconanjaleck:
anjaleck Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to let you know I am featuring this in my latest journal. If you would like to have it removed, please let me know and I will removed it immediately. [link]

Hugs,
Anj
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:icongothicide:
Gothicide Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
I really like the color, it reminds of old school beer advertisiments...

excellent job...
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:iconchild-stainless:
child-stainless Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
this image has been included in both mine and User2006's journals. great work :D
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:iconravenas:
ravenas Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
I'll have to check out his work. Great job on the painting, I actually thought it was a photo when I seen it in the forums before.
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:iconnellis-eketorp:
nellis-eketorp Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
very good oil painting. Especially with the light direction and shadows on the hand.
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:icondaobiwan:
DAObiwan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
you are my favourite artist on DA :D
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
wow...I'm honored :)
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:iconblueundine:
BlueUndine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I can say about this is that it just beautiful :clap:
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:iconnimfabebe:
Nimfabebe Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
This artwork has been featured here [link]

Please add the news to your faves to make sure more people will see it.
The feature is also in my journal .
:rose:
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:iconstapic:
Stapic Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ur wonderful:D
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:iconmarkmarkmark:
markmarkmark Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Photographer
great work!
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:iconwherestherealsky:
wherestherealsky Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
That's a cool painting (sorry my brain is dead so can't say anything more intelligent or enlightening)

I've only got Sha Sha and Kokomo...what songs would ya recommend?
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
For starters...."Penny on a Train Track", "Sundress", "I Need You Back", "On My Way", "In Other Words", "Commerce, Tx", "Wasted and Ready", and "Walk On Me"
:)
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:iconsilsolo:
SilSolo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
that looks incredibly real
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:iconfailing-at-flight:
failing-at-flight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
Freak Out! It's...a fav!
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
this is, like, the best comment ever! Hahaha.
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:iconar-zimraphel:
Ar-Zimraphel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Excellent work! The warm tones to this piece and the details are excellent. Again, I really don't have anything constructive to say. I'm sorry. :P This is another lovely piece - you are clearly very talented.
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:icondeejaydude:
deejaydude Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
very good details once again and i like the color scheme. the frame just doesn't appeal to me. =p
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
it's a oval canvas...so there's nothing I can really do about frame ;)
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:icondeejaydude:
deejaydude Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
oh lol. sorry, not that literate//knowledgable about traditional paintings.
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
'sok...it's not a common shaped canvas and you can't really tell looking at a photo anyway.
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:iconindialpc:
indialpc Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
i love ben kweller!
i just met him two days ago! haha he's such a nice guy!!

and this painting is rad
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool. :)
a rad painting of a rad dude, of course.
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:iconaraigneedanse:
AraigneeDanse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
it looks like a photo....so realistc.
it's great!
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:iconrainyxskyz:
rainyXskyz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Awesomeness! How do you manage to get it so realistic??
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
a lot of practice and an eye for detail ;)
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:iconkikilovesyou500:
Kikilovesyou500 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Wounderful! I really like the thoughtful look in his eyes.
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:iconthedevildweller:
TheDEviLDweLLeR Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Student General Artist
i've seen this before lol, but very well done.
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:iconmiriamcelia:
Miriamcelia Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
great work! love the feel of it :D
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:iconfwadtl:
fwadtl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
This is great! I love the warm colours and tones :) Very well done :clap:
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:iconalovernotafighter:
alovernotafighter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Youre an amazing painter, you know that, right? Again, detailed, and I love the colours.
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:icondementedpeach:
dementedpeach Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
Gorgeous. I absolutely love the hair, the eyes, and the hand. The lighting is tricky, but you've pulled it off beautifully. : ) +fav.
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:iconcohrs:
cohrs Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007  Professional Photographer
I am not a student of painting and the human figure. By my standards, though, this is phenomenal.
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:iconamano--wild7:
amano--wILD7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
I dont know him, but the picture is pure magic!! Good work!
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:iconwonderdookie:
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent shading again on this one. I really like all of the warm colors too.

ha. A little bit of a belated comment, but I'm still sorting through all of my messages from when I was gone.
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's all good--I'm surprised you're actually making an effort to catch up. Well done on your part. :)
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:iconwonderdookie:
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well I do actually watch the people on my list for a reason, all of their art is really cool (and I want to slowly steal it and make it my own).
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Uh oh...I guess I should watch my back then....
I have such a hard time keeping up. What makes it worse is that I joined a traditional art club because they have a nice variety of work from all different artists.....but now my message center is swamped with tons of stuff. :hmm:
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:iconwonderdookie:
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tons of watch messages, or tons of comments? Or... tons of both? Tons of fun?
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Tons of everything...I just let it all pile up until I get to the point where I don't want to deal with it. So yeah, tons of fun...
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:iconwonderdookie:
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just try not to let it get to the point where responding to messages becomes a bit of a chore. It has happened on occasion, and that's not cool.
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Pyro-Spaz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
wow...beautiful painting! amazing work in the eyes...they look so real:)
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