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Pretty Cunning - Jayne Cobb by hever Pretty Cunning - Jayne Cobb by hever
So.
My husband sat me down and made me watch Firefly. I bet he wish he hadn't now.
(For those who don't get the reference: [link] )

This was a fun little project to test out some scenic painting aging techniques in the realm of classical portraiture. I distress things all the time at work, but because of the nature of the designs (and the unfortunate increasing demand for theatrical scenery to be printed), I rarely get the chance to do anything more than paint solid colors.

I wanted to create a sort of retro/vintage billboard sort of thing, so I looked at a a bunch of advertisements from the 40's and 50's as well as some Norman Rockwell paintings to get the right kind of vibe. There was initially more to my design, but with the way the texture came out, I decided to keep it simple so as not to make it all too busy.

A number of steps went into this piece - a lot of layering and glazing with age washes and rust colors - and a variety of materials were used from latex house paints to acrylics to Rosco super-saturated scenic paints...all applied on a piece of masonite. The crackling effect was done using sodium silacate -- I almost wish it hadn't set up so fast and I got a little more of the base rust color coming through.

Anyway...enjoy!

UPDATE: I just want to thank everyone for all of the favorites and very kind words regarding this piece. I'm honored to receive this DD and floored by such an enthusiastic reception from the dA community. :)
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Given 2012-03-14
Pretty Cunning - Jayne Cobb by *hever showcases a blooming rarity of fanart creation. It gives me great pleasure to feature her talent for the eyes of Firefly fans, enthusiasts, and simply fan art lovers that fathom uniqueness. ( Featured by TheCreativeJenn )
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Shaymin42 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
When a man wears a hat like that, you know he's not afraid of anything...
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mrwilson07 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I love that show
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blkmeow13 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
This would be awesome to see painted on the side of a skyscraper or something, freakin' amazing work
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hever Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah...that would be cool :) Many thanks!
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ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work! I love you!
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sherbetisfizzy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
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sherbetisfizzy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
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sherbetisfizzy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIREFLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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vampyresmiles Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
ALL THE CUNNING.
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Ice-wolf-elemental Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OH MY GOD THATS SO SHIINNNNYY!!!! :dummy: YOU THERE! *points to you* ARE ONE AWESOME ARTIST!!
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strryeyedreamr27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so fantastic! Shiiiiny! It makes me very happy to see this! :happybounce:
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NevermoreFox Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet ya he is darn happy he sat you down to watch it.

Anyone i marry must be familiar with the series :nod:
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Ramavatarama Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I seriously want to cry in jow after seeing this.
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Ramavatarama Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and jow means joy, yes.

the crying makes me shakey!
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stormie-pe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
now there's a man who isn't afraid of anything!

Love Jayne and beautiful piece. Very nice aging effect
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novernil Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's the sweetest hat ever. <3

I love the yesteryear ad feel, and I absolutely adore the subject. (Your husband knew exactly what he was doing. XD I recommend that show in lieu of introductions. "Hi, I'm-- Eh, not important. Have you ever seen Firefly?" And every person who actually takes the time to watch it... Becomes life-long fans.)

((I've actually got Jayne's hat -Well, a very good replica-. Bar a massive cold front, I won't be able to wear it again, until next November! *woe*))

Sorry, Firefly brings out the geek and shuts off my inhibitions- hence long comments.

This is a fantastic piece, and very deserving of the DD. I'd say your project went extremely well.
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - so glad you like it. I enjoy long comments, so no apologies. :)

(I don't know about where you are, but this winter has been incredibly mild --not that I'm complaining, but I do look forward to wearing warm silly hats. I don't think I could pull off a Jayne hat though ;))
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Mertus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
The hero of cantan the man they call Jayne!
You now win at everything ever, simply because you did such a wonderful job.
Also because Jayne is one of my favourite characters.
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Team-Switzerland Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Made. My. Day. Love this show, love his hat, love this picture. The style of it is really nice too. Awesome job. :D
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blackops555 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
yes, pretty cunning indeed.

I must say, this is now one of my favorite devs on here just for the simple fact that you made this from a man that isn't afraid of anything. lol.
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plopony Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
AHHHHHH love this so much :D you made me so happy ^_^
In addition to all things Firefly, what I also love is the vintage style you use. This kind of project is popular among Firefly fans but you really pulled it off quite skillfully. The face is very realistic!

I feel like we were introduced to Firefly in the same way =p I was on a pretty strict anime binge and my boyfriend just put Firefly on the TV without telling me what it was, just to shut up and watch =p well, now Im obsessed.
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :) I haven't seen much of other fans' projects, but it makes sense that a dingy style would be popular. I had been wanting to attempt an old sign project for a while, and finally got the motivation after I watched the series. Initially I had planned to build a whole framed unit with rivets and layers of iron paint and real rust, but life got a little crazy and I scrapped that idea. Kind of wish I still followed through, but oh well.
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jenmariedraws Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!! LOVE the effect, aaaand the character!! ;) GREAT work!
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AzraelLordoftheNight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love him. I'm so sad that that show isn't still on. Great job
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TheSweetLemonPie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
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Amazing!
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d1sasterp1ece9 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Pretty damn shiny :love:!!! I love it! And way to go to the hubby for making you watch one of the greatest shows ever made :highfive:
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :)
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GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
OMG this is amazing!

I LOVE Jayne... and his hat... of epicness
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FitzofInspiration Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol...if I was to pick a hat that I liked in firefly the most, I'd probably pick this one. :)
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MistyCate Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is superb!
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Plutonia-V41 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With that hat he looks like he isn't afraid of anything. :lol: I really like the style. It fits nicely with the gritty and dirty overall look of Firefly. And Jayne.

...the man they call Jayne! :sing:
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SummerStardance Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Bahaha! Jayne! This guy's hilarious XD I love the medium you used, it's really unique for this piece! Great job, and congrats on the well-deserved DD. It's really awesome seeing Firefly in the DDs!
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - so glad you like it :)
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mindbombable Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! The patina adds more of the out on the rim feel.

One of my fav Jayne lines, to Badger. "What happened? He your face?"
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks - I've been dying to do some faux-rusting and figured a Firefly themed piece would be fitting :)
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mindbombable Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
or rather... "What happened? He see your face?"
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NavySeuzz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
XD This just made my day. Jayne is awesome!! And he has a girl name. XDDD...mo' awesome.
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   General Artist
This is the best, the hero of Canton... Nice work :D
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Wonderful. I'm loving the retro vintage feel. Always glad to see non digital art using loads of textures and effects.
Thanks for the tip using sodium silacate - no idea what it is but I will check it out!




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hever Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
Sodium silacate can usually be purchased from ceramics manufacturers, and if you use it, you just want to make sure you wear latex gloves and eye protection. Another alternative is buying a crackle glaze at a hardware store that carries decorator paints and finishes -- it'll have instructions on the can as opposed to getting a mystery liquid in a clear jar.
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Sakkeru Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I never thought I'd see anything from Firefly in the DDs. This is brilliant. Gotta love Jayne's hat.

Now I want to go rewatch the entire series. I so wish they hadn't cancelled it after the first season. Gyah. Anyway. Congratulations on the DD. You deserve it!
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i-am-who-iam Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
this i from Fallout? funny.
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koolkat104 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I... I think I'm in love with you.

this is wonderful.

Jayne Cobb.

<3
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skechygrl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, niiiiice.
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mad-passion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Classic Jayne, seriously ^___^ And the vintage advert feel is really cool. Speaking as someone who is both a Norman Rockwell lover and a Fallout Fan, you definitely got the era feel down. If this was a shirt design I would wear it everywhere. Since it's not I'll have to be content with staring at it from time to time.
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :iconclappingplz:
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Shadow55419 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WWWOOOOO!! GO JANE!!! i love that cocky son of a bi***.....
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ozwalled Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Man walks down the street in that hat -- people know he's not afraid of anything.
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Moguryuu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
best character like ever
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Laughing-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Love it!
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