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The Amazing Lobster Boy by hever The Amazing Lobster Boy by hever

Here's my pop culture rendition of the Two of Pentacles tarot card with an "American Horror Story: Freakshow" twist for the upcoming Arcana show at the Uforge Gallery in Boston (opens Jaunary 9th and runs until February 1st): www.facebook.com/events/372081…

I chose this card for the Jimmy Darling character, not because he epitomizes the meaning of the card, but the card seems to stand for everything he needs. (You can read a detailed meaning of the Two of Pentacles here: www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-… )Within Jimmy's story, he struggles (poorly) with keeping balance. He juggles between wanting to leave the freakshow to start a normal life and loyalty to his identity as a freak. He juggles between wanting to be a leader but also being dependent. He juggles with the potential of who he could be and a damned, drunken existence because of how he was born. He is conflicted and flawed-- and the thing he needs most is the strength to balance.

The painting is acrylic, metal leaf, and rust on wood panel. 16”x28” All distressing effects are done by hand. I used multiple reference photos including American Horror Story: Freakshow (2014) screen captures and a Tribeca Film Festival portrait found at evanpeters.org/ as well as my own photos (I have a wonderfully patient husband that poses for me). Fonts were referenced from www.dafont.com.

You can purchase prints of this painting at my Etsy store: etsy.me/1ypByLQ

As always, I post more detailed images, process photos of my paintings, and exhibition dates over on my website: www.thirtyartsix.com
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Given 2014-12-27
The Amazing Lobster Boy by hever is a wonderful exhibition of a painter's skill; the character himself looks very realistic while still fitting in with the stylization of the tarot card themed poster.  The hand distressing is a very nice added touch. ( Featured by Lyricanna )
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Robino Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice, I thought it was supposed to be an old movie poster, but then I read it was a card. I really like that old skool look you created. Pretty work!
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Billiski Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I saw AHS Asylum, but this is, again, i amazing! I love the texture you've created, making it look so authentic! You deserved that DD well done!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
haha. Looks great! I am really digging this work you are doing with the weathered wood panels! This one is really impressive.
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hever Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! I think I'm going to do a few more of these.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I forgot to mention earlier; for some reason this actor reminds me of Patrick Fugit. I should have assumed you would be a fan.
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hever Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
omg I guess he does. Actually, when I first blocked in the portrait I fought with it a bit because I thought it was looking too much like Patrick Fugit. haha.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
HA! That's really funny. Called it!
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PrimitiveWitchery Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesomeness!
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Eddiebear17 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
That's pretty amazing.
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madmaddica Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Epic, just epic
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sonardrum Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Woah!
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Tontoma Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
love the poster, as to this series of AHS i feel like its the weakest so far :/ so disappointed cause previous one was godly 
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. I really love the aesthetic, but this season hasn't lived up to what it could have been.
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jugglejoe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Beautiful positioning of the arms. Nice old timey feeling circus sideshow poster. He could probably do 3 balls though....It looks like it could be Mills Mess or cross-armed reverse cascade. But I don't know anything about the American Horror Freakshow. (Not that juggling is freaky)
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Hatercross Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Epic!!!! great work!
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! Cuddling Practice by TheHugClub
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shadowsofdestiny Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he looks like alfie...
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SirCassie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! Oshawott Spazzflail Plz 
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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sisbrow Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Fantastic.
I love American Horror Story!
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! It's a fun show :)
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libensr Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this!
Congrats on your DD!
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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MadArlequim Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations!Great work!It reminds me of the wizard from Tarot.
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
:iconcongratsplz: on the DD! :woohoo:
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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TSB-Studios Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
This is fantastic. I've never watched the show, but the painting itself is amazing - fantastic colours and shading style.
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad that even though you don't watch the show you can still appreciate it as a painting. :)
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JohanaSmith Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pic!! 
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AvidCommenter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014   Writer
I have never seen American Horror Story: Freakshow, however it does sound interesting. This tarot cards works very well and the way it is coloured in as well as attention to details is so professional.
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a fun show-- each season is a different theme and explores different horror tropes.
Thanks so much for your kind comment :)
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AvidCommenter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014   Writer
It does sound like an interesting show. And you're welcome :D
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ODDITYILLUSTRATION Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I hope you don't mind my language but this is fucking fantastic.  I can't say I watch Freakshow, but I am a huge fan of Tate, his character in Murder House, and I have to say you really pulled off his facial expressions very nicely and keeping that whimsical look while remaining realistic as well.  The other aspects are so beautiful.  It's like I walked right through an abandoned carnival and picked this up.  
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so glad that even though you haven't watched Freakshow you still enjoy my painting. It was a bear of a project, but was a joy to play with all of the different elements. Thank you again for taking the time to look and leaving such a nice comment. :)
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ODDITYILLUSTRATION Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The Pleasure is mine, can't wait to see more!
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SlimeThom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cool! :D
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hever Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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