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The Devil's Eyes by NatalieHijazi The Devil's Eyes by NatalieHijazi
A recent commission I had a lot of fun working on: Nick, one of the main characters of Jennifer Lorenzo’s upcoming book “The Devil’s Eyes”, coming soon at www.thedevilseyesbyloren.com [link]

Aside from the fact Nick is exactly the kind of bad-boy character I enjoy most in either stories or on screen, it was fun painting this one as I was specifically instructed not to stray too far from my own OC portrait ‘Scar Face’; the author pointed out the painting was a source of inspiration as both characters look very much alike.

Notice: You can now download the same brushes used to paint this portrait here: [link]

‘Nick’ is © Jennifer Lorenzo, 2011 - [link]
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:iconcapn-smollet:
Capn-Smollet Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I swear for a second he blinked...
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Lol!!
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CHAMMAL Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Wow. It's really good :D nice.
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goospohan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool...
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doyles-slave Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Just wanted to let you know that your work has been featured here [link] Enjoy and have a beautiful day! :heart:
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Zsoltee00space Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
How to make on Photoshop?
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:iconsaro-sah:
saro-sah Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:heart: perfection :heart:
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Oh my! Thanks :)
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:iconhomeboundkitten-kana:
Your men faces are unnormal awesome. I love your drawing style and I think you are one of the hidden drawers in this large universum who always put a cool feeling in his pictures.
I hope that I draw my pics like you as soon as possible.

A lot of sweet greetz from Germany!

^^
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Thank Janine! Glad you like my illustrations, and I'm pretty sure you'll be drawing in any style you wish as well! There are A LOT of tutorials and excellent artists online that will certainly help along the way :)
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HomeboundKitten-Kana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Thank you :)

I am glad to hear that. I hope that I could learn a lot from you!
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maryh1047 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He kind of looks like David Gandy :) Yummy ! Great work!
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
BRAVO! David Gandy was one of the refs used!
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:iconmaryh1047:
maryh1047 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He's gorgeous. Well done. :)
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Thanks!!
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RowenaOdin89 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
wowwwww, looks like Nasir from spartacus with short hair. looooove it tho!!
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NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Hmmm... Just looked him up as I haven’t seen Spartacus yet. Glad you like!
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:iconmcsector:
MCSector Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cute :Drooling:
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Haha! He's an awesome character in a well written book... you should check it out.
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xXSivXx Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
What is the name of this guy? The Model you took as Preverence, i mean
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Actually this time around I didn't have a source of reference, aside from a study of shadows, this one was entirely improvised.
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Evanescent-Sunset Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
YUMMY
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EternityOfBlood Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
i saw the description of the book and i would love to read it, so does someone know if it will be translated into german? thanks ;D
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Not yet, but the writer is growing popular with each day, so I won't be surprised if this book goes multilingual.
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HoudaShams Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really stunning work here!! i adore your eye catching details!!
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Thanks Houda :)
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:iconhoudashams:
HoudaShams Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome! :)
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svarthvitt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Wow, awesome work on lighting and texture!
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:iconmiapet:
Miapet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This. I could stare at is for a very long time. D:

He is definitely portrayed well. I love it.
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GhostGlider Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
So amazing! The textures in the skin are killer =)
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bunnicustard Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very lovely, I really love that soft, airy look you've achieved with the textured brushes. Thanks again for sharing those, can't wait to try them out...though something tells me it will take me a good long while to become as adept with them as this. *aspires to your level*
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Captainfusion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's nice. The extreme contrast differences are definatdly working if you want to emphasize that he is sort of sinister. Good blending around the neck. I think that the texture shift from the shoulder to the body is very sudden.
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NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
"I think that the texture shift from the shoulder to the body is very sudden."

Yes, I noticed that too this morning when I took a look at it. I was looking to have a very sharp line of contrast on the face, but the same effect can't be applied in a flat chest: The shoulder will need just as much light reflection as the lit side of the body.

I'll have to fix that... eventually :D
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Jornorinn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
omg im in love :heart: ___ :heart:
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:iconscorchyz:
Scorchyz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Simply stunning.
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thanks :)
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Jay-Tianne Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Oh my goodness, heart's been stolen. Wicked, wicked men love to do that.
Absolutely gorgeous.

Which art program do you use, by the way?
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Thanks! I used Adobe Photoshop v.CS5 and these brushes: [link]
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:iconjay-tianne:
Jay-Tianne Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I have CS4, but I have to reboot my system to fix it up to adobe standards XP
Thanks for the link!
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YanareKu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
My first reaction was 'HOT DAMN SHE DREW ODEI AGAIN AND HE'S SMOKIN' HO- waitasecondthescar'smissing"

Then I read the description. XD Great job! Do you still use the same leaf brush for skin texture? If so - I'm really tempted to try it out now. The skin is lovely and doesn't look over-rendered.
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NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Oh man you're hilarious XD

I was a bit hesitant to create such a similiar portrait, but luckily they both have their own 'look' in the end. As for the brushes used: [link]

I hope they'll be useful to you :)
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YanareKu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll definitely give them a test drive this weekend. :) Looking forward to more of your work - I always did enjoy (and get insanely curious over the backstories of) all your OCs.
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WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
*jaw drops* You've gotten MUCH better at realism!
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:iconnataliehijazi:
NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Well thank you! That's very good to hear :)
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:iconwhitewolffie:
WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Yer welcome! ^.^
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seazersbils Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
so nice
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daydreamsinc Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
hot damn! :fans self:
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furball891 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I instantly noticed that this is similiar to your "Scar face" painting. Which makes this a job well done, I think, since you were instructed to keep it like that.

I'm in awe with the amount of realism and your shading skills. Especially so with the lips and eyes. That little shine in his eyes just brings this so much alive. I also love how you have used quite calming colour tones, but the look on his face still makes the picture intense. I find this very inspiring.

I'm quite at loss of words right now, so I'm just going to fave this. You keep up the good work! :heart:
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NatalieHijazi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Well thank you for such a lovely comment :heart: The challenge of combining realism with illustration is what I love most, yet it's the least style I get to practice as it's time consuming and therefore I won't be able to work this way at home or at work. But I suppose with time and practice I might be faster at it and can work with it more. For now this type of work is mostly reserved for commissions where clients are patient enough/have the time to wait.
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furball891 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
You are welcome.

I hope that you'll find more time for realistic paintings in the future, especially since you said that it's a challenge you enjoy. :)
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