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The Cowboy by KomodoEmpire The Cowboy by KomodoEmpire
Here's another digital shoe painting for the 'Soleful' book. This piece represents the father of someone I interviewed for the book. He died of lung cancer. Being a cowboy myself this was a very rewarding piece to paint. I wanted it to be heavily textured to futher enrich the painting; it helps support the rugged cowboy appeal.

THE BOOK
The 'Soleful' book is a collection of still life paintings of shoes that represent the walk in life of indivuduals that died from cancer. The book is a fund raising project for cancer organizations and 100% of profits are donated to find a cure. The book is likely to be released in December 2010 or January 2011.
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goodcoffy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Photographer
Wow that is too awesome. Love your art work. And condolence to you and your family.
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THELONGHAIREDREDNECK Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome :-)
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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APRILFLOAT Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Great work!
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!!!! :)
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Excellent work! beautiful!
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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Mearl Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still amazed when you say they're digital paintings. I haven't seen any digital painting looks so alive. (And they look really like traditional paintings also!)
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) I really try to make the lighting of these paintings authentic. When it comes to still life lighting is very critical. It really helps set the mood as well. I've been working on a fireman painting but I just can't seem to get the lighting the way I want it. Usually things go well for me but on occasion there is that one painting that just won't cooperate - lol
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
I always wanted to be a cowboy (or sometimes an indian - love their connection with nature!)
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's funny you said that. I'm a cowboy but I'm also 1/4 blackfoot indian. Indians have a marvelous spiritual connection with nature.
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GekkouKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm familiar with some of this equipment, living on a farm.
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
I always loved farms. They are filled with so much character and life.

This piece brought back some fond memories. When I was young I would go to cowboy camp every summer and I loved doing the rodeo.
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fredvegerano Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent!F-a-n-t-a-s-ti-c!!
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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fredvegerano Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're always welcome my friend!
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BlueWolf100996 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Very beautiful, and the cause for these pieces is really great. I truly love that shade a blue in this picture for some reason, something like how well it goes with the shades of browns and tans and grays. It's interesting how loud these objects speak about a certain life. Amazing job as usual :)
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I love the combination of blues and browns so this one was a real treat to paint. It is typical to go with brown and yellow shades when doing cowboy art but the blue really adds a lot of character and brings the focus to the boots. I'm really not a big fan of still life art; that is unless is speaks to the viewer. I love the art of telling a story with the elements of these paintings. I'm doing a roughneck next so it should be fun.

I feel a bit guilty enjoying the creation of these paintings since the subject matter is rather sad but the families of the people I am paying tribute to really love the paintings so I suppose it's okay :)
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BlueWolf100996 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Yea, but there's gotta be some motivation to draw it all so it's okay. I just realized you might wanna add an "e" to the end of "the" on the title.

But yeas, blue and brown is my absolute favorite color combination. Even more so if there's gold and/or white. I've never really gotten into still life art much but this series really speaks. I'm still more in to drawing animals and such, there's something amazing about being able to portray the light of life through a couple simple shines in the eyes :aww:
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
LOL. That's funny. I guess he's the "TH" cowboy ;)

I totally agree with you regarding animal art. It really does take just a simple specular highlight on the eyes to make them come to life. I have many more wildlife paintings to do for my 'Majestic' book so I'll be uploading some here soon. So much work to do!
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BlueWolf100996 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
I can't wait for them ^^ I really look forward to seeing them because my main learning technique for my art is extreme observation. So I learn about a lot of tiny details to remember to include the next time I draw something that needs it just by seeing them used somewhere. Plus all of the pictures are just really amazing to see :)
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
That is a good practice. When I'm exploring new areas of art I observe existing work and decompile how it was created or at least how I would create it. From there I master a technique and then develop my own style to try and make my work unique. It's a lot fo fun :)

Thanks again. I promise more animals are on their way ;)
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BlueWolf100996 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome ^^ And no problem :)
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