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"The Dude" by davidmacdowell "The Dude" by davidmacdowell
30 x 40 Impasto! I used a gallon of Acrylics and Acrylic Modeling Paste:)
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:iconrammsteinfan1994:
Rammsteinfan1994 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Cool
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:iconneverwinterphoenix:
Neverwinterphoenix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Your stuff amazes and inspires me. You are a true master of this era.
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:iconjhohcable:
jhohcable Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
JOHNSON?
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perfect!
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michaelelliottfurr Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!! one of my favorite movies!
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:iconjasun100:
Jasun100 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Great work! I saw the movie and you just captured the character of the dude. He was not glamorous and world weary and you got it. Nice use of an alternative medium. Have you ever tried using a sand medium. I used it on a piece of Keith Richards, made him look rougher.I like the use of alternative mediums they enhance the paintings.
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eliq Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Love the texture of this! Great portrait Dave :)
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julieloveart Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love this movie and the Dude! Haha XD

Great work, love the texture.
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Miwaslover Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
You have to drink every time "The Dude" makes this face in the movie.

Is acrylic paste like clay at all or how do you work with it? : 0
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:icondavidmacdowell:
davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Its just like really thick peanut butter- but you can water it down to thin it!
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Miwaslover Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Thank you!
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011   General Artist
nicely done! I love that movie!
have you seen this? [link] :XD:
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Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Wow thats massive!! I love all the texture in this piece. :love:
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blood-stained-hands Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow! That was really well done!:)
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blood-stained-hands Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
i saw it and thought of you :)
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Aethalia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
"Well, you know, that's like huh, your opinion, man." :D This portrait is awesome! I absolutely love hoiw you did the beard. I assume the Acrylic Modeling Paste is what turned the texture that way? Because if it is, I absolutely have to try this out!
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:icondavidmacdowell:
davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ! Yeah-The modeling paste thickens the paint so much its great for imapasto pieces! [link]
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Aethalia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Thanks for clearing that up! I definitely have to try it :D
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Ha! Just look at the continence of his BROW; Jeff meeeeeaaaanssss it, doesn't he? :paranoid: This might sound uhm, a bit, "gushy", but if I think of Jeff Bridges' career, and his talent and how it has grown and changed really it is not unlike yours. So this pic is so self revealing I think. Maybe more so than people know. That or I am completely high.
Either way, David, my talented as HELL friend, here is to GETTING IT ALL OUT!!!! :ahoy:

Cheers!

:love:

Jen
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey wow! You are wayyyyyyyyyy too nice=But Ill take it!;P Maybe it is subconsiously a self Portrait=because I often feel "Hey-WTF is going on here-moannn"haaaaa.. I like the image and wanted to do an impasto,and it didnt hurt that at the same show were having a print release of the other Lebowski painting=so it fit as far as marketing, too.. The film/image is a SoCal locally worshipped image and thats where the show is=so Yeah=Its half "sellout" and half passion.Of course Ill lie and say its "totalpassion" but hey..do I look fat in these jeans?..No?? LIE!haaaaaa
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
You will never look fat in those jeans. :hug:

:iconbigheartplz:
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:iconblood-stained-hands:
blood-stained-hands Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
like cool man....
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:iconmikepalomino:
mikepalomino Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
The Dude Abides! =D Great use of light and shadow too. Well done : ]
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JoE-EviL Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Excellent!
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:iconsoadown:
soadown Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The application of the paint makes this look so disgusting, I love it. Nice job dude.
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lunchboxchan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Photographer
The DUDE! lol that's sick as hell!
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lolly Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
:clap: Awesome!!!!!
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:iconsraffa:
SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Seraphic; squisito!
:+fav:
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man! Probably gets as close to a religious painting without being religious:) I could do hundreds of these impastos but I dont know if theyll be perceived as a sloppy painter trying to make good. It would be ideal to get to this guys sloppy goodness [link]
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconfaintsplz: Actually worth a bookmark!
Here's a lovely image, too [link]
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Love his "fear of the unknown" speech=we all go through it, and its usually the best of times. Larkin told me "Your stuff is good and pretty strange, and no offense Dave, but you need to get stranger." Those words echo in my head alot. Its satisfying to stay safe in a productive comfort zone that "works", but that rebellious urge to make something unique on canvas- by surgically tearing it out of yourself- is absolutely necessary to clear the cobwebs of conformity. I always loved the ones that had the spirit to crash and burn=They always do it so lovely:) YOU-my friend-often push those freedom buttons. Damn-I should do it more often:)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconcoffeecupplz::heart::iconcoffeecupplz: You know, the truth of it for me is, if an image or an approach to an image lingers to the point where I can't ignore it anymore, I'll sit down and get it done, whether anyone ever sees the results or not-- I think it's probably similar to the fact that you're actually seeing millions of things a day, and unlikely juxtapositions of those things every day, but your peculiar self ends up dreaming about just a few of those things every night; I think, given how short our time here really is, you gotta cede the time to the things that persist for you, whether that's an image, or a technique for visualizing that image... :blahblah:
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Right, as long as it gets out "by any means necessary"! I have a laundry list of what images I "need" to create, and more excited about exploring the technique more than the subject matter. This image of a movie star lessens the "art" intended=if it was a vague stranger it would be deemed more impressive..ahhhh-Its the sex & cash theory in full effect [link] shameless parttime whore that I am;P
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Concisely put! :nod:
Watching your technique grow and expand over the past few years has been hugely thrilling; I'm also a huge fan of your more "personal" paintings from earlier times; if there's someone who's found a way to legitimately inhabit both worlds without damaging compromises, I think that's you, brother.
Having said that, I'd love to see what the thoughts that led up to paintings as personal as The Giving Tree and Bubblegum might lead to, given the X-Men danger room training your technique has been purified by-- given the Beatles in Hamburg, Germany training your hand has acquired! :giggle:
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh man-Youre really making my head expand with the Beatles comparison:) Older pieces had their own timely intentions, sometimes birthed from rebellous intention{as all young artists have}..Art is like the music industry=I have my top-ten "hits" and sometimes pieces barely break the top 100.. Im trying to caver too many genre's instead of being just one band,is the problem. Gallerys want you to be an old reliable /never changing name brand like "Doritos"..I feel sad and frustrated for the ones that never can change/grow because they bloomed too quickly..Once Led Zepplin adopted a disco beat..it was all over..haaaaa
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ChrisCrowell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Incredible brushwork man!
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
any and all "go go" paintings rule-You can never get enough "go go" as far as Im concerned:) I wanna do one of her fighting Charlie Sheen=THAT would be funny!
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Flazzle-Dazzle Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! I love it! :D
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey`Thanks Flazzle!
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dopepope Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Looks greeaat maaaaaaaan. Was this in the 'Quentin vs Coen' show?
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Naw-I couldnt be in that one because I had to do work for the Thinkspace solo comin up=But yeah=This would have been perfect..:)
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dopepope Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
no doubt. there were some killer pieces in there! Nice work!
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks -Yeah I liked edith lebeau's{sp?} "Go Go" piece alot!
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dopepope Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Oh hells yes. So serene, quite the mask for her rage. Plus she's super cute and she captured her likeness really well.
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
any and all "go go" paintings rule-You can never get enough "go go" as far as Im concerned I wanna do one of her fighting Charlie Sheen=THAT would be funny!
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