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18th by Miles-Johnston 18th by Miles-Johnston
Self portrait done the night before I turn 18, video recorded for kicks! A lot of self reflection done over this. When I started taking this whole art thing seriously at aged 14 I always wondered where I'd be by 18, interesting to think about.

Anyway, here is a [link] to the process
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Journie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ACK! This is amazing! I turn 18 in two days, and I can't even compare to this!! This self-portrait is crazy awesome!! :iconyeahplz:
KL--RC Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Arrrrggghhh!!! dude your making me jealous!!!
Rain-Kyokyu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Daang! Nice style! :D
Luaprata91 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're cute LOL
Mydeviantnameis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
This is a really nice self portrait. It's not just this one but all of your portraits are really well done and unique in color, shading, textures and composition.
javojkillah Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Silverlute Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Digital Artist
The video is amazing. Did you study art or you're self-taught? Either way, the way you blend colors is so realistic. Keep up the great work.
TheSparklelord8 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! I really like it! Nice job :D
acherry666 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
beautiful eyes)
JulieCampan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god... It's very beautiful!
SangreNiebla Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You look like a cross between Zac Efron and Justin Beiber in this painting. :3
orchidreich Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
my thought exactly! :D
Miles-Johnston Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you...I think
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Dear Miles-Johnston
Your marvelous creative Artwork is featured
you are Most welcome!!! ...:heart:

lanternlovers Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Man, you're so pretty! AHGHDHFAHDHHAHFHHA. You better have a girlfriend, i'll be angry if you don't
ShiranuiOkami Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Wow this is really awesome. I love your style, you are very talented. =)
Aaymalia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is spectacular!
Lirerive Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ur very cute ^^ anyway, love the colours ))
lillyshaw19 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
woah... thats AMAZINGLY good! :D:D:D

is that really you? your seriously friggin hot...:)
Leovagirl Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh you're really handsome!
Looks so good!
Trobino Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Digital Artist
and you're pretty hot =|
Noack-Art Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I won't be that good when I'm 18 ^^ ... but I wish I would be. It's amazing.
MirandaPavelle Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow you are young... ugh i have 2 years to go XD
PlatinumDreamskaype Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Excellent self portrait!
Skiebear Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow. This is fantastic. I'm never good at self portraits, they never turn out looking like me. But this is amazing! :D
houkin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You must be a hard working person. I like hard working people :D
Vasinator Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG so cool!! I can never do self portraits, they turn out not looking like myself, but this is amazing!! :love: I love how you did the skin, very smooth shading, what I feel could use a little more detail is the hair.
nekoninja3001 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful job, and love your eyes :flirty:
Miles-Johnston Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Thanks, I grew them myself :)
nekoninja3001 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: awesome lol
LostinDaisyLand Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
You look so handsome! I love the smooth shading, the soft colors... And your intense stare.
mortisflux Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
This is great :) The lighting is warm and your stare is quite intense ;P
DHTenshi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
happy birthday man, it's nice to see you keep working hard!, keep it up ;), this is a really nice portrait.

I have 1 question, why the heck did you make like 470+ layers???
Miles-Johnston Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
haha, I know it's weird, but to build up edges, I create a new layer, make some strokes with the hard round brush then erase portions of it with a huge soft round, to get gradients that lead up to an extremely hard egde, I layer these over one and other, and whilst it would be possible to acheive the same results it with maybe 20 layers for a painting, it would involve constantly thinking about keeping them organised. I find it easier to just keep making new ones, then merging periodically. It may seem a little ridiculous but I don't even realise I'm doing it, just hit new layer between small sections of painting :s
DHTenshi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol, yeah, i could see you were using a hotkey, i was like "hey, he made another layer... oh! another... another? wth?" lol, but we all have our own ways of painting, and if you feel comfortable painting like that, that's great

Keep showing us great art miles =)
Xenelith Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Niiiice! =] I love how you vary the shapes--sharp, soft, fading--to get the variation of form. Excellent job. :thumbsup:
PPR88 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God, those edges!
CarlSpringer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love it i learn so much from all of your work i stare at them for ages to try and find out how you do it . dont stop painting and drawing your a BIG inspiration to me and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!.
silvercherry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
really beautiful :3 and nicely done, especially the eyes... only the color of the mouth bothers me a bit. it looks a bit too orange maybe?
MaskedVertexEater Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Congratz man, It was great viewing your progression from zero2hero on CA, Happy Birthday.

Your vid was quite interesting to watch, at first I thought it was the history by the left but I realized it was layers, so then I was puzzled as to why the enormous amounts so I looked at what tools you were using and I'm still guessing but instead of blending thick colours together softly do you erase a thick colour with a soft brush to give the illusion of blending which would explain the need for all those layers?

Either way I'll be giving that theory ago lol.
Miles-Johnston Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Yeah, essentially I would make a new layer, apply a hard round brush where one side is the hard edeg I wanna keep, then soft erase the other side. It is the quickest way I have found of building hard/soft edges without using the lasso tool, which I can seem to use in any practical manner :)
willpheonix Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Great job Miles, the skin and eyes are beautifully rendered. You've come a long way in 4 years. Cant wait to see how you progress in the future.
Kepp it up dude
algenpfleger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome stuff! Still way too young but maybe we can stop calling you brat now. Keep going man, and happy birthday! :la:
Gamerhomie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Lurker from CA here, great job man, really on the right path. Making all of us strive for even more. :)
LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday from a Fellow CAer.
Nice gallery btw
KubaWitowski Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
happy bday Miles,
it's a pleasure to observe on how much you grow over those years
Philluppus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011   General Artist
:laughing:, that is a great project of 4 years....,
amazing though,
love the drawing
Xmagician20X Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
ahhh fcking awesome D:!
Xmagician20X Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Happy Birthday Btw xP
jbowling13 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
not sure how ur art looked when u were 14, but its pretty sick at 18. good stuff man
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