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Organic Cosmic Lock by JoeMacGown Organic Cosmic Lock by JoeMacGown
Watercolor and ink, 20 X 20 inches.
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:iconvixart78:
Vixart78 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wow!  That is intense.  I could look at it for hours and still find something new
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks much! it turned out pretty cool
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EpicCatBomb Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Jesus Christ! This stuff must take hours!!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Just call me Joe. And, yes, takes a while for sure!
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:iconpsykz:
psykz Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
this is awesome
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Son-of-Incogneato Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice. The feeling of depth grows on you the more you look at it and it then it starts to GLOW.
Fantastic color play.
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BHDH Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
wow.
a MUST_FAVE!
I can't believe you have the patience to do all the details.. :=
I stand i awe.
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:icontubbster:
Tubbster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
holy cow!
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:iconaelitabumbi:
AelitaBumbi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is simply fantastic!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, glad you like it...
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:iconlarkin-art:
larkin-art Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
beautifully composed, outstandingly detailed. stellar work.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks eh!
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gloriagypsy Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've featured this piece here [link]
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
cool, thanks a bunch!
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gloriagypsy Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're welcome
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:icontbork:
TbORK Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Beautiful!! great piece
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Xantipa2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Ooooo..absolutely perfect..:hug:
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
Gorgeously detailed and colored. I love the form, structure, and balance. Fantastic visuals.
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Jeff1966 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
All I can say is WOW! Not only does it look great as a whole, you can easily get lost in all the little details. Fantastic work!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Jeff! The colors are a lot richer in the real thing, but I guess you get the idea..
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Jeff1966 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
I'd love to see the real work then, because it looks awesome in the scan/photo. Great work.
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EtherEagle Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I have been lost in this piece for some time now. The title is very interesting. I guess it brings out the constraints of life in me. The feeling of wanting to fly out of my skin and just break every rule of imagination just to try to feel......free.....for a moment. Thanks, I needed that!!! Even though my flights of fancy always end, I guess it isn't such horrible thing! You moved me with this! Very deep perspective work. I see why it took so long to create.
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate your interest in this. Your take on it is in tune with my ideas, and in part why I titled it this, although I had some other possible titles as well (Karmic crucifiction and a couple of others). Obviously, the stretching out of the arms or tentacles or whatever they are represent the idea of reaching outward, expanding one's self, but, they are locked in place. However, with the right combination, escape, mutation, etc. is possible and the organic potential can be realized, or not. You never know.

I noticed that many of your titles are similar or along the same lines as mine! Cool.

Thanks for your comments....
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EtherEagle Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
your welcome, I do resonate with a lot of your work!
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AnaMariaMaxim Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're the MASTER ... :sun:
Brilliant as always, beyond any words :clap:
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! glad you like it!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Joe, as always your work has impressed everyone who sees it! Your attention to minute detail is topped only by your mastery of contrast and tonal values. This work has such depth to it that it's easy to jump into it and become lost.
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Jump on in, the waters fine!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
The water may be fine, but I KNOW the art is! :)
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Iamaliel Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
My compliments! Awesome!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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gromyko Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
joe my friend, this is wonderful as always...how do you manage to infuse the colors in there? what board did you use...i was doing some experiments based on your compositional watercolors and i didnt like the results i was after...or maybe it was my watercolors, what brand do you use my friend?

i know that you first apply colors but surely you must have thought over the composition huh? pencil first?
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It is on a professional grade cold press illustration board, which has some pretty good tooth. I like this grade of board because it is thick and can take repeated washes. I don't remember what brand of watercolor off hand, but it is in pans and is transparent, rather than opaque. As you mentioned, I do the paint first. I did not use any pencil except to mark the outer border (edge of drawing) and to mark a mark in the center. The transparent watercolor was built in many layers, then I started building up more tone with a thin tipped rapidograph pen by stippling and crosshatching. After I had a good start, I put down some more watercolor for tone, and then more ink. I don't think about composition too much. I have only a very general idea, then do that, then add something else if I think I need to.
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gromyko Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for sharing joe, i have always adore your technique and know you have a place in my iconic altar along with durer, dore, matta, erst, dali,etc.

im glad you are not selfish like others and is willing to share your methods

im posting one of the trptich soon

be well and thank you
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gloriagypsy Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great piece. Like the dimensions. How long did it take you?
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure how long. I started it last fall and have been working on it here and there. A long time for sure. Just the watercolor part took forever because of the many wash layers. The ink took a long time too, because of the fine tipped pen, plus, in order not to clog up my pen with paint, I can barely skim the surface of the drawing board.
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gloriagypsy Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sometimes I don't think think people realize how much time, effort and talent goes into a good piece of art :)
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selfregion Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
sick in a good way :omg:
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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janellemckain Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work Joe... exceptional!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Janelle...
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agre76 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
crazy details love it..
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Creedysgirl Featured By Owner May 6, 2009   Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
damn thats some amazing details.
MUST FULL VIEW EVERYONE!!!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, for sure FULL VIEW! Thanks for checking it out...
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
your very welcome!!!
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pjubagoni Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
W and O and a W
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