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I did one of these for traditional paintings a while ago, but that was mostly landscapes and abstract art. Recently I've discovered some of the incredible portrait paintings on dA, so I figured I'd share them. Lots of big thumbs ahead, because you need a close-up view to appreciate the textures and these characters' compelling personalities.

Hippy Dancer by LordSnooty
Daniel Gerhartz - Of an Evening by OilPaintersofAmerica
Wynyard Lane by crump3t
Girl and Cloud by DChernov
Figure Study no. 218 by AaronMiller
Erotica by renatadomagalska
washing her hair by ranonus
On the Balcony by DChernov
Madonna and Child by cyndavalle
La Grotte by Andrew-Brady
Ballet III by rpintor
Luminian by mainloop
Artist - Aaron Westerberg by laafa
Kitchen by pnmunoz
9 by nikolaishurygin
Untitled by bronart
B. by foliver
Green Ice by mainloop
Daphne and the Stalker by graemeb
Through the Looking Glass by evincent
Ukulele by robrey
Jillian Looking Back by robrey
The White Cloth by trulsespedal
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cyndavalle Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
thank you...i;m happy to be in such good company!!
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toad1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Writer
No problem, I'm glad you enjoyed it :la:
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DusanMalobabic Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Awesome collection of work mate, really inspiring paintings - -makes me feel like trying harder :D
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toad1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks a lot, I'm glad they inspired you :la: I could look at some of these paintings all day, the talent on dA is astounding.
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evincent Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for adding my work.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Writer
No problem :la:
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pippinmcgee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
WOW. Amazing. THanks for posting these!! :D
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Writer
No problem, glad you liked them :la:
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Idunno09 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
HOLY GERUDOS, this is amazing! :jawdrop:

I agree with SIDFan1 over there; not all great artists lived in the past, for harder we nowadays try to deny it. There's talent pouring down many corners of devA, and they totally deserve respect and applauses :clap:

Thanks a lot for sharing all these masterpieces with us, they are....wow, truly fantastic! Some of them, I can't believe they're paintings and I had to give a much closer look to make sure! Can't believe people are so talented! :squee:
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you enjoyed it :la: Yeah, I've heard people say that no one works hard at art anymore, but there's incredible artwork being posted here daily. Have you heard of ja5on? Those aren't photographs in his gallery, they're paintings. I have no idea how he does it. I've seen more artists like him, but I can't remember their names. I like expressive art more than photorealism, but some of these photorealistic artists blow my mind.

I couldn't believe some of them weren't digital, either. Especially the mermaid one. It's so sleek that it's hard to believe that it was handpainted (especially her tail. It's so slick and shiny, I feel like I could reach out and touch it.) Thanks for checking it out, I'm glad someone enjoyed it :la:
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Idunno09 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, now I've heard of him, and WOW. I had to just sit there for a minute and scan piece by piece whatever I saw, because I literally didn't believe they were paintings :jawdrop: Indeed, I prefer expressive than realistic stuff, but when they are this amazing, I just have to get down on my tummy and cry out respect. =P

Same with that one! Another that that fooled me first sight was the "Kitchen" one, and I saw it somewhat real but something was off, maybe the doll-like "perfection" of the girl, but I still had to open the deviation and zoom to realize it was a painting. :meow:
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CrystalChaos0810 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're such a talented artist! 
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Writer
Oh, I didn't make these, I'm featuring other people's art. If you click on the paintings, it'll lead you to the original deviations.
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killjoytilltheend Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
This paintings are beautiful!!!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Writer
Glad you liked them :la:
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killjoytilltheend Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
I'm glad you shared them!!!^w^
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MarlaMzkn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found here several interesting artists, immediately became a fan of Aixuan. His portraits are brilliant. 
Thank you for sharing with us.
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Writer
Oh yeah, his art is incredible. Such unique characters, and he captures so much personality in each painting. I've never seen anything like it. I'm glad you enjoyed it :la:
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SIDFan1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!  These people are so talented!  Really, not all of the great painters lived in the ancient past.  These are gorgeous!
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toad1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Writer
Glad you enjoyed it :la: Yeah, I've seen people say that no one works hard on art anymore, but there's incredible work being posted here every day. No shortage of skill here.
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SIDFan1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really did.  Thanks again for posting it.^^
Isn't that silly that people say things like that?  I know of several deviants who have drawings that they literally spent a year on. 
The amount of talented people n this site is truly staggering.
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