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Walkin' New York by Denis-Peterson Walkin' New York by Denis-Peterson
Acrylic paint on canvas.

Well over fifty tight magazines and human figures, let alone over a few hundred windows.

But really, this piece was all about bathing perspective in light and using shade to create movement while balancing mass through some wild color and tonal changes.

I could write volumes as to what I experienced here, but will welcome comments and be glad to share it that way.

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Fajralam Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow outstanding :heart:
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thank you, its one of my personal favorites ..:hexentanz:
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Fajralam Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome Heart FREE Icon / Avatar : Heart Panda (plz) by Sarilain
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FASTTTTT Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
beatiful art
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
thanks very much..
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ArtistEamane Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh. my. gosh.
my mind has been blown.
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
glad you like it :hexentanz:
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rebelane Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
someday you're going to need to tell me YOUR story Denis. Why you aren't doing portraits for the old money, why you aren't in museums. There is a story there, and I hope you'll share it.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
well, there wouldn't be enough time or space to address that one here or now .. suffice it to say there are many, many stories there .. if I ever get to completing the book 
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU MADE THIS BY HAND?!?!
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
With the help of some paints of course!
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! *fainted*
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ClearFog Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The hell???
this is amazing!
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks, glad to hear you like it!
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ClearFog Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np, keep it up!
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willyamPax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
such detailed and realistic work....well done
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
thanks, it almost didn't happen more than once when it seemed like it was becoming too much of a challenge .. lots of improvising helped ..
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willyamPax Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats great perseverance and patience....its must be good to know u have done it and never have give up...
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
yes, and looking back on it, it certainly is.
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jtmessin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your street work is absolutely amazing. Your ability to incorporate color into your street work is amazing. Incredible job.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Thanks John, these street pieces are all about tonal balancing. Each small area is worked on as its own separate painting, so to speak, then integrated into a single unified composition. Thanks ..
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CGEB Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
WOW, WOW, WOW, I love the detail in the magazines, clothing and the fore ground. I currently enjoying drawing clothing and love the detail in the guy in the jeans. How do you get that final effect?? Is it layered?? any info would be appreciated!

Many Thanks
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Thanks Cris, the final detail on his jeans was accomplished through a combination of layering airbrush and water color pencils. The trick is to not take the a/b too seriously and to just use it for effects, otherwise you end up with an artificial looking image. Each of the various areas of this piece were painted quite differently in order to achieve a lifelike appearance and to create an atmospheric effect as to distance. When you use the same technique throughout a painting like this that has so many different surfaces, it tends to look staged and too articulated.

Cheers.
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CGEB Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Hi Denis,

Thank you for taking the time to reply and to explain the process. It's amazing how you got to the final picture. Some of the detail, even in the closeup pictures is astounding. I have to say, I have never used airbrushing before, I tend to stick with graphite, charcoal and colour pencils. But would love to give airbrushing a try some day. Would that affect be possible, with just the water colour pencils in layers??

Thanks again for explaining.

Kind Regards

Cris
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Hi Cris, no it wouldn't, as a/b is fairly unique in its delivery of subtle, graduated transparent layers. Paasche makes some inexpensive, but really very good, single action brushes...
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CGEB Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Hi,

Many thanks again for your advice. I will look into the Paasche brushes. Im trying to find a method I can settle in and stick with??

Kind Regards
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masaad Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you make guys like us (not so great artist ;) ) look like we are in kindergarten amazing
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
all artists are great artists, concentration and patience are key, just takes time and dedication...thanks
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masaad Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
True...
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Mcrazd Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
this is absolutely amazing...i wish there was more to say. i was in times square today, actually and i can't get over all the amazing and intricate detail in this painting. such incredible work.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
oh thanks.... these times square pieces have quite a few areas to concentrate on, any one of which could have (and perhaps should have) been a painting in of themselves. The most challenging facet is the wide variety and juxtaposition of surface textures, colors and movement in a relatively small space, glad you liked it!
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zelchacha Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Wow...I just can't get over how terrific this is. It's a picture i swear.
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Thanks, I really appreciate it and am glad that you like the piece..
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rosamacho Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Increible me gusta
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Gracias!!!
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:iconrosamacho:
rosamacho Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
increible
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
thanks very much..
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AnglicanBeachParty Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Very nice.
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:icondenis-peterson:
Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Thanks so much.
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
astounding work
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
thanks, a tough piece to do, especially the windows and magazines!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
you are very welcome
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shroomys Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Your paintings look like photographs.
I have to look at them for about an hour to realize
that you actually painted them - and it's still hard to
fathom! Amazing, beautiful work!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Thanks very much, this was one of those works that seemed like several paintings in one. Glad you enjoyed it!
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shroomys Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :deviation:
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VenusAdept-Chance Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome, man! I want to be you when I grow up.
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Hey thanks, glad you liked it!
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VenusAdept-Chance Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Or at least like you.
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whirlydirly Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
The detail is outstanding : the newsstand,the truck, the lighting. You must be so patient to have finished this! A true artist :)
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Thank you. It was several paintings in one actually. And you are right, it required great patience, especially toward the end when I had to totally repaint the left side and literally invent all the storefronts to reflect the street.
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