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Old 10-24-2013, 07:34 AM
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

Fabulous work done with great skill and talent. As to whether it is 'art' I've always thought that if it captures the essence or soul of the subject and moves the viewer then it's art, regardless of its style and format. That criteria certainly applies here, well done! Look forward to seeing more of your work and I'll make a point of looking up your technical info on other forums, should be fascinating.

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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

If I can add my two bits worth to some of the previous commments. I believe an artist can call himself an artist when the work that he does evokes a feeling in the viewers of his work. Be it pleasure or even horror. To evoke a passionate response from the viewer in an inanimate object or picture, is a skill and that is where even photographers can be termed artists. I admire your work and your patience to execute it but prefer work that stimulates a response. (come to that I am responding.) Luckily we are not all cast from the same mould as the world would really be boring. Dont let others comments put you off, what you clearly enjoy doing. Cheers.
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

Does anyone know where there are workshops for hyperrealism...charcoal or painting...any medium? I don't do well from youtube tutorials or books. I learn quickly but must be in person.
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

Simply amazing. I'm a fan of photorealism myself. To me, it's just so exciting when you can create something like you're a camera. There's some kind of incredible delight when you can look at something that used to be a white piece of paper and now almost looks like the real thing is looking back at you. Stunning. Great work!
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

Mr. Montana, to say your work is impressive would be redundant at best, and understatement at worse. May I instead ask a question:

What is your position on tracing?

I can tell from your words here that you likely shun this practice, at your current level. But for someone who's learning how to draw: do you think tracing is something that can help one's progress, or an unnecessary crutch?

(As wet behind the ears as I am) I've always leaned to the latter position, but sometimes I wonder if it's unneeded stubbornness on my part.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:26 PM
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

Hey Mark: I just want to say that I love your work! I am currently working on hyperrealist portraiture - it ain't easy! I also want to say that I think your mom is absolutely gorgeous - I'm turning 65 myself this April and still clean up pretty good, too - I love seeing images of beautiful, older women who obviously care about what they look like.
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Mark, excellent breakdown of your chosen realm of expression. Why not, indeed? As much as I love the work of Chuck Close, I admire him more for his work processes (many of which he developed himself), than for his ability to render a person or thing accurately. I think all artists are searching for tools of self-expression and wherever we find them is part of our personal journey. It is unwise and fruitless to question the value or relevance of that journey BECAUSE of its deeply subjective nature.

I also love Basquiat, Bacon, and many other painters who work in decidedly non-realistic ways, and I love their work because something in their journey resonates with mine. That doesn't make me want to paint like them, I just "get" and appreciate what they're doing. Yeah, many very successful artists aren't my favorite (Tracey Emin, anyone?), and I can even roll my eyes a bit at what the critics are gushing over. But I would hesitate to say the critics are merely foolish and trend-seeking. Art, by its very nature, is terribly subjective, so SOMETHING resonated with them when they saw Tracey's "bed", for example.

Discussions of Art vs. Craft are always misguided, in my view. The best we can do is satisfy ourselves with what we're creating and tell our own story. Artists who need to provide manifestos to explain their work are clearly operating in a realm that is more intellectual than visceral. That doesn't trip my trigger, but it very well might be more relevant to some than the most accomplished Sargent portrait or Rembrandt genre scene. All I can say is, I know what I like and I like what I know, and so does everyone else. There is no universal standard for taste, nor should there be!

That said, you are killing it with your drawings and if they make you happy, keep working in the exact same manner. If you are restless, abandon the comfortable and explore. Your art is your universe, and you get to build it to your specifications. The ONE mistake I think an artist can make is to try to do work to please other people. Period.
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

I think I should add that by "killing it", I meant that you are doing superbly. I got a bit slangy there...
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

fantastic work.. fantastic words.. I wish I would have had you wonderful explanation on this thread…
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...1381674&page=3
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

These are great! I was wondering what you would consider the difference in details between realism and hyperrealism...what just makes it THAT much more real when you look at it?
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Re: Mark Montana / Hyperrealist portrait artist

go to google, and search the name tjalf sparnaay
welcome hyperrealism,

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Very Beautiful paintings
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