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Poison Ivy painting by ChristopherStevens Poison Ivy painting by ChristopherStevens
The fun continues. No, really! This started as just a woman. I wanted to try and paint a nice looking woman. but during the drawing I decided I wanted to use green and she became Poison Ivy.

The interesting discovery in this one was how different colors dry at different speeds. That might be common knowledge to oil painters, but I was really surprised. In this case, the warm colors, orange (in the hair) and the yellow. The green bits were somewhat dry the next day, but the orange and yellow were still tacky 5 days later. Interesting!

I dont know how I feel about this one, but I will say that I really like moments in it. I love the happy accident way that oils work. Theres a stroke of two int his piece that I'm really happy with and I really enjoy that aspect of painting. You'll get plenty of accidents in pen and ink or markers, but the "happy" ones are all but nonexistent. They're very deliberate mediums. If it's there, it's because the artist worked to make it there, but paint does cool things seemingly on its own and that's kickass.

I know I screwed the palette up a bit and made the background more saturated than the figure. Live and learn.

Oils on masonite

Poison Ivy © DC Comics
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templerman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I think this is a really innovative take on Ivy. The bark/leaf-like growths on her brest, arms, legs, and pubic areas gives a remarkable sense of a living plant effect.
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Jerantino Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful work. Reminds me a bit of Steranko! Cheers!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks. Sweet, my first Steranko comparison. I'll take it!
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wrath9 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Now that just looks lovely.
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goduvthundr76 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
stunning.
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:iconhowdycapitan:
HowdyCapitan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
great composition and application of color!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thanks!
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canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
:clap: Wonderful... :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: J'adore. :) :love: :heart:
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Acrylinne Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
had not noticed shots misfire colors a bit! and I like alot this way of looking at the woman, this conception of woman "perfidious beautiful intteligente provocative 'tis a look worn by men on women misogynistic repproches without worry. A bit like us or we perceive men like ravenous wolves (violent) or smart foxes (manipulators) ... anyway I like alot
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thank you!
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Acrylinne Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
français



anglais



arabe







I had not noticed shots misfire colors a bit! and I like alot this way of looking at the woman, this conception of woman "perfidious beautiful intteligente provocative 'tis a look worn by men on women misogynistic repproches without worry. A bit like us or we perceive men like ravenous wolves (violent) or smart foxes (manipulators) ... anyway I like alot :)
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VaNiLlaThUnD3r Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
She could have ben she hulk! Just saying u have options with green. That said she looks amazing! :dummy:
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:iconorabich:
orabich Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]
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:icondio-03:
dio-03 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Artist
that's beautiful, i think
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FireBurns1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Love it. Would love to see what you would do with Big Barda.
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NathanChristopher Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Very nice
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:iconboykins:
BOYKINS Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you've been featured in my deviantart journal[link]
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:iconkkirven:
kkirven Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
LOVE IT CHRIS!!! (and your too hard on yourself)! lol
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thanks, Karl.
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DAMONSMITHART Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
getting much better my friend! keep it coming. accidents make the art what it is. make it unique and fun. otherwise you would be bored.

i knew you would get the hang of it. glad your somewhat pleased with this one
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
beautiful man
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OrthopedicUnderwear Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
the amount of sexy this is, oomph
I love how you render, it's gorgeous!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconrodavlasalvador:
rodavlasalvador Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great!
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:iconkallu-wah:
kallu-wah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing !:aww:
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TCShen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Love it! Makes me excited to see what more you have on the way!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thanks, TC!
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:iconmacsorro:
macsorro Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Looks great!
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Zach-Starker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is really fun watching you progress. I should do this as well, since I'm working on figure drawing and such. Thanks for this.
I really like this painting, I love the yellow outlines around the tail thingy. Really cool.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thank you! I think sharing your process and growing pains is a good thing in general. Some artists might find it helpful and if nothing else, it may be interesting to see. Its been a positive thing for me so far.
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no-stars Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Great man, looks a bit like Mucha but with an attitude! Are we going to see you bust out oils on your commercial stuff at some point?
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thanks. I hope so, but nothing is lined up right now. I do plan to start doing commissions in oil though.
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muddlemind Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Awesome! Love the colors. I enjoy making accidental paintings too :)
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thanks. The whole painting wasn't accident..just a few strokes that turned out interesting. A whole accidental painting could be very interesting.
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Suddenly Im craving a salad. Weird.

You continue to get better and better, amigo. I stand in awe.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
LOL, salad is yummy. Thanks, bro.
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:iconmiz-zy:
miz-zy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love this concept!
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arcbuncle Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
stunning colors <3
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:iconwizardyoz:
WizardyOz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is awesome~!!!!
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:iconbent-lantern:
Bent-Lantern Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy Cow! How can I not comment my favourite Bat-foe by a favourite deviantArtist! Smashing!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
That works:) Thanks!
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:iconmarshall-mc:
Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Stunning work, Chris!
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:iconcj-williams:
CJ-Williams Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work!
This reminds me of Dave Johnson's work a bit... which is partly why I think I love this so much.
Nice composition, and the color palette catches my eye. Well done, Chriss2d.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thanks. I never would have thought of that, but Dave rules so I appreciate the comparison :)
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ReverendHashbrownz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've always been a fan of your work, but holy fucking shit dude this is phenomenal. I love the art nouveau vibe it has, and your colors are amazing. The vibrant warm yellow background against the cold, muted, green in her skin create a beautiful tension. You have a great understanding of light and value, adding color gives your work like 3 extra dimensions. Move over Adam Hughes! Can't wait to see more!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Very nice of you to say. Thanks!
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arkkmelai Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
love her hear)))
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9anti Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
awesome job. Especially the Treeshadow on her skin that comes from offscreen really adds to the flair of the picture
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I appreciate that. Thanks!
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