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Pale Prince by MelissaFindley Pale Prince by MelissaFindley
So, in the process of installing a new hard drive and cleaning up my computer, I've been finding a lot of old files that were either close to finished, or finished but in need of some tweaking. This was one of the second kind and I'm not sure why I never added him to my gallery. He only needed a few minor adjustments. As I continue to clean up my computer I may add a few more of these older pieces.

This was originally conceived as a much needed update of my much older portrait of Hamlet. I have a few of these projects in the works (updates of older paintings that I no longer like). This isn't quite the final product I had in mind, but I'm fairly happy with the style of it.
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red-revolutionary Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
it looks beautiful.
Mlle-Patria Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eep. Right now all I'm imagining is how scary he'll look when he has a spaz at Laertes and Horatio has to pin his arms behind his back to stop him breaking the poor guy's neck . . . Despite my abject fear of Hamlet - had to do his soliloquy for drama :O - this is great. The detail is . . . *sighs wistfully in a particularly Shakespearean way*.
Keep up the good work!
- M
HeraldGustav Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I must said this is impressive. Not just for the Hamlet inspiration (which is good) or the quality of the art (which is stunning). MMostly because one of my friends is a writer of horror stories, and he has a character who looks just like this guy. Here, check this commision made by another excellent artist for the Character, is UNCANNY! [link]
aeryael Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012   Digital Artist
I love the subtle green lighting on the right of his face!
monkeydoodles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
This painting is amazing!
Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great, :D.
Fhar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
This is absolutely stunning. I love the composition, the style of the medium, the super-realistic painting look that makes it feel like it's only one step out of the uncanny valley, everything. It's hard to take my eyes off of it.
LadyRhianwriter Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Gorgeous! Love his eyes, and the platinum hair! "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."
abigailmh Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, Hamlet has always been my favorite Shakespeare play. This is awesome! Did you base his face off of Branagh? He's got those cheekbones going on a bit, I think.
Lady-Cobweb Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him Horatio . . ." Wonderfully crafted, I'm super in love with Yorick's skull and that calm and calculating expression on the Danish prince's face. His pale eyes are almost colorless, I find that very appealing for Hamlet. Accolades, my dear.
keight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Nicely done, Mel. I'm glad you found him.
hollow08 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Is it just me or does the man resemble James Masters [link]
MissDudette Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Coolios. I love the eyes and smile.
LouisaGallie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It makes me so happy to see an art update from you :D I think I remember you showing me this one - love his icy eyes and pale skin.
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
IdaLarsenArt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work :clap: :+favlove:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful work.
Mel, as far as I remember you use Painter as well as PS - could you recommend Painter?
AmyTheSpiritSeeker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! He reminds me a little of Malcom McDowell.
RiffRaffit Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I love the detail in the teeth, the touch of the earring, and the script in the back ground... A very nice portrayal of the Prince of Denmark, I think!

Thank God for spring cleaning of hard drives, and thank you for sharing your discoveries with us!
VINSSI Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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