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Liberty by matthughes Liberty by matthughes
Private commission. Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Gold and Silver leafing.
Copyright © 2007 Matt Hughes

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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-06-05
Liberty is just one of the many beautiful examples in ~matthughes' gallery. His colors always so crisp, and the way he just illuminates the canvas, it is like his work takes on a life of it's own. Wonderful work, sir, wonderful work. ( Suggested by karemelancholia and Featured by oilsoaked )
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daxusx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
love the eagle in her hand and the expression on her face!!
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Kieranfoy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Lady Liberty looks kinda like a ticked off Lucille Ball.
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vanillalover17 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
i see a mason symbol too, i will try to find all of your symbols...or get distracted trying
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Daaakota Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
This looks a little Gustav Klimt-ist, in the pose. I really like it.
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K23GJ Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
who is her son?
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vanillalover17 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
beautiful, i love the thirteen colonies thing going on
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
nice catch! To be honest - I have several subtle symbols in this work. There are still a few that I have never heard anyone catch (maybe they are too subtle then :) )
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fegie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I actually like how Liberty looks furious, as though trying to get people to wake up... Very powerful.
Congratulations on the DD.:)
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love the fierce approach to subject matters such as this. One of the reasons why I love Mucha's work so much - the story is in the face
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fegie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Very true. :) The faces of Mucha's figures are always so expressive.
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ONIsauce Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
weird, daily deviation on a private commission. happens often but still, i was always curious as to how people felt when this kinda thing happened.

is your personal convictions in relation to the image still conveyed?

cuz that's where it counts.

anyway, it's still an awesome image.

2 thumbs up
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I was lucky with this commission. He basically allowed me to "go wild" and left the entire concept and elements open to me. He really just wanted to communicate what his family was going through but in a way that would be much more broad, viral and extend beyond our conversations.
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ONIsauce Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
awesome. see that's what i call a deserving DD. very cool

great work man. i like the depth of this piece. it's always nice to see something with a little more thought put into it than the average.
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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saint-miykael Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Who is the child?
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
We are the child. Liberty is our nation.
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saint-miykael Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Ah... I see. If only it were so.
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Kirel-Kemmetmau Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why does Liberty look intimidating and angry?

I think everyone else has already praised you better than I can, and I can't think of any useful critique unless you count the above.
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Xena-Michele Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome! I`m jealous. This is very good.
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lolsaywut Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
wow...
i can't even...
this is beautiful.
it has so much... feeling.
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DeadWizard Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
This is so amazing! How long did it take you??
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! About 3 weeks - 8 weeks if you include the concept stage
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dxmfan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Awesome color and detail. It has a very vivid atmosphere and a nice textured feel. Congrats on the DD.
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Kartoffen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
beautiful *_*
even if she scares me °_°
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grenedine Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
A stunning piece. This should really be housed in a museum.

On another note, is that a barcode on the child's wrist? If it is, than there's a whole 'nother meaning hiding behind this.
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
good catch :) I have my own meaning for this painting but I LOVE the interpretations that others provide!
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grenedine Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Well, applying one's own meaning to a piece is really what art is all about. The piece itself is just a starting block to get ideas moving.
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00hend Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
how did I know the judicial system would be orientated around freemasonry?
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
;)
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Staybeautiful91 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
SO pretty, i love the colours and facial expression
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SovaeArt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Traditional Artist
Lovely techniques! Congrats on the DD
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jennethia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
This is incredible! The fact that the child is dead (I'm assuming since it looks limp and discolored) is a very powerful message. My imediate thought was "wow," mixed with a little sadness for the truth of it. The woman's face just makes the piece. Great work!
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. The gentleman that commissioned this work wanted a very powerful statement to be made on the current state of the US. His wife has been stationed overseas (literally in the heart of the war zone) for over 4 years. He has been raising their 3 kids alone. It's amazing what facts are kept from us by our own governments.
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding!!
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
THANKS :)
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!!!
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badboy402 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
nice
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Lhinton Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
i love this congrats hey what size is the original?
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Roughly 16" x 20", I think
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
:boogie: you got he DD i'm so happy that my suggestion was effective!
YOU DESERVE IT!

:kiss: Kare.

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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
THANKS :)
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
congrats to you on this outstanding piece and well-deserved DD! :thumbsup:
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femketje Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
amazing work!
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hishy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
the woman's figure is very reminiscent of Klimt's Medicine for me. Beautiful work, and congrats on the DD!
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Good catch!! That was one of the influences for this idea. I LOVE Klimt's work and to have that show through to the viewer is awesome ;)
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Noke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I agree and the baby is so close from another paint from Klimt I think it´s the three ages
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matthughes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
the child was actually influenced from both a Klimt and a Mucha painting ;)
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Noke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Art noveau rules!!! XD
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007

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