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Some of my faithful followers here have asked for a portrait painting demo. I finally got around to making one. I hope you like it.


Thanks for watching!


John Larriva
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States



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UpsideDownEntity Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I don't speak for ANYONE but myself on this website, but the paintings you changed the viewing age on were some of my favorites and the thought that they might be offensive to some never occurred to me.  Out of curiosity, what made you decide to change the filter?
VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
A couple of sensitive souls felt the need to police the vaguely painted nipples on a small figure study I posted. Admin chose to tag it mature for me, a distinction I didn't want to make. I feel that if the user is not mature enough to handle a simple figure study, then they are probably not mature enough to appreciate the rest of my paintings or, you know, most of art history. Until DA modifies its policy on illustrated nudity to catch up with the former nipple police at Facebook, I'll continue to tag everything mature.
UpsideDownEntity Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry about that! The nipple police must have a lot of time on their hands... You're still a great artist and I can wait two years, haha. Good luck on everything!
VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I may have gone overboard with the explicit tag. Going to try to downgrade to moderate. Sorry about that.
Viseniya Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Nice gallery ! I like your style, it is very vivid ! :)
Dr-Manhttan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I really love your art!
luneu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Your portraits are just beautiful. You manage to capture colours and details so perfectly, and your art has so much life in it! It's really inspiring. I hope you don't mind me using one of your pieces as reference for a study (this drawing).
CloudsinSpace Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
I really enjoy your painting style, your portraits are beautiful.
NudeTaylor Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful work! 
MandiPope Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll repeat myself here, no problem; your artwork doesn't belong on dA, it belongs in an art gallery/museum somewhere. 

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