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John Thornton in oil by zeldat John Thornton in oil by zeldat
Richard Armitage as John Thornton from BBC's "North & South." Painted freehand. An oil painting on 6x8 (approximately 15.2 x 20.3 cm) on RayMar Art board. Some double-checking and fixing up in Photoshop. Here's the WIP if you are interested:

Have you ever worked on a drawing or painting for so long that you can bear it no longer? I think I'm at that stage with this painting. I did some digital fixing-up (maybe 5% changes from the original oil) because I couldn't take it any more. This painting has been a work in progress for months. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!

More info about this painting (plus a sneak-peek at my John Porter "bondage" painting-in-progress) is at my blog: [link]

EDIT 10-16-11: I submitted this as a print, because I have no idea when I'll go back to the original painting and "finish" it. In the meantime, there is a print available for anyone who is interested. I didn't make it any larger than 9x12 because the original is 6x8 and 9x12 is as large as I think it can reasonably go without looking too funky.
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Sindiriath Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is GREAT!
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Admala Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job! Oil.. man... that's a lot of patience for one man! Don't think I'd ever have that much for one, even in person...! LOL
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Eluminora Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow. 0.o Very impressed, I am. Great work. I'm inspired...:) (Smile) 
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durinheir Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
We are putting together a deviantart book of Thorin/Richard Armitage art for Richard's birthday if you are interested in showcasing a piece(s) in the book. I will be helping put it together and shipping it personally. His birthday is Aug. 22, so it will be shipped the beginning of August. The page will feature your art, name of piece, your deviant ID, your real name (if you choose), link to picture, country, and "Happy Birthday" message to RA. There is no way I can track down everyone on deviantart who has these pieces so help me to pass the word along For more info ~ read my journal and just send me a note with the details if you are interested ~ thanks :hug:
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, I know exactly what you mean :) The colours turned out really well, however, and it is a very good likeness.
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Jojemo Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, Zelda! I am an Armitage fan, also. I love the BBC's movie, NORTH AND SOUTH. It is one of my favorite period movies. I was so taken with trailers of it I'd watched on You Tube, that I ordered a DVD of it from Amazon for my movie library. Since viewing my DVD many times, I have drawn a graphite from one of the movie's final scenes. I titled it, "A kiss that said it all in N+S." Sadly, it does not show off Richard Armitage as well as it shows Daniela Denby-Ashe. :iconcardinalplz:
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LadyPrisca Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wonderful Mr Thornton !
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:iconessiedubyadee:
essiedubyadee Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Spot on! :love:
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Solli-sun Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3
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MaikeB Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I really love this picture! I could never paint this good with oil!
Please keep on painting ^^
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Even though you got to the stage of not bearing to look at it (a feeling I'm familiar with) the time you've taken on it shows, and the results are great! :meow: It might sound silly, but my favourite part is his ear; the lively brushstrokes in that area remind me of Frans Hals. :thumbsup:
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jmarchitto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
LOVELY work!
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fedoragirl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
SQUEEEE! It's amazing. The colors are warm, and his half-grin/smirk is cute (for lack of a better word, "hot" seems so juvenile lol). I agree with everyone else who posted, hide it somewhere and forget about it. Until you find it one day (say, next year) and feel like working on it again.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work of my favourite period drama character! :) :clap:
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bechedor79 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing. I'm in awe that it's in oil, and I think that fact adds an interesting quality, as if this could very well be a portrait up at the Thorntons' residence. :D
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AnnieLouiseP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know what you are talking about Zelda! I have to leave mine (if I can!) and come back later.....Much, much later.
But take it from me, this painting looks finished! Stunning work, as usual. I adore your oils technique. :-)
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful painting, wonderful brush strokes
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate the comment! :D
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Penguinton Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
^^ Absolutely love it!
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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phylly3 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Well, I think it's amazing. I can't imagine what you might want to change!
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I'm so glad you like it! :)
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PriSSriA Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   General Artist
Beautiful!! I love it, is a masterpeace!!!!
I fall in love whit John Thornton and Richard Armitage is so perfect!!!
Congrat :D
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconfaticia:
Faticia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an impressive likeness! The expression and everything is right!
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :D
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Darkshines42 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Extremely goood painting.
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Darkshines42 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :aww:
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nicchancute Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Your hardwork get paid, dear^^
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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oddfellowfloyd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
:omg: :worship: That...is incredible...
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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GizTheGunslinger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's the best Thornton portrait ever! Truly it is! I think if John had his own portraits gallery this one should definitely be in it. *Sigh* I'd rather have this drawing in my RA gallery...
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zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thank you Giz! That means so much! I love your latest John Porter portraits! What a wonderful idea you had!
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DozyDog Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it - very much! I know the feeling of working forever on a piece & really getting fed up with it. I'm currently working on a simple illustation for my Sketchbook 2012 project that just doesn't seem to want to come together. But this painting is wonderful so I'd say all your hard work paid off :-)
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks, DozyDog! I'm glad the painting came together at the end. I see it waiting in my painting area, wanting to have the final touches added, and I just can't do it yet! Hopefully soon!
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Erisley Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
OMG! This is amazing! :love:
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm very glad that you liked it! :D
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Erisley Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
welcome! :D
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JesnCin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's a brilliant portrait it is! :D
I can only wish I could capture tones as well as you do; especially with traditional tools :)
I particularly like the shine you applied down his pointy nose and how you handled the sideburns.
Great job!
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Yes, he's got quite the pointy nose, doesn't he? :D
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:iconjesncin:
JesnCin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sure does! :D
and you're welcome :3
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Baxelis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Absolutely amazing. Your technique is just fantastic!
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. :)
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Baxelis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
My pleasure~

And really, it's hard not to love this man - you've brought him to life brilliantly.
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Puddum Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GORGEOUS. *fanning self*

I love this miniseries and this character and this actor and this painting, cuz it is just spot and beautiful! Great job! You've totally captured his gorgeousness and intensity.
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I liked this pose especially because you can just see how lovelorn he is!
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
T-T Oh my gosh. I loved him sooooooooooooooooooooooo much in this movie.......... This is so good. ♥
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:iconzeldat:
zeldat Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it! :D
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