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Bob (A Coffee Painting) by aeonsiege Bob (A Coffee Painting) by aeonsiege
Finally! :D

This to me is the most challenging portrait I have ever done. The first one I did in coffee! I'm not sure about adding white poster color for the beard and highlights cause I know I can still get it done in coffee alone. But I admit it has some benefits. It made the skin stand out more and well, look like a skin. At first, I felt like the tone value of the skin competes with the beard which made the face look pale. That quite bothered me and had to to wash a darker shade on the skin about three times. I hope I didn't make Bob too dark than is necessary...

Thanks to :iconearthhart: for allowing me to use his photo of his friend. This amazing shot not only captures the eyes. Behind the image of this person lies a thought-provoking story which I believe whoever sees my rendition should also see where it came from.

Here's the link:
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Materials:
A3 size watercolor paper
coffee
white poster color for highlights on hair and beard
pencil for outline

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The painting and the model... :D



The one that Bob received has been retouched a bit as some areas had faded and some areas got stuck to the trace that covered it. I was too stubborn to fix it soon and so that was the consequence. I also changed the signature to an ambigram of my name. :)
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:iconmanlarr:
Manlarr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014   Photographer
beautiful portrait :)
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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MrsNE Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beyond AMAZING! I just started coffee painting and I doubt mine will ever be as great as yours but this inspires me to try harder! :D Wonderful job!!! Def fav and watch!
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It starts with a stroke... And another... And another... I'm pretty sure you'd get to where you want your art to go... and even better than mine.:) anyway, thanks for appreciating my work :)
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badfish1111 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I was about to favorite this piece BEFORE I had even seen that it was done in coffee (!?) Now I'm completely blown away.
That is some deep shit there brother. It's people like you that inspire me to constantly push myself to bigger and better things.
Oh..and almost forgot. Thanks for the favorite on MY work, which is what led me here in the first place. God I love this little community of ours!
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) :hug: 

And you're welcome :D
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:iconpratomoo:
pratomoo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
AWESOMENESS OVERLOAD! :salute:
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You! :) :hug:
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:iconalaneart:
AlaneArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Lovely artwork.  
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) :hug:
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
one amazing drawing of Will's photo.
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) :hug: 
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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:iconlukiesyaya:
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful photo treated beautifully! Exceptional work! :heart:
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) I think I got a good reference image, it is hard to make a mistake if you got one :)
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:iconlukiesyaya:
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It was really good, wasn't it?! You made it even more special. :heart:
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:icontaigas-den:
Taigas-den Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you achieved a great diverse value palette with coffee! This is amazing!
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) :hug:
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:iconnomoreturningaway:
NoMoreTurningAway Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Well, after finding that you did this with coffee--one of my favorite things--and seeing how awesome it looks, you are now one of my idols. I bow to you.
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no...

...but thank you :)
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:iconvampraziel:
vampRaziel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This is perfect! Really great portrait and done with coffee? Two times more perfect! :D Well captured expression...
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much :)
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:iconvampraziel:
vampRaziel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
You are most welcome :)
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:iconrathsi:
Rathsi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
This is incredible!! I've never heard of this art media.
Is there any chance of a work going rancid because it is organic?
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think so... Or maybe I'm just used to it :P there is no problem when the coffee is dry. And once coffee is on paper, it doesn't smell bad. What you should try to avoid though is leaving liquid coffee. I made that mistake of saving a cup of coffee for a series of painting that needed wash. Then work got in the way and my cup of coffee laid forgotten for days. By the time I got back to my art materials, I saw it was already molded.

Thanks for the comment and fave :)
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GeminiArtNStock Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
featured here [link]
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BlackEvilSkull666 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
WOW. This deserves worship!
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for appreciating my work :D I did have a hard time doing and finishing it though :P
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doorwaytodreamland Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
absolutely beautiful! It looks so realistic:)
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :hug: :D
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:iconjust-a-witness:
Just-a-Witness Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
excellent work! the whites bring a sparkle of life to the whole! may i ask, how does one work with coffee or tea?How is it different from color washes?
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for appreciating my work :D
I use coffee like water color and is best rendered wash. But I am bad at doing wash and tends to go more on the realistic rendition. I use instant coffee - I put a little amount of hot water and leave it for a while until its sticky but a bit dry. Others use left over coffee and heat it until it becomes more dense and darker. I have notes on coffee painting in my profile if you'd be interested. I have never used tea. It's too light for my liking :)
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Sai27 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
u're an epic !!!!!!!
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's an overstatement but I'd take that as a compliment :) thanks! :D
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:iconfayeren:
Fayeren Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your amazing piece of art is featured in my journal [link] ! Wish you a happy new year! :)
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bad-chop-suey Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
So very cool. I have tried coffee a few times in the past, but my attempts were nowhere near the quality of yours.

Kudos to you.
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much :hug: :)

I think everyone has their own style so quality might be subjective (the one you see now is a product of a lot of mistakes and frustrations). I've seen really nice coffee paintings here but they're all different in styles and strokes :)
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely fantastic! I've thought about using coffee more than once...BUT....then I can't drink it XD

I think, rather than water-colour style painting, I'd use grounds and turn it into more of a mud texture...make it a bit more like oil pastels, and see where that goes ....at least then I'd be able to drink my coffee still XD
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D I use instant coffee.. I seldom to never drink instant coffee (I go to coffee shops) and it's easier to get darker tones with it too. I normally put a few drops of hot water to instant coffee granules and then let it dry so it has a water color texture. It is easier to control water that way.
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:icontreeclimber:
TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
VERY cool technique! I've seen dyes worked that way, but hadn't thought of doing that with the coffee grounds, you have indeed, inspired me ^_^
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i look forward to your coffee paintings then :D
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:icontreeclimber:
TreeClimber Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
might be a while, gotta finish my current promised line of works!
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Nattygrego Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
extraordinary !!!!! I love it, I love thestory behind too, thanks to the three of you !!! and again congrats onhe amazing work !
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D it was Will's idea and it worked! :D it seems Bob had recalled a bit of stuff from way before the incident after receiving the painting. I hope it continues :)
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:iconnattygrego:
Nattygrego Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
spectacular really... i'm in total awe...
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: :D
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:iconnicklas81:
Nicklas81 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug: I have a good reference photo and a very good model to begin with. :D
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:iconphilippel:
philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Made with coffee?? It looks a tremendous technique
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:iconaeonsiege:
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :hug: :D

I think it's just using watercolor, only more troublesome cause coffee gets sticky so you have to deal with bubbles and be very careful not to scrape the first layers :)
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