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Given 2013-01-10
Portrait by ~kochetkov ( Suggested by jane-beata and Featured by SRudy )
huynhthinhuy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
What a wonderful portrait! Everything deserves to admire Clap 
MegaRezfan Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful work of a beautiful person ♥
Inezha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
fucked up i love it
Sherrylin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
het liked op mij! it's looking a little like me.
LamaHaag Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Griffinchef Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful! it has so much gravity!
nhassanharuna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!!
LadyLidah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty :3
PurpleKiwee-137 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Why so many comments about the gender of the model? This is a lovely, delicate portrait with wonderful execution and amazing color temperature. I love it and I wish more people could just appreciate the artist's work without focusing on trivial things....

:iconkochetkov:, this is beautiful. Keep up the good work. :) :heart:
Tastikixtutsu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome !!
jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello, your inspiring work has been FEATURED in my 8th Diary of Jane journal, thank you for sharing it with all of us :heart:

kochetkov Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!!!
ladyalita Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like your use of light and dark. The paint strokes in the fabric are also very nice.

my heart and soul: [link]
kochetkov Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!!!
jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your inspiring work has been featured in an article 9 reasons to adore OIL PAINT. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us :heart:

:iconsense-create-lnspire: :icontraditionalists:

69javman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This really is a wonderful portrait. It could so easily be a parody, but it has such a nice feeling of respect.
pyrexmin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
that's realy a good job there!
Amber1010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Tataouin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm an aspiring painter and this portrait touches me deely. I love the elegance of the subject, and the peace he portrays. Gorgeous work!! :D
bahuchara-mata Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Admirable and powerfull work, realy like this,
by the way, i absolutly dislike those stupid sterotypic comments, like: "is that a man or woman or something else?" You don´t even know until the person makes any self-statement to this term, and you don´t have to require, cus it doesn´t matter, unless the person wants you to know!
So scat, you ignorant defaming bastards, your simple manipulated minds are just stucked between the boundarys of a silly construction, called the lie of the two sexes, and the dominion of phallocentrism.
And forget about dic(k)tating other peoples lives, you´r the last ones who should just even contemplate about it. The fears of your blended smug world, to be broken down by the self-expression and self-awareness of other people shows that.
I wish, you still one day´ll get back, what you have done to other people, by acting like that.
kochetkov Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!!!
JoshHutchinson Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fact that this painting has created such controversy only proves that it is indeed a fantastic piece.
LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An excellent portrait. Traditional in its framing and execution, with very strong and skillful use of blue hues and great, expressive line work, especially in the hands and shoulder/neck. The composition is simple but strikingly effective, and the facial expression subtle, and yet almost haunting.

I don't care to know if the person we see is an androgynous, unfeminine woman or a man in a dress, a transgendered person or a biologically intersexed one, or whatever other label one could place upon someone's forehead. To me it's a human being with a proud countenance, and I respect them for it.

However, I am glad the portrait has sparked that kind of controversy, because one of the main functions of art is to provoke thought.
kochetkov Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!!!
BearTrack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think that questioning the gender is perhaps the point of this painting. Wonderful work! :D
RomadE Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So is that a guy in a dress or a woman who looks like a man?
d1v1de-by-zer0 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it reminds me of the portrait from The Birdcage xp excellent job
NimronKiTel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this deeply powerful, and the question of gender is intriguing to me on a personal note. Without saying a name, I have a really close friend whose transgendered (Female to male), and in the past years, I myself have come to think of myself as a woman rather than a man. Because I've grown accustomed to them, I hope you won't mind if I use non-gender-specific pronouns in the following review;

The strength and... Determination? That's not the right word... Anyway, at least the strength of zer pose and the look in zer eyes reminds me of battles I've seen my friend go through with his transition. The strength, as I said, shows that many of such battles have been fought, with both wins and losses. And I think I feel a sadness for the ones that were lost. Like they were important beyond most. A friend, or family member leaving, misunderstanding, persecuting... There's just so much that I feel from this, and I hope that I'm not over-thinking it.

Before I write a book, here, I want to cut myself off and just say thank you for sharing this. It's lovely.

VelvetFish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
It's very well done, and deserves the DD.

That being said, it's totally a man in a dress. (i don't see where the ambiguity is)
Derek-Soichiro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I adore the androgyny and the technique. :clap:
ChatookaArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the... boy? with the pearl ear ring? ok then! To each his own.
dynamicability Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Beautiful!!! :love:
Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Interesting portrait, indeed. For me, the right hand of a model and a bit too angular jaw line doesn't fully work (maybe with jaw, losing that tiny light stroke just before the ear would work...just an observation, nothing more). The background, mirror frame and lowest part of the dress feel just a tad too sketchy in comparison to rest of the painting. Of course, I recognize the possibility that you maybe wanted to achieve focus on face and that's definitely successful.

Anyway, that's what feels lesser in quality for me (not bad, just not in the same level like the rest of the piece)...But what feels superb is highly above those tiny flaws I subjectively notice. The face and the expression, the eyes and mouth, the hands as hands, the whole position and the fall of the dress...Absolutely magnificent and worth of exhibiting in any museum of the world. Incredibly well done. Congratulations!

One question, if I may? Is the model (or a subject of painting, not necessarily the person who modeled) influenced by some health condition? The hands look affected by something, they're red and raw and there's dark bruised stains, whether from some condition or perhaps hard work (reminds me on my own hands/arms after too many shots for my own health problem). Anyway, the coloration itself makes very interesting contrast to the rest of the skin and the dress, so I was just wondering does this have some meaning or was merely done for the sake of complete look of the painting?
Karvamato Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a gorgeous portrait! Love it.
Daws3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   General Artist
rogue-freighter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Nice realism here. I appreciate realistic art.

To me this looks like a lady. She has slim eyebrows, slim neck and small shoulders.

She has a long nose and undelicate hands, but she may work a lot with her hands like maybe by doing gardening for instance. Some women have long noses, get over it. I think to many DA users see too much anime and photoshopped fashion models.
Derek-Soichiro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
No kidding right?
Short hair, big nose, no breast?
Especially since even the guys in anime's look like women.
Anyway, I back up your comment 100% :nod:
MMDFakewings18 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning. I love the cool colors and the brush strokes, I bet it would be really interesting to see in real life up close.
Congrats on the dd. Please, continue to share your great work.
RicoNewlin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
OK seriously whether it is a girl or a man should not be a questionable aspect to this piece. It is art, a persons interperson interpretation of ones self or idea. Grow the hell up and move on.

My opinion, I think that this is a wonderfully done work of art. I feel the emotion behind the face and the mirror with no reflection to me means something along the lines of self image and portrayal of what society thinks what we should like like based upon gender identity. Forgive me if i am wrong. It is a strong piece.

Dearuu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I can't tell for sure if it's a man or a woman and I won't break my head about it too much. But what I do know is that there's something very compelling about this portrait. Makes me think of the theme 'identity' in society.
BrotherDiaz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! i love the modern twist on a classic painting theme!
pansyfugufish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
prom night for LGBT?
SassyAlex Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Way I took it:

He's male and is coming to terms with his sexuality. Simple enough in premise.

Of course, I could be wrong, and am open to other interpretations.

That's simply how I look at it.
LjubaM Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Guy or woman?
Guy Woman
Guy Woman
Goy Wuman
Gun Wumay
Wuy Guman
NomWolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He has no reflection. :iconohgodplz:
MorrieNymphalidae Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful portrait of androgyny. :)
FujoshiAyase Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Pretty classy portrait!

And yes, it points up a certain incongruity in our thinking: Woman in men's clothes = ambitious or fashionable / Man in women's clothes = pervert.

That's where we still are in terms of gender thinking.....
XtremeOverdrive Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow :meow:
KennethFontanoArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ok...this is a really good painting either way you slice it....but if it's done to be makes it soooooo much better!!!! Great job whether in seriousness or humor!
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