I painted Sang-Eon Lee's wonderful bust for Crystal Brush 2017 and ended up in 3rd place in the bust category. I wanted to capture the Russian soldier grasping at some glimmer of hope amidst a hopeless and devastating war...and to practice some techniques and theory I learned form Kirill and Alfonso's classes! (: This was my first historical figure and it was a blast to paint. A big thank you to Kirill, Alfonso, and Matt DiPietro for your input during the painting process - Jose Manuel Palomares Nunez, Sergio Calvo, Ben Komets, Raffa, Matt Cexwish, Aaron Lovejoy, James Craig, and Angel Giraldez for your critiques!
  • Derek Clark (fluid_art)PLUS

    Gorgeous piece, love all the textures used. Congrats on the bronze.

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks Derek! It was a super tough category

  • Luca Riva

    Lovely textures and lights, wonderful!

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks Luca it was definitely a learning experience!

  • Theodoros Giannakopoulos

    Fantastic fabric texture, eyes and fleshtones !

  • David Diamondstone

    Wow, your photos came out much better than the Crystal Brush photos. Great texture work. Congrats on your crystal brush!

    • Anthony Wang

      Yea I was kind of sad about the crystal brush pics since the face was complete in the shadow, but it did give it a darker feel. Oh well…thanks though! I really liked your bust too!

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Grats!!! Well done young warrior !!! Lol

    • Anthony Wang

      Haha thanks John, good to see you again!

  • Fausto "AbyssoulFP" Palumbo

    Gold from me!
    there was an incredible level at crystal brush!

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks Fausto, this was a big level up for me and still a lot more to learn and grow into

  • Jason Zhou

    Great work on the fantastic textures and skin tones. Congrats on the award at Crystal Brush this year.

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks Jason! You should come out to crystal brush one of these years!

  • Francesco "Franciuus" FarabiPLUS

    Great paint job Ant! Congratulation for your well deserved award!

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks Francesco! I loved your pieces from Crystal Brush and congrats on your wins! It was good hanging out and I will find a way to make it to Monte San Savino soon

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Did I mention this is amazing. So happy for you. All that talent and this time it does NOT go unrecognized. P.s. me and my lady always love the Facebook posts of your lil guy. What a treasure that little time is.

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks John! I’m pretty stoked to get bronze and for my next steps of growth as a painter. I really your enthusiasm and encouragement! And yup the kiddo is a blast haha

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    What a treasure that little tike is. Tike ..tike stupid spellcheck. Talk about stoopid I’m the moron questioning a micro computer.. :-/

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    • Anthony Wang

      Had to use google translate but thanks!!

  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    Hi anthony. you asked me about my opinion so here it goes. I
    think the overall look of the piece is good. but you have a lack of definition in many areas. not smoothness.. i mean DEFINITION. one of the main reasons is that you use always the same diffuse lighting. the face is a great example. due the position and the helmet that should affect the face.. to have so white illumination there looks odd, and the way that you made every volume so rounded also looks a bit fake. nevertheless this is a big avievement . so i am very happy and proud of you. hugs

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks for the critique brother! I appreciate your mind and how you think about representing different volumes and light. You’ve always been super helpful in helping me grow as a painter, much love!

  • Constantine_Sudin

    Gold for me

  • pit rehmke

    Fantastic painting work!

  • Roman "Light_one" Gruba

    Great version of this bust!

    • Anthony Wang

      Thanks Roman! It was definitely intimidating to paint this bust given the amazing box art

  • Poliakov_Andrii

    GOLD !!!

  • Militarist_Studio

    Really cool! Gold!!!