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06 June 2007, 07:46 AM
Eric Tranchefeux is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Artist combing his model. (Final Image) (

06 June 2007, 09:19 AM
Ouch !
Eric there ! Some amazing picture is coming !
Nice to see you here Eric ! I am really impatient to see your work with this topic.

06 June 2007, 09:26 AM
Good to hear from you......glad to be in such good company.........looking forward to seeing what you deliver this time!


06 June 2007, 10:57 AM
Oooh! C'est Tranchefeux! THIS ought to be good....:)

06 June 2007, 10:59 AM
Hey Hey ERic, chouette de te voir ici,aime bcp tes travaux!Nice to see yu're in!This thread will rock!Good luck and fun!

06 June 2007, 12:46 PM
Thank you for your witty remarks, I am glad to find the spirit of the
challenge and being able to again amuse me with you, The subject of
the challenge appears vast to me and of offered full with
possibilities and the time is very long, I thus will read the note and
to start to reflect on which type of painting I want in this moment.

Afflicted for my English always so pitiful :)

06 June 2007, 12:35 AM
oui ça vas saigner, je vais te fumer!
yeah it's going to fight, i'll blow you away!

06 June 2007, 11:15 PM
Thank you for your witty remarks, I am glad to find the spirit of the
challenge and being able to again amuse me with you, The subject of
the challenge appears vast to me and of offered full with
possibilities and the time is very long, I thus will read the note and
to start to reflect on which type of painting I want in this moment.

Afflicted for my English always so pitiful :)


u still not upgraded the C3PO


06 June 2007, 12:58 PM
will be expecting something really detailed here, OR ELSE! j/k :P g'luck.

07 July 2007, 07:05 AM (


Finally I found a little time to begin my challenge. I leave
with this first sketch which will evolve/move to refine the details
and to add can be additional elements. I left on a very simple idea
the representation of a painter combing his model, I slipped not badly
of allegorical symbols into this first sketch and there will be of
them surely others.

Comments welcome.

07 July 2007, 07:55 AM
I love the way you handle your paintings. I will be following this entry.:thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 08:04 AM
Great start! The concept reminds me of Albert Durero´s " Knight, Death and Devil".
Waiting to see more!

07 July 2007, 09:26 AM
you are a crazy man!! awesome detailed concept...

07 July 2007, 09:28 AM
Thank you for your comments

07 July 2007, 09:32 AM (

Continuation of my progression, or I continue to advance it details
for the drawing.

07 July 2007, 10:18 AM
Very interesting........always nice to see :)


07 July 2007, 10:56 AM
I like this kind of drawings!!! will be following your thread

07 July 2007, 11:57 AM
Great to see you on the challenge Eric ! I wish you good luck and a lot of free time on your job to paint here something wonderfull !

07 July 2007, 06:07 AM
Master Paul: thank you for the interest :)

anskrit: thank you for the comment.

DeeVad: thank you for your comment and glad to see another compatriot
here :)

I is not much advanced besides some details additional makes yesterday
evening, I think posted the update tomorrow.

07 July 2007, 06:52 AM
I don't get whats strange about this? I mean I was just the other day riding my centaur with a horse skull head taking my fresh body parts to the market. It was a long ride so I tagged the side of my horse with a babe, then out of know where my centaur found a skull. He asked me if I'd like some bread with my skull but I said no it's okay i have a little rooster on my head. I was sad because after the ride was over my easel was lost. So really don't get what so strange about this but if you see my easel can you let me know?

hehe. I'm looking forward to being uterrly mind blown by your work.

07 July 2007, 02:20 PM
tAstyBITs: Thank you for your comment, I have evil with all to seize,
because my English is worse.

I would make an explanation of the drawing and of certain symbols if
its interests you, when I would have time... I turn over to work on a
work professional.
I post tomorrow.

07 July 2007, 04:33 PM
WOW - off to a great start - (has the mastery of a Durer) :thumbsup:


07 July 2007, 06:07 AM
There's alot going on in this work. I'd like to see it finnished before you explained it because it would be fun'er to have my own personal interpretation before I hear yours.

Look'n forward to the progressions.

07 July 2007, 06:50 AM (

News advanced in my drawing. I worked some details and semi
some hue in the sky, I also removed the elements which were in the
back of the character, I will think of another thing where can be
nothing to put. Thank you for your comments

07 July 2007, 07:41 PM
Surreal, very well done so far

07 July 2007, 05:10 PM (

Continuation of my progression, I am always in search for my elements, and I have evil to find time because different illustrations to realize in this moment fortunately that the time is very large on the challenge, I indicated some fast colors for environment

Thank you for your comments.

07 July 2007, 05:48 PM
i was just about to suggest that you should PLEASE keep the dark antique feel of your scketch as much as possible for the final version, but now, after seeing your portfolio i am sure you know what you are doing, so just let me say:

Bosch and Dürer in one piece!! oh i LOVE to be afraid of it......:applause:

07 July 2007, 06:02 PM
i like the painterly effect.. superb.=)

07 July 2007, 08:48 PM
Wonderful energy in the image, frightening and beautiful at the same time.

Steve 8)

07 July 2007, 12:06 AM
Wonderful! Awesome! And so so original :) Congratulations for this piece. Good Luck!

07 July 2007, 01:53 AM
i completely missed this one. always wicked work from you. i mean that in both meanings of the word :P

07 July 2007, 09:30 AM
Thank you for all your comments and supports.
I am sorry to be able more commented on the other artists of the challenge on their
progression, I have full with work to finish in this moment before
leaving in vacancy.....

07 July 2007, 09:45 AM (

Continuation of my realization, I start to mark the choice your hues,
once that I would be ok, I would begin all the details of painting.

07 July 2007, 06:40 AM (

Here now the beginning of the primer where I carry out the details, I
think not too thorough the details to keep the aspect painting what
will give more feeling in my key.

07 July 2007, 05:48 PM (

Here the update of advanced of my painting. In this stage, I improved
the drawing of the elements on my principal and deepened subject not
badly of details. I now will start to work on the decorations, in
order to arrive at the same level of advance that the remainder.
Always welcome comments.

08 August 2007, 07:21 AM
Just wanted to say I really like all of your works, and this one is turning out epic aswell. very entertaining to watch..:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 07:28 AM
Don't know if it was mentioned before but, what software are you using? i'm also curious how many layers you have in this image, and one last question, did you start with a textured background for this painting? lol, sorry, feel like I asked too much.. thanks..

08 August 2007, 08:07 AM
Jeffparadox: thank you for your comment. I generally use photo shop to
start and often finished with painter, that depends on returned that I
seek, I also use some textures which I manufacture with painter or
others, here to give the aspect of a painting traditional to oil.

08 August 2007, 08:24 AM
have sor of missed thhis one a bit.. looking excellent as always.. love it

08 August 2007, 10:31 AM
Wonderful progress, i'm captivated by your composition and painting skills, the image has a fine art qullity to it that is beautiful.

Steve 8)

08 August 2007, 12:59 PM
W-I-L, handlebar: Thank you for your comment, and your witty remarks.

08 August 2007, 01:20 PM (

New advance in my painting, I am content because I could passed more
than 2 days complete top or I worked mainly on the vegetation of the
ground, Maintenant I leave on holiday to fish shrimp with my children,
therefore more station before 3 weeks, but I will bring my portable PC
and thus will continue a little bit with painter above.
And soon. and thank you for your comments.

08 August 2007, 02:15 PM (

Continuation of my progression, I worked on the bottom of the
decorations by pushing a little more the details.

08 August 2007, 07:32 PM
You got such a unique style and at the same there's this ancient way of telling a story through a pic in your way of painting.It's all coming along vey very well man!I like it very much.
Indeed it could be cool if once you'll have a bit of time you explain us all the meaning and symbolism in your pic.
Yap, ben profite en bien de tes vacances man(si c'est pas déja fait,huhu..)

08 August 2007, 07:55 PM
Just Beautiful!
Congratulations on another remakable work.


08 August 2007, 04:41 PM
OKMER: Thank you for your comments, I would make at the end some
explanation of the elements of painting on the symbols.
Pour les vacances c'est fini et c'était bien sympa.:)

Gord-MacDonal: thank you for the support.

08 August 2007, 09:14 AM (

New stages of progression in my painting, in this stages I looked
further into the details of the subject principal: characters, horse
and objects decorative. I would post larger details.

08 August 2007, 09:39 AM (

Here some details of the preceding image in entirety, I to the
maximum of the resolution in these 3 sight am brought I sui
maintaining on work closer to the decorations has fine to arrive at
the same level of execution only on the characters. Once completed
this work painting will be finished, unless I further choose outward
journey in the precise details but with the risk of sensitivity in the
key loses pictorial...
Thank you for your comments.

08 August 2007, 09:41 AM (

Second detail of painting under development.

08 August 2007, 09:42 AM (

Third detail of painting under development.

09 September 2007, 01:17 PM (

In this new working session, I concentrated on the bottom of the
decoration or I refined the details.
Here a part or have it see work before and afterwards.

09 September 2007, 01:18 PM (

Considering overall of painting. I now still will push the characters
and then let rest to see whether I like all or perhaps still to modify

09 September 2007, 06:24 PM
awesome work....I so love the um ....Mr.Tranchefeux....gooood luck and keep it up...........:bounce: :bounce:

09 September 2007, 06:59 PM
Mind blowing technique.........i thought i enjoyed the details in my observations........speechless.


09 September 2007, 04:49 AM
Hey Eric, is great that you keep coming back to the image now and then, There's allways little things that scape your sight until after you hit 'save'

Everything about it i find it beautiful, so much detail to see, and the little figure among the flowers, it scares me so good...........
My one suggestion would be that the woman's visible leg has too much light on it, her knee is probably the whitest part of the picture, and that could rob atention from important parts like the man's head that is so close to it, I think you could change that white into the amber color that prevails in the image, so it doesn't stand up so much. Just my opinion.

Amazing work:thumbsup::thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 07:57 AM
minminxu: thank you for your comments

Master Paul: Charmed that small the details of likes.

SteevieWoo: Thank you for the comments and advise. There will be
surely adjustments to make on painting, indeed the leg is perhaps a
little too clearly, I already will finish all the details and after
re-examining the elements to improve them. It remains me much of time.

09 September 2007, 07:32 PM
ok, comme d'habitude, je comprend rien à se qui traine dans ta tête..

ok, as usual, i don't understand the stuff you got in your mind..

to much pressure!

09 September 2007, 10:28 AM (

Update of painting, I added small wings to the engineering which is
behind the rider and improved some details, but which is not
perceptible with the size of a jpg. Maintenant I think of having
arrived at the end, I will let rest the painting of my eyes to see
whether I must improve some elements.

09 September 2007, 09:43 PM
Beautiful painting! The style on this is very unique and the details...... its just simply mind boggling. Just a quick comment on some details - the pallette would stand out a bit more with some of that washed out highlight like you put on the womans leg, maybe it wont be correct in its lighting but it'll definitely push the strangeness of the concept a bit more - basically just to focus the viewer's eye on the pallette.

09 September 2007, 05:21 PM
Not much to say. It's great :D But I'm still going to say that maybe a little color difference between the background and the horse-thing can help to show the form of it more clearly.At least on the left side, because of the arm... You probably chose deliberately similar colors but I had to say it. Congratulations...

09 September 2007, 12:07 PM
Jpmonroyal: thank you for your support and comment, I do not think of
moving the elements now, just to refine returned.

sadunkkal: thank you for your support and comment, Your surjection is
good, I would try to go in more legibility.

09 September 2007, 07:43 AM
There's something from Italy in that , writing like Leonardo ,sketching like some renaissance Painters and little of Arcimboldo inthe execution. Really really interesting like usual Eric.
Good Luck

09 September 2007, 08:13 AM
scala: thank you for your comment, I am indeed a large admiror of
the painters of the rebirth and does not miss an occasion to go to
admire their paintings in the Louvre in Paris

09 September 2007, 08:18 AM (

I carried out some adjustments of colors here and to add a
square and a neater compass some details.

10 October 2007, 05:06 PM (

Here the last version and I think the final. I would post large plans
and some explanations on the subjects.

10 October 2007, 07:27 PM
A fine piece indeed. The style is very special, and there's some very disturbing about it. Meant in a good way :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 09:55 AM
MartinNielsen: thank you for your comment.

10 October 2007, 09:59 AM (

First large plan on painting with the principal character who is my
self-portrait, the small cock on the helmet is my Chinese astrological
sign, it also symbolizes the capacity of the light which drives out
darkness. The feathers symbols of justice among Egyptians is also the
symbol to rise, the will of directions and movements. The lion on the
armour is the representation of the father and of ascending on the
son, the snake in addition to the sign of the evil or Satan is also
symbol of wisdom and fertility here artistic fruitfulness.

10 October 2007, 10:08 AM
good going

10 October 2007, 01:33 AM
Very classical!

10 October 2007, 06:22 PM
very artistic indeed! :eek: and a big congratulations on your finishing! :p :) there's a lot your work .. it's like each and every part of it has something to say!
well done! :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 09:51 PM
Yep Eric!!!You got such a unique & ancient way of painting man!Great!
Great artwork you got here and congratz on finishing such a great original piece!
Q la force t'accompagne jedi!

10 October 2007, 10:48 AM
asma, korendo, nwiz25, Okmer: thank you very much for your comments.

One of the symbol that I forgot to specify, the painter with armours
represents the precariousness of the trade of artist.
I post you soon other explanations with large plans.

10 October 2007, 10:11 PM
I like very much the meaning and symbolism you have put into your work. And the classic style is superb. I look forward to your explanations to illuminate the iconography, which are probably no longer common knowledge.

I wonder about the title though - is it meant to be "combing" as in like 'grooming', or should it perhaps be 'combining'?

10 October 2007, 02:21 AM
Is like taking a look to surrealism in an old painting haha! Sooo great! Well done! Is very very original :)

10 October 2007, 02:34 AM
Great detail as always.

10 October 2007, 08:10 AM
Eric, coming along nicely - very evocative!
The square compsition is daring but you solved it well! :)
Keep it up!

10 October 2007, 10:08 AM
Ordibble P. Lop: Thank you for your comments, Concerning the title of painting
"Artist combing his model" I it is not if the translation and the direction are correct because I do not speak English. But I employed in the direction to paint and not grooming, except that there is several manner of reading the action to paint, one which can simple and be joined a strange or eccentric behavior of an artist which paints on a woman by looking at apples and the other which is that the painted artist of apples thinking later being able to paint a subject much more complex than is the body of a woman.

Nemesix,cabertevon,Hideyoshi :Thank you for your comments,

10 October 2007, 11:10 AM
Sweet, very sweet, very Bosch-like. I like it!

10 October 2007, 01:41 PM
chile888:Thank you for your comments.

10 October 2007, 01:44 PM (

Second large plan with other symbols:

The apple: symbol of the temptation and the fall of the man, here the
artist crunches apples and will discover the pleasure of painters the
young woman.

The centaur: Can represent the animality, the lowest impulses that
there is in the man as well as the speed of the human life, other
symbols which one finds at the Chiron centaur of mythology or he is a
tutor many heroes controlling hunting, the music, the knowledge of
medicine and arts. Here I use it like a guide for the artist.

The poison: attribute of water symbolizes fruitfulness, the love,
among first Christians it represents Jesus-Christ.

The young woman who looks herself in the mirror and shows her nudity
is an allegory of vanity and lust. Also the image of the heart, it me
interior hidden of the man.

Cranium: symbol of vanity, brittleness of the terrestrial existence of
the man, the proximity between beauty and dead.

Little genius with the torch: of the artistic inspiration the idea of
the creation of the subject is the symbol which comes to the artist.

10 October 2007, 04:26 PM (

Third large plan with other symbols:

Another engineering turns a key in the back of the played artist such
one which one goes up to advance. _ it express here, the force, or
pulsate which push the artist to produce himself of them cease some
new thing want not or can himself stop you it a drug, they continue a
guète mysterious which himself be in their spirit push by the daemon
of creation. The flames express here still the creative idea. The
wings or fly away it sign of rise, to want this to exceed.

10 October 2007, 04:30 PM (

Fourth large plan with other symbols:

The compass: object what used the traveller of old times to move with
the cards.
The square: tool of the architects.
These two object are also the signs maconnic of the companions. One finds signatures on
stones or frames to leave by the companions to the 15 and 16 centuries
The hand of the girl holding the tail of the snake is the evocation of
the carnal pleasures and also of the fertility.
Flask of alchemist: evocation of mysterious science and the formulas, secrecies of
médiums to be painted with the oil-base paint at the time of Van Eyck
1400 century.

10 October 2007, 04:31 PM (

The plane large last:

Small character in frog costume: evocation of France, but more
seriously symbol of the life and resurrection and the metamorphosis,
the end of the chain of the development and the evolution, the
perpetual transfer of the man.
The lead wire: tool used in drawing to determine the various points of alignments is also symbols of the
perfection to reach effort of oneself, the deepening of its art.

10 October 2007, 08:28 AM
Classy! Massive piece, brilliantly rendered and so full of classic references... it deserves to be exposed! Truly original...:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 08:31 AM (

Allegory of the life of the painter through differ elements which
Constituent this painting, of which I already enumerated the principal
symbols and significances which are in the table.

Energy of the beginning of the training with the control of the tools
of the painter, follows the long road of creative search, or, between
doubt and certainty the pleasures of art are acquired in the
progression and the going beyond of oneself.

The pictorial style him also continues and finds one day can be its
Own language with through which the artist to little make emerge a
certain vision of the world or the images most insane.

In addition to simple aesthetic criteria of decorative painting, art
delivers feelings to us, tells us stories and can take us along very
far in the reflexion and the search for oneself. I like this tendency
and I hope to have done it to you shared.

Thank you for all your comments and remarks, I am glad to have taken
part in this new challenge which my licence to make a new creation of
which I would be useful myself of model liked late for a future table,
which will be carried out to him in traditional painting with oil. I
wish good luck with all the participants.

10 October 2007, 08:35 AM
absolut! powerfull image! a paint masterpiece.

10 October 2007, 09:14 AM
It looks to works's Dürer with, I think, a similar art idea...Also, with many details and a very expressive allegory but also very complex , with Eros, Thanathos...

good luck, Eric!


10 October 2007, 02:16 PM
Thank you still for your last comments.

10 October 2007, 04:22 PM
Congradulations finishing your masterpiece. It reminds me the great works of Bosch and other surrealists I admire. Excellent brush work and fantastic colors, backed with meaning all around the canvas. The way you render long hair in your images, are the dominant trademark of them to me. Best of luck in the judging system!

10 October 2007, 07:17 PM
Congrats. Well done. :thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 11:39 PM
Cool, strange and great technique, good luck to you!:thumbsup:

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