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Peter Pan by kevinwada Peter Pan by kevinwada
When someone asks you to paint Peter Pan, do you ever say no? I see a lot of him in me actually. Mainly the never wanting to grow up (old) part. He's a divine character and there's a reason why he still fascinates. The commissioner wanted to play off his youth and playfulness, but also the more sinister side to his personality. He's a boy or a young man depending on how you view him. We went with a slightly older Pan. He's as much virile and strong as he is boyish and immature. The dichotomy between those two things was a really fun thing to imagine. Let me know what ya think!

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I forgot to talk about his outfit a bit and what inspired it. I decided to do a very mishmash kind of look for Pan. Lots of found objects on him. He probably stole those boots and lifted that sword from a defeated pirate. His right arm gauntlet is slightly Asian-esque - perhaps this Pan has traveled the world... ...Of Neverland... There's an Asian equivalent in Neverland I guess. His left arm is adorned with knick knacks from the Lost Boys and he has a giant clam shell as an arm guard and shield on that forearm. For some reason, I really enjoyed the idea of him having claws, and I lifted that idea from an old sketch of Pan I had done back in school. And that Peter Pan was much more otherworldly looking and very creature driven. He was pale blue, with even pointier ears and covered in barnacles and had this crab-like claw for a hand. So I took portions of that idea and created this wood-claw-tree-organic like glove that grows around his entire arm. The commissioner saw the piece and enjoyed how Peter seems to embody all these aspects of the island. He saw the Indians in his shoulder treatment, the lost boys in his arm guard, the pirates in his pants and shoes and the golden arrows that point to the island in Peter's arm tattoo.

Maybe someday I'll make that creepy elf-like creature Peter Pan with the claws and blue skin... OMG WITH THE MERMAIDS.
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RolandParis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional General Artist

reminds me of Brom in the way the forms move and the composition


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mmcray Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
i would love a picture of just the tattos
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LtBookaVonHelsing Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Just wonderful. The inspirations you drew in order to create this piece is lovely and I really appreciate some of the more ragged tones you put in. It's gorgeous.
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starfireiris Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
love it!
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cesca-specs Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing character design. Love it!
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joyceshyue Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
<3

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juantomajok Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
looks great, dude
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Murder-at-the-diner Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
oh god! im a total sucker for peter pan! i love him and i think you captured his personality well! is that like a book on his arm? i so LOVE THIS!!!
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TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist
that is a pete i would follow, :)
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CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful, I think it's a shame that the Disney version of Peter Pan is what everyone immediatley imagines, seldom do we see any takes that deviate from that design. But this makes so much more sense in terms of character, where the hell are the Lost Boys getting these Link costumes and onsies?
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