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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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prince-benjy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
his face is so gorgeous looks like daniel Sharmans
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Moonjay8 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design of Peter! It's very unique, and I wish I could see a whole animated movie, TV series with this guy! Imagine how awesome that would be!!!! I want to know how he got the tree-glove in the first place?
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toxicd Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
The colors in this are awesome and I love Peter's pose. A tattooed Pan just works for me.
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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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themeanypoet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous!
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PaperIz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I love all the details and the background and his design and just everything! And forgive me, but I'm gonna go on a fave spree and I just want you to know all your other recent pieces are absolutely fab as well but I don't really have time to comment ^^;
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RatitaFutbolera Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Wow! This is extraordinary, interesting and very original.
I've never seen Peter Pan as well as in your work.
Do you gonna do one day your own version of Captain Hook?:happybounce: Hug
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Eldrakonir Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Kevinwada, what in youre picture with Peter Pan arm? Draw better, try again!
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StarGazerM Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
I love Peter Pan! I love how you drew him! Very different! Hopefully we get to see the rest of the characters soon. Especially Wendy (love her!)
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NXFNXF Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you got a unique style and that's kinda rare here. Truly inspirational ! i'll follow your work keep it up !
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La-Artista21 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is very inspirational. You just gave a whole new outlook to Pan it really works. I love how u tied of the elements of Neverland into his look. & I love the black hair, very untraditional. Usually Pan is blonde or red-head. Overall a great piece of work! I LOVE IT :giggle:
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thelostboy13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
I always love seeing people's interpretations of classic characters and this is no exception.  Wonderfully done.
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LiluAmber Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome Animated Love Monkey
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paintbrushpuke Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Ah! I've been following you on Tumblr for so long and haven't even thought about checking your Deviantart! Glad I stumbled upon this :D Love all of your work!
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, this is totally awesome! ^_^ I really like the design a lot!
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LOBOsuave Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

great concept!

 

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chickenie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors and his face are so amazing! Mermaiidddddz
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artofpan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
AH I LOVE THIS! :)
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FriedMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Crazy!
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alicexz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Totally love it. I want to draw your version of him now...!
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
DO IT.  And make sure you let me know if you do ;)  I wanna see.
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Broken-Endings Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the elements of his left arm. Are those only things he's wearing? or is his left arm not flesh and blood? I'm supremely intrigued if it's the latter.

Did you come up with story explanations for the other parts of his look (like the red tattoo)? Or were you just playing around?
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I totally forgot to talk about his outfit!  I will edit in a bit of info about all that, thanks.  :P
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't seen a Peter Pan like this, nice revision ^^
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Bubblegumdove Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad there's virtually no green in this as so many people just do a variation on the Disney-design, plus the decorative armour on one arm and tats on the other are great; great work.
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dreaminartist06 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really like your redesign of Peter especially the designs on both of his arms. I have always loved Peter Pan and this takes me back.. Amazing job!
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Yougin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
That's great! He reminds me Jack from Lord of the Flies. Just a little bit, you know.
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ferriore Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very amazing and interesting approach to this iconic character, I loved it!
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DonnKinney Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Best version of the character Ive ever seen! :+fav:
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Cozmiclove Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it he you did him justice he looks so good and i wanna be forever young two!!
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