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Art Roflmao


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Challenge: Norman Rockwell (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Date: Sep 22, 2012
Date Uploaded: Sep 22, 2012

So, this was quite an effort on both our parts to get something usable. Riley had a crash course in expressing extreme emotions through facial expressions. :)

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I paid him $5 for the shoot and told him he'd get another $5 if it ribboned. :) Worth it.

Regarding the one 1 vote - who knows - who cares. :) I do suspect it may be part of the balance of entering a subject that is well known - you may get some high votes for it, but you will also get some "penalty" votes. It is what it is. Helluva score in any case. I should retire now - I'll never top that.

The setup: Old PC (one of a dozen piece of crap oldies sitting in my garage) I put a sparkler inside it and that made it harder for me to get Riley to move in close - he was a little afraid. I also wanted the sparks to be at the tip of the screwdriver - I got a couple like that, but bad facial expressions. Went through a couple boxes of sparklers. I wanted to use my fog machine as well, but it didn't work. :( Maybe just as well.

Thanks for all the votes, favs and comments!

10/6/2012:
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Any chance you can add a summary of the post-processing you used to get the "illustration" look?

I've had lots of requests and I will be putting together something of a tips/tutorial together. Just as soon as I get done with a couple work projects. Thanks for your patience.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 35
Avg (all users): 8.0992
Avg (commenters): 9.2500
Avg (participants): 7.4500
Avg (non-participants): 8.2162
Views since voting: 4943
Views during voting: 486
Votes: 131
Comments: 109
Favorites: 18 (view)


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07/14/2014 02:32:29 PM
Love this!! I know what you mean about trying to get the right expressions from kids! Wonderful Norman Rockwell style.
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10/19/2013 11:50:08 PM
Awesome!! I miss seeing your work! Love this :D
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10/02/2013 06:07:58 PM
this really is so cool...... :)
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09/12/2013 10:30:37 PM
You need a sticker that says "I got 8+ but no Blue" or something.
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01/06/2013 01:54:05 PM
Like most of your work, this brings a big smile to my face. :) I'm also thrilled for you at that score!
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12/07/2012 12:38:11 AM
"I paid him $5 for the shoot"
bribery, and a little bit of extortion!
congrats on the ribbon, Mr dictator
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10/11/2012 02:27:29 AM
I've been away, so now is my time to congratulate you on 2nd place, well done Art, you deserved it!

Your son is a great actor but very under paid ;)
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10/07/2012 10:49:11 AM
Amazing shot Ken, wonderful process, a perfect Rockwell tribute! I hope this one is printed and displayed at home!
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10/07/2012 10:37:25 AM
Brother! Please share with me the post processing technique. It is divine!

Congratulations especially to the model, I see a big future for him.
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10/07/2012 03:01:13 AM
Congratulations on the Red Ken ! Well deserved !
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10/05/2012 05:22:13 PM
This is one of those where I look at it and wonder "why didn't I think of that?!" ... excellent execution (by both of you) to go with the great idea.

Any chance you can add a summary of the post-processing you used to get the "illustration" look?
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10/05/2012 06:40:08 AM
Whooot! Fantastic to see you on the front page Ken. Riley (and you) did real good!!
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10/03/2012 10:24:34 PM
Clever and very well done.
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10/03/2012 08:43:24 AM
Wow, over 8 ! Congrats, and well deserved ! A modern twist on Rockwell.
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10/02/2012 03:50:20 PM
Stroke of genius - Rockwell with a modern twist. Congratulations.
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10/02/2012 02:23:26 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. This is priceless, and who knows how useful Riley will find it in the future to be able to pull out an extreme emotion "look" on demand when he wants to!!

Message edited by author 2012-10-02 23:49:13.
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10/02/2012 11:13:45 AM
That kid was worth every dollar... Excellent work, Art. Your 8+ is well deserved (probably ruined your update button, though ;-). Congrats on the ribbon and new PB ((Hugs)).
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10/02/2012 10:28:39 AM
It's a good job you didn't mention the extra five-dollar bonus for an 8+ score!
(The one I wanted to win.) Glad to see your creativity getting a just reward.
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10/02/2012 08:15:35 AM
wow my 8 brought you DOWN! this is definitely an instance where i recognized the subject and held back so as not to appear biased to myself. awesome image should hang on your wall.
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10/01/2012 09:26:24 PM
I gave it an 8 and it appears I underrated it. Love it and a fav.
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10/01/2012 08:58:51 PM
Incredible work, Art!!! (It still doesn't seem right to call you Ken. You're just always Art to me. :)

Awesome score -- Way to go!

(look at that list of congrats! I had to scroll down all night just to read them!)
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10/01/2012 08:44:15 PM
Awesome work - both from the photographer and the model. WTG Riley!
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10/01/2012 07:54:49 PM
Really fabulous Ken !!!!
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10/01/2012 06:57:02 PM
Ohmygosh!!! 8+ !!!!!!! So deserving!! You're a rock Star!!!!! I can't imagine an 8+ not winning 1st place!!!! WOW!!! It's museum work!
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10/01/2012 06:19:22 PM
Originally posted by sempermarine:

Riley needs an agent. My kids get $5 for the shoot. 5 for yellow, 10 for Red, 15 for blue and additional 5 for a free study ribbon. That's why I do so many self portraits. :)

LOL - that's why I'll never tell Riley you exist and have blocked you from his computer. :P
10/01/2012 05:53:56 PM
WTG Ken, very nice
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10/01/2012 03:23:54 PM
Hey Ken - Terrific shot and gratz on the 8+ score and the ribbon !

Well deserved.
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10/01/2012 02:27:40 PM
I usually have more than one highest rated, but here, this was the only one.
Congrats on the ribbon!
(that's one big graphic card you got in there...)
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10/01/2012 02:04:37 PM
couldn't get a Blue even with an 8+ shot, eh?! I feel so genuinely sorry for you Ken :). Really great shot, and I actually like your processing here a lot (unlike many other super-topazed images in this challenge)
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10/01/2012 01:53:48 PM
love this, expression is priceless, congrats
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10/01/2012 01:43:41 PM
Congrats! Awesome shot.

Riley needs an agent. My kids get $5 for the shoot. 5 for yellow, 10 for Red, 15 for blue and additional 5 for a free study ribbon. That's why I do so many self portraits. :)
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10/01/2012 12:55:09 PM
You're the only ribbon winner who used an original idea. 6 from me.
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10/01/2012 12:28:06 PM
Pure brilliance! Great idea to pay your kids to pose for photos.
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10/01/2012 12:27:59 PM
Congrats on the ribbon,great stuff.
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10/01/2012 11:46:25 AM
Well there is my problem, I only pay my kids $2 for a shoot :) Congrats on a new PB, an 8 and another ribbon.
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10/01/2012 11:43:06 AM
Terrific image Art - definitely in the spirit of Norman Rockwell.

Congrats on the Red, and your new PB with an 8+ score!
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10/01/2012 11:40:52 AM
Fine work m8! Cool outtake idea. Congrats on the 8+ :)
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10/01/2012 11:30:50 AM
Laughed out loud when I had the pleasure of seeing this for the first time. Congrats on the thin air score and the new PB!
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10/01/2012 10:42:29 AM
Congratulations Art,well done, and you kept the flames to a minimum. :)
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10/01/2012 10:42:06 AM
Riley needs to negotiate another $5 for an 8+ bonus, and another $5 for a personal top score bonus :)

Great Job, Ken!

Message edited by author 2012-10-01 10:42:17.
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10/01/2012 09:38:00 AM
Nice work. Congrats!
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10/01/2012 09:15:59 AM
Way to go Art! I love this one; great job.
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10/01/2012 08:49:31 AM
Well done... well done...
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10/01/2012 08:45:37 AM
Congratulations I gave this a 10 :)
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10/01/2012 08:23:36 AM
Fantastic stuff! Congrats on the 8 and the awesome image for your portfolio.
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10/01/2012 08:22:06 AM
You took the classic style and made it modern. Way to go, man!! Congrats.
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10/01/2012 07:37:13 AM
Whooooo Hoooooo.... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! In what world does an 8 get a red?? LOL Such great work in this I knew you were gonna ROCK this WELL
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10/01/2012 07:03:36 AM
Congratulations Art on your ribbon and great score. Love that expression!
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10/01/2012 06:43:19 AM
Congrats on both the ribbon and the awesome score Ken! And hey, $10 for a model is darn cheap! Though, I only had to pay mine a pack of M&M's. ;D
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10/01/2012 06:29:54 AM
Wow that is some score! Congratulations.
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10/01/2012 06:08:33 AM
Very funny Art! His expression is very convincing. Congratulations on the ribbon and PB.
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10/01/2012 05:39:38 AM
I told my friends this would ribbon. I was right.
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10/01/2012 05:17:27 AM
Where did I put my 'CONGRATS ART' stamp....
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10/01/2012 04:30:42 AM
Incredible, everything goes to the mouth, the rest doesn't matter, don't think I've ever been drawn to one point so fast, excellent.
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10/01/2012 04:15:46 AM
The artist as a young man ;) Big score and big faves and a one, well done.
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10/01/2012 03:08:42 AM
Congrats on your new PB and great score, Ken (I still think you were robbed).
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10/01/2012 02:55:36 AM
sweet finish ken! congrats on the 8 and the ribbon!
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10/01/2012 02:34:40 AM
Congrats man, you chose the best expression, great score!!
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10/01/2012 02:33:38 AM
A score of 8 and `only` a red is a rarity on this site - I can only think of about 3 other challenges with stats like that.

Incredible score for an incredible image. Well done.
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10/01/2012 01:54:17 AM
Awesome Ken. Just awesome.
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10/01/2012 01:51:55 AM
Yayyy Ken, I knew it! Well done!! Good thinking re the sparkler.

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10/01/2012 01:37:27 AM
Double congratulations, Ken - for the ribbon, and for the huge PB! You should be able to hire Riley out to advertisers and make a packet. He's got the looks and he's got the talent. Heck, just take him off to Hollywood.
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10/01/2012 01:32:49 AM
Awesome job Ken! This was my favorite and pick for the blue. I thought it really captured the Rockwell spirit. Congrats on the red!

Message edited by author 2012-10-01 01:36:21.
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10/01/2012 01:25:10 AM
Congrats on a fantastic entry. It's a shame those tonsils will have to come out.
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10/01/2012 01:18:16 AM
Perfect! Congrats to both of you!
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10/01/2012 01:10:44 AM
Great work Ken, congrats on the Red!
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10/01/2012 12:59:44 AM
Yayyyy....nice work Ken....a huge congrats on your ribbon.
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10/01/2012 12:57:54 AM
Congrats to you and Riley, on receiving a ribbon! Great image and great score! :)
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10/01/2012 12:55:51 AM
Great scott! WD Ken. Top three above 8! Nail biter.
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10/01/2012 12:44:41 AM
Congratulations Art! Great picture!
:)
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10/01/2012 12:43:41 AM
Wonderfully done. Really cute kid and his expressions are priceless.
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10/01/2012 12:42:05 AM
You need to hunt down the person who gave this a 1 and sick Godzilla on his *ss. Great work Ken beautifully edited, and in a few years you will like this shot even more, when he is a few years older.

Message edited by author 2012-10-01 00:43:46.
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10/01/2012 12:35:55 AM
I didn't get around to voting, but I did have a look at this one (because I recognised the little tyke and knew it was yours). I wondered how you got the spark there - is it, in fact, a sparkler?
Oh, by the way, congratulations for the massive score with the ribbon.
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10/01/2012 12:30:22 AM
Nice Ken! Really refreshing to see your name on the front page, well deserved for this.
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10/01/2012 12:29:14 AM
WHO gives THIS a one vote??!
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10/01/2012 12:23:06 AM
I thought this your kid. My favorite from the challenge and a 10 from me. Glad to see it got the ribbon I felt it deserved. Congrats!
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10/01/2012 12:23:00 AM
Congrats!
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10/01/2012 12:22:39 AM
Amazing work, Ken. congratulations to you and Riley.
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10/01/2012 12:21:15 AM
Congrats on the red. Great Rockwell. Wow, 8+ score :)
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10/01/2012 12:18:41 AM
Congrats Ken! Perfect image.
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10/01/2012 12:15:11 AM
Congrats Ken. Cute kid, great quality image.
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10/01/2012 12:13:03 AM
Big time win Ken, look at that score, home run, grand slam! proud of you man!
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10/01/2012 12:11:10 AM
congratulations! I knew it is a winner. Very deserved ribbon! And YOU WIN YOU WIN ....finally!
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10/01/2012 12:09:23 AM
Woot! well done!! congratulations! A PB by 1.+ Holy Cow, now top that!!! "D If you don't pay Riley, you get an automatic disqualification you know!

Message edited by author 2012-10-01 00:11:23.
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10/01/2012 12:07:27 AM
Huge Congrats....Nice job!!
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10/01/2012 12:06:26 AM
Well done -- and what a score (and totally deserved). Congratulations Ken!
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10/01/2012 12:05:56 AM
That kid needs a cuteness warning label! Lol.

Congrats on all of tour your new awards, Ken!

Message edited by author 2012-10-01 12:24:07.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2012 10:43:47 PM
When I saw this I thought dang!! I think you are going to give me a run for my money. It will be fun to see who comes out on top. If I was a betting girl I think I would put my money on this one for the blue.
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09/30/2012 10:20:27 PM
A nice modern take on the Rockwell approach. Both in processing and in a humorous twist to the scene.
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09/30/2012 10:03:53 PM
This is fabulous! I hope this wins a ribbon. Riley did an awesome job with the expression. This is my fave of the challenge because it really catches the sentiment of Rockwell and the processing is spot on.
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09/29/2012 01:49:40 AM
That´s how modern day Rockwell looks like!
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09/28/2012 10:54:42 PM
This is brilliant, Ken. Full marks to Riley, too.
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09/28/2012 08:27:36 PM
MY PICK FOR THE BLUE..... LOVE IT.....

MY PICK FOR THE SHERPET 'BLUE' STAR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.....

COMING BACK TO ALSO GIVE THIS IMAGE AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER MY SHERPET 'JEWEL' AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AS WELL AS THE BLUE STAR AWARD..... LOVE OT SO SO MUCH....

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CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR MY TWO TOP SHERPET AWARDS FROM SHEZ (THE JEWEL AND THE BLUE STAR)

Message edited by author 2012-10-01 06:36:54.
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09/26/2012 10:07:40 PM
Actually, he probably knows more than I do. Great idea and well executed.
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09/26/2012 09:54:37 AM
Riley! Got out right from a Rockwell print!
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09/26/2012 03:29:52 AM
good work on the processing and the expression of the boy - a classic. one of the best in the challenge.
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09/26/2012 12:31:43 AM
top 3
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09/25/2012 09:51:38 PM
Wonderful! My favorite. Absolutely love the expression.
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09/25/2012 03:05:23 AM
Easily a winner. Excellent pose and expression. PP, especially the vignetting and clarity, makes it very rockwellish.
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09/24/2012 02:36:36 PM
Nice one with the spark :)
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09/24/2012 02:33:31 PM
Great image. Voted previously, 10.
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09/24/2012 11:18:51 AM
Love this! My winner as it's not a direct copy, more an updated idea of Rockwell's type of thinking. 10
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09/24/2012 11:01:34 AM
Oh, KEN! This is .... PERFECTION!

I love it!

It's the Podium for Riley!


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09/24/2012 08:41:15 AM
Riley!!! Love the expression. This is awesome.
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09/24/2012 03:00:11 AM
This is really good, and you know it, see you on the front page.
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09/24/2012 02:01:31 AM
well well ...well done!
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09/24/2012 01:03:57 AM
Nice, a modern Rockwell. I think the processing is very Rockwell-like. Great expression on the kid.
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09/24/2012 12:14:45 AM
Oh excellent!!!! or Perfect!
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09/24/2012 12:13:50 AM
Is that Riley? Great job, anyway, perfect expression... Plus, of course, that Roflmao guy was askin' about vignettes like this, so.... :-) Feel free to confirm or deny, I am done voting on this one...
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