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100 Souls Project by Steven Russell Black

An artist working out of Mill Vally, CA, Steven Russell Black is “completely in love with making images”, and one look at the skill and beauty of his work and there’s a good chance you’ll fall in love with his images as well. Along with working in oils, Steven also creates with the use of graphite and prismacolor pencils — as seen in his latest ongoing series “100 Souls”. He states that “eyes are the windows to the soul”, and this series is about presenting 100 of them. The great thing about this series, aside from how outstanding they look, is the variety in what you see. Faces from different angles, sometimes bordering abstract, eyes that are from animals, skulls, or even made up creatures, and the idea that even though the viewer is really only seeing small portion of the face, the images allow us to infer our own idea of the mood and character of the figure we are looking at. You can keep up with this ongoing series by following Steven on Flickr, his blog, and even pick one of these drawings up over on his Etsy shop.

Steven Russell Black Etsy

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    Michael DeLeRee
    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Another of Steven’s incredible ideas executed perfectly.
    It should also be noted that Steven has made a limited number of hand signed/sketched prints to commemorate the first 50 SOULS and should be making another when he finishes this project.

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    John Deckert
    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I have five pieces from this series and they look great together. This is the perfect opportunity to start collecting the work of a young artist at the cusp of a rising career. Get in there people; this guy is taking off!

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      Michael DeLeRee
      Dec 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      What a coincidence, I have 5 also (c:

      And I agree with everything you’ve said!

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    Genna Panzarella
    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I have collected Steven’s work for several years now. I find him to be a perfectionist who produces meticulous images every time. His skills are evident but always impressive as he opens up new visions for us. I admire his skills, but even more I admire his mind and where he takes me with his images. There is always a psychological dimension, I feel, in even the image of a simple orange traffic cone. He is very astute in his study of shadows and shading, which is an aspect that is key for his drawings and his dramas.

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    John Chandler
    Jan 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Steven sees beyond the point of his pencil to where most cannot. Outstanding work Steven!

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