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BSG: Dr Gaius Baltar by WolfenM BSG: Dr Gaius Baltar by WolfenM
Acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas paper. Dr Gaius Baltar (played by James Callis), of Battlestar Galactica (the new one). I'll be having Callis sign a copy of this and be giving him the painting itself when I meet him at MegaCon. :love:

I chose one promo photo and then took a bunch of screencaps of my faves scenes from my fave ep, "He that Believeth in Me" (4.1). The upper right is from when Baltar is asking the Cylon God (whom Head!Six is trying to convince Baltar is the true god) why a wretch like him should be allowed to live when a little boy he knows is dying, saying that God should take him, Baltar, instead. The bottom right is from a little later, when Baltar's just been shaving in the communal bathroom and the father of another little boy, who was killed under Baltar's presidency (thanks to Baltar's alliance with the Cylons), comes seeking retribution. As the man holds a knife to Baltar's throat, Head!Six asks Baltar if he meant what he'd said earlier about wanting to trade his life. Eyes wide with understanding, Baltar tells the man "Yes, kill me! Do it!" over and over, begging. The would-be killer pauses in confusion, giving one of Baltar's followers a chance to save him. When Baltar returns to the place he's been living with his followers, he discovers that the boy is well. While the reality of the Cylon God (and its intentions) is questionable (especially when Head!Six looks like a devil), this is an undeniably profound series of moments in the life of a man who has been a bit cowardly and selfish until now, hence the ep being my favorite. And James Callis was phenomenal in that ep, hence my choosing those scenes in particular. (I couldn't narrow down what image I wanted to use -- had trouble getting it down to just these three as it is *cough*)

Further explanation of my thought-process, as well as images of the work in progress, can be found here: [link]

Baltar © Universal Television.

*EDIT Feb 28th, 2009* :love: So I go up to James, explaining that I want him to sign the copy and that in the tube I'm handing him is the original painting, for him to keep. He looks at me in surprise, then asks if I'm "the one" he "was told to expect"!! And of course I'm all "Say wut?" XD :confused: He elaborates, saying that he was told someone was bringing a painting for him to sign, and then he asks me my name. I tell him, and he says, all excitedly, yes, he thinks that's it, then looks at the picture and says that he's pretty sure that it's the one he saw online. "You put this online, right?" :wow: :faint: What a shock! So fess up; who told him? And more importantly, how the heck did you get ahold of him to tell him?? XD

He asked me how I made it/what it was made out of, ect, and I took the original out of the tube, saying it was acrylic, letting him get a closer look. He covered his mouth in awe (*squee!*), then said he wasn't worthy. (Awwww! :love:) I told him he was the reason I watch the show. When he want to sign the copy, he had trouble, as there wasn't a lot of room. I said he could just put "To Wolfie" at the top and "From James" at the bottom, and he was all "Oh, but I want to write a message!" So there was a strip of white at the bottom (where the printer couldn't reach), and he wrote "U R seriously talented! I love it! Thank you so much. Love James", and then signed his full name (and Gaius Baltar) on the picture itself. And then I got a hug. *SQUEE!* He said he couldn't wait to get it home and framed -- and I told him to take a picture of that. *G*
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LeKsIfLeKsI Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Eeee, that's an amazing painting, and an even more amazing anecdote to go along with it! I'm thrilled for you! :wow: :D
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankee! It's definitely one of my best memories! :D Still wish I knew how *he* knew about it, who the "they" that told him about it was! LOL
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Gaius! Great job!
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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ReggieTuesday Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
oh my god, this is fantastic <3 and I agree with you, that was an excellent episode
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankee! #^^#
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PJBRO Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
love the scene choices here, nicely done mate
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! For the fave, too! :glomp:
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Leyna-art Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love your style in this. The various emotions show through clearly, too. Excellent!
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you — for the fave too!! I realy love your own work, so that means a lot to me! :glomp:
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coloneljinx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work.

Terrific job. Beautiful technique, especially for work done by hand.
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! (For the fave, too!) :glomp:
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gatefan810 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Wolfie you are definitely my most talented friend, and rightly deserve all those compliments from James! Have you floated back down to Earth yet?

That painting is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!

Lissa
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
#^_____^#

Gah, head swelling ... too big to fit through door now .... I think it might still be a day or two before I touch Earth again. ;) And thanks! :glomp:
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
I don't know if the grid made the difference or what...
But this is one of your more dimensional pieces. :D
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Emotionally dimensional or visially dimension? LOL
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UrsulaPatch Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Visually I guess. It seems like there's more depth and roundness to the faces than I'm use to in your pieces.
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I guess the shadows helped. :)
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kinoethermes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Great job, Wolf. I'm sure he'll love it. :hug:
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, hon -- for the fave, too! :glomp:
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kinoethermes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
:horns: You're welcome!:D
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KMCgeijyutsuka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Absolutely stunning! An instant :+fav:!

I love how you've captured his emotions so poignantly! Beautiful work hun! :heart:
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Saw him today -- posted his reaction up in the "artist's comments". He really was a sweetheart! :love:
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KMCgeijyutsuka Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
:excited: OMG! That is the BEST story ever! Too awesome! :D :hug: Wasn't he just the sweetest guy ever!?

I knew he would love it! :heart:
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
#^^# Thanks!! I really appreciate how supportive and enthusiastic you've been! :hug:
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Miso-no-Tsuki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful lighting effects. The portraits convey a lot of emotion, so you have definitely succeeded with that.
(I'm not particularly a BSG fan, btw!)
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thankee! #^^# Truth be told, I'm not really that big fan of the show either; I mostly just really like Baltar! XD But I'm glad you like it even without being a fan! :)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! I am also a Galactica fan.
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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