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Retrospective by DarthFar Retrospective by DarthFar
[more paintings of people nobody cares about. ;)]

The Pet Shop Boys will be thirty this year. Hailed as the most successful duo in UK music history, the electronic dance/synthpop group (which consists of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) has 3 BRIT Awards, one movie and roughly 301 albums to their name (10 of them studio albums) as well as over 100 million records sold, and has diversified in recent years to musical, soundtrack and ballet.

They were also the first band I ever listened to. Overnight, I went from being a geeky little kid who listened to only classical music, to being a geeky little kid who listened to classical music *and* the Pet Shop Boys. My musical taste has expanded since, but they're still my favourite group on the planet. :nod:


NOTES

:bulletblue: Painting was done with the bog standard hard brush (as usual) and two of my own custom brushes, but the layout and graphics were done with Corel's shape tools. If there are *any* PSB fans among my watchers, maybe you'd like to hazard a guess as to what the icons represent. (Along with what else might be hiding in the picture. ;)).

:bulletblue: I initially had Neil wearing a fedora, but then I decided it really wasn't him (and besides, it made him look like a goddamn reporter2) and changed it. Click here to see the first version: [link]

3. The text are shamelessly pilfered PSB song titles. Just because.


1 35 if you count the list on their website; 27 if you just count the ones listed on Wiki.
2 Mind you, though, he *was* once News Editor of Smash Hits, so maybe that counts for something.
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:iconkytsko:
kytsko Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014
omg the details! Amazing piece I think I've fainted. 
I love Chris's cap, funny reference! xD
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:iconmuffin-wrangler:
muffin-wrangler Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Amazing work. The likenesses are unmistakable, the expressions very fitting for their on-stage personae.
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ocelott Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Your skin tones are just incredible.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
LOL Occy, it's monochrome. But thanks!
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CLlover Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOW it's so cool
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Pet Shop Boys are just awesome! I've been listening to them more and more lately, I'm getting addicted to them. They just have such a refreshing and brilliant style.

As always I can't but be in sheer awe with your art and guilelessly envy your mad skills. :heart:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
:highfive: I'm glad you're taking to them, Romy! And yes, their style is refreshing: it changes with each album, but somehow still remains recognisably Pets. Have you listened to their ballet album, btw? (The Most Incredible Thing, based upon a story by Hans Christian Andersen).

And thanks very much!
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh I haven't but I'll look it up! Thanks for the suggestion.. I'm in need of new & refreshed repertoire. :D
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I should try and get you into Britpop. ;) Classic Britpop movement-era music.
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MicaFeresz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
great work
fav!!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Thank you! :D
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tisteroc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
he is from the pet shop boys :D
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Yes he is! yes they are! :D
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Svera Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
It looks like it's done with pencils :) Great work! (And geeky is good :D)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Cheers, Daniela! (and sorry for the tardy reply...)
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Svera Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
:hug:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ahhh, the Petshop Boys... my next door neighbour loves them. :D This is really cool. I love the way you have them in black and white, contrasting like that. It's a really neat idea. And well done, too, of course. I love how you paint skin!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
So I take it you must hear a lot of their songs, whether you want to or not? :rofl: And thanks! I figured the contrast thing would make sense to anybody who's into the Pets: Neil is always in the spotlight, whereas Chris has always been known for being in the shadows and hiding behind a hat and glasses.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I used to, whenever I came over to play with her daughter. *lol* I don't do that so much anymore. :P But yeah! It's a really cool portrait idea. It's always nice when the subjects' personalities and character are shown like that. :D
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Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
...having spent 15 years as a travelling road musician I have fond memories of playing "West End Girls", a huge hit back in the day.....
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Hoooooo man, you've actually played West End Girls? cool. :D May I ask what instrument you played?
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:iconricky-roo302:
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
...keyboards. I played the synth parts and another guy nailed the trumpet solo with another synthesizer digital horn patch---great song, a classic!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember them~ Back in the hey day of MTV nice work Far
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Indeed; MTV was where I first encountered them. :D Thanks, David. (And sorry for the hideously late reply!).
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea.. Welcome and no worries!
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ho! This is so fucking cool! I didn't realise they were getting up there. A very nice tribute, mate.
And yeah, the fedora does sorta make him look like a reporter. This one's better.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Thanks, Dale! and yeah, the Pets have pretty much become a Brit music fixture, no? :laughing:
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