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Neal Caffery with the bare essentials.

This is the first in a series of paintings that I'm planing on doing taking known characters and stripping them down. Nothing fully nude, but certainly more skin than usually seen.

I chose Caffery to do first because his character practically lends itself to this. Let's face it, Caffery is always looking for an excuse to lounge around without his shirt on (clearly White Collar is a show for the ladies, I'm a little alarmed by how fond my husband is of the show...). When he's not officially topless he is wearing suits so closely tailored that you can count his femoral pulse.

{Begin shameless self promotion}

On an unrelated note I have started a White Collar fic 'The Nightingale': [link]

{End shameless self promotion}

If you are interested in joining me with this theme just title it Stripped Down: 'Character Name' and send me a link. You'll get a feature in my journal!

Works in Progress can be found in my 'scraps'.

Others in the series:

Tony Stark



Now then time for credits:
Thanks to :iconkeepwaiting: for the skin texture brush.

Thanks to :iconnavate: for the skin color chart for help picking colors.

Thanks to Pose Maniacs dot com for some general references of awesomeness.

Thanks to my watchers for putting up with my WIPs spaming their inbox.

And of course thanks to Matt Bomer for being such a good sport about this even if he has no idea. :giggle: This is what one gets for strutting around the USA Network. Have your lawyers contact my lawyers they can have lunch together (Disclaimer: my lawyers are actual sharks, they work for cheap and get *great* results) (Full Disclosure: they do not have laser beams attached to their heads but my R&D department is working on it).
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NooneParaLamron Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Wow this is really good! It's actually kinda weird that I wrote a fanfic that he was wearing exactly that much lol.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
I did this painting a long time ago and since I've kind of rekindled my love of White Collar lately I've been thinking of redoing it.

I have a feeling that Neal ends up wearing an anklet and a hat with nothing else in more than one fic.  Heehee.
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nilescclover Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
all I have to say to this is OMG OMG OMG.............love it or should I say him! great job! thanks for the great pic.......
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Yeah, I had waaaay too much fun drawing this.  :giggle:
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NicoRiley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! i love that show and neil is so hottt. u really captured his bedroom come hither stare
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Heehee. "Come hither" I like that.
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Luftwaffles Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This is some fantastic shading.. was it done with a reference photo or from memory?
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I used a ref photo for his face and then various refs for his body. It was fun!!
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Aphreal4 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I'll be sending my hospital bill to you. It is your fault entirely that I forgot how to breathe.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I believe there is a Class Action Lawsuit against me that you can join for this exact side effect. :giggle:
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L3TT3R-Fairy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
*stares* .... *speechless*
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Heehee.
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:iconl3tt3r-fairy:
L3TT3R-Fairy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
<33333 Amazing work~
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thanks! It was a pleasure to work on.
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bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Love it. My pulse is currently racing.
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Heehee. Pleased to get the old pulse up! He's a smexy creature.
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:iconbluebelle-88:
bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Yes Yes he is.
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Particularly those Siberian Husky eyes...
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sexy1999 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
hyperventilating...... faints....
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
He is hyperventilating worthy!
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ponkes Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*drools*
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I know right?
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ponkes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed!
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*faints*
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Heehee
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly.....the 'bling' and the everlasting Hat ^^ perfect topping to a body like that!
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly.....the 'bling' and the everlasting Hat ^^ perfect topping to a body like that!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
He does have the perfect body form. I am not opposed to the fact that sometimes he wanders shirtless around his apartment for no real reason. :giggle:

And the hat is just awesome, a character in its own right.
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know....Hot excuse for Hotness ^^.....although Tony isen't that bad behind him.....Scars and Arc Reactor are sexy ^^

Yes it is. It was the inspiration to make me use a hat!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I would watch that man watch paint dry if he did it shirtless. :giggle:

Here is an update on Stark! [link]
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Id do that with BOTH!


*nosebleed*
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Good point
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Luthlaya Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking goooood!!! I love the way you do skin, it always looks so real!!! And his face is fenomenal, he really seems to be LOOKING at me. Love it, and I love the hat, it's cute XD He's awefully thin though =P
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
The real trick to skin is to use that skin texture brush, it adds that extra touch. I always put the most amount of work into the eyes, if the eyes aren't right the whole painting will never work.

As for him being thin, you'll notice that on the show he's never seen standing sideways, this is because if he turns to far to the side he actually disappears despite the fact that the camera 'adds ten pounds'. hehe.
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Luthlaya Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You use adobe photoshop right? I REALLY need to get my hands on that..... and that is completely true, if the eyes are wrong, the painting won't work at all.

XD aaaah, I never saw the show, but I understand XD
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I use adobe photoshop elements, no need for the big expensive version.

You should hunt down the show, it's really good.
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Luthlaya Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
seriously? I tried using that once... I couldn't get a thing done... wow. I have Artrage and coral on my computer, but I generally use artrage, too used to it XD

I will! As soon as I have time to watch series again, I definitely will =D
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Yup! All my work is done on Elements like 8 or something like that (old school). I could never make coral work for me.
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Luthlaya Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
coool! :giggle: I have lots of trouble with coral too, I generally just stick to artrage, it's pretty basic, but it works. sadly, it has no effects or special brushes.... but oh well. perhaps I'll try and use my elements version sometime too, I have 6 I think, even more old school XD
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I almost never use special brushes or effects. I have one special brush that I downloaded to help with skin texture... no need for fancy stuff. :giggle:
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
really great work.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
:glomp:
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yay :hug:
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Were you ever going to tell me that I've been spelling 'Caffrey' wrong?
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
no,lol.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Did you notice? :giggle: Someone after ten chapters pointed it out to me on FanFic.net.
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol. Not really, never noticed it actually.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Heehee. Neither did a whole bunch of people over on FFnet
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