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A Man of His Word by Straye-Close A Man of His Word by Straye-Close
**EDIT-- Well so many of you asked for higher res, so this is as high as I could get without my laptop crashing :D

This is my pride and joy! I have never dedicated this much time into anything and have it turn out so magnificently! I started this last semester and the teacher gave me an A because she knew what was going to go through haha! So now something like 3 or 4 months later I am done! I can not express in words how extraordinarily happy I am right now! I just want to thank all of my friends and family for getting me through this! haha The file is so large i had to find a better computer to finish it on because my laptop could not handle him! I AM SO ECSTATIC RIGHT NOW! WOOT!

Anyways for those who are interested:
time spent: 150+ hours (I lost track after a while)
Yes every bit of this says something in text... from his hairs all the way to his pupils!
I was advised in not taking the easy way out by using I's and )'s for hair, so every hair is his name.

His portrait consists of
1. his name Morgan Porterfield Freeman Jr.
2. Movies/Tv shows he's in
3. some names of the people he's played in those films
4. Just about every quote I could find for those movies
5. and a few awards he has won for being so great!

p.s. Thanks to :icondylanroscover: for the inspiration... [link]

Some contest I think Ill try
:iconameryn: [link] Actors Contest!!!... Sweet Deal!! I ended up winning :D Thanks to all who voted for me... check it out [link]

:iconinomuiro: [link] Contest: A Hero
:iconpierredevlin: [link] DA's got talent

OMG!!!! Thank you all sooooo much!!! A DD :D I am soo incredibly excited right now! If I dont personally thank you all, please except this thanks!! Thank you!!

A huge thanks to :iconsander-seto: for featuring
and another great thanks to :icontaxisareblack: for suggesting and also everyone else that suggested it :D
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Given 2009-09-12
~TaxisAreBlack says: ''Well, over 100 hours put into something and a good result, gives it enough reason.''

Also suggested by ~iHaz who says: ''Christ! When first viewing this thumbnail one would think that it would either be a photograph or skilled drawing.What is amazing is that it is neither and is easily one of the most epic typography portraiture that I have ever seen. With very, very small test in most of it, it is very easy to see all the hard work slaved away to give us this great piece.''

And by =Raishuu: ''I don't know much about text art, but this piece just amazes me! It is easily recognisable, full of detail and seems to have taken an awful lot of work, dedication and patience. And it's not just random letters, every part there says something, his characters' names, movies he was in, quotes, awards he won - every hair is his name! I'm blown away and I hope you are, too!''

And I couldn't agree more with the suggesters. Fantastic work! A Man of His Word by ~Straye-Close ( Suggested by TaxisAreBlack and Featured by Sander-Seto )
ccb-lmh Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Do you do any custom orders?
Dakingrai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
This amazing art have been featured in… :)
goushik Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
step by step tutorial please :)
goushik Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
how to do this in photoshop 
Annndroid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
crystalffx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
kranthimarri Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
INSANE! i love your patience levels... :-)
MrAd3 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
thats so awesome
nurseserver Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Rexlare Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is the number one reason to watch a movie or documentary?

PeKan3794 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
bama7820 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
simtam Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Beautiful work
B-M-R Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blew my mind!!
Pixelated-Headspace Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer

Rexlare Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
#1 reason to watch a movie?
WonderDZN Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could actually be the most amazing thing I've ever seen..
WritingInReality Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely amazing, oh my god. ><
sniperfordayz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
morgan freeman?! xD
Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist
this is incredible--i experimented with a similar idea a while back and completely failed and gave up after about 15 minutes.
Ybson Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
he looks like my grandpa.
ChelseaHantken Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Innnnnncredible! Holy balls this is the best, most time-consuming typography I've ever laid eyes on.
I wish I had enough time to read it all to truly appreciate the long hours you put in!
lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in #ArtHistoryProject's Inspiring Digital Artworks article.
Have a nice day :huggle:
motionage Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Spreysinho Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
like all i'm stuned with your work m8, but just for curiosity... this is an manual work, no? Or do you used some program to do it?

nice work, anyway...
Straye-Close Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! This was all done manually. I used Illustrator to do it. Creating paths, then typing on those paths, then creating paths, then saving, etc... Took a lot of time! But well worth it.
KillingTheEngine Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Wow, I think dribbble would like this!
I will keep an eye on you ;)
Straye-Close Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it :D
bjarav Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
This is seriously awesome! :)
Artsouls143 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
mind blowing... man... even iam also done typography portrait... for contest... but... mine is not looking 3d...

your portrait as life...

just check mine....


my first typography portrait.... and if u can help me out how u got that result in your portrait.......

so might be next ... portrait ... i will do better...

nice to meet u

Straye-Close :)
loftonkion Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love doing typography portraits. I just finished one and tried to track my hours as you did. I too lost count lol. This is nice though.
kmnfive Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
xx-CeeCee-xx Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Artist
OMg this is amazing! I saw your others and yeah they are all FRICKEN amazing!!!!!!
steve-j-c Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Wow, great work. I like the background colour and the style of the image.
Redbowties Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This is fantastic. Bravo!
lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, your work has been featured in #projecteducate's Typography: An inside look article.
Have a nice day,

cibazoll Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
quite good and a lot of hours of work, i think
thisko Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
now ...this is art
313Society Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
ey there,

I don't know how to send you a message so i'm posting it in your comments.

I'm starting a website, and while I am decent in photoshop I am as nowhere close in skill as you are, and I need a logo / image.

I was wondering if you would be willing to work with me to come up with something nice.

If you're interested; shoot me a message and we'll discuss the terms, and payment.

Or email me @
bezginyus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
perfect :D
korabkusari Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Artist
rightbraindefective Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought it was a photograph and only after like 20 minutes of staring, I was convinced that it was a drawing. I am amazed, truly. It's a magnificent piece! It's just superbly distinguishing from everything else. It's just simply astonishing!!!!
JackJXNNewbury Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is insane! <3

Dasha444 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm just starting to take interest in typography and learning about it. This is just insane!!! Wow, props to you for the effort and dedication this's unbelievable! :)
truthseeker0700 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
bro this inspired me to recreate something similar to this because I was assigned to create a typography portrait and didn't want to create a simple portrait like i see everyone doing...but im definitely not on your level lol. This still amazes me to watch just every detail and lettering is magnificent. If you could check out my typography portrait of ZacK de La Rocha that i posted on my page and give me some advice or criticism i'd appreciate it. Once again thanks again for creating such a masterpiece.
NateWritter123 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is a truly an amazing use of talent and typography. I think that your hard work has truly paid off in this piece. I think that you should do some tutorials for beginners who are trying to do some typography portaits (like me). Also what type of program did you use....but again I must say absolutly great work
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