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Untitled0903 by Joaris333 Untitled0903 by Joaris333

This illustration is one of the many fast-as-hell pieces, made with gradients, for my Graduate School Portfolio. I found myself running low on time (and reference images) and needed to come up with something fast.

Helpers for my graduate portfolio were few and far in between, but I was lucky enough to get some guidance from a great professor of mine at NYU.

Before working with my professor, I had put little thought into WHY I did these paintings and what effect they may have on my viewers. I most of all never really thought about why I use celebrities as references for portraits.

I guess through art, the viewer gets to experience someone they would never normally be able to experience. After all, isn't that how we experience most celebrities? Usually through a medium, whether it be photography or a painting, but rarely as a true physical representation. Through art, we get the chance to connect with a very real person through a very unreal medium.

Wrestling with these thoughts made my head hurt, and drove me bat crazy. But in the end, I'm glad my professor challenged me and made me think: Why... Why am I doing this? Why do I make these paintings? And of all the people and things I could draw, why this particular person?

I think it's something to consider when dealing with art and expression. It may not be an easy question to answer, but hey, maybe there doesn't have to be an answer :)
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Given 2009-08-23
Untitled0903 by ~Joaris333 "is the type of vexel that is DD worthy". Absolutely correct, this NEEDS to be featured! ( Suggested by xyphid and Featured by Jules1983 )
Jahlouse Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
full of happyness : like it !!!
Joaris333 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist
It says something that I clicked on this drawing, read your comments, and THEN scrolled down to suddenly notice, "Oh. It won a DD, too. My bad." LOL Great job on this, and thanks big time for typing out your comments, especially on the bit about self-reflection and WHY you chose celebrities as reference material.
BuuWho Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful job!
The hair is just fantastic~
Roy2K Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Very nice, I really love the detailed hair and eyes.
bettylane Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
uh, wow. you do Alyson more justice than most. this is exquisite. I love the color pallette especially; it fits her personality very well! :love: :meow: :fish:
smashbabyy Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
That has got to be the most amazing hair I've EVER sen. Wow.
SaturnKat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
I didn't see it mentioned in your description, this is Alyson Hannigan isn't it?
ImNotDead Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oh i missed this, it's f'in awesome!
bottomofastairwell Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
this is THE best vexel i have ever seen
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