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One Of The Most Interesting Man In The World
Angela A Stanton
Painting - Digital Pastel Sketch
The world's most famous man, "One Of The Most Interesting Man In The World", friendly and familiar sexy face. His photo inspired me not because of the commercials or his fame but because of his eyes. Hopefully I captured that piercing look of his eyes. He actually reminds me of someone I met in another country (France) when I was young and I remember just looking at his eyes. So this picture is a reawakening of my childhood rather than "yet another" painting or drawing of this celebrity. To me he is not a celebrity but a memory coming alive. (And no, I don't think it was him I met... albeit it could be! I was only a teenager so no name recall is possible.. only a face.)
When inspired by works of others before me in any fashion (as in the case of all celebrities necessarily that is the case), this does not mean I am copying them. One can get inspired by all kinds of things but that does not mean copying and breaking laws. This painting was done by hand and not from a photo taken by my iPhone or iPad and then painted over. Nope. I have been a painter for over 30 years. I don't need a photograph to guide my hands.
This is digitally painted by hand on my computer. Digitally painted pictures printed on canvas have the nicest effects. Since I was a painter in oil, pastel, and other mediums like tempera for 30 years, I understand what a painting should look like and I those skills are added to my digital paintings.
Digital paintings have many advantages over paintings that were originally painted on canvas or paper and then photographed and posted for sale as print. The most important of these advantages of digital over "real" is that since digital was created digitally, it will look printed on canvas or paper exactly as you see it on the monitor and not flat! Flat shadows remain flat in print but digital shadows remain textured shadows.
It is a frequent complaint of buyers after purchasing a print of a photograph of an oil or acrylic paint on canvas that it prints flat, since on your monitor you see the
digitally photographed version of that oil or acrylic paint and the textures are flat shadows and not digital shadows--there is a difference.
Digital photography of highly textured items like oil or acrylic paint removes all textures and makes them appear flat. You don't get this problem with digital art. You get exactly what you see! It is also green art--meaning it uses nontoxic materials and doesn't kill trees in the making!
August 9th, 2011
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