Creating artwork has been a way of exploring the shadowy places existing within myself. A form of self-discovery in its own way. I've always said that coming up with the ideas behind my paintings is like pulling strange shapes out from a dark corner, not knowing what's coming, but pulling anyway.|
With every creation comes a mystery to be explored. A story to be experienced. The not knowing of what comes next is what drives me forward. What pushes me to keep creating. To keep learning and growing. To never stop changing.
Current Residence: Vancouver
Digital painting 2015 by Justin Gedak
A girl named Sarafina (_aries_rising_) on Instagram contacted me awhile back asking if I'd consider basing a gothic fantasy painting on one of her photos, and this is what I came up with. I've actually had a few people asking if I'd use them as models for my work, which is really awesome. It's a lot of fun working with new faces. If anyone else out there thinks they'd be a good fit for my artwork feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with some examples of your photos, or just message me here on Deviant Art
What do you think of this one? It's the first smiling portrait I've done.
I just finished this one this morning. It's a digital painting and photo manipulation of a mysterious gothic warrior.
Someone asked me the other day why I only paint sad women, but I said I don't see them as sad. I see them as inspiring and uplifting. The characters I paint are intended to be strong women who have gone through tough times, but who have made it through and survived to be stronger for it. I see them as warriors who refuse defeat.
Like my previous painting, I plan on making this one a one of a kind original. I'm trying to build up a collection of these so that I can start visiting and contacting galleries about having shows!
The model in this one is based on a photo of the very beautiful Sonnie Marie - www.facebook.com/sonniemodel?_… She had contacted me awhile ago saying she loved my work. I asked if I could use some of her photography as reference, and she said yes! Check out her photos if you get the chance, she's an amazing model.
What do you think of this new digital painting? I think it's my first actual strictly black and white one!
Created with Corel Painter 2015, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet using a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation.