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Justin Gedak
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Canada
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
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Keeper of Dreams (Oil Painting)

So I’ve decided to slowly start putting some of my newer oil paintings up for sale. I do want to eventually start looking for galleries so that more people can start seeing them in person, but in the mean time I figured it wouldn’t hurt to make them available online.

The reason my oil paintings are so much more interesting to see in person, is because of the way I paint layers. Light effects them in different ways, and different colors react differently to the way light filters through them. The shadows tend to be more transparent, and the highlights more opaque. There’s a depth to them in real life that never really comes across right in photos online. My aim with these portraits is not so much to make them photorealistic, but to make them look as if they’re actually alive. As if they might move in the corners of your eye when you glance away, or as if they’re really staring back at you.

Not entirely sure if I’m actually accomplishing this, but for myself I’m really proud of them. I’d be very interested to hear what you think.
They’re a little pricier than my digital works, but that’s mainly because how long they take me, and how long the layers take to dry. I also use higher end supplies, so the prices of the paints, etc can be a little crazy. 

Hope everyone’s having an awesome day and/or evening!

The painting is for sale here if anyone's interested: justingedak.bigcartel.com/prod…

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Winter-Mermaid-Justin-Gedak-1 by JustinGedak

Winter Mermaid

Digital painting 2016

Hey Everyone, I just wanted to share some detail shots of my new mermaid artwork. Let me know what you think! I put a looooot of hours into this one. Looks a lot different than I thought it would, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out :)

Winter-Mermaid-Justin-Gedak-2 by JustinGedak

Winter-Mermaid-Justin-Gedak-3 by JustinGedak

Winter-Mermaid-Justin-Gedak-4 by JustinGedak

Winter-Mermaid-Justin-Gedak-5 by JustinGedak

Also, for anyone wanting to sign up to my mailing list, I'm giving away a free full resolution digital download of "Born for Battle". It's a very large image, 9000 x 6750 300dpi, and I figured it would be interesting for people to be able to zoom right in to see the details and brushwork. Also, anyone with access to a good printer can print off their own print of it without having to order anything online. 

Click here to sign up and get your free download

Mailing list front page website by JustinGedak


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Winter Mermaid

Gothic fantasy mermaid artwork of a viking mermaid in winter by Justin Gedak 2016

Created with a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation using Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and a Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet.

Based on the photography of Derek Brewster (Pygar) 

More info here:

www.justingedak.com/single-pos…

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Mermaid and the Lighthouse by JustinGedak

Mermaid and the Lighthouse

Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation of a Gothic Mermaid
Near a Lighthouse on a Foggy Shore
by Justin Gedak 2016 

I've been wanting to do some more mermaid paintings for awhile, and now I'm finally getting to painting them. I feel like there's a shortage of interesting mermaid artwork out there. My favorites have always been from artists like John William Waterhouse, and I'd like to think that my upcoming mermaid portraits are based that theme. A sort of Pre-Raphaelite style, but also with gothic undertones.  

The artwork was created with a combination of digital painting and photo manipulation using Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet. For this one, I think I literally digitally painted on over a thousand layers. 

Most of my recent art has been based on my own photography, but with this I decide to purchase some stock photography to use as reference from Len Kaltman at Art Reference Source. I've been finding that using my own photography all of the time can be a little boring, and I think this sort of rekindled the creative spark in me. 

Mermaid and the Lighthouse-2 by JustinGedak

Mermaid and the Lighthouse-3 by JustinGedak

Mermaid and the Lighthouse-4 by JustinGedak

Mermaid and the Lighthouse-5 by JustinGedak

For anyone wanting to sign up to my mailing list, I'm giving away a free full resolution digital download of "Born for Battle". It's a very large image, 9000 x 6750 300dpi, and I figured it would be interesting for people to be able to zoom right in to see the details and brushwork. Also, anyone with access to a good printer can print off their own print of it without having to order anything online. 

Click here to sign up and get your free download

Mailing list front page website by JustinGedak






  • Drinking: Coffee
Mermaid and the Lighthouse
Mythical fantasy digital portrait painting of a gothic mermaid near a lighthouse on a foggy shore by Justin Gedak.

Based on Len Kaltman's stock photography at artreferencesource.deviantart.…

Check out more of my work at www.justingedak.com/
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have a Happy New Year!
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JustinGedak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, you too! w00t! 
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steph--95 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Hey thanks for the fav and watch!! :huggle: :squee:
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JustinGedak Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Very welcome, you've got some really beautiful artwork! :) 
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steph--95 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
Thank you, you too! :D
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