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
I've based a couple other of my digital paintings on photos of Sandra, but the one I based this portrait off of was my favourite of hers. The original photo was really simplistic and beautiful, with flowers tied into her hair, and a cheerful, peaceful look on her face.
The idea of having skulls tied into one of my painting's character's hair was something I've been thinking about for awhile now, and I figured it would be interesting to do that for this image.
What do you think?
I've been categorizing my other portraits as digital paintings, but because I use a combination of both digital painting and photo manipulation people have been saying that maybe I should have them under the photo manipulation section instead. I've been putting a lot of thought into it. To me they are more of a digital painting because I paint in most of it from my imagination, and they're meant to simulate the look of traditional media. I figured I'd try putting this one in the manipulation category though to see what people think
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Girl in Black
Digital painting 2015 by Justin Gedak
Model: Ness Suicide
I was really excited to see recently that Ness Suicide started following me on Instagram. She's one of the famous suicide girls. I was looking through her Instagram photos, and noticed that she posts of a lot of different artists work that are base on photos of her. I figured it would be fun to use one of her selfies as reference for a digital painting. This is what I came up with
I've spent most of today finishing up this one. It's based on a photo of an artist friend of mine. I spent countless hours messing around with different war paint ideas, but everything I tried seemed to draw the attention away from her eyes, which are intended to be the focal point. So I stripped away the face paint ideas, and left it like this.
What do you think?