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Justin Gedak
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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


Skull by JustinGedak

Digital painting and photo manipulation by Justin Gedak 2015
Skulls: based on photos from cabinetcuriosities.deviantart.…

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 :)

If you like my work, check out my facebook page!

Girl in Black by JustinGedak
Girl in Black

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 :)

Here's a video slideshow I made to give a little glimpse into my creation process. Also, sorry for my slow responses, life has been very crazy lately. Think it's finally starting to settle down though :)
Hope in the Dark by JustinGedak
Hope in the Dark

Digital painting 2015 by Justin Gedak
Model: Sheena N Cook

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?



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damnjames Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Justin, love your work, style and mood of your work resonates deeply.  Awesome, your work is inspiring, thanks Nod 
JustinGedak Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it :)
damnjames Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You Rock! :D (Big Grin) 
drake-rex Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry that you leave our club :iconsadhugplz:
JustinGedak Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry about that, I've been leaving some of the groups where my artwork doesn't quite fit in :)
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