Monday, June 22, 2009

Angel


Drawergeeks: Topic, Angels. This one had me conceptually at the very beginning. I had the idea from the moment the topic was delivered, had the technique known, and how it was supposed to look. For once, it turned out for the most part like what I saw in my head. Some changes occured but for the most part... yeah, it was a fun time.

12 comments:

Contessa said...

What an amazing piece. There is so much texture and movement here. I really love it. You da man. DA MAN!

dugbuddy said...

Thanks so much. I did this for the portfolio... Really wanted a head turner with this one. Thanks for your comments.

Kevin Levell said...

The detail in the wings is simply fantastic - really nice piece man.

dugbuddy said...

Thanks man, this piece was a blast to work on. I was so happy to hear that we had a longer time frame to finish this for drawergeeks.

Breadwig said...

Dude, congratulations on getting the honor spot on DG! You totally earned it. This piece is brilliant, one of my favorites of yours of all time.

dugbuddy said...

Mr. B, thanks so very much. Your comments mean a lot. I was so glad to hear that we had extra time on this subject or I would never would have had the time to finish it. I am very happy with the results.

Anonymous said...

Could you explain the chain?

dugbuddy said...

What do the chains mean? GREAT QUESTION!!! Unfortunately, to pick an item out of an entire piece and isolate it takes it out of context. So, first of all you have to understand that a drawing or painting means to the creator of the piece and what it means to a viewer may never be the same because the life experiences may never be the same.
Now, in order to decide what the chains mean to from a viewer’s perspective, each viewer may first want to come to their own conclusion on what the Angel represents in the piece. The Angel could represent The Good, Purity, Hope, Love, Christianity, Messengers from a merciful Christian God, a message of some sort, that list goes on and on.
Since we are going to dissect this image, why does the Angel have a ponytail, and glasses? It could be that he represents self expression. The ponytail and glasses may represent the expression of subtle rebellion against the Norm. If History depicts angels the same; young, beautiful, then the ponytail, glasses and years of an experienced life definitely stands out amongst the crowd. Then again, the ponytail and glasses may just be a different visual presentation chosen by the artist.
Now, the chains… chains are restraints, bindings, securing agents, barriers, devices of submission, and that list could go on and on. Then the dive could go further and say if the chains are a binder / restraint, are they representing a group? Each link is a part of a chain as each individual is part of a group. Could the chain represent a fraction of society, if so what one? Are the chains a bias, repression, a symbol of the desire to cast out the unknown, the different?
Now pieces can start to be linked together. If the Angel represents The Good, and the way the Angel is depicted with the ponytail and glasses signifies the way the The Good is being presented, could the chains be a refusal by people to receive the message based upon the way the good is presented? Or despite the intent or the words of the message, one will be restrained from delivering the message due to some perceptual bias?

Art Fan Ako said...

This is definitely portfolio material! This definitely shows your talent. Thanks for your visit and your words meant a lot to beginners like myself.

Andy said...

I first saw your work at DrawerGeeks, and I greatly admire your work. I'm an aspiring artist myself. If you can allow me an ignorant question... what medium did you use? With digital media, it can be so hard to tell these days...
Thanks!

dugbuddy said...

Andy, not an ignorant question. And you are right it is hard to tell these days. With this one I did both, it is digital AND conventional. The angel portrait, wings, and chains are all conventionally drawn on a tan board with brown and white colored pencils. After that was complete, I scanned in the image and got it color corrected. Finally I added the clouds and the halo digitally due to time constraints.

Andy said...

Thanks so very much! I love the style.... thanks for posting your inspiring work!