States

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The collection of artworks known as "State" represents a captivating exploration that seamlessly blends both digital and traditional artistic techniques. It offers a unique viewpoint into the creative process from a third-person perspective. The artist embarked on an intriguing journey, delving into the intersection where digital composition meets the traditional craft of oil painting.

A crucial element of this artistic endeavour is the transition from the digital screen to the physical canvas. This transition aims to fuse the precision of digital art with the tactile depth inherent in oil painting. It's a method that challenges the artist's painting skills, pushing the boundaries to harmoniously unite different mediums.

Throughout the series, the artist's enthusiasm for this multifaceted approach to portraiture shines through. Each artwork reflects a fusion of themes previously explored by the artist, interweaving elements from past works such as digital compositing and capturing introspective moments.

Initially hesitant to move away from portraying neutral expressions, the artist eventually found a balance by allowing subjects to reveal their genuine personalities. This decision led to the organic evolution of the portraits, infusing moments that evoke gravity, tranquility, and unexpected elements, showcasing the uniqueness of each subject.

I've been attempting to blend digital works with analogue outcomes, composing works on screen and then transferring them to the canvas in oils. I had a go earlier this year (3 red dudes) but I wanted to push that a little more, to create an overlap of a portrait. I'm really excited by this work/direction, this multifaceted approach to creating a portrait inspires me. It's also a process that challenges the hell out of my painting skills, trying to figure out where one thing stops and another thing starts. I hope you enjoy it - I'm really stoked with the results.

I've been attempting to blend digital works with analogue outcomes, composing works on screen and then transferring them to the canvas in oils. I had a go earlier this year (3 red dudes) but I wanted to push that a little more, to create an overlap of a portrait.

I'm really excited by this work/direction, this multifaceted approach to creating a portrait inspires me. It's also a process that challenges the hell out of my painting skills, trying to figure out where one thing stops and another thing starts.

I hope you enjoy it - I'm really stoked with the results.

While progressing through the series, the artist faced various challenges, including capturing complex facial expressions and accurately depicting diverse skin tones. Learning from a diverse range of sources and experiences, the artist developed a deeper appreciation for authentically representing darker skin tones, employing a broader spectrum of colors to achieve realistic portrayals.

"State" encompasses a diverse array of subjects from different parts of the world, representing a cross-section of humanity. Each portrait not only captures the physical characteristics of the subjects but also reflects the artist's emotional and artistic journey, showcasing the evolution of their skills and perspectives.

These artworks also symbolize the artist's personal growth and resilience. During moments of self-doubt and creative pauses, the artist found a renewed perspective by exploring various painting techniques, embracing imperfections, and deriving joy from the creative process itself.

Addressing the complexities of confidence and self-perception, the artist emphasizes finding fulfillment and enjoyment in the artistic process. They stress that confidence should stem from the pleasure of creation rather than external expectations or validation.

One artwork in particular, left dormant for an extended period, became symbolic of the artist's path towards self-acceptance and healing. The act of revisiting and varnishing this piece marked a release from self-imposed limitations, representing a step towards embracing uncertainty and exploring new artistic territories.

Through the series "State," the artist's journey unfolds, capturing not only the essence of their subjects but also revealing layers of personal growth, resilience, and the evolving relationship between the artist, their art, and the world they inhabit.