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The Dark Van Gogh by isissousa2 The Dark Van Gogh by isissousa2
(My first personal work of 2013! - meanwhile, doing a lot of illustrations for clients!)

When I was a child I was always afraid of looking at Van Gogh self-portraits.

I saw him as a spooky man, with a strange glance in his eyes. I also notice that he looks anatomically different if we compare his self-portraits. Those distortions of his impressionist style (still) are for me like nightmarish visions and I didn’t know what was worse: sometimes I saw deep sadness in his countenance, sometimes I saw just evil.

Was I imagining too much?

Here is my own interpretation of one of his self-portraits, this time, in peaceful, but dark mood.

Painter 12, Wacom Intuos 3, Fine Tip soft Airbrush, Sponge, Sumi-e
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CrazyBaldGuy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
One of the best portraits of Van Gogh that I've ever seen.
isissousa2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! This is HUGE, one of the best compliments I ever got ^.^ Many thanks and I am glad you say so :) Cheers!
artastrophe Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think when you know so much of the artist's history, seeing how they see themselves through their self-portraits can be sort of sad... or maybe that is just when it is a tragic story like van Gogh's. ^^; at any rate, I absolutely love this piece on a technical level, regardless, but hearing your thoughts as well as being familiar with the subject gives it a very meaningful impact for me... I absolutely love it; great work. :heart:
isissousa2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very right. It's worse when you read about their biographies, because you look at their images with a new lens as you said.

I am glad to hear how you liked this one. It is one of my favs too :) I hope I can make his portrait again in other techniques and media along the years. :)
artastrophe Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll definitely look forward to seeing more, then--you did such a great job capturing him; it really inspired me. :)
WilliamFDrake Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
isissousa2 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Super, many thanks :D Cheers!
Sicilium Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Van Gogh would have approved ))
isissousa2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Sicilium! Many thanks! I am really glad you think so :D Cheers!
MeerkatFish Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh also this painting is beautiful :D
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