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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.
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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!
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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:
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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. :)
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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. :)
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WilliamFDrake Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
overwhelming!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Super, many thanks :D Cheers!
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Sicilium Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Van Gogh would have approved ))
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Sicilium! Many thanks! I am really glad you think so :D Cheers!
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MeerkatFish Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh also this painting is beautiful :D
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