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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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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of my favs. I am glad you liked it!
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MeerkatFish Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way his eyes have just a hint of tears in them... you're right about his appearance changing between portraits, I wonder why that was... in a photo taken when he was about 20, he looks almost unrecogniseable as Van Gogh, the man in the self-portraits, and it is thought that at the age of 37 when he died he could have passed for a 50-year-old, so maybe he just aged quickly...
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, there's a hit of tears in the eyes, and it was difficult to bring on the grim expression! Exactly! I think the fact that he was a pessimist and highly depressive, aged him a lot. It's incredible how he changes along the years... Kind of sad and interesting :)
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allison731 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats, your work is rewarded with :icontrophyplz: badge in :iconwhispermewish: group.
This badge shows the best talent and creativity from our artists.
You can find your creation in Badge-TROPHY folder in our group.
Also this your work have chance enter in our Gold Star monthly finale where you can earn points for your work too. Good luck. :iconcool-smileplz:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Allison! Thank you very much for this incredible badge! I really honored in having my work in your group in the badge folder! A chance to win the Gold Star monthly finale is also really exciting! :D Thaousand thanks! Have a great week!!!!
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allison731 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz: for your work, it is great.
And thank you, have a great week you too and lot of new inspiration for your new creations. :thumbsup:
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GinebraCamelot Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Wow Isis!!! :clap: Is really fantastic as you've painted this work! :heart: With the technique and colors you've used seems a genuine self-portrait of the himself Van Gogh! :clap:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Ginebra! Thank you so much my dear! This was a bit difficult, because I wanted to give my perception but also keep the original one of the artist :) But I am glad you liked and the result paid off :) Cheers!
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Wonderfully worked! I prefer this over his own!:clap:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pam, that's a huge compliment! :D Wow!!!! Thanks a lot! :D
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
You are welcome! :heart:
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teodoratan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
omg!:airborne:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I am glad you liked it! :)
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Essilou-Art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Hi dear! :) Your wonderful work is featured in my journal: [link]
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That was really cool! Thank yous so much!!!!
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Humerlok Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Muuuuiito Bom!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Valeu hem, que bom q gostou!
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icarosteel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Love it!! simply amazing!!
Very interesting to see your interpretation, to see him painted in your style.
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hola, Mario, many thanks! I am glad such a great artist like you liked this one! ;)
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icarosteel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
You know it, I love your art!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, dear Mario! I love yours too!
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icarosteel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
:highfive:
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FreyjaSig Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good likeness _ love the colours and texture :)
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, dear Freyja! I am glad you liked those things! :) Cheers!
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RogerStork Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
very cool! welldone!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Roger! Thank you so much ^.^
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RogerStork Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   General Artist
yw;)
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3ddream Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very beautiful Isis!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Lampros, I am glad you like it! Thanks for passing by :D
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3ddream Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hey u're welcome :)
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Essilou-Art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Fantastic work!!! :wow: Glad you're back :rose:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Natalia! Thanks for the warm welcoming :D
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are unbelievable, Isis! I know you are good, and yet you keep surprising me with your skills and talent. Magnificent!!!
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dear Lemmy,what a positive and enganging comment! You are unbelievable too, always pushing others forward and gladening their days :) Many thanks!
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only when there's a good reason, my friend. :)
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LightAngelSky Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work, Isis! As always :D
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi my dear Steph, many thanks :D ^.^
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LightAngelSky Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You´re so welcome, dear :)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work as always, dear Isis and I'm glad...you're back :love:
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Bibi, with so many positive poeple like you on DA, I must just come back ;) :D Cheers and thanks for checking!
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