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Madame du Barry (1934)

Mark Summers just finished a portrait of Dolores del Rio as Madame du Barry in the film “Madame du Barry” in 1934.

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Mark Summers did an awesome job on this piece!

Today’s Member Focus:  Illustrator Bruce Emmett: http://altpick.com/bemmett

Today’s Member Focus:  Illustrator Bruce Emmett: http://altpick.com/bemmett

Member Focus Round-Up: Photographers Michael Crichton and Illustrators Erin McGill, Teresanne Cosetta Russell and David Palumbo. http://altpick.com/ 

Member Focus Round-Up: Photographers Michael Crichton and Illustrators Erin McGill, Teresanne Cosetta Russell and David Palumbo.

A glimpse of artists’ studios from around the world…

Today’s Member Focus @RaygunStudio handcrafts, renders, styles, retouches, composites, each image until it’s perfect: http://altpick.com/raygun 

Today’s Member Focus handcrafts, renders, styles, retouches, composites, each image until it’s perfect:

Today’s Member Focus: Illustrator Art Of Manasseh Johnson specializes in realism and portraiture: http://altpick.com/manasseh

Today’s Member Focus: Illustrator Art Of Manasseh Johnson specializes in realism and portraiture: http://altpick.com/manasseh

Jimi Hendrix (2014) is Rudy Gutierrez’ first project for the U.S. Postal Service®

You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.
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Oh boy.

"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another. 

"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.

"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.

"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).

"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.

"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t tend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.

"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand. 

But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.

Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up: Illustrators Sarah J Coleman, Grace Fechner and Takahisa Hashimoto and photographer BC Kagan: http://altpick.com/

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up: Illustrators Sarah J Coleman, Grace Fechner and Takahisa Hashimoto and photographer BC Kagan: http://altpick.com/

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