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Journal Entry: Sun Apr 6, 2014, 5:19 PM
I'm on the cover of the Midland Center for the Arts Spring/Summer Catalog!

CURRENT WORK:
"Free Spirit of Detroit"  68% Complete!"

Dean Rogers | Facebook Photos

And here is a great group on Facebook, dedicated to Colored Pencil Art!
www.facebook.com/groups/CPALme…

Contact me at cheetahspirit37@hotmail.com

Bullet; RedHIGH QUALITY PRINTS OF MY WORK ARE AVAILABLE!!!
Bullet; Blue ORIGINALS may be for sale - prices are listed in the descriptions...

All of my artwork is copyrighted. This means that ONLY I have the right to copy my artwork. If you would like to purchase a print from me, email me. Thanks!

UPCOMING CLASSES, SHOWS and PROJECTS

Bullet; Green THE FULL SPECTRUM OF COLORED PENCIL
April 23 and 30 (Wednesdays) 12 - 3pm
Du All Drafting and Art Supply
31431 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
All skill levels are welcome, as are return students!!
Call  248 583 9158  to register

:bulletgreen: MISSION, ART & MUSIC (Flight Plans)
March 16 - May 9 (reception March 16 10am - 5:30pm)
Brighton Presbyterian Church
300 E Grand River
Brighton, MI 48116

Bullet; Green MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS EXTENDED COLORED PENCIL WORKSHOP
Midland Center for the Arts
1801 Saint Andrews Street Midland, MI 48640
Call 989 631 8250 to register
May 2, 3, and 4 (11 hours)
Friday 6:00 - 8:00 Meet the Artist in our Saints and Sinners Lounge
Saturday 10:30 - 5:00pm Studio 3
Sunday 12:30 - 4:00pm Studio 3
ABDM Members $130 non-members $155

:bulletgreen: SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE COLORED PENCIL CLASSES
Start May 20 - Tuesdays 6 - 9pm
18600 Haggerty Road • Livonia, MI 48152
 734-462-4400
www.schoolcraft.edu/

The Colored Pencil Society of America
See some work that will blow you away!!!
www.cpsa.org/ National
www.cpsadetroit.com/ Michigan
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cheetahspirit
Dean Rogers
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a Colored Pencil artist from Novi, Michigan, USA. Welcome to my site!
Personal Quote: "In art, as in life, everything is possible so long as it is based on love."- Marc Chagall
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Artist Mission Statement

Why Do I Create All this Crazy Stuff?

What a great question. Such an important question. But to answer it, I think it is only fair to detail exactly what goes into one of my portraits – so please bear with me for a moment!
Generally, first off, I have to find the courage to ask a girl to model for me (this is much easier now than it used to be). Then I have to come up with a theme. I almost always ask my models if they have a fantasy they would like to portray. After a bit of brainstorming on that theme we have to decide on a costume and a setting. Then we have to juggle schedules to plan a photo shoot. I usually have to go out and buy some sort of fanciful costume or accessories, if I can't borrow one from someone. I take about 100 photos during a photo shoot. I use multiple photos to draw from. I try not to add things that aren't physically there, for added realism, but sometimes I do have to use a different background (it's hard to find castles in suburban Detroit). A few hours of sketching out a mechanical drawing are followed by over 100 hours of drawing, usually from right to left, meticulously analyzing every inch and adjusting brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness, to improve upon the reference I started with. After a lot of "blood, sweat, and tears", and sometimes a little cursing, going back to parts I thought were done but now all of a sudden are not done, I am…about half-way done… Once I do reach that final pencil stroke, I have to assemble the paper, board, and mat together into a frame which I have previously planned out and ordered.

Alright already! Cut to the Chase - Why do you do it?

I put the time and effort into creating these crazy portraits…

For that euphoric sensation that comes when the shadows and light come together to form a very realistic image, that makes me say "wow" out loud.

For the joy it brings me to know that I have created something beautiful, and hopefully added something beautiful to the world.

For the look on my models faces when I unveil them, and the joy it brings to them when they see their fantasy come to life. That is a thrill that words cannot convey.

I'm not gonna lie - for the admiration and praise of my friends, relatives, and the general public. And for the pride of seeing my art on display in an exhibition. And for the occasional award and prize money. This doesn't make me a fame monster, or negate the previous reasons, it's just human nature, and it's important to me!

To make someone feel some sort of emotion – be it joy, sorrow, wonder, nostalgia – whatever story the viewer wants to create is the right one. Sometimes, to create controversy or make a statement. To have some sort of an impact on someone's life.

To inspire someone – anyone, from anywhere across the globe, to have the courage to pursue their art or the desire to do something greater.

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aurelia-acc Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:party: Happy birthday, Dean! :hug:
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evusha Jan 30, 2014  Student Interface Designer
happy birthday dear Dean :huggle: have a beautiful day! :sun:
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:icon95kamaury:
 :party: Happy Birthday! :cake:
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:iconxstephanie:
:party: Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Grin 
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ulltraz Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday!!!Airborne 
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:iconmatsuemon:
My God, man. You have some incredible work!! I'll be watching you from now on. Just started testing out my colored pencils, and you've given me some serious inspiration. =)
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cheetahspirit Jan 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I am always glad to hear that I have inspired someone! :D
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:iconmatsuemon:
Oh heck yah you have! And I can GUARANTEE I'm not the only one =)
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jennasartwork Sep 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
New watcher here - really impressed and inspired by your work :)
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cheetahspirit Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Slawa Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you,your work great
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cheetahspirit Aug 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome B-)
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andreasmichel Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your art is really inspiring and very beautiful! keep it on! ;)
just added to my watchlist...
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cheetahspirit Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! B-)
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DariaDzyuba Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! :wave: Your wonderful artwork has been featured in my journal:

Have a great day! :love:
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