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Another Reason to be Passionate about Art

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 18, 2015, 5:14 PM
I've recently reevaluated the reasons for why I create what I do. Some time ago I wrote a Mission Statement which goes into my process and lists some of these reasons. If you scroll down, it is here just below my Deviant ID. But I tend not to discuss the most important reasons.

I have a great desire to create things that I feel are missing in my life or the world in general. When I decided to create an angel, it was because I'd seen a lot of angels and I wanted my own. And maybe even for more personal reasons, as I'd been going through a rough time at work, and I wanted a calming image to look at every day. I am so happy with Flight Plans, it hung on my wall for a long time (it is in a 2 person show at a local library right now). And sometimes after I create them, I find that their themes mirror events that were occurring in my life at the time. This is very cathartic for me. These portraits I create become my children, oftentimes they give me something beautiful to look at every day. I want people, especially my models, to know how important they are to me and how much emotion goes into their creation. Thanks so much for reading :D

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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

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

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 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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Thank you very much! Airborne 
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