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Over worked and under paid

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  • Over Worked and Under Paid
    Personal Exhibition - Winner of the 2009 One Small Seed Best Artist/Illustrator award
  • The inspiration behind the series was Over worked and under paid. I was in a bad place financially and emotionally at the time - I felt like I was pulled out of proportion from trying too please everyone around me.

    Well basically I love Surrealism. But my painting skills have never been top notch, so I decided to use what I know - Photography, art direction, photoshop and my imagination. I got a friend of mine - Dirk Steenkamp from Everfelt Photography - too help me with the shoot. He has an awesome eye for model photography. We shot the model - Klein Jan Groenewald - at a another friend of mine - Wouter du Toit's - home studio. From there it was paring the model shots with the best fitting background for each one. Now the magic started too happen. As mentioned i love surrealism. I wanted too give the figure a distorted look, but too the point where its just visible that something is not normal. The secret was in the eyes - once I got them too a convincing standard I knew these works would really freak peoples' minds. Then after all the minipulation to the model, I added some colour flashes/halos/flares just too add some life too this static page and also adding too the surreal nature of the work.