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Kai-Lea by dreamarian Kai-Lea by dreamarian

This is a drawing of a friend's daughter, Kai.

Drawn with watercolor pencils (burnished not painted)
On A3 cartridge paper.
Time: about a month and a half (2 to 4 hours a day)

Art is not supposed to be confined by its past.
Every person should be free to find their own style. Old-school or otherwise, a style should not determine what is art. It’s like saying “whose art is more arty?”. I don’t care if you hold your pencil with your toes and draw on the ceiling, if that’s your vibe you should be free to do so.

Too many artists take a classical high ground where pencils are concerned.
It’s the: “If you don’t crosshatch, you’re doing it wrong” mentality…why? Because that’s how Da Vinci did it? Forgive me but as fabulous as the man was I’m not taking lessons from the dude that was too lazy to prime his canvasses. He probably drew crosshatch because he was too lazy to shade. I’m sure some snooty person kept telling him how to do things and he would have flipped them the bird and said “Dude, this is how I do my shit, if you don’t like it GTFO” (For those not meme inclined that means: Get The F*ck Out).
I think more artists should learn from the intention behind a style than idolizing its technical aspects.

Take Picasso for example. He had classical training and painted pretty (and boring) landscapes etc. Until one magical day when he said “stuff this”…and that conversation most likely went a little something like this:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: I do not do drugs or encourage the use thereof. This is just a colourful explanation of my opinion.
*after smoking a spliff and a few shots of Absinth*
Picasso: “ Dudes, dudes…dudes wait – I have a fabulous thought! I…am…toootally going to paint pointy people! Yeah man. That’ll piss ‘em off. Oh, oh and I’ll give chicks like 3 boobs and shit. It’ll be EPIC!”

Back then the art community thought he was a douche but now we hail him and others like him as pioneers. I would love to have been a fly on the wall between the elitists the first time they observed Tristan Tsarra’s creations.
My point is this:


ART – do it the way you like it. Don’t let other people spoil your fun!

Link to the original photo on from Kai's mom: [link]

:iconheartyellowplz::iconpinkheart-plz::iconheartyellowplz:Thanks for:iconnomglompplz: the DD!!!:iconheartyellowplz::iconpinkheart-plz::iconheartyellowplz:
A very special thank you to *theblamelessvestal & ^SylwiaTelari!
It was an EPIC surprise!

One tiny other notice - My comments are meant to be humorous. I (of all people) do not discriminate against any form of art or artist. If you thought that, I urge you to read it again before sending me negative comments. Thank you.
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Given 2012-08-13
Despite so vast and exquisite chiaroscuro, Kai-Lea by *dreamarian still keeps that fresh and soft infant look. ( Suggested by marilisaargentieri and Featured by STelari )
Amrock Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful! 
dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconheartlightblueplz:Thank you!!!:iconslipperyhugplz:
GabrielBlake426 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I admire works of art for two reasons; one, naturally, for it's aesthetic appeal and the other is for the artists ability to convey a meaning or idea in their work.  This piece far exceeds both expectations.  If I had a physical gallery in my house, this would have a very special place among it.  Also, the paragraph about an artists personal style, beautifully said.
dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this reply is a little late, but better late than never. I really appreciate the beautiful comment!
:iconheartyellowplz::iconpinkheart-plz::iconheartyellowplz:Thanks so much!:iconnomglompplz:
Marieland Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing ! i love your work you're so talented!
dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icontardhugplz:Thank You!:iconblueheartplz:
MissChucky Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the light!
dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:happybounce:Thank you!:icongreenheartplz:
AmberLeach Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful
dreamarian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icontardhugplz:Thank You!:iconblueheartplz:
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