I spent some time searching through the Internet a perfect facial expression of a man who looks both deceptive and honest at the same time. As a woman, I came to alienate strange men who smile at me, so I tried to choose an expression of whom I would not believe if I met him for the first time, but of whom most others would.
Then, I cropped up his face to fit into the face of the original painting, so I could copy and paste it. It went better than I thought, but I had to do this multiple times to get the size and shape of the face right into the original work.
Honestly, I wanted to crop the face more nicely so I could fit it into the painting more naturally, but there was nothing I could do to make that better. Also if the face didn’t have the copyright mark, it would’ve been better. But more importantly, although the match is a little odd, I think I achieved what I wanted. I could ask viewers, “Would you believe this man if you saw him for the first time?” or “Would you believe this man more than you’d believe the man from the original painting?” By taking this survey, I could conclude that showing clues doesn’t mean we can believe it.
It actually felt a little weird to borrow someone else’s works, put them together and call it my art, because for years, I learned not to do that. Also when I created art in a traditional way, it usually took me great deal of time because I had to start drawing from scratch. Compared to that, this process was relatively simple, so that was weird too. But while I was putting this together, I realized that art doesn’t have to be so grandiose in both style and meaning. When I choose a theme that I want to deliver, and implement that in any possible way, it can be my art!
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