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August 8, 2008
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Sep 11, 2008, 4:36:41 PM
Vanitas by kalicothekat Vanitas by kalicothekat
Edit: 10/4/08: new photo :)

Vanity of vanities; all is vanity!

I wasn't sure if I was going to upload this...but why not XD.

A still life using my newest purchase: a replica, plaster human skull 8D! When thinking of compositions, I remembered one of my favorite art movements, the Vanitas (see [link] for more details). I decided to do a more modern take on one of those paintings XD.

They often had wine glasses, watches, and musical instruments to symbolize the shortness of life and other such depressing things; instead, I have a Starbucks cup, a digital clock, and an iPod XD. The candles and skull, as well as the dark color scheme, are there to provide a link to the Veritas paintings.

I used a student grade canvas (about 20 x 24, I think?) on accident...a mistake I'll never make again |D. REALLY bad grain D:. It made my life hell while painting this~

And for some reason, the photo came out a LOT blacker than it really is. Actually, I didn't even use any black--just burnt umber (brown) and ultramarine blue XD. The Starbucks logo didn't photograph well either, but man that was complex/fun.
....Maybe I'll retake the photo someday soon.

Acrylics (also a mistake--should've used oils u_u)
Manyyyy hours

Picture is © to me. Please do not use, period.
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SeliBree Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
OMG :D so great :)
Ruth-1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome pic :)
If you don't mind, could I use this as an example in my GCSE art project? I'll credit you, obviously.
mistress-pandora Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Nice work :)
For my A level film/photo project, we have to research vanitas and find artists and pieces based on that theme. It would be great if you wouldn't mind letting me stick this in my book as an example :)
Of course you will be credited; we have to list artists and places where we have found work, they like to see a good variety.
Thanks :)
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, sure, as long as your give credit I don't mind! :)
mistress-pandora Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Thank you very much ^^
Garlar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist
Ahah, I love the Vanitas too ;D
And this is... a very weird idea. Very clever, though XD The Starbucks logo must've been hell o:

...and having a skull on your desk must be :heart:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
xD Thanks so much!
And it was x_x.
It is pure and utter love! haha XD
pipoka23 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008   Traditional Artist
i really like how this looks =D nice one ^^
totodos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You like buying skulls haha =p
'tis fun how it's a play on a classic theme, using modern items 8D
And I like how the light is refletgin on things, like the clock on the iPod, I always found that difficult haha =p
Hyunthesosarian Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Definitely took a peek at Mera's comment up there, and her insight reminds me of why I choose to be a writer :3

Still lifes are just one of those things artists have to continually do so they can peg their observation and translation (eye to hand to media) skills pat. Your color blending seems to be your strongest point -- I think it defines a lot of what you do. Uh, follow Mera's advice and keep it up! :D
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