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Patron saint of egomania by rockett-queen Patron saint of egomania by rockett-queen
I'm tempted to put this in scraps, but since I'll be going home next week and won't be doing any traditional painting for awhile, I might as well put it up as-is for now.

This is my painting final, which was yet again left until the last two weeks of class and didn't leave much time to work on it with all the other class finals. But I gave Axl as much attention as I could.

Really I could be happy just painting Axl for no other reason than I want to, but since it's fine art and there must be a reason for everything you do, I gave him an old fashioned halo to reference the saint paintings and how religious icons have been replaced by pop icons and blah blah blah.

This photo doesn't nearly do it justice, it's overcast this afternoon with lousy light to photograph this particular painting, so I'll reshoot it before I fly home and add detail shots.

But for now...yay Axl. It's been awhile. 20x24" acrylic.
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black0widow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007   General Artist
You're amazing.
Axl <3 <3 <3 He's fuckin' best!!! :D
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rockett-queen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Thanks! :)
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11thStreetKid Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Wow. Niice.
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three-planes Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I should show my friend this. He's a big Gun's and Roses fan.
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ErinLea Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
ha perfect! love it
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WoolSocks Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Well...gee.. You know I gotta fav :D Love the whole requisite BS you had to add to it :D

I was at a city-wide art event last night and it was refreshing to walk into an exhibit where the artist had not attributed meaning to a single work...
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rockett-queen Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Yeah that's the thing, a painting just of Axl would still have mostly the same meaning, expression of tacky pop idols, just not so blatant as the stupid saint thing.

BUT, at least all it took was a couple minutes, a dinner plate template, and some gold paint to make people think "omg so brilliant". =p
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WoolSocks Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Oh..and did you ever get the purple torso I sent you? It's okay if you forgot it..I was just wondering :)
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rockett-queen Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
No I didn't! :( I have no idea what's up with that, the mail system here really really sucks. I didn't get one of my birthday cards from my grandma either. Thank you for trying though. :(
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WoolSocks Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Well, if you think about it..the dumb saint connection does have a some relevance to a portrayal of Axl, he did so many insane things, claiming to be a saint might have been next "I was God in another life!" ...

And thank goodness you didn't go for a full body portrait with rose print spandex or a leather kilt XD
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rockett-queen Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
That is true. It's just a bit too heavy handed for my tastes. It's already cheesy enough without hitting you over the head. Maybe I'd like it more if there were more than one and not just a poor lonely little painting.

And thank goodness you didn't go for a full body portrait with rose print spandex or a leather kilt XD

Today was studio cleaning day, and I ripped the canvas off 3 huge unclaimed paintings...leaving three very nice, very big panel frames. Don't tempt me with the spandex. :evillaugh:
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elrothiel Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliance!! Sheer brilliance!

I envy your painting skills!! I love how you used really subtle blues and purples in the shadows of his skin... and those eyes... those eyes... even in a painting those eyes are hypnotic!

(Hehe, and I have a bandana exactly like that!)

:+favlove:
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rockett-queen Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
=D He's looking at J00!
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elrothiel Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooh! :love: I'm lookin' at him too! :D
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NinjaKitteh Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
this is just too awesome for words :| im mean come on, its AXL!
graet jon with the oils, and the likeness :)
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rockett-queen Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Thanks. :) It's true, Axl makes anything great...

And it's actually acrylic paint. I wish I'd had time to do this in oils, but they never would've dried fast enough.
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PancolartJorge Featured By Owner May 4, 2007   Photographer
great
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eldictator Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
ha i like its naieve appearance
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