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Self portrait - The pioneers by iliasPatlis Self portrait - The pioneers by iliasPatlis
Heres the full version of my self portrait piece done for Wacoms “pioneers of Now" contest over at Behance.net., if that fails Im making it my sketchbook cover :)

It may look simple, but tying all the elements together and coming up with something to describe me as a pioneer of now was indeed hard.

This piece describes me as the artist being influenced and inspired and re-taught by my daughter. When she paints, she has no expectations, its fun, scribbles all over the place, the bolder the colour the more fun it gets, there is no pattern and no thought, its just fun.

This piece also reflects how my daughter is the destroyer of all that I create, and she loves this the most. The little hand at the top is her hand messing up my painting :)

Conclusion: I think having a kid in your life as an artist is a real eye opener(so grab the nearest kid and give him/her some crayons and observe), allows you to be extra silly, playful and have a constant reminder that not everything in life needs to be planned out, sometimes we just need to do stuff just for the fun of it, as cliché as it may sound we need to live in the moment.
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Given 2013-08-31
Self portrait - The pioneers by *iliasPatlis describes the beautiful relationship between the artist and his daughter, how he gets inspired and re-taught by his little girl. I recommend reading the description to the deviation, it gives a deeper meaning to this homage and self portrait. ( Suggested by petrova and Featured by pica-ae )

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2snails1shell Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: !STUPENDOUS! :happybounce:
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Gryphonwolf6274 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sooo sweet and creative! :aww:
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:iconiliaspatlis:
iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :) glad you can appreciate it
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Gryphonwolf6274 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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albertojz356 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
What a creative piece! I love it so much!
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :D
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alexxx12345678 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
i can only imagine that situation xD
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SeeSamSketch Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
A beautiful picture and a beautiful story!
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much :)
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true - I have lots of little kids in my life, so I know where you're coming from!  
This is adorable, I love it!
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :) glad you to hear more people than me are experiencing this :)
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linkhoangplus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
So cool... but can u fill color his face :3
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, but his face is supposed to be unfinished ;)
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linkhoangplus Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Ok :3
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arcnova Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I keep asking my professors why that isn't acceptable as motivation in an artist statement, " because it was fun!"  I just want to make people happy, myself included. But aperently that doesn't fly in college.  My somewhat les than inner child tends to throw small tantrums about that fact lol.
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I guess drawing stuff you find boring is essential to become a great artist.
If you want to become someone in the art business you really need to draw for more than fun,
But if you just want to draw for your own enjoyment then I see no problem in drawing for fun.

What I personally try to convey through this piece is that one should sometimes take a step 
back and just have fun. 

I would say, find out what you want to do in life than strive to achieve it no matter what :)

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arcnova Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've taken to treating my class assignments like commissions, not my art, just art I did for someone else. Doesn't help me with artist statements though. "Because you told me to" is apparently as bad as "because it was fun." 

     I still do art with great personal meaning or with some message to it from time to time but not with a one week deadline lol. More often I just go with impulse and have fun at what I love to do.
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, just see assignments as training instead of a chore.
It will really help you to evolve as an artist and will help you express yourself more clearly later in life :)
I wish I hadn´t been so ignorant when I was younger, I just wanted to draw my own stuff.
Skipped all the assignments and just stayed in my comfort zone.
I would have gained so much more  just doin the work.
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arcnova Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I try to think positively. Managed to have fun with a few assignments last fall. Made it my personal mission to add some absurdity to a very angsty atmosphere. :D it was fun, got lots of laughs. (I have nothing against deep thinking and making a point or conveying a serious message with art and art does make a great way to vent but that shouldn't be all it's for and that seemed to be the message my professors were sending)
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing! Beautiful work! :D
Congrats on the DD! :meow:
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you friend :)
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
:icongrin--plz:
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LDiCesare Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
This is a superb work of art.
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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Regal-Pinion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I could find an appropriate adjective to describe this. Or at least some combination of words.
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
just trying is enough :hug:
thank you :)
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Regal-Pinion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries.
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Regal-Pinion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Chaotically awesome.
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taho Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautifully drawn and so sweet! With two daughters who love to scribble over my works, I can totally relate!
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you and glad you can relate :)
Dont have any artistic friends with kids that know what Im talking about.

Also your style is beautiful so you just won yourself a friend and Watcher :hug:
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconcongratsddplz:
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Rosella-of-Daventry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, I LOVE your inspiration behind this! And I love the contrast of the faces--your seriousness mixed with her care-free expression. Truly excellent work! :rose:
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
glad you picked up on that :)
It was my intention to show me more serious and down to business while 
my daughter has a more childlike approach to pretty much everything.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a great comment :hug:
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Rosella-of-Daventry Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure thing! :heart:
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TheArtgrrl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful concept and your daughter's so cute! I like how parts of it is unfinished and sketchy. Is that supposed to be your daughter's hand drawing with the Wacom pen?
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, yeah she´s messing up my stuff with her doodling :)

Glad you like the piece, It had a pretty low impact when I posted it and now a DailyD for it 
feels a bit overwhelming :)

thanks :)
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is awesome! :wow: Hope you win! :thumbsup: revamp 

Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :) still waiting for the outcome!
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vanmall Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :happybounce:
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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vanmall Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
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SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally badass!
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks buddy :D
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temporaryWizard Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student
this made me smile. your daughter is so blessed to have a father like you. <3 :)
go far in life man.
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much :) 
Thats a very nice thing to say.
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temporaryWizard Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student
its true.
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation :huggle:
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iliasPatlis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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