Anyone who says they don't is lying or very jaded and has mental issues. Even animals, of a lower order, need and appreciate healthy attention and affection.
The fun thing about portrait art is it allows you to inject self into desired scenario's that in real life may not be possible, but seeing it in art warms thy heart anyways.
Who doesn't want to go back to a more innocent time when everyone really knew the fun loving self inside, when no one looked at you as a threat or menace but rather instead someone to give a hug to, and whom they'd know would make laugh soon there after.
Sadly the older we get, the further that place, that spot, fades. But through art anything can be resurrected or created.
While others obsess over watching others on TV, in the movies, being cast into a variety of roles, it's more fun to cast thy self in own created role or roles that stirs they heart.
Stay tuned for there is lots more to follow, time allowing.
When I created this fictitious character of self being cornered in old barn, by bully, I was feeling vulnerable at the time, and weak.
I looked back and looked at this fictitious scenerio of self being cornered in a barn, and it actually made me want to fight back, instead of cowering to life.
Seeing myself in such a vulnerable pose actually made me a bit upset.
The big boxer dude standing in near side of frame simply represents life circumstances
And the character I represent represents just day to day fears of life circumstances.
(Funny how you can derive a lot of meaning from your own portrait art)
One lesson that jumped out to me, from seeing self above in such a 'sissy' pose while muscular guy (life) is about to give me a beat down is this.
For I realize if I don't fight back, life will continue to tear away at you, beat you down, and no one or nothing will care, especially if and when all alone.
Life in image above, life is coming at me regardless of what I do, I can either stand there looking helpless, like character above, or I can fight back, maneuver, get out of the way, and or even take offense.
And so can you.
No one cares that you think you're a 'victim', if you don't fight back, the world will simply flatten you and keep right on moving.
I try to create portrait type abstract art that has ability to appeal to both genders and people of all colors and shades
My aim is always to create portrait type abstract art that has ability to appeal to all people, and not just to 'Anglo 'white' males, whom usually only like to see 'blonde' female figures in art depicted as angels, and victims a like.
You can get on google now, and 95% or more, of all abstract art is of 'white' characters, usually 'female', portrayed in all sorts of situations from victim to hero, from angel to devil (but always a 'lust' factor there).
Well that's fine and dandy, but truth is there's a lot of people who enjoy art, who are of color, and sometimes need, want, their own images they can 'walk into and escape or become'.
This idea that the only way to be a victim to dark forces is to be a 'white female' is false, for in reality, everyone is victimized in their own ways, tormented in their own kind of way and more, just most, especially if male, and even more so if male of color, learn from very young to deal with it in private.
I love and can appreciate all art, I'm just saying sometimes other people want to be able to see a 'piece' that they themselves can 'walk into', and feel 'Wow, that could be me'.
And usually, when 'white' artist do depict 'black' or people of color in art, it's always through the lens of colonial type vision.
Always show the 'black' male to be 'rough edged' and warrior like, or predator like, with no features of beauty or softness at all, rather always portrayed as a type of post colonial slave monster.
And beyond that, even many in LBGT community never get to see selves portrayed in art, only in gross porno type images, but never portrayed in more subtle art.
Trannies and so forth.
With all that in mind, I like for my characters to appear 'genderless', in that I prefer the focus to be on the situation, and not the gender, but at the same time usually my characters, in art, are of color, as a way of giving others of color a different type of portal into abstract reality they might not get elsewhere.
1. I reject this idea that black males, males of color, always portrayed as 'brutes' in media, whether art or other.
2. I reject this idea that only 'blonde white females' are the only ones whom 'evil' chases, as always depicted in Movies.
3. And I reject this idea that the only way to portray Trans types or characters, is in nasty porno type of manner.
I reject all of the above, and so try to show, through art, that many people, not just 'whites', have different sides to selves, different fears, and art is simply a way for people to project self into image, and relate, if not just for a few minutes.