Blonde Ambition: A Journey Through My Art

A couple Christmases ago, Glenn, noticing an artistic streak in me that was ANXIOUS TO BURST OUT, got me a dozen or so blank canvases in every size imaginable.   At first, I was taken aback.  I was a little confused as to how, what, and when I’d ever use them.  I had never really painted before, especially on canvases like these.  I had no proper training other than the basic skills taught in college, which, for the record, were VERY BASIC.  But I felt Glenn believed something would spark an interest in me and I didn’t want to let him down.
Needless to say, I challenged myself and the following are what resulted.  I started out with pencil because it allowed me to stay in my safety-zone, but soon, graduated to acrylic and EVEN OILS, which I quickly discovered was NOT the media for me.  I hope you enjoy it!

My rendition of Madonna's True Blue album cover.

For my FIRST MAJOR PROJECT, I decided I should stick to one theme.  Hmm..?  What could that be?  Then,instantly, it clicked!  I would do a collection of famous BLONDES.  Afterall, I had just discovered my fascination with one in particular, Barbie.  But first, I was going to get my feet wet with one not cursed with perfection, Madonna (above).

Glenn's favorite Super Hero is STORM

I dare you to say Storm is in fact, not a blonde!  Above, I experimented with colored pencils and shadowing.  It was my first time doing comic style art and I really enjoyed it.  I must give props to Glenn for always making me challenge myself with new things.
George Michael from his Monkey music video
The George Michael drawing above was a challenge all in itself for being the first MALE I ever tried my hand at.  I did this piece because I’ve always had a fascination for him and, with those highlights, he fit right under the BLONDE category.

Goldie Hawn during her Laugh-In days

I LOVE the one above in particular because of the attitude and movement in her body-language and hair.  It was fun doing the body artwork and matching it with as much precision as possible to the original.  I also own the the Goldie Hawn Barbie doll which I got as a gift after this drawing.

Barbie & the Rockers!

The image above goes down in history as being the first Barbie I’ve drawn, as well as, possibly my ALL-TIME FAVORITE doll.  Probably, because of my childhood memory of playing with my neighbor’s as a kid.  Drawing a doll is very difficult because you have to have perfect symmetry in all angles of the face.  The blank smile of a doll can be quite as challenging, too.  I don’t usually gift my drawings, but this one I did to a special friend, Kristine, and her two daughters, Chloe and Marley.

A 1990's European VOGUE cover

 The VOGUE cover pictured above doesn’t technically fall into the BLONDE category, since, she is in-fact, a redhead, but I may have gotten distracted by the previously PINKED-OUI Barbie that it drew me in another direction.  One that I’m quite proud of, nevertheless.
My very FIRST PAINTING (acrylic)

This particular piece of Twiggy, above, holds a very special place in my heart (and living room) because it’s the very first time I use acrylic paint as a media.  I had no experience whatsoever, but I saw a photo of her and fell in love with it.  I HAD to redo it for myself.

Below, is an example of what NOT TO DO.  I used oil paint and it is not ideal for the detailed stuff I do.  Oil is more for scenery and mountain-tops.  I didn’t know any better.  This is an example of WAY TOO MUCH AMBITION.  Too much confidence can be harmful at times.

Started off in the right direction...

...should've stopped while I was ahead...

... AAAND there you have it. She's thinking EXACTLY what I am. WTF??!

 Needless to say, it is hidden somewhere under the bed in my room.
And FINALLY, the piece de resistance…
American Teenage Fashion Model Barbie, cir.1959

…MY American Teenage Fashion Model Barbie from 1959, which is actually bigger than what it looks like pictured.  No reason of going into detail as to how I was inspired to do this.  I like how simple yet powerful she is despite the side glance.  Plus, the size of the canvas fits perfectly, don’t you think?

Glenn wants me to mass-produce this in VARIOUS COLORS.  Would you buy one?

~ by Daniel Miagany on June 8, 2011.

2 Responses to “Blonde Ambition: A Journey Through My Art”

  1. I would do the Teenage fashion ModelBarbie with a pink background… I love pink 😉
    I want to send you a private email… I will write it

  2. Bonjour Daniel, Wow! That’s some BASIC ART CLASS. 🙂 What class did you take, Art 3000? LOL. You did not take Art 101. 🙂

    I’m a huge Madonna fan, I’m so happy you drew her. I have that True Blue album/CD. So classic. All thanks to Glenn for pushing you and creating something that you didn’t know was there. I can’t believe how much you captured Madonna’s True Blue. It looks just like it. I would buy that thinking it was the album. 🙂 Travail Merveilleux (Translation Wonderful Job) Daniel!

    Au revoir (Good Bye)
    La Tray

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