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Thomas Jefferson by Techta Thomas Jefferson by Techta
AP Studio Art summer assignment.

I had to use a medium I've never used before, so I chose oil pastels. I really don't like them. I didn't like how limited I was in colors. There was no way for me to blend just the right color and use it over a very large area like the wall or his coat. So I ended up using a reddish brown color for the wall rather than a reddish-grey which is what I wanted it to be, and his coat was going to be grey with a hint of purple, but I had to make it blue to get the color to be consistant throughout.

The hair was fun though.

I doubt I'll be using oil pastels any time in the near future however.
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hannz0rz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Ohwow, I love this! Your colors may have been limited but the ones you used were really nice. 8D
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ty!
JacksonianFanBoy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Even though you were limited in what you could do with the coloring. I see in one of your comments your heart really belongs to Adams? Nice, haha I love them both so much! <3
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.. Adams is my hero <3
I mostly did this picture for my TJ-loving best friend.
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Amazing :)
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you say so. ^.^
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I really do think it's wonderful. Oil pastels can be quite tough. But you did well! And Thomas Jefferson is amazing in his own right. I take it you're a fan?
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well sorta. My heart belongs to Adams <3
but my best friend is a Jefferson fan, so I drew him for her. I did a sketch of Adams. This one and the Adams sketch are based of the HBO series cuz there arent very many good references out there for the real guys haha.
JoeVigs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Awesome :) So let me ask: is there any reason in particular why you prefer Mr. Adams to Mr. Jefferson? (I'm a huge fan of both.)

And what'd you think of the HBO miniseries?

And you're right. Until the advent of photography, portraits varied in degrees according to the artist. There were paintings of Washington his family and friends said barely resembled him. Not necessarily good references lol :)
Techta Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm loud, opinionated, kind of a "bulldozer" if you know what I mean. I kind of step on people's toes a lot. So I relate more to Adams. I went to Boston this summer to see Adams Nat Park and other things, and it was really amazing learning about his life. As great and well known as so many others are, I kinda like the underdog, y'know? He was so /human/ compared to how history paints great men; so flawed and fallible. But he was such a wonderful person. idk, something about that is what I love about him. Jefferson is my second favorite tho. My best friend is a lot like him, so it's all very ironic. Opposites attract I guess! (We even went through a long bad spell in out friendship too wah)

The HBO series, I love it! I mean I understand that there are some historical inaccuracies, but w/e. It seems pretty good to me. The actors were awesome, and for the most part, really looked like the real people. I hope to be in the film industry in the future, so what caught my eye most was the excellent cinematography and post-editing, filters, etc. It was very gritty haha.

I found two Adams pictures that look almost identical, so I'm just gonna go with those as accurate heehee.
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