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Uploaded: January 19, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: January 19, 2010
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I think it’s time for another recreation of a painting that is recognized around the world. His name was Vincent Van Gogh and he was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. He is known for his use of vibrant colors that where constructed and painted in a way to show ultimate expression. What some people do not know is that Vincent was the son of a pastor, which means he was brought up in a religious background. Some of the things that art connoisseurs will know about Van Gogh is that he was a very sensitive, and emotional individual which is why his painting screamed passion and expression. It was hard for this master artist to have self confidence, and to help with his lack of self esteem, it is believed that he began painting around 1860 and 1880. Like artists of today, he too started out as a struggling painter. Because of this Vincent had gone through the trial and error of having jobs such as a clerk in bookstore, he was an art salesman, and he even tried to follow in his fathers foot steps as a preacher. See, even though Vincent Van Gogh was an individual that did not see the beauty within himself, his goal was to study art and create beautiful paintings that gave a sense of happiness and hope. This tutorial recreation will show you "how to draw Starry Night, step by step”. I know that this photoshop depiction of one of the worlds most famous paintings can’t even touch what he created in real life. But at least you can teach yourself how to draw this image, and then paint it in when your done. Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh painted all of his works in a ten year period? It’s true, he painted a total of one hundred fifty paintings and out of that amount, only one sold, Starry Night. Starry Night was painted from his memory as he reminisced about the days he spent in an institution. I know what your thinking, “why was such a creative mind institutionalized”? Well, it’s said that he went into an intense fit of epilepsy and went after one of his friends with a razor. He was stopped before he could really hurt him, but ended up cutting the ear lobe off of his friends face. He then went crazy and experienced serious hardships as he was sent to an asylum called Saint Remy. It was there that he seeked treatment. In May of 1890 it appeared that Van Gogh was doing remarkably better. Later that year, Vincent Van Gogh was found dead by a self inflicted gunshot wound. Doctors believe that Vincent made his epilepsy's worst because of the consumption of absinthe over a prolonged period of time. He was born March 30, 1853 and died July 29, 1890, he was only thirty seven years old. I do hope you guys appreciate this lesson, I will be back later with more drawing fun. Peace out, and happy painting!