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Oprah......lol, yes... by genaminna Oprah......lol, yes... by genaminna
LOL >_>

Let it be known now that I DID NOT WANT TO DO THIS.

This was possibly the most painstaking, annoying, God-awful piece of art that I've ever had to draw/paint. I was basically *forced* to do this, lol. (They meant well... ^^; i.e. my family and family's friends)

The Mr. Jenkins who commissioned me before knows a pastor that Oprah donated a million dollars to, to help start his church. He's going to give this to the pastor so he can give it to Oprah. She normally doesn't accept mail...

Now... the MAIN reason I didn't want to do this was because I thought it was cheating. (I *still* think it's cheating!) My first *instinct* told me, 'this is bad. Nothing good can come out of doing something so ego-stroking'. But, no... my parents would not have it, lol. ~_~ In a way, I am kind of glad they made me do this. I learned a lot about oils while doing this. BUT... >_> oh my God... What would normally take like 2-ish weeks to do, took like 3 MONTHS!! (procrastination + screwing up stuff) I HATED doing this!!

**Small edit: This is not to say I hate it NOW, but I hated the process of doing it. I'm okay/happy with the end result, even though it is still not perfect.

I screwed up her face soooo soo much that it's not even funny (not to mention, I screwed up other parts too, but mostly her face)... >__< I usually use a grid thing to make sure I get everything in the right spot, but from the last painting (of Mr. Jenkins' father), I felt like it was kind of limiting me/ making me rigid. But... it just kinda made it harder, LOL >_> Well, some of the things are still not completely accurate, but I didn't want to redo it *any*more, lol >_>

The earrings were fun to do... (though they should've been bigger)... The clothes were somewhat fun to do...¬_¬ (more fun than her face, at least) :XD: lol :faint: Let's see, what else... Oh yes, this is such a bad picture of it. =_= I don't know what's wrong with my camera. Maybe it's only good at taking close up pictures (since this one is a little bigger than the commission ones... it's a 18"x24", whereas the others were 16"x20" so I had to move further back to get the whole picture)... or maybe it's just the bright-green color of her shirt that threw it off, I dunno.... >_> :o :faint:

Well... I don't know if anything will come out of this, but I'm just glad it's over, lol! This was part of the reason I was sooo weird and emotional during November-time (you probably couldn't tell, unless you read my journals, maybe...). I felt like people only liked my realism art and not my comics as much... but I didn't start practicing realism JUST to do realism; I did it to become better at my comics/cartoons...
Not to mention, if I ever get 'known' from this, I thought, 'But people would only see the visual art side of my comics'... and that's half of what a comic is all about... I'm much more interested in the stories and the interaction between the characters... you can't really explain that on t.v... (can you...?) maybe...

Well, anyways... if something does come out of it, my friend, ~mienaiusagi said I should just accept it... and maybe this is God's way of telling me my path in life... who knows... : o... (:hug: thanks to her, and to ~fyrefly-nyxa too for helping me through this). LOL, you have no idea how much I hated this painting. I resisted the urge to paint over it in black many, many times. >__<...

*Will stop being emo in a sec, LOL just having bad memories*

I almost didn't even submit this. This is such an embarrassing thing to admit to having done... >_> I still think it's cheating. >_> I wanted to be able to say in life, 'kids, all you have to do is to believe in yourself and your abilities and your dreams will come true', not 'stroke the ego of some famous billionaire so you can get ahead in life'. UoU...
But, after almost a year of job-hunting, I'm beginning to realize that 'who you know' is just as important as 'what you know'... Like, 'you couldn't have gotten there by your own abilities' sorta thing...? hm >_> I don't believe in instant fame, anyway. You just become a fad. And I don't want to be known in history as becoming a fad... that'd just destroy my whole purpose for doing art...

To tell you the truth, I don't feel as if I am good enough to become 'famous' yet. But sometimes I can't tell if I'm just being too hard on myself or if I'm just telling the harsh reality...
I don't need any more ego-stroking on this picture... I did my best, even though I know it's not perfect... I don't want to put hate into my paintings tho, so I'm not going to work on it anymore... It's done as far as I'm concerned.

After a recent bout of art theft (I won't tell you who it is, because it might cause flaming), I've decided to include my deviantart id url to my pictures now. Oh, and that's my signature above it, lol :giggle: (messy, right? :XD: )

Well, we'll see where this goes. :m Got to make the most out of 'a bad situation', rights? :hug:
I am not a 6-year-old genius or anything >__> I think there are much more talented people who deserve the attention. I just practice... I actually think I'm quite slow at catching onto things, lol. I just do my best; but that's all we can ever do, right? : ) :nod:
*ends inspirational talk* lol :XD:

:phew: Oi! Out of my system!! :D :D :faint: :XD: :laughing: FINALLY!! :dance: XD

This is in my sister's former room, drying XD... maybe another week till it's ready to send~ If something comes out of it, I'll letcha know; if not, I probably just won't say anything, lol.
Oh by the way, this was from the cover of her"O" magazine from March 2007. mmyup :nod: ...*dies*

*reads some of this over* Wow, I was kinda over-dramatic there, lol XD sorry XDXD...:sprint:
Don't hate me for doing this, please. >_< ugh :phew: ...:sleep:
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did an AWESOME job! Looks even more life-like than Oprah herself! LOL And those earrings! Marvelous!  (I have to disagree with you though; if they were any bigger, they wouldn't have looked right. This is just perfect!)
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genaminna Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe, okay then XD thanks!! ^_^
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lkattan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Hi
I think this image is great! I work for a non profit called Public Notice.
I was wondering if you would mind if I use this image to promote one of our polls online?
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You can use any of my art as long as you don't use it for profit, and you give me proper credit. (I.e. Selling shirts with my prints/paintings on them or something.) Please credit me under/near the pic or whatnot, then it's fine!
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09mendes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Hi there, I love this painting- it is amazing. Is it possible for me to use this image for my greetings cards?
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genaminna Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As long as you give credit and use it for non-profit purposes, you can. :)
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09mendes Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you :)
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dira99 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
amaxing but :icontime to haul ass out of here!:
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Karisean Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Such a long description. O_O

But nonetheless, it's an amazing painting. You've probably heard this before, but the tones are so rich and full of hue. Gah, I'm not even going to bother going into extreme detail about what's so beautiful about this, it won't be enough. You are awesome.
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...:hug:
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HI-REZ95 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
She has a half-sister!
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KissOfGold Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
SHIZAMMM! Thats pretty good.
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morbid-whispers Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured!:D [link]
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ty :D
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morbid-whispers Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:ahoy:
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jobethlovess Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
STOP CRITICIZING YOUR WORK!!
This looks really good, like amazing, for real:). I knew exactly who it was even when I was looking through the tiny little search result pictures! So stop beating yourself up over the small details and just be proud of your work (even though I understand your frustration COMPLETELY, lol).
But really, I'm in awe of this. I know very few portrait painters that are able to pull off painting teeth, and you did it beautifully!
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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jobethlovess Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No problem:)
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:iconleiaah:
leiaah Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
This is lovely!
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NhaomiArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
wow, mad skillz...
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:iconinzanezanster:
inzanezanster Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
WOWWWWWW REALLY WELL DONE....I THOUGHT IT WAS A PHOTOGRAPH AT FIRST....
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Warsie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oprah sucks! (over 9000 penises raping children :lol: )
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:XD::XD::XD:
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quiet-seeker Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Wow...

I'm speechless....

Bravo. 5 stars. Gena, this is amazing :)

lol okay I guess I'm not speechless afterall xD
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lmaos XD well, thank you :]]
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:iconquiet-seeker:
quiet-seeker Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
hehehe don't mention it ^^
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Prafa-AR Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG :wow: IT's awesome :D I never use oil painting this detail^^; Nice :+fav:
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :XD:
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BeaGifted Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not fond of Oprah, but I am fond of this picture, nice going!
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks XD although it gives me bad memories now lol
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miss-hina Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
This portrait is so funny. It's well-done! It's so funny, though....because Oprah is so *genki*. You should photoshop flower petals in the wind. XD
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genaminna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, that would be funny :giggle: lol!
thanks XDDD
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xMasterxYodax900x Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
She looks amazing, and this looks like it's TOTALLY worth all the effort you put into it!!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :3
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xMasterxYodax900x Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
No problem ;D
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Chibi-Srixx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Student Filmographer
It looks awesome!! :thumbsup:
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe, thanks!! ^^
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Chibi-Srixx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Student Filmographer
XD You're welcome~
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Kingdomkey Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Ah! Awesome picture!
I'm like amazed be the hair! It amazing! And her eyes too! XD I want those earrings. I like big earrings lol
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
heheh XD big earrings ftw :#1: hehehe :giggle:
thanks! :hug: :aww: ^^
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dragonzmoon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Wow, this is so vibrant! :wow: There's a sense of movement and life to this, I think she'll be thrilled with it. :)
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marskueh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
It looks really good! The earings are wonderful. Well done!
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Panda-Hat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
OPRAH!!!!!
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:icongenaminna:
genaminna Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lols, yup yup :XD::XD:
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Panda-Hat Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Student Digital Artist
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genaminna Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess you don't like her XD...
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Panda-Hat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
No no the peice was jsut so amazing I didn't know what to say ><
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Crazygirlx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Wow!!!! O_O

You're a great artist, really really really.

TALENT!!! :heart:

...

Oprah it's not very famous in South America, but I remember when Tom Cruise jumps in his show, or something like that XD

Great job!!!! :hug: (sorry my bad English XDDDD)
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
(lol, it's okay, sounds like good English to me! XD)
:hug: thank you!!!

hehe, yeah, he jumps on her couch or whatever, lmaoo :giggle:
The U.S. has a thing with making a big deal about celebrities XD oh well, hehe. thanks again! :hug: :blowkiss: :hug: ^_^
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BlackKusanagi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Student General Artist
It doesnt matter your feelings on this. Oprah will eat your soul, then shell eat the pic.

But in all honesty, nice work. :D
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