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Dictators by gracefulsunshine Dictators by gracefulsunshine
addendum (April 12, 2014) | i met his parents during senior spectacular (and also got his number while talking to him for an extended period of time)!!! they loved what i did for him and even wanted to frame it and said that he didn't deserve me 

no more like i don't deserve this cutie and his nice as fuck parents 

also apparently a great majority of my classmates thought i asked one of the asian james out to prom /snorts since my date's white as fuck but has the best humour wow 
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EDIT (April 09, 2014) | HE SAID YES HE SAID YES HE SAID YES I ACTUALLY HAVE A DATE TO PROM AND MY TEN HOURS OF MISERY PAID OFF SCREAMS 

I GOT EXTREMELY NERVOUS ABOUT THE WHOLE THING SO I ENDED UP MUMBLING SOMETHING ABOUT IF HE COULD TAKE A LOOK AT SOMETHING AND HE SAID YEAH SURE WHY NOT AND THEN I HANDED HIM THE HALF-MANILA FOLDER THAT I GLUED THE PRINTED SNAPCHAT-ESQUE ARTWORK TO

AND THEN WHEN HE READ IT HE FIRST LOOKED SURPRISED AND CHUCKLED A BIT BEFORE ASKING ME "DO I NEED TO WEAR A MUSTACHE" AND SAYING "SURE - THANK YOU"

ACCORDING TO A FRIEND WHO WITNESSED IT ALL HE LOOKED RLLY HAPPY WITH IT AND I JUST --- ASDLFKJHFJDKSL
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first attempts at human realism - namely Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Putin (references used, obviously)! hope i did okay haha

making this look like a snapchat and putin puns galore to ask someone to prom oH SHIT WISH ME LUCK AND HERE'S HOPING THAT HE GETS THE PUNS AND DOESN'T REJECT ME 

sidenote: putin's more attractive to draw and look at than stalin wow i need to get my priorities straight

just wow
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time: 10 hours fuck this shit
media: Easy Paint Tool SAI
crossposted on tumblr.
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:iconzacharyknox222:
zacharyknox222 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
i love it!
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zacharyknox222 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
i like it!
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Flame-TheCat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
FOR MOTHER RUSSIA MY COMRADE!!!
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BundeskanzlerRFSD Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Since when is Putin a dictator ?
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dredwardgumball115 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I think the same
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GBR3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I was thinking the same.
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JasonAlexander1993 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
late reply, but i'm not sure why you think that the most recent US presidents are dictators if the executive branch has noticeable checks on it by the legislative and judicial branches (and the constitution, as compared to russia's current "democracy").
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potato-chip-artist4 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason Stalin's face makes him look like he hasn't slepted in weeks and is an alcoholic other than that nice work
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
LOL THANKS

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potato-chip-artist4 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome
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Denis-Triton Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The independence of politicians is measured in dictators (or Hitlers), noticed?
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
rip that scale --- probably more in bush/cameron lmaoo
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Denis-Triton Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What you mean?..
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Kaiser-VI Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
all hail Vladimir Putin and all hail mother russia Worship
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
salut :iconsopsplz:
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Lorado69 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think most people are made to hate Putin because of the constant negativity from the American-powered Press. For example, it was a lie that Russia shot down the Malaysian passenger plane with a surface-to-air missile. The debris from the plane shows bullet holes from a heavy machine gun and one of the engines was taken out with an air-to-air missile. Also, eyewitnesses report seeing a military jet hassling the plane when it was on its way down. A US-backed Ukraine jetfighter shot down that civilian plane. The USA and their Western media are the biggest liars on the planet. Look at 9/11 - the evidence shows it was an inside job. Look at how the Vietnam War was triggered. Again and again, the US government starts, or tries to start, war for its own greedy reasons.

So, not being Russian, and not knowing enough about him, I'm not saying Putin is a saint. I'm not from the Ukraine either so I won't judge that. What I will say is that the USA, who wants to move the masses to hate Putin, is openly evil and cannot be trusted. Unfortunately, so many people want to believe the media. Look at the facts, people. Do the research. Think for yourselves. 

Anyway, I love your gallery and think you have a great style. You've gained a watcher ;)
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I personally admire Putin for his ability to maneuver the global chessboard - I do recognize that what he's done is basically a series of dick moves towards --- say, Chechnya, Georgia, and the such, but in regards to Ukraine, one can argue that it is partially the West's fault for stepping too far. Ukraine serves as a sort of buffer between Russia and western Europe, and in this sense, Russia could be protecting its own interests. 

This is, however, one of the many ways that one can view of this situation, and I'm neither Ukrainian nor Russian, or have felt the effects of the sanctions imposed, but it is what makes sense to me.

If you want to talk about western media being liars, je suis charlie is probably a more concrete example of that - it's also a case study in all the bigotry and racism prominent today. Charlie wasn't promoting free speech - it was being extremely racist, and there should have been more attention about Ahmed - the officer who protected Charlie's right to free speech even though it was degrading his beliefs. Or the Germanwings incident, where the media was labelling the copilot as anything but terrorist - mental illnesses, really? People need to stop giving white males an excuse while labelling practically every other race that's committed a major offense "terrorists".

However, I will politely disagree with your argument that USA is openly evil. How do you define good or evil? Everything nowadays is advertisement, an argument, an opinion. Countries are aiming to serve its - and the peoples' - better interests, disregarding corruption, and in this sense, countries walk a very fine line in doing what's best for the majority or keeping the status quo to not upset global relations or I don't know, not doing anything because doing shit would kick them out of office.

Then again, it might just be a conspiracy. C: 

Thank you for your thoughtful opinions in response to my artwork! I hope I haven't offended you or anything - I just wanted to relay my (probably not coherent as I'm sort of sleep deprived haha) thoughts after reading through your thoughts. 
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Lorado69 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the reply. I certainly agree with you about the Charlie thing. I looked them up and saw the horrible things they did against my faith too. That's not freedom of speech - it is just immature hatespeech. Not constructive at all. Though I disagree with the killing of its staff, Charlie had it coming. You can only piss people off so far before they snap. It's really like bullying, isn't it?

By the way, nothing personal against citizens of the USA :) But I have to give you this link! It cracks me up every time: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mWtWz…

As for the US, I disagree with them having to play a part in everything that goes on in the world. The US government is power-hungry and the UN, Unicef, and Planned Parenthood are all in cahoots with each other, especially in 3rd world countries where they sterilize women and make people infertile (the Red Cross is notorious for that). I have done a lot of research on that kind of thing. Planned Parenthood is racist in its roots (Margaret Sanger, the foundress, was openly racist and eugenics-minded). And they think they can go into other people's countries and tell them how to live???

After looking into it, I also do not like the US government for the terrorist acts they commit against their own people (eg. the Twin Towers, etc.). The media they use is constantly lying and producing mass hysteria in the US people. Perfect example: almost everybody one speaks with is against Putin - why? They can't come up with a thoughtful argument. All they do is parrot what the media has told them - and, so often, (as in the attack against the Malaysian Boeing) the media is feeding people absolute rubbish. As I always say, Hiroshima was the biggest terrorist act in the history of mankind, and that was the US government. I know it was during war-time, but that is no excuse for bombing a non-military target which had nothing but innocent civilians. There are conspiracy theories behind that too, but I try not to get into those too much.

Anyway, I guess this is more of a rant than anything. I just really hate the power that the media has over people. Hardly anybody thinks for themselves any more. (I live in New Zealand - things will be different in different countries, of course). I do believe the US presidents are puppets in the hands of a powerful "elect" few. There are good books mentioning this. Normally they're about the New Age, the One World Government, etc. I just think the US thinks far too highly of itself. They are just another country like any other. They are not a super-race destined to rule the world. 

You obviously know more about the Putin situation than I do, so I'm happy to listen :) 

No hard feelings and all that. I like that you don't judge Putin - you discuss the good and the bad. That's intelligent.
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Katiny Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work! :)
so i really hate Putin
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
thank you! u w u 

everyone's entitled to xir own opinions C: personally, i can understand his actions if viewed in a certain perspective, and i admire him as a political player, but he's caused so much commotion that it makes one wonder if invading crimea/ukraine and some of his other actions were worth reminding everyone about the yalta line or giving hope to the russian people that they still play a part in global politics.
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Katiny Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I respect your opinion, but I can't think otherwise..
he caused a lot of grief and death in my country (I'm from Ukraine) so I think you can understand me
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Kir-ka Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Глупости,Путин лишь хотел помочь русским людям,которые находились в Крыму...У вас там между собой война,Путин лишь вам помочь хотел,но ваши власти от вас это скрывают,если разве что ты не бандеровец,это ужас просто что там было,какие осады на крым вы предпринимали...
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Katiny Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ахаха)давай не будем говорить о чем не знаешь)я не хочу подрывать твою веру в чесного Путина. У каждого свое мнение. Ведь хорошо наверно наблюлать за всем с дивана,когда у нас мирные люди гибут из-за какого то говнюка.
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Kir-ka Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Ясно все с тобой)Больше слушай свои власти,которые вам лапшу на уши вешают
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Katiny Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Я просто говорю то что вижу,вот и все. Разговор окончен
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Denis-Triton Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Меня большое интересует вопрос: как так получилось, что после совместного многовекового существования в едином государстве, вдруг произошел такой раскол?
А западные политики, между тем наблюдают и хихикают: «Давайте, придурки, собачьтесь». Гитлер и Геббельс были бы на седьмом небе от счастья, ведь им это так и не удалось.
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EgoistMachine Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work! lacks even hitler... and blood... ;_; I really despise them. If you would Pole(Poland), you'd understand.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
it's supposed to be primarily dictators who controlled russia - stalin and putin mainly so i could make horrible puns when i asked my date out to prom, but someone ended up getting offended about my choice of title. /welp u w u i know they've committed atrocious deeds, but one can't help but admire them for their tenacity and charisma. (opinion may vary).

thank you! 
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coherent-incoherents Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   General Artist
Well that's a pretty odd choice for a first realism, but I like it :) And the discussion your painting spawned was pretty amusing to read :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
haha thank you - i'm glad you like it! i ended up painting celebrities in my other realism attempts after this artwork, so i guess it balances out. 

agreed with the discussion: putin is a pretty controversial figure, after all.
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coherent-incoherents Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   General Artist
I think this is how most of us draw :) I used to draw a lot from life, now it's mostly from photos. Though I try to draw less celebrities and more actual people that I know (at least that is my goal at the moment). 

Still I find it curious that you are from the US and the subject from Russia occupies you :) I kind of wish Putin was our president/prime minister here. Though some of his methods are pretty questionable.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
i went the other way - lots of anime, but i started taking more refs from real life for various reasons. 

C: that may be because i find comparative politics interesting: i drew this for someone who also shared my love of different governments/influential leaders/global issues, and i'm also considering getting a dual degree in political science. his methods are questionable, but imo it's probably because he wanted to give russia some of its leverage from the cold war back (which is probably also why his approval rating skyrocketed after crimea took place)
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coherent-incoherents Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   General Artist
Great, I should do that more as well.

I find global politics interesting too, especially seeing how countries and the relations between them develop over the years, in other words more from a historical-cultural aspect. I often find modern politics boring and nonsential. Especially the EU crap. But it's always great to have someone to discuss this with :)
Really? Good luck with that :thumbsup:
I think Putin unlike other leaders is very practical and realistic. Though let's be realistic, Russia is still very far behind europe as far as most people's living conditions are concerned and I doubt it will change any time soon. I'm hearing a lot about that from my aunt and friends who live there. Maybe, and maybe the whole dispute with Ukraine was a good excuse to start taking back territories to Russia. Considering most of the population there is Russian. 
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Vladimir Putin, the modern day czar
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
gotta admire him for his actions even though he's being quite a shithead at the moment
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Why?
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
they're ingenious - even though people may dislike him, his strategies are a work of art.
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's too bad that he doesn't use his strategies for good instead of his own selfish desires.
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ALSFOTOS Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
love your artwork keep it up
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
thank you! i'll do my best to dabble in more realism C: 
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Triggahlead Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn vladimir putin has to pay for what he did 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
until then he's going to be a bamf
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
you work is very good :)
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
thank you C: it was actually my first time with human realism, so i'm glad it turned out this well.
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somebodi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Favorited because Russia, vodka, and Stalin's grand 'stache. Also, you did very good on this!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
thank you so much! this was my first time trying human realism in general, so i'm glad it turned out this well C: 
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somebodi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
You're welcome! I'm glad it's good also!
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DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
thank you V///V
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