Details of “Enlightened”

Here are some detail studies of my latest digital artwork “Enlightened” and some original images that I used as foundation to build the artwork, layer by layer.

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An antique Asian wooden mask served as the original image for the face, and then I changed the shape of it, texture, color scheme and added my own details and features.

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I used the legs of this original image that I found on deviantart stock resources.

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The stories behind my art: “Judith”

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“Judith” by Mia Makila, 2007, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 100 x 80 cm

My painting “Judith” from 2007 is one of my most important paintings ever. Because before this painting, I had just started out making ‘horror art’ but it was mostly mixed media collages. Only a few years before I started to express my pain and fear through my art, I had made very classical still lifes with flower bouquets and jungle motifs.

Like this:

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“Putto in the Garden” by Mia Makila, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 100 cm

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“Still life with dog” by Mia Makila, 2002, acrylic on canvas

So when I started to create horror art instead of these “sweet” paintings, I finally found my true artistic voice – and I started to experiment with EVERYTHING – with new techniques, style, material, new stories and new genres. And I started to express myself instead of just depicting things.

The work I did on “Judith” marked a rebirth when it came to my painting style at the time. It is very visible in the work in progress pictures – how I was unleashing, discovering, exploring and having so much fun!

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The creative process…

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I didn’t stop experimenting until I felt like I had found something that was completely true to who I was and what I wanted to express. And from that painting on, I never went back to classical painting.

Here is a translated interview for a Swedish TV show from 2007 – I am talking about “Judith” and my creative process in the video.