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The Monster you Buy by Omar-Dogan The Monster you Buy by Omar-Dogan
This was my submission to the Monsters and Dames book at ECCC 2010 this year. As expected, the vast majority of artists did the similar movie sci fi cliches and famous stereotypes in an effort to accurately portray the genre as demanded by the book. The art in the book looks nice and hats off to them for their efforts which benefited charity. Taking the safe route content wise is always a good thing.

So what did I do? The exact opposite.

Cheerlead the status quo and go along with anything and everything because everything's ok right? Wrong. I don't expect everyone to tow my line of thinking, and in this case this is a actual piece of art by Omar Dogan with no holds barred. Isn't that art after all? Real art doesn't have public relations and editors, and it's nice to escape once in a while.

The thing is that you are sold an idea, a story, a fantasy. Every business minded individual who works in the entertainment industry does this for a good or, more often, suspect motive. Its all marketing when it gets large scale. The vast majority of things you read and watch on TV portray a hedonistic free for all called life in which money and sex are the primarily worshiped gods. Well, that's what's sold to you at least. Is that all life is good for? Do you feel this is the right answer? Are you ever satisfied or secure from the inevitable destroyer of delights: death? Are there other answers?

Yes there are other answers if you look at vistas other than what is provided for you by large-scale media.

And so with that I present to you what a real artist is or should be and that is a barometer of society of sorts. But not just a passive measuring instrument will do, there should be some sort of angle on it, and this is were the art is in my opinion. Artists can say things that many people cannot.

Allow me to explain my piece:

Here we have a girl, nothing seemingly explosive about her beauty wise or style wise. She is like a blank sheet of paper waiting to be styled and coiffed. Even if you look close she has underarm stubble as well. her hair is not long and salubrious, nor does she seem to have really any tone in her muscles etc etc. Another thing I used to enforce this is the fact she has no colour as well, just a 2D drawing.

In the background however we have a lot of what I felt are typical things that are adopted by willful desire to imitate for whatever reason and/or forced upon them as to what is the correct mold of a woman. Everything from liposuction to breast augmentation is there and the question has to be asked " Why do I have to look like that or change myself? " or " Who wants me to look like that and why should I change? " I guarantee you this type of marketed image insecurity in women brings billions of dollars to someone, and it must work because it continues to be propagated.

Turning women into sex objects and making money off of their insecurity? Now that's barbaric, sinister, and morally bankrupt.

In my mind, the cosmetic industry, weight loss industry, and fashion industry stand to lose the most money if women dress modestly and not make an effort to follow all the stereotypes given to them wholesale by Hollywood and the like. I mean it should be said that all of those stars in Ads have photoshop artists tweaking their looks and slimming them down to the point that it is impossible to look like them at all. A hopeless and unattainable goal to be like them, what a pathetic pursuit for such a 'modern society' and all its claims to superiority.

If women buy this idea, so much effort gets exhausted on exterior looks, yet the insides become vacuums, unsatisfied, meaningless, without direction or purpose ultimately, just pretty to look at. Honestly, if everyone dressed the same and covered up, our personalities would really be the only thing that would shine. Nowadays we have girls competing with hookers who are scarcely teenagers. I have a daughter, and I can only imagine what things will be like when she is older.

But then i got thinking, " Omar, the fact is that you do the same thing. You sell a vision of beauty when you draw women. It might be that there are girls out there who think you are imposing your own version of beauty that is no different than what you are rallying against here." Well, i think it could be like that, or I feel like that's a possibility.

So to all my female fans, this is for you. What I draw is fantasy, and abstraction of life. Much of my work is known for pretty girls and the like, but they are just that. I do not suggest that you should be like them or change if you don't want to. In my story i am writing , i deal with these issues, and my hope is to make a difference. I have to work, and this is my job. As you get older your vision changes and things that were fun at one time take on a different meaning when they are exposed for what they are. Pretty sells.

That is the 'monster' we all buy, and it's not worth it if it's only skin deep. The physical body turns back to dust eventually, so concentrate on beautifying the soul before death claims you.

Oh, the best part of that con was when a dude came by to get his book signed and said about my piece :"Wow, one that actually had meaning!" I hope you guys feel the same.

I can't answer all your comments, but I will read them. I'm not perfect, but I am entitled to my opinion. For all my past work that offended you, I am sorry and may Allah forgive my mistakes.

Media: Red Colerase, ball pen, Photopaint just for the red gradient.
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JTofSD Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Very interesting.  Thank you.  
Kurai-666 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
It is a sad truth really.
Of course this applies to both women and men, though in different ways.
Every day, no matter who you are, where you are or how you are raised, people are pushed to change themselves to better fit the societal norm.
Imagine how beautiful and unique the people of the world would be if this did not happen.
AdventDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thumbs up to women everywhere!

[PS: I'm actually a guy who supports girl power!]
Niku4186 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is so cute, but at the same time she has an expression of sadness with a little anger. You managed to add so many expressions in the same face, its amazing.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Few people like this piece compared to alll my happy fun smexy pics.

Im glad it has caught your interest.
013933121leumassn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Deep, meaningful, artistic, to say well done is an understatement, but its currently all I have for words at the moment.
At times I find even just practicing forms and anatomy difficult as no matter how I draw/envision something as soon as its on the page someone will likely interpret it differently. Not always in a negative way, this happens with most media, but with art (drawing/illustration as opposed to writing) you have a visual input from the moment you make the first line to the final one, its there for everyone to see and interpret. You could draw someone/something with the purest of intentions at heart and yet another may view it as something quite different from that. Getting back, I like the girl you made here. In many ways she's the ideal girl (should be) but isn't due to societal pressures put on girls/women to look/think/act a certain way to achieve something that isn't "real" by moral/metaphysical standards, but by essentially becoming doll-like/puppet like tools for drones to evaluate and or process on a purely superficial level. Where anything beyond that (superficial state) is viewed as refuse (often) in our drone like society. Although it doesn't happen to just girls/I believe everyone's involved in it and the only way to curb the problem is to discuss it openly as it openly exists.
Thank you for drawing/making the artwork and the speech that followed. =)
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well said.
AutumnTheNinja Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
This is brilliant! O,O
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks muchly!
AutumnTheNinja Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
You're very welcome! n__n
becursed Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Writer
After my first comment 2 months ago, I looked back on this. I realized something...If I cut my hair, I could be this girl.
becursed Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Writer
So meaningful, so true. :clap: :hug:
Fuiron Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Everyone has a right to be whatever they want to be--if they want to be slaves, who's to stop them? After all, you and I are slaves as well, though perhaps not in the same way.
Yuuvi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree 100% with you.
SLYKM Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, and meaninful. I was honestly touched
EJERoriginals Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
So true. Well said, and thank you for it. Not many would have the guts to say it, draw it and then stand up for it. :)
Opal-Heart126 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done. You've proved your point well, and it's very true. Very good work!
Becss Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Student Photographer
This is amazing.
Erethte Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I think this girl is beautiful anyways. I love the meaning you put behind this since I'm a high school girl and good lord half of the girls at my school have skirts so short I can see their tacky leopard print G-strings. This is a message that way to many girls see right past, lucky I had it crammed into my face enough I kept myself how I wanted to be, for the most part.

It's not only the industry that forces these but parents too. My dad is supportive but my mother is so hard pressed about the long hair= girly, short hair= man I can't get a bob like you depicted. I hate my long hair!

Hope your little girl grows to be an unconventional beauty.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well said, and now i have 2 girls lol!
Erethte Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Really? Aww, I bet they're so cute! I wish them the best!
Radiant-Grey Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe in Omar Dogan.

As I get ready to lay down pencil to paper on new prints for the con circuit, I'm given pause by your comments. It's all true--about the industry, consumerism, and what sells in your typical artist alley. I believe that your work can carry itself with a dignity and class that makes it more desirable (and hence, competitive) than other, less savory styles. My own opinion of course-

I was one of the people that said you were 'best known for cute girls who aren't crassly presented'--now I feel a little guilty for not picking it---you should have let me pick more than one! Your background coloring and technical design in cars are just as memorable as your Sakura and Ibuki. It's the whole Omar package deal :) I know I'm going to get high level detail in all those fields whenever I open up a Street Fighter Legends :nod:
Thanks for reading =D
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice comment thanks for the thoughts!
sirenabonita Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
she is lovely - except that she looks as if she wants very badly to tear my beating heart out and feed it to me

that said - she is lovely
littlenekochild Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010

the theme of it, and the messages straining to influence such an average character is something I think any girl can relate to. Kudos to the great work!
CzargentSane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
MusicIsMyPassion Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thank you for this. I hope this will inspire people out there to not let society run theirs lives.
avirextin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Talonos2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Hear, hear.
Renegade-V Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THIS is a rarity in this day and age -- style complimented with SUBSTANCE. Unfortunately this means an epidemic of "brain cramps" by millions of people forced to utilize specific muscles in their heads they've rarely used due to being accustomed to corporate "force-feeding". But don't worry, if anybody complains to you about it just say, "Pain is merely weakness leaving the body."

Seriously though, WONDERFUL concept!! Way to go against the grain, O.D.!!! Continue wielding your sword of moral integrity & righteousness!!
Myskers Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Very nice essay Omar. I agree completely! And it's good to see an artist with your point of view (and also backing up your point of view with action).

I like that you did not go the same direction as the other artists. This is what I did in my writing classes, and it always paid off. When it came time for peer review I was generally the only one (or one of maybe two people) in the class who had a unique theme, and the stories always hit harder. I think that your piece would clearly hit harder than the others.
turbosuo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I agree with you totally. Especially on the evils of "corporate beauty" as I think it should be called. It is not the expression of what WE think is beauty, but what we are told to think is beautiful. Everyone has a different ideal beauty, but we are so brainwashed we seem to forget that and go for what we are told we should look like. The weight loss industry really really pisses me off. I am classified as super morbidly obese. Or at least I was before I started losing weight. The industry pushes techniques and trends that THEY KNOW DO NOT WORK. That is the point after all. They want you to lose weight of course, but even more they want you to quickly gain it back and show back up at their feet groveling for the next best thing. It wasn't until I went to a doctor and got REAL help that I lost weight. And how. It melted off at first. It has slowed since, but I haven't gained it back because I learned how to control my eating. And it's doing things that the weight loss industry says nothing about. I even read in a couple place they reccommend against the stuff I do. If people would stop trying to find themselves in their outward appearance all those industries would disappear.

Sorry for the wall of text, just had to take my turn on the soap box. XD
Monostasis Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
"A hopeless and unattainable goal to be like them, what a pathetic pursuit for such a 'modern society' and all its claims to superiority".

Absolutely true. As with the many other evils that modern society prizes at the expense of more noble and 'human' persuits.
mxxvi Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
great work!
Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist
I clicked on this at random, the discontented expression and the title grabbed my attention.

The background chatter-chatter reminds me of those annoying high heels clacking as their owners struggle to get to their destination in their crotch-length skirts in the dead of winter. It never stops, and try as you may, its insidious nattering gets into your head. Even wise old Samual fell for it, way back when he was instructed to baptise the next King of Isreal. "What a handsome lad, surely God has chosen him," Samual thought when he looked upon Eli. But God reproached him, saying, "Men look at the outside. I look at the heart."

It's so nice to read about guys appreciating modesty. I get critisised for not showing off my rack because I have the 'ideal' figure, which I didn't work for, just genes and healthy living. Which was odd; I'd always considered myself to be fat and ugly as a kid and teen. I must admit I had surgery on my nose, though. It was squashed and crooked because I broke it (and my teeth) so many times as a kid.

I simply cannot fathom why any woman would want men looking at their boobs instead of their face, yet woman complain about men doing just that when they show their cleavage. It's like the idiot girls complaining about the cold while wearing those crotch length skirts and heels in the dead of winter.

The media has much to answer for, but so do we. We buy the mags that spout beauty and sex advice. Guys go to car shows to gawk at the girls as much as at the cars. We watch telly shows about the rich and beautiful. We buy the tabloid mags. We hire and promote pretty people more than plain people. Pretty kids are more popluar than plain kids at school, with teachers as well as students (If you hear what some teachers say about students in the staff room, you'd be appalled). We buy the products advertised on the telly. We are responsible. Samual would have picked Eli to be the next king if he hadn't listened to God.

Blimey, this is a long comment!
LisaGorska Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
four pages of comments so far... wish i had the time to read them all, but *sigh* time flies so fast these days for me and there's so much work to be done...

anyway. i have no idea why i started watching your account - don't remember. i think it was the cars - you give them that bright, sun-lit, polished and clean look all machines should have, the one that says "i'm made to make you happy" :aww: . but nevermind that. when in the beginning i saw that the things you most often upload are anime babes and streetfighterish stuff, i started wondering if it's worth having my (always jammed with deviations) inbox filled with stuff like yours. but then i said to myself, "this is his job, he's supposed to make them all sexed up and plastic, that's what people buy. just wait for his own pieces and enjoy the clean, balanced lines and etheral colouring in the meantime." and every now and then i'm totally convinced it is worth it to have you on my watchlist. :)

you know... i can't figure out how it is possible for most people to be so thoughtless as to never think on why they do what they do, why they look like they look, why they like what they like... i spend much of my time trying to make people use their gift called thinking. it's a hard fight. maybe this drawing of yours would help them realise some things. and even the possibility that it might make someone a better person makes me want to shake your hand. thank you for being an artist and not just someone's tool. :)

p.s. took a second look at the girl... you almost drew me, from the hair to the body and the pose, lol. :P only my nose isn't so perfect. it's hard to draw imperfection. ;)
Puppy2388 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love love love her eyes
Zombzor Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Nice !

mmh I don't think we can say that you are imposing a vision, for what I saw the girls you are drawing are very different, and remains sober (I mean whithout enormous boobs or blond-silver hair every time)

Personnaly I always try to think what a woman would look like the morning whithout make up !
vahidm Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Just what we needed. Truth!!
marocano Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
well done :)
XiaoDiamaoh Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Well, somthing that I did not expect from you.
But I'm not saying its a bad thing:D
Its deep and thoughtful too, nice job.
Cain-O Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
You get a massive dose of respect, good sir. Great piece.
DTJB Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TheALVINtaker Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This artwork reeks of pure awesomeness.
x-psycho-kitty-xx Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
I love the meaning behind this~ Especially since I've had a friend who's obsessed about her weight and almost starved herself to death and constantly talks about getting plastic surgery.
Though, I honestly don't care what I look like so long as I'm healthy and happy. I wish other people would think that way as well. I hate how people can get sucked into the media like that. -shakes head- As a fellow women I believe that every woman is beautiful in their own way! I mean so what if you're not as thin as someone else? D: In the end, it doesn't matter because real men go for personality anyways.
joverine Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
batboy138 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And people wonder why I don't watch mtv...
Stuponfucious Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And people wonder why I don't watch TV
sushiman Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
I'm really surprised to see this from you, a professional artist whose portfolio includes the sexy ladies of street fighter. I think it's really cool of you to do this.

There's nothing wrong with your drawings on their own, but as part of the greater culture where women are only allowed to exist as submissive sex objects to arouse men and nothing else... yeah, they're contributing to it. Just as much as the TV commercials.

But it's really cool of you to do this, and I sympathize with the fact that in your line of work you really don't have much of a choice.

This is a great piece. Good for you, going against the grain like that. :)
super-illustrator0 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, art is that convincing? No wonder I'm unsuccessful; people pick up bad vibes that technically aren't there. Neutrality is my best bet.
Characters with no gender, no faces....
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