Translating Human Of The Year (The Making Of)

Human Figure Workshop. Solo Exhibition.
“Everyone has creative blocks, and it can be so frustrating when this happens. Sometimes I can’t think of a single idea or my work just plain stinks”.
This is how RB artist Tori Yule begins her description of her Human Of The Year image.

It’s a common scenario for all us artists. And that’s precisely the reason why I chose this image to make a digital tranlation. The truth is that I lock myself very often, too much _ I should say; many more times than I can allow myself. Sometimes writing, sometimes creating a custom image…
This is a very familiar topic to me. Years ago I did an image to reflect this state. I named it “When you were sleeping” and I posted it at the Renderosity site.

I guess the image explains by itself.
But what counts is that I felt very identified with Tori’s image since I first saw it.
However, now I feel locked again. Here I have the inspiring and evocative image of Tori, and I’m struggling again between displaying the artist’s internal battle inmersed into his/her mental block, or to reflect the idea that we always manage to overcome this situation, the idea that blockades in arts are necessary too.
Anyhow, here it is
WIP No. 1.
The immeasurably large canvas where the artist is lost and is found.

WIP No. 2
Well, I decided to explore how to represent the artist frustration facing the blank canvas.
Sometimes the lack of inspiration is presented to us as a black and white image, an almost soulless representation.

But I think the worst part comes when everything seems to be colored and we aren`t able to integrate our ideas into this world.

Finally, there is the intermediate option, which is also a way to represent the artist’s alienation from his own creation. By now, this is the image I like the most.

WIP No. 3
I wanted to recreate the original pose of Tori’s character to see how it would work in this new environment. Anyway, I think something is still missing here.

Well, I’ve come to the same point where the character of the original work was baffled. What is next? What decision to make?
The thing is that I have three options to offer as final image. Here they are.
The first is an allegory of the final result. It’s as if the work would have been creating itself in that moment. It’s like a spark of creativity. At the apex of the work you can see the original Tori’s image.

The second is a slight variation of WIP No. 3. I understand that it is the one that retains the best the sense of the original work.

The third one is a major twist regarding the previous direction of the translation.Here I wanted to express one of the possible outcomes of the artist. I like it because it expresses the idea that the artist always goes ahead, that creativity is endless, that we all just need to let go.

I must decide on one of these three works as the final result of the translation. But, which one? I think I will submit it to the consideration of my fellow artists. Surely, they can see this with much more clarity than me.


  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful. I wish there was a way to subscribe to a journal so that we can be apprised of changes. Excellent backstory, Danilo.

  • Thanks, Frannie; It’s great to know you’re following this journal. I appreciate a lot your kind words.

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberabout 2 years ago

    I can relate. Wonderful visual interpretation of your written concept… Excellent.

  • Wow Susana! Thanks for your comment.

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Graceful  Imaging
    Graceful Imagingabout 2 years ago


  • Such kind word, Scott; thanks a lot!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    I like the last the most also. It speaks the most clearly of his situation and conflicts.

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic progression and explanation Danilo!! :)

  • Thanks a lot, dear friend Keith!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Gee, Danilo, with the addition of WIP #3, this could now be a movie instead of a still. Just look back at your 1, 2, and 3… 1, 2, and 3…1, 2, and 3. Amazing.

  • That’s an excellent suggestion, Frannie! Why not making a video presentation with WIPs? I appreciate this a lot.

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 2 years ago

    Wow, amazing works Danilo, love each one!!!!

  • Great to know you like it, Kathie; thanks from the heart!

    – Danilo Lejardi

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Next year I want to add video to our SoJie repertoire. You do such a good job with videos anyway; but this begs to be a short movie about artist block. Your figure is a sympathetic one, as he moves between chagrin and contemplation (wip 1), through putting himself into the picture (what I call “method painting”, wip 2), and back out to his station, still undecided on what to paint (wip 3). It’s like I’m watching a play in the theatre.

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    I’ve just commented on the Video journal, Danilo; but I have to say here, there, and everywhere, what a compelling, visually beautiful, immersive experience watching the video is. BRAVO! And congratulations on your wonderful work. I love how you made it an interactive experience.

  • Mel
    Mel Brackstone...about 2 years ago

    Oh how hard you make it for yourself and us, Danilo, so much wonderful work to choose from! I feel the first one is probably going in the direction that I’d expect it to go, the second one is a sad one, with a feeling of not getting to where the artist wants, and the third one is contradictory in the attitude of the artist on the floor compared to the light and bright art and foliage! I wish you luck in choosing which direction you will go!