3.14159 out of 10 by Paul McClintock

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3.14159 out of 10

This was recropped for the duration of the challenge. It looked kinda like this:

For the Happy challenge (whoo, I won!). Stefan Sagmeister is asking people to rate their happiness from 1 to 10, and create a portrait that illustrates this. A selection of works will be included in his upcoming “Happy Film”.

I’m baffled by this number system, but I’ve given myself a 3. Although I suppose at any given moment I may be anywhere between a 1 and a 10, I figure I should average it out a bit. Make of that what you will.

Click here to see it as a work in progress.
Click to see the process animated like magic!

Witness the evidence of my winningness:

and the prize I won.

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Paul is the physical location of a collection of otherwise disparate neurons and synapses that occasionally give a convincing impression of consciousness and free will as they react to the various stimuli in their immediate surroundings in a purely mechanistic, non magical way.

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  • Gabby87
    Gabby87over 5 years ago

    WOW……………………. THat’s so cool and nice work my friend ………
    I like the eye’s too!!

  • Simon Sherry
    Simon Sherryover 5 years ago

    Great work – funnily enough it reminds me of the animation style I’ve seen used for through a scanner darkly. Great tonal work all round, although the sharp highlights on the shirt are maybe a little distracting (perhaps dulling them down a little would make them compete less with your eyes?). There’s a fantastic level of detail and precision on display though – if this doesn’t make the cut, I’ll be blood surprised.

  • Thanks for the comments. I see what you mean about the highlights, and although I’ve spent the last week looking so closely at this that I find it difficult to pull back and just look at the whole thing, I was somewhat aware that the neck down is not as well rendered as the rest. The neck feels a bit flat, and the shirt is a little cartooney compared to the face. In fact there are a few things I’d like to do to improve it, but I’m burnt out. I’ll put what I’ve learned while doing this one into making the next one better.

    Your suggestions are always greatly appreciated Simon. Cheers.

    – Paul McClintock

  • Simon Sherry
    Simon Sherryover 5 years ago

    No worries mate – and I know exactly what you mean when it comes to working so closely on something for so long. The stuff mentioned is so minor, that it’s definitely a good move to store it in the brainbank for the next effort. BTW, I actually really dig the shift in rendering between the shirt and the rest of the pic – if anything, the sharper highlights lend it a sheen that helps it differ in a textural sense (does that make sense?). Good luck in the challenge mate – an effort to be more than proud of.

  • Russell Greenwood
    Russell Greenwoodover 5 years ago

    Simply amazing.

  • Damien Mason
    Damien Masonover 5 years ago

    Holy shit Paul, this looks amazing. You have done a terrific job, did you work closely from a photo?

  • I pretty much had a photo up on screen the whole time I was working. I wish I had two monitors, it would have made it a lot easier.

    – Paul McClintock

  • Hopefully one day I’ll be able to work at this level from life, or even from memory to a point. But yeah. Without a photo, I’d be lost as to how to represent the light and shadow, and especially the skin tone.

    – Paul McClintock

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 5 years ago

    love your art…. self portrait… : )

  • Kitsmumma
    Kitsmummaover 5 years ago

    This is incredible!

  • yanmos
    yanmosover 5 years ago


  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonover 5 years ago

    Fantastic work (and I did not find the shirt distracting)!

  • o0OdemocrazyO0o
    o0OdemocrazyO0oover 5 years ago

    happy as pi niceness :D

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