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Syd Barrett by Cynthia-Blair Syd Barrett by Cynthia-Blair
Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd
"I've got a very irregular head..."

exploring some thoughts about Syd, schizophrenia and the psychedelic 60's..not sure if I've finished this yet...
I feel as though I really went down the rabbithole on this one. The original concept was Syd viewing a shattered mirror image of himself, as if he didn't understand what was happening to his mind. The smashed CD fragments were to symbolize shards of mirror as well as recorded music...it did scan in an unexpected way.

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10x20 mixed media on board
acrylics, oils, markers, pastel pencil, ground pastel dust, smashed CD fragments and a touch of pixie dust (glitter)
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Pinkfloydlover2040 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
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PinkFloydLunatic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Artist
This is blooody amazing!! So is all of your other portraits!! Hopefully, I'll be able to be as fantastic at drawing like you, someday! :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I got quite a bit odd with this one, I don't usually throw in so many different kinds of media, but as it was Syd, I just went with whatever I was feeling about him. I had read quite a bit of research into his early life and his descent into schizophrenia...he was so intriguing. Surely the line between genius and madness is a thin one?
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PinkFloydLunatic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Artist
You're welcome! Your portrayal of his life is right-on! I love all the crazy media along with his portrait! It's truly majestic♥ Yes, I've been a fan of Syd's for some time now, I read his biography, and man, was it a sad one:( I've been trying to find a good enough picture of him to draw, but all of his pics are so dark, and you can't see anything:( Anyways, this portrait of yours is one of my fave drawings of ALL TIME!♥♥♥
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You can use any pics I have...I hope I posted the one I used for Syd's in the artist comments...usually I do. But older rock stars, its always hard to find good sharp photos, I know! I should do Richard Wright, a nice tribute, he's been on my list for awhile :)

Yeah, Syd's was fun to do...a bit unusual for me, I could get deeper into an intuitive zone, nothing much was really planned out design-wise, I just kept adding to it as I was thinking about Syd, and the psychedelic era, and LSD/music/schizophrenia thing...Thanks!! :tighthug:
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PinkFloydLunatic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Artist
Thanks so much! :D Oh my gosh, YES, you should do Rick Wright! I remember the day he died, how out of it I was for my soccer game and how I was actually crying :( I'm sure your portrait of him will make ALL Pink Floyd fans smile ear-to-ear! :D

That's why you were able to capture the whole downward spiral of Syd's life and career, because you kept adding to your portrait as if you were in a psychedelic trance! I love it, that's what makes the picture SO Syd Barrett! :D

And, you're welcome!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, Rick was such a sweetie, awww :cry: I have to find just the right (no pun intended) photo to work from...I've done Nick, that was hard to find also :D

Yes, I really did feel like I was channeling "Syd" just a little bit at some point, minus the LSD, of course. I'd like to do another of him, too.I actually ran out of space on that board, when I was working (I hate it when that happens!) It would have been fun to expand larger.
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PinkFloydLunatic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Artist
You're welcome! He really was a sweetheart, not like many other rock stars ;P Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's hard to find a really good picture of him, since he wasn't really in the spotlight that much, like Syd. Your portrait of Nick is absolutely gorgeous♥ It's unbelievably fantastic; looks just like the actual photo :D

Haha, yeah you can definitely tell that you felt like you were channeling Syd. You should do another one of him, though it's hard to find usable pictures of him. I still love your portrait of him!
How large are the majority of your portraits?
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nick was hard to find a photo of...that one is 24x36, because it was going to a gallery exhibit in England, all those were the same size (Plant, Ozzy, Nick Mason and Carl Palmer).
Syd's is smaller, maybe 15x20" ?
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TheGyroCaptain Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really great interpretation of Syd's personality, both the working, and the fragmented parts. He's one of my favorite lyricists; Pink Floyd was never the same without him. Amazing work here!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Yes, this artwork was very different from my usual style, both in the way it was conceived and executed. I really only started with the headshot and mirror image idea, and let the ideas come as I worked...I wanted it to be as spontaneous as possible. That's way some it of was more free-flowing and less perfectly placed, like the lettering. Ideas would come to me and I'd just find a way to put them in there :D

If I'd thought about all these elements and designed them into the piece from the beginning, it would have looked very different in composition...but then it would be more polished and less Syd. I just wanted to go with it as he might have done. :)
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Dominyckjosephclarke Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
good one
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!!
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Dominyckjosephclarke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
You are welcome great one
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
aww...:blushes: Thanks! :hug:
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Dominyckjosephclarke Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
no probs misses
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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tonguetiedsanti Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
This is by far the best art I've seen of Syd... I can't find a good poster of him anywhere, and I have no idea why.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Thanks!! Actually, I didn't take any kind of normal design planning with this one...it was like he was looking into a mirror but couldn't recognize the person staring back at him...Alot of things in this painting were random afterthoughts, maybe I was channeling a bit of Syd when I did it :D
There should be wonderful art of Syd, he is so well loved and remembered. As an artist himself, he would like that :D
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sankyman Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
a great tribute to a great mind
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, Syd was really special :D
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neontiger505 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
madcap.. :heart: amazing job!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much...yes, indeed! I felt a bit mad by the time I finished this...I think I'm finished...not sure...maybe I'm finished...it's the Syd effect. :D
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mewmew2u Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Wow, the composition here is incredible. I love how the swirls of the background transfer to his clothes and face.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I struggled with the composition at first, so the swirls were my psychedelic attempt at integrating background and breaking up the very squared off portrait head space. :D
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mewmew2u Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Yeahh I think it really turned out well! Nice work :D
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Jubasrocks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Heey,

sorry for my late response, but my Ipod had trouble with posting so.....

I Knew all that (Schizophrenia), except for the drugs speeding it all up part...!

Interesting subject isn't it?

Good Idea huh,'bout Eddie?

Who's still on your "to paint' list??!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
it's longer than my 'already painted list' :iconpanic01plz:
I have it divided into Classic Rock/Current Rock...but I end up doing 3 or 4 current ones to every classic rocker.

yeah, I did a little research into schizophrenia as a disease, before I did Syd...they know alot more now than they did back in the 60's...I was looking at colored brain scans of before and after patients, whole areas of their brain actiity seems to die off in many cases (this was from a legit site)...it was pretty wild. I was one of those people who thought he just did too many drugs and went over the edge, til I found an article by Roger Waters, where he was interviewed about Syd, also on the web somewhere, and other bandmates. So, I guess, never assume anything! It's fascinating. I don't know much about mental disease anyway, so it was interesting. poor Syd! :)
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Jubasrocks Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
I thought people are Born as schizofrenic?!?! But really your scanner is artistic too XD

I have a good idea: why don't you draw Eddie van Halen! Just throwing it out there!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It runs in families but doesn't usually start to show up until middle to late teens (as I have read)...but the use of hallucinogenic drugs can speed up the onset of the disease.

Yeah, must put him on the list!
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Jubasrocks Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
WOW, it really is psychedelic!!!!
He throws those crazy eyes in your face :-)
The color the CD's turned out is giving this work a more in space image, as if he used to much drugs!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, you're right :D The CD pieces, when scanned were unpredictable and very psychedelic! And, he did use too many drugs...they think that is what brought on the symptoms of schizophrenia earlier. :D
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efil4rekac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty cool...although I can't say I like the Barrett Pink Floyd, (I've only heard See Emily Play) but I love the concept.
Great job!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't know Floyd back that far either. My first album of theirs was "Dark Side Of The Moon" :D

Thanks!! :D
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brianv948 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I possessed 1% of your creativity, it would be an instant improvement. The concept is very cool.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a way of reseaching more, thinking deeper into every subject. Makes it more fun - I can add all kinds of hidden symbols and concept ideas. It's what I've wanted to do for awhile now. I get bored easily...once I can do something, it's on to the next challenge. :D

and if I totally goof it up - there's always a trash can handy :)
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Unsupervised Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Love. This.
I adore Syds work both inside and outside of Floyd, and this is a very fitting image.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm honoured. This was a hard one, Syd's such a Legend. I learned quite a bit about him that I didn't know while I was researching images for this, so I'm glad I did. I was one of those people who thought it was just another case of too many drugs, but there was so much more to his story, and I'm sure I only touched the surface.
Sad that there was no help for him...it must have been so lonely on the inside. :cry:
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Unsupervised Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Yeah I can imagine, and there is DEFINITELY more to him then either of us know, its sad really, because he must have had a fair amount of musical talent!


Indeed, the crazieness could have easily been like a cage.
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sirhobbit Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah this! I have no words to say how awesome this is. I really love what you did with it.
Those CD pieces are really clever.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww...:blushes: Thanks! I was thinking maybe I should have cut the CD pieces with a dremel or something to give smooth edges, but then I guess it wouldn't have the same meaning as shattering the CD with a hammer, with bits flying everywhere. :D
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sirhobbit Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh no! I think that smashing it was the better choice. If you cut it up the clean edges would make it seem too planned. I like how the smashing turned out.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, I agree, thinking about it from both sides :)
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screenlooker Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
That is really cool
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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cpl593h Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
amazing, i really like this!!! so creative and clever :clap:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was fun to think about ways I could bring more of his life into the portrait.
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cpl593h Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
you succeded! also the broken cd was simply a brilliant move :)
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realtimeartist Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece, I really like your idea too!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! This was quite an experiment for me, I hadn't planned any it of out except his face when I started :D
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