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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 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
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
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?
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!♥♥♥
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:
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!!
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.
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?
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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