Chelsea Han­tken

Lo­ca­tion: Aus­tralia Web: www.pol­lyp­ix­els.de­viantart.com Email: chelsea.han­tken@hot­mail.com Softwa re: Pho­to­shop

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Chelsea says each of her por­traits is a self-por­trait. It’s some­thing she’s only just re­alised. “There’s a deeper mean­ing to my por­trai­ture,” the Ade­laide artist says, “and I didn’t see it for a long time.”

While her art­work is dig­i­tal, us­ing tex­tured paper and her own brushes – “many cre­ated from scanned im­ages of paint splat­ters cre­ated my­self” – there’s a tra­di­tional feel un­der­pin­ning her work.

“My in­spi­ra­tions def­i­nitely stem from a love of ro­mance, fem­i­nin­ity, em­pow­er­ment and emo­tion,” Chelsea says. “Makeup, celebri­ties and fash­ion de­sign are also huge in­flu­ences in my cre­ative process.”

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Petal s & thorns “Even if love is full of thorns, I still em­brace it. I know that in be­tween those thorns, there’s a rose that’s worth all the pain. This is the most frag­ile por­trait I’ve drawn and yet one with the least num­ber of colours. I felt in­spired by the time Lana Del Rey was wear­ing all those flower head­bands.”

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Lathander’s Light “This is my char­ac­ter, Skye, from when I used to play D&D (sh­h­hhh!). She was a re­ally cool bard and fol­lowed the de­ity Lathander. In this mo­ment, she’s wor­ship­ping the sun.”

3 Fall ing to pieces “In­spired by the lyrics of the song by David Guetta fea­tur­ing Sia – ‘You loved me and I froze in time, hun­gry for that flesh of mine’ – this por­trait is as del­i­cate as it‘s strong. I pushed my bound­aries by at­tempt­ing to draw an an­i­mal here.”

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