This is so perfectly your style, I could have guessed it was yours without your nick beside it! This style is so minimalistic and clean, it's as though you drew it pixel by pixel and then minimized it 100000 times.
I love the work itself too, it has such an asbtract but still clearly defined atmosphere. The former is created by this interestingly sci-fi-looking symbolistic style, and the latter by all the depicted upper-class elements. I love how you've portrayed this guy, it is clear that he is one of those upper-class nouveau riche pricks whose money has gone to his head and made it expand noticably.. This effect is brought out really well because you use such stereotypical and old-school elements of the upper class: the cane, the tuxedo and tails, the high collar, the perfectly straight and clean outlook.. The only thing I notice is missing is the top hat, which is probably the most obvious symbol of the sort of uppity richness you wanted to portray here, and first I got to thinking that it looks a bit bare without it, but I see now that it actually looks really stylish even without it; and in fact the absence of the top hat indicates that the time or era this picture is supposedly set in is not in the past but somewhere in the undefined future. The overall mechanical, in fact robotic look of this person, and the strange hole in the centre of his forehead suggest some sort of mechanism or automation. Now, I'm not sure how much symbolism you actually intended in this pic, although I'm guessing you intended none at all; but the way I see it, the fact that this person has a hole in his head instead of a hat on it represents the fact that power and riches can and will eventually corrupt the mind with all the numbing luxuries, leaving an empty shell of a mind cushioned by this materia and devoid (hence the black-hole looking circle in his forehead) of any truly significant thought. I'm not saying this is always the case, but this is the sort of theme that I could imagine being linked to this imagery.
The best element here though, I think, in terms of raising emotion or thought, is his eyes. The way they are so narrow and condescending (condescension is formed in context of his disapproving mouth) definitely echo the idea of pompousness or holier-than-thou attitude one could easily imagine this character having. Really a half-humorous piece, this, and very visually appealing because of the minimalistic lineart and colouring.
Excellent job; althuogh I don't think this guy wuold agree.
I'm sure it is, in your opinion.
Hey I've been wondering, do you even want detailed thoughts and analyses of your work, or do you just want people to say whether they like it or not? Because if my comments are bothering you I'll gladly shorten them in the future.
I have no problem with people offering their interpretations, that's good. But don't be surprised if I tell you it's wrong. I'm telling you to think about it again - my art isn't of the straightforward message sort.
I see.. Well I actually have a problem with your saying that somebody's interpretation is "wrong", when the very nature of an 'interpretation' provides that there is no single truth to the piece. But I do know what you are trying to say with that, and I respect your view.
I would actually be interested in hearing what message you had in mind when you did this, it's really good of you to include such thought into your art! But if you don't want to, I understand; it's just that the interpretation I gave was mine, I am not going to change it unless I genuinely see something else in the picture. And after some thought I really don't see much else there; except that perhaps the Elitist depicted here has a determining quality of loneliness or sadness, translated here as bitterness, instead of being uppity..
It's all rather abstract, at first I thought the swirling circles was a bullet hole (maybe I have violence on the brain) the shading looks brushed or at least blurred in some way? The clothes he is wearing seem very styled on something from the orient. I use to have some similar clothes! The "creamy?!" whites and light greys are well choosen and don't scream at you, in one shape or form it keeps a very similar feeling to your flash animation, mostly due to the colours.