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Working Class by carts Working Class by carts
A piece for the Boston Weekly Dig on vocational schools and how kids are being pressured into going to a traditional college instead of pursuing the time tested and honorable professions of the Work Trade ie. Mechanic, Electrician, Plumber etc. They wanted the look and feel to be like industrial revolution posters, propaganda style with punchy colors. Very proud and united.
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Luxemburjo Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Working.. Working
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krimsongrace57 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
This piece really makes sense on a personal level. I feel that I've learned more when I was in the work trade rather than in a academic setting. Granted you learn important theoretical stuff, but there are things out there that far exceeds what is the text-books and assignment briefs. I know that personally as the a fact. In that, I can't help feeling really enriched by this.
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MrSammy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Nice, you pulled of the Soviet propaganda thing really well; very nice.
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1photojunkie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008   Photographer
Great work...
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DomNX Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice piece. Love the painted style applied to a propaganda-type piece.
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swinsea Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I like this. I go to a community college, myself, and the responses concerning my Associate's degree vary a lot. It's a technical program in New Media, so I'm learning a bunch of great stuff, but it sucks that a lot of people aren't considered a "professional" unless they have a Bachelor's. It's a little frustrating. The department head of my school said the industry I'm going into is all about your portfolio, but a lot of senior designers I've talked to stress the importance of a 4 year degree.
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pastorinsanity Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Student Writer
The direction I should have gone in college... Oy.
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RK5000 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Alberta my friends!
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SquatU2 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Workin' class doen't exist any more !!

or maybe it exists but it doen't expalin too much.

Similar stetic with the one of the beggining of XX century,

is very nice, but a little bit anacronic
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:iconfrohickey:
Frohickey Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Well done. I can almost hear "The Hymn to Red October" in the background. :D
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DSil Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student General Artist
Ah, good old '40s era chin. You really captured the feeling of those posters, in composition, painting style, and quality of light.
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Sortoftalented Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Wonderful! I love the look and feel of propaganda posters. I especial love the boldness of the red and the message conveyed in this piece. And it is a crying shame how here in America, the working class are STILL mistreated and looked done upon.
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dozer76 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Awesome!!!!! nothing else needs to be said
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verdant75 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
Oh, this is wonderful! it reminds me of old propaganda posters. I love the lighting on the text.
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CHLOErocksPONYHAWKS Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
This instantly makes me think of "Working Class Hero" by John Lennon. I like it.
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Onewinged-fool Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
Communism! That was my first thought, but then I find myself seeing a bit of nationalism being portrayed here. I love it either way.
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markmarkmark Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional Photographer
brilliant work. i love the style and the colors couldn't be better.
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silwenka Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
great work.
as Polish I have seen plenty of such posters.. I am happy that only in the end part of communism and in old school books.
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Yama-Dev Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007   Photographer
these colours always work
as for the theme: I'm all for
i'm a technician in theatre, not an obvious job for a woman but a profession I chose myself after dealing with my parents choice: math/latin
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IncCK Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
wow, very cool work :+fav:
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:iconrahpexphon:
rahpexphon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
wow...its same like old american posters such as old coca cola posters
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HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent! Well done T 22!
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:iconcarts:
carts Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Professional
Thanks Double H! :D
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SaylaMarz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
what I love is the two invisible people - you only see the big man and woman for a moment....and then you notice the others - works very well symbolically. The workers we refuse to see.
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Paintbait Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Hallelujah! The Working man is often overlooked and his profession is often viewed as being a demeaning one; I believe this isn't fair, because without these blue (sweat soaked) collared individuals modern society would collapse. Their profession is a more noble profession, their well deserved pay earned in sweat.

*Salutes the Workin' Man*
+Fav, just Amazing, Spectacular and Oddly Touching work.
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JerseyAce Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Wow, you really nailed it with this one. I think you get the idea across perfectly. Nice stylizing. The red gives a great "punch."
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blueflamingo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
Yeah, definitely agree about the style. Very nice!
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bonzaialsatian Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
I really like this one, it has a very strong socialist realist quality, with a slightly modern twist. Great work with the contrast

And as Maieth said, yeah, similar problem here in the uk, though the idea of 'class' is a far more sensitive issue - though something that a poster like this would challenge nicely.
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SKaRTeH Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
Hehe it's like that over here in Australia. The Blue Collar worker is now earning more than the White Collar. People just don't wanna do that kinda work anymore so those that do seem to have unlimited business and are growing hugely.

Plumbers driving around Ferrari's eh ;P mad world...
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JohnPowell Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Are you familiar with the Jon Foster illustration "the Last Sons", similar feel if you know what i mean...
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chickendog Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007   Traditional Artist
I've noticed that as well. Out of my peers, I've only met one person who wants to become a mechanic...
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hollygalah Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Well done.
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hollygalah Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Well done.
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Dumper Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Amazing! You definitely are right on with your objectives of industrial revolution style, propaganda, etc. This is just so pleasing!
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toxicnacho Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
fucking awesome!
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NevaeH99 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007   Photographer
Very nice! Great detail!
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marinorddahl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Student General Artist
I love the use of both male and female models, is shows that both men and women are a part of the traditional working class.
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Mario7 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
You can do it all...way to go.
I am prejudiced towards the realistic portraits...if you went beyone 'realism' it could be earth shaking.
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Maieth Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
well done. Mission accomplished on this one, for sure.
There's an instant feeling of how proud those figures are of their seemingly menial jobs.
I've said before, i think your black/white/red pieces are you're strongest. you're realy good at using the three colours to make imagery striking and powerful and this one's no exception.

There's a similar problem in the UK at the moment, though its only just starting to get the attention it deserves. The government is pushing and pushing to get more kids into universities, and meanwhile the everyday proffesions are suffering. There just aren't enough skilled people out there, and with immigrationat its current rate, the trade is being quickly taken over by foreign workers who charge lower prices. Im not sure wether its a good thing or a bad thing, but ther's something unsettling about the whole way things are sliding at the moment

great piece
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tsukikoneko Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
very nice. I love the way this is done. Im really liking your style of painting. I also love the whole red/gray thing, I love it when art is monochromatic with a splash of something bright to contrast.

I went to a vocational school myself, and I dont blame them for pushing us into traditional colleges. No one can blame a student for being a realist and going where the money is, and if that means degrees then so be it. Awesome painting.
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tsukikoneko Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
growl...DA hates me today
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tsukikoneko Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
very nice. I love the way this is done. Im really liking your style of painting. I also love the whole red/gray thing, I love it when art is monochromatic with a splash of something bright to contrast.

I went to a vocational school myself, and I dont blame them for pushing us into traditional colleges. No one can blame a student for being a realist and going where the money is, and if that means degrees then so be it. Awesome painting.
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J-Blacksoot Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
This type of artwork really speaks to the masses. It worked then and it still works today. You surf the line of art / advertising extremely well. As a fan of typography, I'd enjoy viewing the version with the original title intact.

A fave for sure!

Please forgive me if this comment appears more than once. DA is not agreeable today.
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Beatminister Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Reminds very much of the propaganda posters of the communist era - but I guess you know that yourself... :)
The issue of young people getting pressured into college or university (by schools, parents and perhaps also the hope to get a well payed job without getting dirty) exists here as well. Usually the people here graduate, find no job for their qualification - and then learn a trade like you mentioned. Or they drive a cab or something... :(
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saddo-jdero Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
awesome!
comunist shit, i like, lovely greys and red!!!
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blesscatastrophe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007   Interface Designer
love the colours. excellent job indeed.
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Freedom4 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Very powerful-strong lines. Well done indeed.
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Cloxboy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
That's awesome, I like the character and the expression in their faces, especially in the man holding the wrench. I think the text would have been better painted and the font is lacking for a painting this stylized (is that Impact? looks like it). I think the style of the text comes off a little cheap and basic but doesn't hurt the painting too much. Did you add that or did the Boston Weekly Dig add the text? Composition wise, the text works, it's just, the style of the text that seems to clash with the painting. Merely a nit-pick but I think it's a valid observation.
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carts Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Professional
I totally agree. In fact in the original painting the title was "Work Trade Revolution" which I had painted with the welder's sparks splashing over it. However at the last minute they changed the title to "Working Class" and so I had to quickly throw in the font over the original painted work which just isn't the same. Good eye btw the font is Impact.

Thanks for all the comments and useful critiques man I really appreciate it!
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Cloxboy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
You're certainly welcome. It's been a pleasure having you on DA like this, you're one of a small handful recognizable illustrators on here. It's real treat to be able to comment to you directly.
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