Winning Portraits GalleryRosa Golijan12/15/10 10:48am38EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink"It's always tough painting people and wondering if they can make fun of themselves or if they want to be painted with perfect proportions and flattering angles. Matt gave me two photos, one of him eating a cookie and one of him with a Popeye pipe in his mouth, so I figured the man has a top notch sense of humor.""I chatted briefly with Pauline and it turns out she used to be a professional photo re-toucher for glamour magazines. With virtually nothing to fix with her image, I instead decided to play off of the idea of something flawless being too good to be real and made the jump to technology and robotics.AdvertisementOk, and to be honest: I also just love making up my own robot parts.""I saw the awesome tattoos and the great tshirt and felt that Brian's portrait needed to be handled just a bit differently than the others. Rather than going with a full on painting I decided to mix in some graphic flat design elements to accentuate the bold line work on his figure. The result has an urban vibe that feels distinct from my usual work.""This is a flat out homage to my illustration of Adam Frucci riding a raptor into space</a. I saw the dinosaur and just felt the world could always use another rocket-propelled dino-rider sailing through the stars."