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July 26, 2013
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I'm in Love

pepper-1 by spyed

It isn't just the incredible honor of having a Traditional Pepper drawing by Stanley " Artgerm " Lau, which in itself keeps me and everyone around me gazing in to her incredibly beautiful eyes.. 

pepper-2 by spyed

... No, that's not the only reason. Owning a Pepper is a real treasure. This International Woman of Mystery has captured the hearts of some of today's most highly regarded digital artists. Her creator, Artgerm is easily the most popular artist on the Internet. His Gallery is filled with blockbuster art pieces. He achieves position #1 on the home page of deviantART with almost every submission to the site:

Chunli Style by Artgerm Wonder Woman Return by Artgerm Pepper Smile by Artgerm
Three Kingdoms - Xiao Qiao by Artgerm    Pepper Robot II by Artgerm    Poison Ivy Sideshow Art by Artgerm
Pepper Freedom by Artgerm Batgirl 12 by Artgerm Pepper Delivery by Artgerm Windrunner - DotA2 by Artgerm

Not to mention, I have access to some pre-release tech here at deviantART that allows me to see the demographic responses to art pieces. I've looked closely at Artgerm's Gallery, and it achieves something we see rarely; His audience is as Female as it is Male. Almost a 50%/50% split on pieces that involve Pepper. Your typical Pin-Ups and Comic Book Covers tend to skew remarkably Male. This doubles the size of Artgerm's audience potential, generating grand slam after grand slam chart topping digital art masterpieces. So why do women love Pepper so much?

Pepper Groove by Artgerm
Pepper Freedom by Artgerm

... Some might say it's because Pepper isn't just the most beautiful woman in the world, she's also a strong, confident figure to be admired. Artists all around the world have come together to try their hand at drawing her for The Pepper Project

Simply-Pepper by PepperProjectPepper Retro Junky by PepperProject
pepper by falk2021Pepper Tech by PepperProject
Combination Pepper by PepperProject
Pepper-station by PepperProjectPepper and seafruits by PepperProject

So perhaps my love is justified? Yes, but I'm not even done yet. This piece in particular has special meaning. First of all, this year at Comic-Con we had the great pleasure of Artgerm coming to Artists' Alley to see his fans and accept Traditional Commissions for the first time. That's right, check his Profile, he's accepting traditional commissions for the first time!! Artgerm joined us on our Business of Fan Art panel: 

Untitled Drawing by spyed
-1 by spyed

Meanwhile, my beautiful girlfriend Viktoria came to Comic-Con with her friend Diana to show off some leg (hehe), and cosplay as Sonic the Hedgehog and Amy Rose! 

Comic Con 2013 62 By Makepictures D6egnbe By L by spyed

She spent weeks on her costume, so as a fun side note I brought this Sonic head back in the car with me, and I happened to drive Artgerm back to Los Angeles so he could catch his plane to Singapore. He saw the Sonic head in the back seat... 

yo by spyed

And so we have Sonic Pepper:

pepper by spyed

She's not only the first ever Traditional Commission of Pepper by Artgerm, she's also the perfect encapsulation of the best Comic-Con year that deviantART and I have ever had!  The deviantART tattoo on her left arm is the ultimate finishing touch. The cherry on top. I'm truly humbled..

Dear Artgerm 

Thank you. This was an incredibly kind thing to find at hq this past Monday. It was fantastic to see you and I look forward to the next time we get to hang out. Also, thanks for geeking with me about dA, and answering a million questions that I pummeled you with the whole drive back to LA. hehe

Your work is so inspiring. I've been staring every day at this Pepper and her absolute radiance as she pops off the paper, seemingly alive. Her eyes are focused on the viewer of the piece, you have to walk far to the left or right to lose her gaze. Guests to my home all stop to take notice and ask about her.

Why? I think I know.

Her lines represent a perfect gateway into popular culture at a global scale, capturing the essence of the most popular style of artwork in current times. To me, Pepper is the face of now, and the face of the future.

-- :spyed: 
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Cute-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha! Amy and Sonic XD.
SubjectRho Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Her eyes are so full of live it's almost a bit scary...
they're really hypnotic! Awesome!
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    So much awesomeness :la:
charlenequek Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:dummy: I will say Artgerm got better Angelo from the last pepper drawing he created in front of me.
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa whoa, I really didn't expect you to write such a long and awesome journal about my little pepper gift art to you. I am very grateful and honored to be a part of dA SDCC 2013 and more so to spend a substantial amount of time catching up with you on the road. I am deeply humbled by your passion and commitment to dA and the art community for the past decade. Rest assured that I will always your support so please count me in whenever you think I can contribute to make dA a better place for all.

I look forward to catch up with you next time sir!
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
spyed Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :) 
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your so very welcome :)
914four Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I understand where you're coming from. The original artwork of Ileanna Huneter's "Tanita" (… hangs in my office and watches me mournfully every day as I work, and every now and again I just stop and stare at her eyes. I simply cannot describe the joy she brings me. Congratz on getting Pepper for your own display space!
spyed Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
link not working! would love to see Tanita! 

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