Mornin' gents. Just received this yesterday. The artist is a very talented young girl at my church, who also attends the private Christian high school where I serve as a board member. She's done some very impressive artwork for fundraisers for both the school and for CareNet (a crisis pregnancy center), along with a number of other commissioned pieces for individuals, and is really becoming quite a prolific artist in Tacoma, her artwork can be found in a number of restaurants and coffee shops in the area.
Anyway, I asked her to make me something cigar themed, and gave her artistic license to do whatever she wanted, and here's what she came up with. It's painted on an antique dictionary page, the "cigar" page.
I'm pretty excited about it. It's actually even more impressive in person.
I first didn't even see the intended image of the man with a furrowed brow lighting up. My eye was immediately drawn to the smoke at the upper part of the image that resembles a skull, and if you follow that down, it looks like the wrinkled arm of a baggy robe, and below that, it looks as if the hand is reaching for the cigar in the ashtray in the lower left corner, as if Death himself were exhaling a billow of smoke, and reaching for another puff. All of that imagery was accidental, but I thought it was amazing.
It's not anything like I would have done (you know, presuming I had an ounce of artistic talent), as I tend to prefer much less intense imagery, but I'm growing more in love with the work every time I look at it.